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Birkenau (Concentration camp)

Works: 878 works in 1,140 publications in 9 languages and 11,349 library holdings
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Classifications: D805.P7, 940.5318092
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    Inside the gas chambers : eight months in the Sonderkommando of Auschwitz by Shlomo Venezia( Book )
    6 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in English and French and held by 740 libraries worldwide
    This is a unique, eye-witness account of everyday life right at the heart of the Nazi extermination machine. Shlomo Venezia was born into a poor Jewish-Italian community living in Thessaloniki, Greece. At first, the occupying Italians protected his family; but when the Germans invaded, the Venezias were deported to Auschwitz. His mother and sisters disappeared on arrival, and he learned, at first with disbelief, that they had almost certainly been gassed. Given the chance to earn a little extra bread, he agreed to become a 'Sonderkommando', without realising what this entailed. He soon found himself a member of the 'special unit' responsible for removing the corpses from the gas chambers and burning their bodies. Dispassionately, he details the grim round of daily tasks, evokes the terror inspired by the man in charge of the crematoria, 'Angel of Death' Otto Moll, and recounts the attempts made by some of the prisoners to escape, including the revolt of October 1944. It is usual to imagine that none of those who went into the gas chambers at Auschwitz ever emerged to tell their tale - but, as a 'Sonderkommando', Shlomo Venezia was given this horrific privilege. He knew that, having witnessed the unspeakable, he in turn would probably be eliminated by the SS in case he ever told his tale. He survived: this is his story
    Smoke over Birkenau by Liana Millu( Book )
    14 editions published between 1979 and 2007 in 7 languages and held by 605 libraries worldwide
    Presents stories of women who lived and suffered alongside Liana Millu during months in a concentration camp, describing their struggle to overcome violence and tragedy
    Elie Wiesel goes home ( visu )
    3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 545 libraries worldwide
    Elie Wiesel returns to the village of his birth and to Auschwitz and Birkenau, the camps where he was interned during WWII
    Elly : my true story of the Holocaust by Elly Gross( Book )
    3 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 538 libraries worldwide
    Relates how the author was torn from her happy home and sent to Birkenau by the Nazis, describing how she worked long hours and fought for survival before being set free at the end of the war and beginning a new life in America
    The grey zone ( visu )
    1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 521 libraries worldwide
    "Chronicles a unit of Auschwitz [II]'s Sonderkommando, a special squad of Jewish prisoners, who staged the only armed revolt that would ever take place at Auschwitz"--Container
    But you did not come back by Marceline Loridan( Book )
    11 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 490 libraries worldwide
    An activist and documentary filmmaker, who was arrested in occupied France at the age of fifteen, presents this deeply personal account of her experiences during the Holocaust and the death of her father in a concentration camp that overshadowed her whole life
    There is a place on earth : a woman in Birkenau by Giuliana Tedeschi Brunelli( Book )
    3 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and held by 446 libraries worldwide
    Life--the sight of a starlit sky, a luminous summer sunset as the inmates return from labor in the evening, the harmonious gestures and wild, untamed faces of the girls deftly hauling sewage. What prevails miraculously, setting this book apart from the recollections of men, is a woman's frank love of the body and the senses, a tight bond with the world of feelings, with imagination and dreams. This is the true dimension of this book's inspirational power
    Birkenau : the camp of death by Marco Nahon( Book )
    2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 422 libraries worldwide
    "This memoir details the experiences of a Greek Jew in Hitler's concentration camps. Marco Nahon, a physician educated at the University of Beirut, was practicing medicine and living with his family in the small Thracian town of Dhidhimoteichon (Dimotika), already in Nazi hands, when the Germans began rounding up Jews. In 1943, Nahon and his family were deported to Birkenau, the extermination subcamp of Auschwitz, where his wife and young daughter were killed. There he witnessed firsthand the calculated brutality designed by the likes of Eichmann and Speer and implemented by Mengele and others"--Jacket
    The story of Karl Stojka : a childhood in Birkenau : exhibition at the embassy of Austria, April 30 to May 29, 1992 : catalogue by Karl Stojka( Book )
    5 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 377 libraries worldwide
    The search by G. L Durlacher( Book )
    2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 248 libraries worldwide
    Gerhard Durlacher was stunned to discover that he was not the only survivor who was assigned to Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1944. The Search follows his quest to find his fellow survivors and ends with a reunion of the Birkenau boys in Israel in 1990
    Auschwitz by Jane Shuter( Book )
    2 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 237 libraries worldwide
    Discusses the purpose, processing of inmates, daily life, and other activities and aspects of the Nazi concentration camps Auschwitz and Birkenau
    Smoke over Birkenau by Seweryna Szmaglewska( Book )
    3 editions published between 1947 and 2001 in English and held by 218 libraries worldwide
    Oświęcim-Brzezinka (Auschwitz-Birkenau) concentration camp by Jan Sehn( Book )
    20 editions published between 1956 and 1964 in 6 languages and held by 164 libraries worldwide
    Om tilintetgørelseslejren Auschwitz, en af Hilerregimets mest frygtede koncentrationslejre. Forfatteren har sammenskrevet stoffet udfra en officiel redegørelse, og bogens sprog er fransk
    Swimming in Auschwitz : survival stories of six women ( visu )
    3 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 161 libraries worldwide
    Six women Holocaust survivors, currently living in Los Angeles, bear witness to the female experience of life in the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps
    Auschwitz by David Robson( Book )
    1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 160 libraries worldwide
    A detailed study of the Auschwitz death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland which began as a prisoner of war camp and later served as a death camp to millions of Jews, Poles, Czechs, and others deemed undesirable by the Nazi regime
    Winter time : memoirs of a German Sinto who survived Auschwitz by Walter Stanoski Winter( Book )
    2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 121 libraries worldwide
    "In this book German Sinto (Gypsy) Walter Winter relates his remarkable wartime experience. One of nine children, he was conscripted into the Germany navy only to be discharged on 'racial grounds'. In 1943, together with two siblings, he was deported to the 'Gypsy Camp' of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Over a year later, shortly before the extermination of the entire Gypsy camp, he was deported to Ravensbruck, and from there to Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Grotesquely, before the war was over he was reconscripted and forced to fight against the Red Army on the Russian front." "Walter Winter recounts his memories of Nazi persecution with courage and compassion. He does not flinch from recounting the dreadful crimes he witnessed in the camps and the cruel deaths of so many, including his first wife, who died in labour. Yet despair is held at bay by his own personal bravery in confronting authority, once beating up an SS guard and on another occasion confronting the notorious Dr. Mengele to request extra rations for starving Sinti children in his block. Driven to the brink of starvation, he risked his life more than once to get food for himself and those around him. Despite seeing the worst of humanity, he was always willing to see the good in individuals, including some members of the SS." "In this edition, extensive notes throw new light on the policy of the Third Reich and successive post-war governments towards the Sinti and Roma in Germany."--BOOK JACKET
    Death books from Auschwitz : remnants ( Book )
    3 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 118 libraries worldwide
    Amidst a nightmare of crime : manuscripts of prisoners in crematorium squads found at Auschwitz ( Book )
    4 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in English and held by 115 libraries worldwide
    Matters of testimony : interpreting the scrolls of Auschwitz by Nicholas Chare( Book )
    7 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 105 libraries worldwide
    Introduction: matters of testimony -- Matters of history -- Zalman Gradowski: literature in the death factory -- Scattered selves: the stories of Leyb Langfus -- Final arrangements: Zalman Lewental's histories of resistance -- Characters and letters: Chaim Herman and Marcel Nadjary -- The camera eye: four photographs from Birkenau -- Conclusion: crossing the circle of flame
    Drawing the Holocaust : a teenager's memory of Terezin, Birkenau, and Mauthausen by Michal Kraus( Book )
    2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 101 libraries worldwide
    "Twelve-year-old Michael Kraus began keeping a diary while he was still living at home in the Czech city of Nachod but continued writing while a prisoner at Theresienstadt (Terezín). When he was shipped with other prisoners to the death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau, all of his writings were confiscated and destroyed. After his liberation and while convalescing, he began to draw and make notes again about his experiences in Theresienstadt, in Auschwitz, the first death march out of Mauthausen, and its satellite camps, in Melk and Gunskirchen. As a teenager confronting the traumas of these experiences, Kraus found that recording his memories in words and pictures helped him overcome his hatred for those who had murdered his parents. The process of writing and drawing also helped him begin the painful transition to a so-called normal life. As a survivor, Kraus also felt the need to recount his experiences for the benefit of future generations, especially on behalf of the many who did not survive. The present edition makes this memoir, originally written in Czech and significant for having been written so close to the author's liberation, widely available to English readers for the first time. It also reproduces pages from the original booklets that show how the teenage Kraus illustrated his memories with pencil drawings that both complement and extend his story, giving readers a sense of its character as an unusual and important historical document"--
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Alternative Names
Auschwitz-Birkenau (koncentrationsläger)
Auschwitz-Birkenau (Pologne ; camp de concentration)
Auschwitz II-Birkenau
Auschwitz II (Camp de concentration)
Auschwitz II (campo de concentración)
Auschwitz II (Concentration camp)
Auschwitz II (koncentrationsläger)
Auschwitz II (Polonia, Campo de concentración)
Birkenau (Concentration camp)
Birkenau (Poland : Concentration Camp)
Brzezinka (Camp de concentration)
Brzezinka (campo de concentración)
Brzezinka (Concentration camp)
Brzezinka (koncentrationsläger)
Brzezinka (Pologne ; camp de concentration)
Brzezinka (Polonia, Campo de concentración)
Camp de concentration Rajsko, Pologne
Konzentrationslager Außenkommando Rajsko
Konzentrationslager Rajsko
Raïsko (Pologne)
Rajsko, Brzesko County
Rajsko (Camp de concentration)
Rajsko (Concentration camp)
Rajsko (Pologne)
Rajsko (Polonia : campo de concentración)
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