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The Holocaust

Book cover for Ghetto Diary

Yale University Press

The Destruction of the European Jews
Raul Hilberg
ISBN: 0-300-09557-0 (June 2003)

A three-volume study of the Holocaust. First published in 1961, Raul Hilberg's comprehensive account of how Germany annihilated the Jewish community of Europe spurred discussion, galvanised further research, and shaped the entire field of Holocaust studies. This revised and expanded edition of Hilberg's classic work extends the scope of his study and includes 80,000 words of new material, particularly from archives in Eastern Europe, added over a lifetime of research. It is the definitive work of a scholar who has devoted more than 50 years to exploring and analysing the realities of the Holocaust.
For a review of this book, see our book reviews.

Ghetto Diary
Janusz Korczak
ISBN: 0-300-09742-5 (June 2003)

Janusz Korczak (1879-1942) is one of the legendary figures to emerge from the Holocaust. A successful paediatrician and well-known author in his native Warsaw, he gave up a brilliant medical career to devote himself to the care of orphans. Like so many other Jews, Korczak was sent into the Warsaw Ghetto after the Nazi occupation of Poland. He immediately set up an orphanage for more than 200 children. Many of his admirers, Jewish and Gentile, offered to rescue him from the ghetto, but Korczak refused to leave his small charges. When the Nazis ordered the children to board a train that was to carry them to the Treblinka death camp, Korczak went with them, despite the Nazis' offer of special treatment. His selfless behaviour in caring for these children's lives and deaths has made him beloved throughout the world; he has been honoured by UNESCO and commemorated on postage stamps in both Poland and Israel. This volume constitutes Korczak's grimly inspiring ghetto diary, accompanied by a new introduction by Betty Jean Lifton, the author of the biography of Korczak.

The Holocaust Encyclopedia
Edited by Walter Laqueur and Judith Tydor Baumel
ISBN: 0-300-08432-3 (April 2001)

The Holocaust has been the subject of countless books, works of art, and memorials. Fifty-five years after the fact the world still ponders the enormity of this disaster. The Holocaust Encylopedia is the only comprehensive single-volume work of reference providing both a reflective overview of the subject and abundant detail concerning major events, policy, decisions, cities, and individuals, Up-to-date and designed for easy access, the encyclopedia presents information on the major aspects of the Holocaust in essays by scholars from 11 countries who draw on a number of sources – including recently uncovered evidence from the former Soviet bloc – to provide in-depth studies on the political, social, religious, and moral issues of the Holocaust as well as short entries identifying events, sites, and individuals. The book also has more than 250 photographs, many of them rare, and 19 maps.

Salvaged Pages: Young Writers' Diaries of the Holocaust
Edited by Alexandra Zapruder
ISBN: 0-300-10307-7 (May 2004)

This is a stirring collection of diaries written by young people, ages 12 to 22, during the Holocaust. Some of the writers were refugees, others were hiding or passing as non-Jews, some were imprisoned in ghettos, and nearly all perished before liberation.