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Daily life during the Holocaust
Soumerai, Eve Nussbaum.
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
xxiv, 312 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Reading Level:
1210 Lexile.
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The Holocaust was a complex and horrifying experience that affected millions of people in Europe. The nearly 13 years of Nazi rule had an enormous influence on the day-to-day existence of people in every walk of life: Jews and non-Jews, perpetrators and rescuers, collaborators and resisters, officials and ordinary citizens. Nearly all of Europe's Jews were victims. Students, teachers, and interested readers can explore how the daily lives of these victims, despite their heroic efforts to survive and maintain a normal existence, became increasingly untenable and for most eventually ended in death. Along with the often harrowing details of life under the Nazis, emphasis is placed on uplifting accounts of resistance and the role of rescuers.

Accounts from survivors whose testimonies have never been published provide powerful insight into the devastating effects Nazi rule had on people's lives. In addition to the Jews, significant numbers of others--Gypsies, clergy who protested or protected victims, Communists, Jehovah's Witnesses, homosexuals, the mentally ill and handicapped, and others--were persecuted, and their stories are also noted. Soumerai, a survivor herself, interweaves her painful recollections throughout the text to provide a unique perspective on the historical events described. Readers will learn how aspects of everyday living became symbols of resistance for many of the victims: educating their children, practicing their religion, eating and drinking, and maintaining personal hygiene took on new significance. More than 30 photographs further illuminate these experiences.

Author Notes

EVE NUSSBAUM SOUMERAI is an author, lecturer, teacher, and Holocaust survivor. She is the author of many publications including Human Rights: The Struggle for Freedom, Dignity and Equality (1998), which she coauthored with Carol Schulz.

CAROL D. SCHULZ has been a teacher of history and English for 24 years. She currently serves as the Language Arts Coordinator for a regional school district in Connecticut.

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Booklist Review

This useful and wide-ranging series for high-schoolers continues with four new volumes. These kinds of books typically focus on specific locations and eras; an interesting aspect of Greenwood's series is that it sometimes takes a more topical approach, as in the Holocaust volume.

Table of Contents

Timeline Man's Inhumanity to Man: A Short Historical Background Setting the National Socialist (Nazi) Stage
The Total Nazification of Germany
The Changing Lives of Jews
Prologue to World War II
World War II Begins Moving into the Ghettos Life in the Ghettos of Poland
Coping with Life in a Concentration World
Einsatzgruppen in the East
The Wannsee Conference Planning the Final Solution
The Final Solution: The Plan Deportation and the Behavior of Jewish Leadership
The Round-ups Deportations: Country by Country
The Terrifying Journey to the East
Auschwitz Life in the Lunatic World of the Concentration Camps
The Cover-up
The Death Marches Resistance
The Lives of the Rescuers and the Rescued Liberation
The Nuremberg
Trials Aftermath

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