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Birkenau (Concentration camp)

Works: 1,121 works in 1,425 publications in 9 languages and 14,762 library holdings
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Classifications: D805.P7, 940.5318
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    The Auschwitz album : a book based upon an album discovered by a concentration camp survivor, Lili Meier by Peter Hellman( Book )
    1 edition published in 1981 in English and held by 1,440 libraries worldwide
    This album, an extraordinary find, was originally discovered during the tumult of the first days after the liberation. It reveals how two SS photographers documented the arrival of shipments of Jews to the platform in the Birkenau concentration camp, the selection process, and their path to the gas chambers and the crematoria. The photographs also memorialize the piles of possessions left by the Jews which were sorted in the 'Canada' Barracks. They are accompanied by three articles that describe the development of the camp, the Holocaust of Hungarian Jewry, and the story of how the album was found; a fourth focuses on the camera as a historical tool. The 189 pictures, arranged in chronological order and reproduced in this album for the first time, are unusually powerful, not least because 70% of the people shown have been identified. -- Publisher description
    Inside the gas chambers : eight months in the Sonderkommando of Auschwitz by Shlomo Venezia( Book )
    6 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in English and held by 710 libraries worldwide
    This is a unique, eye-witness account of everyday life right at the heart of the Nazi extermination machine. Slomo 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 member of 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. Published in association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Smoke over Birkenau by Liana Millu( Book )
    15 editions published between 1979 and 2007 in 7 languages and held by 603 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
    Elly : my true story of the Holocaust by Elly Gross( Book )
    4 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 539 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
    But you did not come back by Marceline Loridan( Book )
    9 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 539 libraries worldwide
    An activist and documentary filmmaker, te author was arrested in occupied France in 1944 at the age of fifteen, with her father. This deeply personal account of her experiences during the Holocaust and the death of her father in a concentration camp has overshadowed her whole life
    Birkenau : the camp of death by Marco Nahon( Book )
    2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 418 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 373 libraries worldwide
    The search by G. L Durlacher( Book )
    2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 242 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
    Swimming in Auschwitz : survival stories of six women ( visu )
    4 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 241 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 Jane Shuter( Book )
    2 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 232 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 214 libraries worldwide
    Matters of testimony : interpreting the scrolls of Auschwitz by Nicholas Chare( Book )
    9 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 178 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
    Auschwitz by David Robson( Book )
    1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 162 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
    Oświęcim-Brzezinka (Auschwitz-Birkenau) concentration camp by Jan Sehn( Book )
    14 editions published between 1956 and 1964 in 5 languages and held by 122 libraries worldwide
    Om tilintetgørelseslejren Auschwitz, en af Hilerregimets mest frygtede koncentrationslejre. Forfatteren har sammenskrevet stoffet udfra en officiel redegørelse, og bogens sprog er fransk
    Death books from Auschwitz : remnants ( Book )
    2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 119 libraries worldwide
    "This register of names is based on the extant death books of Auschwitz kept in the Archives of the State Museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau. In all they contain 68,864 entries. This register lists the last and first names along with the date and place of birth and the date of death as registered in the death books. The number of each entry is included to identify each one exactly." (from "Notes on the Entries" v. 2, p. 3). The Annex in volume 3 is an "alphabetical list of registered prisoners of KL Auschwitz-Birkenau whose deaths are documented ... This supplementary register documents the deaths of 11,146 prisoners ... (v. 3, p. 1417)
    Four scraps of bread : (quatre petits bouts de pain) by Magda Hollander-Lafon( Book )
    5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 80 libraries worldwide
    "Born in Hungary in 1927, Magda Hollander-Lafon was among the 437,000 Jews deported from Hungary between May and July 1944. Magda, her mother, and her younger sister survived a three-day deportation to Auschwitz-Birkenau; there, she was considered fit for work and so spared, while her mother and sister were sent straight to their deaths. Hollander-Lafon recalls an experience she had in Birkenau: "A dying woman gestured to me: as she opened her hand to reveal four scraps of moldy bread, she said to me in a barely audible voice, 'Take it. You are young. You must live to be a witness to what is happening here. You must tell people so that this never happens again in the world.' I took those four scraps of bread and ate them in front of her. In her look I read both kindness and release. I was very young and did not understand what this act meant, or the responsibility that it represented." Years later, the memory of that woman's act came to the fore, and Magda Hollander-Lafon could be silent no longer. In her words, she wrote her book not to obey the duty of remembering but in loyalty to the memory of those women and men who disappeared before her eyes. Her story is not a simple memoir or chronology of events. Instead, through a series of short chapters, she invites us to reflect on what she has endured. Often centered on one person or place, the scenes of brutality and horror she describes are intermixed with reflections of a more meditative cast. Four Scraps of Bread is both historical and deeply evocative, melancholic, and at times poetic in nature. Following the text is a "Historical Note" with a chronology of the author's life that complements her kaleidoscopic style. After liberation and a period in transit camps, she arrived in Belgium, where she remained. Eventually, she chose to be baptized a Christian and pursued a career as a child psychologist. The author records a journey through extreme suffering and loss that led to radiant personal growth and a life of meaning. As she states: "Today I do not feel like a victim of the Holocaust but a witness reconciled with myself." Her ability to confront her experiences and free herself from her trauma allowed her to embrace a life of hope and peace. Her account is, finally, an exhortation to us all to discover life-giving joy"--
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Alternative Names
Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp
Auschwitz-Birkenau (koncentrationsläger)
Auschwitz-Birkenau konsentrasjonsleir
Auschwitz II-Birkenau
Auschwitz II (Camp de concentration)
Auschwitz II (Campo de concentração)
Auschwitz II (campo de concentración)
Auschwitz II (Concentration camp)
Auschwitz II (Polonia, Campo de concentración)
Birkenau (Concentration camp)
Birkenau extermination camp
Birkenau (Poland : Concentration Camp)
Brzezinka (Camp de concentration)
Brzezinka (Campo de concentração)
Brzezinka (campo de concentración)
Brzezinka (Concentration camp)
Brzezinka (koncentrationsläger)
Brzezinka (Polonia, Campo de concentración)
camp d'extermination de Birkenau
campo di sterminio di Birkenau
Kampi Auschwitz-Birkenau
Koncentracioni logor Auschwitz-Birkenau
Koncentračný tábor Auschwitz-Birkenau
Konzentratiunslajer Auschwitz-Birkenau
KZ Auschwitz-Birkenau
lagărul de exterminare Birkenau
Rajsko (Camp de concentration)
Rajsko (Campo de concentração)
Rajsko (Concentration camp)
Rajsko (Polonia : campo de concentración)
концлагерь Биркенау
концтабір Біркенау
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מחנה ההשמדה בירקנאו
معسكر أوشفيتز بيركينو
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