The International School for Holocaust Studies
New Books at the Pedagogic and Resource Center - Summer 2012
Storming the Tulips
By Ronald Sanders ; translated and revised by Hannie J. Voyles
Stonebrook Publishing, 2011
Not just another Holocaust story, Storming the Tulips is an intimate encounter with history, as told by twenty former students of the 1st Montessori School in Amsterdam. They were children--contemporaries of Anne Frank--and this book is a companion to The Diary of Anne Frank. While Anne's story describes her sequestered life in the Annex, Storming the Tulips reveals what children on the outside endured--on the streets, in hiding, and in the concentration camps.
Their friends disappeared. Their parents sent them away. They were herded on trains and sent to death camps. They joined the Nazi youth. They hid Jews. They lost their families. They picked the pockets of the dead. They escaped. They dodged bullets. They lived in terror. They starved. They froze. They ate tulip bulbs. They witnessed a massacre. They collected shrapnel. And finally, they welcomed the Liberation.
Some lost their families, most lost their homes, but they all lost their innocence as they fought to survive in a world gone mad.
By Esther Farbstein
Shaar Press, 2011
Under the direction of world-renowned Holocaust researcher Esther Farbstein, a team of scholars examined the preface of virtually every religious book published since the 1940s, looking for autobiographical material regarding the Holocaust. After two years of searching, the team found over 150 such autobiographical prefaces: a treasure of historical information and Torah wisdom.
Here is the unique perspective of Rabbanim, scholars, community leaders, men steeped in Torah learning, on the Holocaust. In addition to their personal stories, they share with us answers to the most difficult of questions: What is the Torah response to Nazi evil? How does a Jew keep faith at a time of such darkness? Where does a People find the strength to rebuild?
Every entry includes a biographical sketch of the author, annotations, and a wealth of background information. Footnotes place the writings in their proper historical contexts, while maps and photos round out the picture.
Seasons in the Dark
The Road from Przemysl to Nazi Hell
By Leon Frim
Yad Vashem, 2012
This is a gripping, vivid memoir of suffering, loss, initiative, and lonely survival in a ghetto, camps, and death marches during the Holocaust.
Leon Frim was a lawyer in Przemysl, Poland and a talented artist, a skill that saved his and his son Karol's lives repeatedly.
Throughout his rich, compelling account from loss of freedom under Soviet occupation, to hell under the Germans, we keenly sense Leon Frim's desperate efforts to save his family. We follow his struggle through the Przemysl ghetto and three Nazi murder operations. We feel his loss when his wife Dora disappears after fleeing to hide with a friend in Lwow. We feel his pain through a long series of camps, a murderous death march, and the final internment in Buchenwald, where his son Karol died shortly before liberation.
And as we read, Leon Frim opens a window onto Jewish – non-Jewish relations and the willingness or unwillingness of non-Jewish friends and acquaintances to shield them from the Nazis. And Frim's powerful description of Buchenwald, down to the marker he designed for his son's last resting place there, leaves an indelible mark on the reader.
Draw What You See, a child's Drawings from Theresienstadt
(Zeichne, was Du Siehst)
By Helga Weissova
Wallstein Verlag, 2008
"Draw what you see" was my father's response, when I managed to smuggle to the men's barracks the drawing of children building a snowman. This was in December of 1941, shortly after we arrived in Theresienstadt. That snowman was actually my last genuine drawing as a child. Through this sentence of my father's, and through my own inner motivation, I felt called from now on to capture in my drawings the everyday life of the ghetto. The impressions that from this point in time would affect me, ended my childhood.