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The last eyewitnesses : children of the Holocaust speak
Gutenbaum, Jakub.
Uniform Title:
Dzieci Holocaustu mówi*a-- English.
Publication Information:
Evanston, Ill. : Northwestern University Press, [2005-]

Physical Description:
volumes ; 23 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Celebrating Shabbat: how I remember it / With weapon in hand / Back to being myself! / I found my roots / Wanderings / On Romanian papers / In the bunkers / An unforgettable day in Auschwitz / During and after the war / Father never returned from exile / My nanny / From a camp to the Aryan side / Little smuggler / Helped by *Zegota / Beginning of hell / Father / A good hiding place / First in line to go to heaven / Jews, don't look in that direction! / I am one of the lucky ones / Fragments of memories / They didn't live to see it / Searching for traces / Journey to hell: under fascism / I still have the hope that someone will find me / Among the Silesians / Fear and dread / Writing about myself for the first time / Nightmare continues / Hidden by my grandfather / Run to the woods! / I was to be a boy... / In fear because of my origins

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D804.48 .D9813 2005 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The memoirs of Jews who were children during the Nazi occupation of Poland

This book serves as a memorial to loved ones who do not even have a grave, as well as a tribute to those who risked their lives and families to save a Jewish child. A wide variety of experiences during the Nazi occupation of Poland are related with wrenching simplicity and candor, experiences that illustrate horrors and deprivation, but also present examples of courage and compassion.
These recollections-whether of hiding in forests or camouflaged bunkers, fighting with groups of partisans, enduring the horrors of concentration camps, or living in fear under disguised identities-serve as eloquent testimony to the depth, diversity, and richness of humanity under siege and offer a powerful lesson for future generations. Written by people who remained in Poland after the war, these accounts convey a great immediacy; the authors are not removed from the environment in which these experiences took place. The psychological impact on these child survivors and the difficulties they encountered even after the war are very poignant. The passing years have brought urgency to the publication of these stories, as those who wrote them are the last surviving eyewitnesses of these tumultuous events.

Author Notes

Jakub Gutenbaum, founding president of the Association of the Children of the Holocaust in Poland, survived the Warsaw Ghetto and several Nazi concentration camps.

Julian and Fay Bussgang translated and edited the first volume of The Last Eyewitnesses: Children of the Holocaust Speak (1998), also published by Northwestern University Press.

Table of Contents

Translators' Note
Celebrating Shabbat: How I Remember ItDasha Rittenberg and Née Werdygier
With Weapon in HandHenryk Arnold
Back to Being Myself!Irena (Agata) Boldok and Née Likierman
I Found My RootsIlonka Fajnberg
WanderingsMarian Finkielman
On Romanian PapersMaria Gaber-Wierny
In the BunkersIgnacy Goldwasser
An Unforgettable Day in AuschwitzJanina Hincz-Kan
During and after the WarTadeusz Iger
Father Never Returned from ExileEwa Janowska-Boisse and Anna Janowska-Cioncka and Née Kleinberg
My NannyJan Klapper-Karpinski
From a Camp to the Aryan SideStella Kolin and Née Obremska
The Little SmugglerJadwiga (Wicher) Kotowska and Née Braun
Helped by ZegotaAlfred Królikowski
The Beginning of HellRachela Malinger
FatherMaria Orwid and Née Pfeffer
A Good Hiding PlaceAlina Parzeczrewska
First in Line to Go to HeavenEdmund Rudolf de Pellier
"They're Jews, Don't Look in That Direction!"Maria Perlberger-Schmuel
I Am One of the Lucky OnesJanina Pietrasiak
Fragments of MemoriesJane Prot
They Didn't Live to See ItEstera Rosner
Searching for TracesJoanna Sobolewska-Pyz
Journey to Hell: Under FascismSven Sonnenberg
I Still Have the Hope That Someone Will Find MeLiliana Sterling
Among the SilesiansBronislawa Szwajca and Née Eisner
Fear and DreadRegina Szymanska
Writing about Myself for the First TimeDziunia Estera Tattelbaum (vel Tajtelbaum)
The Nightmare ContinuesJuliusz Jerzy Tober
Hidden by My GrandfatherHenryka Trzcinska-Strzelecka
Run to the Woods!Bronislawa Wajngarten
I Was to Be a Boy ...Krystyna Zielinska and Née Rozental
In Fear Because of My OriginsWanda Ziemska
Historical Notes
Index of Persons
Index of Places