What was the Holocaust?
The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. Holocaust is a word of Greek origin meaning “sacrifice by fire.” The Nazis, who came to power in Germany in January 1933, believed that Germans were “racially superior” and that the Jews, deemed “inferior,” were an alien threat to the so-called German racial community.
Path to Genocide: Propaganda
Night by Elie Wiesel
"Night" is the true story of the childhood experiences of Elie Wiesel, and his family, in Hungary,
during World War 11.
Goodreads: Born into a Jewish ghetto in Hungary, as a child, Elie Wiesel was sent to the Nazi concentration camps at Auschwitz and Buchenwald. This is his account of that atrocity: the ever-increasing horrors he endured, the loss of his family and his struggle to survive in a world that stripped him of humanity, dignity and faith. Describing in simple terms the tragic murder of a people from a survivor's perspective, Night is among the most personal, intimate and poignant of all accounts of the Holocaust. A compelling consideration of the darkest side of human nature and the enduring power of hope, it remains one of the most important works of the twentieth century.
This is an autobiograhical novel and a recount of the experiences of Leon Leyson, a young Jewish boy and his family, in Poland during World War 11. When the Nazi's invaded Poland, Leon and his family were sent to Krakow Ghetto.
Simon and Schuster.com: Leon Leyson Biography
This book is a memoir, recollecting the author's experiences over a period of years. Encouraged by his wife and a publishing friend, Leon Leyson decided to tell his story. As a Jewish boy of fifteen years, he and his family were rounded up by Nazis and placed in unbearable circumstances; at times separated from each other, suffering hunger, exhaustion and extreme neglect and hatred. Oskar Schindler thought this young boy's life was of value and went to great lengths to ensure the survival of most of his family members.
The story of a Jewish girl sent to Auschwitz with her family who falls in love with the wrong boy
.....the son of the German Commandant of the concentration camp.
Hanna is a talented pianist, and the protected second daughter of middle class Hungarian Jews. Relatively late in World War II the Budapest Jews were rounded up and sent to Auschwitz. Hanna and her mother and sister are separated from her father. Her mother becomes increasingly mentally ill until she too is taken away somewhere. Her sister Erika is slowly starving to death. Hanna is quite a naïve 15-year-old but when presented with the opportunity to play for the camp commander, she is desperate to be chosen. She goes each day under guard to the commander’s house and stands waiting in case the commander should want some music. Also living in the house is the commander’s son, Karl. A handsome young man who seems completely disengaged from what is happening around him. Hanna hates him as he sits drawing in the music room. But the longer Hanna goes to the house, the more she realises there are other things going on. Secret things. Karl may not be the person she thinks he is. Before she knows it she has fallen in love with the wrong boy.
View the movie The Book Thief below for Comparative study: Wrong Boy and The Book Thief
ABC Education Resources
Follow the journey of a few Holocaust survivors through the darkness of the camps to their bittersweet liberation. What was it like to arrive at Auschwitz-Birkenau and how did they survive and rebuild their lives after the war?
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