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The VHEC bookstore offers a small collection of Holocaust fiction and non-fiction books for sale including titles for children, young adults and adults.The bookstore also sells books published by the VHEC’s Wosk Publishing Program. VHEC members receive a 10% discount on all titles.

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the old brown suitcase

The Old Brown Suitcase

By Lillian Boraks-Nemetz | $12
Recommended reading level: Grades 5 - 10 | Ages 10 - 15

"...unusual and compelling..." — Globe and Mail
"...wonderful. Twice I was reduced to tears." — Toronto Star

The Old Brown Suitcase, an award winning book that now appears in a new edition by Ronsdale Press. The novel narrates the absorbing story of Slava, a young girl who survived the Holocaust against all odds. At age fourteen, Slava comes to Canada with her parents and sister and a suitcase filled with memories of a lost childhood, memories that now haunt her new life. She cannot forget the hunger, stench and disease in the Warsaw Ghetto, nor the fear and humiliation of being incarcerated behind a high brick wall. She cannot forget her extraordinary escape from the Ghetto, leaving behind her beloved parents and sister. Nor can she forget being swallowed up in a strange and unknown place to survive under a hidden identity. In Canada, it is not easy for Slava to build a bridge between two cultures; nor is it easy to live with the turmoil of her immediate past. At the same time she must face the new challenges involved in being an immigrant, a Jew and a teenage girl.

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Bialystock to Birkenau

Bialystock to Birkenau:
The Holocaust Journey of Michel Mielnicki

As told to John Munro | $12.50

"This is a story, not only of survival, but of the lives, qualities, enthusiasm and Jewish hearts that were destroyed in the twentieth century." – Sir Martin Gilbert, biographer of Winston Churchill.

In this profoundly honest Holocaust memoir, Michel Mielnicki takes us from the pleasures and charms of pre-war Polish Jewry (now entirely lost) into some of the darkest places of the twentieth century. One of the few survivors of Birkenau – not a concentration camp but an actual death camp – Mielnicki tells his story with great courage and attention to truthful detail. In his home town of Wasilkow, Poland, he describes how pogroms, which began as small acts of anti-Semitism, led to mass murders and expulsions. Mielnicki also adds new material to the neglected history of Soviet rule in Poland from September 1939 to June 1941.

Mielnicki’s account of life in the camps of Birkenau, Buna, Mittelbau-Dora and Belsen is at times harrowing, but the personal qualities that helped him to survive when all human dignity had apparently been erased creates a powerfully redeeming human drama. Bialystok to Birkenau is a co-publication with the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre.


broken threads

Broken Threads:
The Destruction of the Jewish Fashion Industry
in Germany and Austria

Edited by Roberta S. Kremer | $30

"Broken Threads opens a fascinating window on the world of German and Austrian Jewry before the war. Here it can be seen in all its pre-war glory: with a variety that spans architecture, design, manufacture and marketing. Such elegant men. Such chic women. Such confident poses. Such state of the art clothing." - Sir Martin Gilbert

Jewish designers were very prominent in the fashion industry of 1930s Germany and Austria. The emergence of Konfektion, or ready-to-wear, and the development of the modern department store, with its innovative merchandising and lavish interior design, only emphasized this prominence. The Nazis came to see German high fashion as too heavily influenced by Jewish designers, manufacturers and merchandisers. These groups were targeted with a campaign of propaganda, boycotts, humiliation and Aryanization. Broken Threads chronicles this moment of cultural loss, detailing the rise of Jewish design and its destruction at the hands of the Nazis. Superbly illustrated with photographs and fashion plates from the collection of Claus Jahnke, Broken Threads explores this little-known part of fashion and of Nazi history. Published by the VHEC and Berg.

Karl Lagerfeld, one of the most celebrated fashion designers of our time, has recently noted the importance of Broken Threads:
click here for details (final paragraph of entry)


a long labour

A Long Labour:
A Dutch Mother’s Holocaust Memoir

By Rhodea Shandler | $22

"To bear and raise children underground with the Holocaust raging around you is an extraordinary testimony to the power of motherly love. I'll never forget this inspirational story." - Dr. Graham Forst, Founding Member, The Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre

In this unusual Holocaust memoir, Rhodea Shandler gives a woman’s view of life under the Nazis in Holland. She describes early life in a closely knit Jewish family in northern Holland and how that changed with Hitler’s rise to power in 1933. While working in an Amsterdam hospital in 1940, Rhodea looked up to see German paratroopers landing in her city. Over the next few years she describes how the community attempts to cope with the deportations and in early 1943, she and her husband go into hiding in a *safe* farm. Their situation changes when Shandler discovers that she is pregnant. Some of the most moving parts of the story describe her preparations for the child’s birth, even as their *friendly* family turns against them, fearful of the new dangers a baby will bring. Shandler’s memoir ends with the family’s decision after the war to emigrate to Canada. A Long Labour is a co-publication with the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre.


No Time to Mourn

No Time to Mourn:
The True Story of a Jewish Partisan Fighter

By Leon Kahn | $20

"Leon Kahn's story is poignant and its message eloquent."
- Elie Wiesel

Kahn tells the little known story of the family groups of Jews and partisan fighters, composed of Russians from Siberia and Poles, who roamed the forests outside the towns in search of food and weapons during World War II. As a partisan fighter, Kahn was given professional guerilla training and soon became an expert in blowing up German trains. The story of the partisan struggle is as engrossing as it is terrible, for Kahn describes in detail those uncertain times when one never knew who was friend, who was enemy. The final irony may well have come at the end of the war when both the Russian and the American forces, one after the other, detained Kahn for a time as an enemy alien. Eventually, however, his search for freedom was successful: the memoir ends with his immigration to Canada in 1948 and his discovery in Vancouver that "this is my home now." No Time to Mourn is a co-publication with the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre.


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and life is changed forever

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

By Anne Frank | $6
Recommended reading level: Grades 7 - 12 | Ages 12 - 17

"This apparently inconsequential diary by a child, this *de profundis* stammered out in a child's voice, embodies all the hideousness of fascism, more so than all the evidence of Nuremberg put together."
- Jan Romein, Dutch Historian

Anne Frank began to keep a diary on her thirteenth birthday, 3 weeks before she went into hiding with her mother, father, and sister along with four other people. They were sealed-off in the upper rooms of her father's office building in Amsterdam. Anne recorded her hopes, frustrations, clashes with her parents, and observation of her companions.

With the assistance her father's trusted colleagues they remained hidden for two years and one month, until their betrayal in 1944, which resulted in their deportation to Nazi concentration camps. Of the group of eight, only Anne's father, Otto Frank survived the war. Anne died in Bergen-Belsen shortly before liberation in April 1945.


the old brown suitcase

The Old Brown Suitcase

By Lillian Boraks-Nemetz | $12
Recommended reading level: Grades 5 - 10 | Ages 10 - 15

"...unusual and compelling..." — Globe and Mail
"...wonderful. Twice I was reduced to tears." — Toronto Star

The Old Brown Suitcase, an award winning book that now appears in a new edition by Ronsdale Press. The novel narrates the absorbing story of Slava, a young girl who survived the Holocaust against all odds. At age fourteen, Slava comes to Canada with her parents and sister and a suitcase filled with memories of a lost childhood, memories that now haunt her new life. She cannot forget the hunger, stench and disease in the Warsaw Ghetto, nor the fear and humiliation of being incarcerated behind a high brick wall. She cannot forget her extraordinary escape from the Ghetto, leaving behind her beloved parents and sister. Nor can she forget being swallowed up in a strange and unknown place to survive under a hidden identity. In Canada, it is not easy for Slava to build a bridge between two cultures; nor is it easy to live with the turmoil of her immediate past. At the same time she must face the new challenges involved in being an immigrant, a Jew and a teenage girl.


the cat with the yellow star

The Cat with THE Yellow Star:
Coming of Age in Terezin

By Susan Goldman Rubin with Ela Weissberger | $10
Recommended reading level: Grades 5 - 7 | Ages 10 - 12

"A true and immediate account, rich in detail."
- School Library Journal

Ela Stein was eleven years old in February of 1942 when she was sent to the Terezin concentration camp with other Czech Jews. By the time she was liberated in 1945, she was fifteen. Somehow during those horrendous three-and-a-half years of sickness, terror, separation from loved ones, and loss, Ela managed to grow up. Although conditions were wretched, Ela forged lifelong friendships with other girls from Room 28 of her barracks. Adults working with the children tried their best to keep up the youngest prisoners'' spirits. A children''s opera called Brundibar was even performed, and Ela was chosen to play the pivotal role of the cat. Yet amidst all of this, the feared transports to death camps and death itself were a part of daily life. Full of sorrow, yet persistent in its belief that humans can triumph over evil; this unusual memoir tells the story of an unimaginable coming of age.


Dear Canada: Turned Away: The World War II Diary of Devorah Bernstein

Dear Canada: Turned Away:
The World War II Diary of Devorah Bernstein

By Carol Matas | $12.50
Recommended reading level: Grades 5 - 7 | Ages 10 - 12

This dramatic story tells of 11-year-old Devorah?s efforts to help her cousin and pen pal Sarah emigrate from Paris before the Nazis deport the Jews to internment camps. Devorah learns that 5,000 Jewish children in France have visas to leave the country, but the Canadian government will not let them in, leading Devorah to desperately lobby the government to change its policies. Turned Away illustrates the restrictions on the life of Jews in Paris via letters from Sarah who is living in German occupied France. It also reveals Canada's dismal record on Jewish immigration during World War II and depicts the impact of the war in Canada.


devils arithmetic

The Devil's Arithmetic

By Jane Yolen | $8
Recommended reading level: Grades 5 - 9 | Ages 10 - 14

"Ms. Yolen's novel is a bridge to the receding past, and it concludes on a note of redemption and love. Sooner or later all our children must know what happened in the days of the Holocaust. The Devil's Arithmetic offers an affecting way to begin."
- Cynthia Samuels, political producer of the Today Show

Hannah thinks tonight’s Passover Seder will be the same as always. Little does she know that this year she will be mysteriously transported to a village in Poland in the 1940s, where everyone thinks that she is Chaya, who has just recovered from a serious illness. She is captured by the Nazis and taken to a death camp, where she is befriended by a young girl named Rivka, who teaches her how to fight the dehumanizing processes of the camp and hold onto her identity. When at last their luck runs out and Rivka is chosen, Hannah/Chaya, in an almost impulsive act of self-sacrifice, goes in her stead. As the door to the gas chamber closes behind her, she is returned to the door of her grandparents' apartment, waiting for Elijah.

Through Hannah, with her memories of the present and the past, Yolen does a fine job of illustrating the importance of remembering.


goodbye marianne

Good-bye Marianne:
A Story of Growing Up in Nazi Germany

By Irene N. Watts | $10
Recommended reading level: Grades 5 - 7 | Ages 10 - 12

"Dogs and Jews not admitted." Watts was one of the 10,000 Jewish children who were sent from Nazi Europe to Britain in the Kindertransport rescue operation in 1938; her moving autobiographical novel personalizes what it was like to be a Jewish child in Berlin at the time. Marianne Kohn, 11, is locked out of her Berlin school; synagogues and Jewish shops are looted and burned; her father is in hiding; the streets are loud with violence and marching Nazi youth. As the violence gets closer and Marianne must hole up in her apartment, she fiercely resists her mother's decision to send her away.


hana's suitcase

Hana's Suitcase

by Karen Levine | $16.95
Recommended reading level: Grades 5 - 7 | Ages 10 - 12

"Skillfully, and with great sensitivity, Levine weaves together two stories, alternating that of a young life shattered in increments and that of Fumiko Ishioka's relentless search for answers."
- the Globe and Mail

In March of 2000, a mysterious suitcase arrived at the Tokyo Holocaust Education Resource Center from Poland, bearing the name "Hana Brady." Based on real events, Hana's Suitcase is the story of two Japanese students and their teacher who embark on a worldwide journey to discover the story behind the name. Told through the eyes of school children, Hana's Suitcase presents compelling insight into the Holocaust that focuses on glorious moments of heroism, and the awe-inspiring poetry of this complex history.


maus 1

Maus: A Survivor's Tale Volume 1:
My Father Bleeds History

By Art Spiegelman | $20
Recommended reading level: Grades 8 - 12 | Ages 13 - 17

The most affecting and successful narrative ever done about the Holocaust. - The Wall Street Journal

It is the story of Vladek Speigelman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler's Europe, and his son, a cartoonist coming to terms with his father's story. Maus approaches the unspeakable through the diminutive. Its form, the cartoon (the Nazis are cats, the Jews mice), shocks us out of any lingering sense of familiarity. Maus is a haunting tale within a tale. Vladek's harrowing story of survival is woven into the author's account of his tortured relationship with his aging father. Against the backdrop of guilt brought by survival, they stage a normal life of small arguments and unhappy visits. This astonishing retelling of our century's grisliest news is a story of survival, not only of Vladek but of the children who survive even the survivors. Maus studies the bloody pawprints of history and tracks its meaning for all of us.


maus 2

Maus: A Survivor's Tale Volume 2:
And Here My Troubles Began

By Art Spiegelman | $20
Recommended reading level: Grades 8 - 12 | Ages 13 - 17

The reader...develops insights that are beyond the capacity of the characters; that is a mark of Mr. Spiegelman's mastery of narrative.
- New York Times Books of the Century

MAUS was the first half of the tale of survival of the author''s parents, charting their desperate progress from prewar Poland Auschwitz. Here is the continuation, in which the father survives the camp and is at last reunited with his wife. Told with chilling realism in an unusual comic-book format, this is more than a tale of surviving the Holocaust. Spiegelman relates the effect of those events on the survivors' later years and upon the lives of the following generation. It relates events which young adults, as the future architects of society, must confront, and their interest is sure to be caught by the skillful graphics and suspenseful unfolding of the story.


number the stars

Number the Stars

by Lois Lowry | $8
Recommended reading level: Grades 5 - 9 | Ages 10 - 14

"The whole work is seamless, compelling, and memorable – impossible to put down; difficult to forget." - Publishers Weekly

Ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen often think of life before the war. It's now 1943 and their life in Copenhagen is filled with school, food shortages, and the Nazi soldiers marching through town. When the Jews of Denmark are "relocated," Ellen moves in with the Johansens and pretends to be one of the family. Soon Annemarie is asked to go on a dangerous mission to save Ellen's life.


one more border

One More Border: The True Story of One Family's Escape From War-Torn Europe.

By William Kaplan with Shelley Tanaka | $12
Recommended reading level: Grades 5 - 7 | Ages 10 - 12

"With dramatic text, vivid illustrations, and historical photographs, the author enables the reader to feel and experience the terror of Holocaust victims." - Multicultural Review

It's 1939, and Memel, Lithuania, is no longer safe for Jewish families like the Kaplans. Nazi troops have overtaken much of Europe, and hundreds of thousands of Jews have tried to flee Hitler's advance. Most do not succeed. The Kaplans - Igor, his little sister, Nomi, and their parents, Bernard and Nadja - are determined to survive. Staying one small step ahead of the German troops, they encounter the legendary Japanese consul Chiune Sugihara, who manages to finangle exit visas for the entire family - everyone, that is, except for the Russian-born Mrs. Kaplan, who must somehow secure her own papers. Can she succeed where so many have failed, and find refuge with her family, or will she meet the grim fate of millions of other Jews? The Kaplans' desperate attempts to obtain safe passage, and their harrowing journey three-quarters of the way around the world, on ship and on the Trans-Siberian Express, form a riveting narrative that puts a personal face on the often-overwhelming human tragedy that is the Holocaust.


tapestry of hope

Tapestry of Hope:
Holocaust Writing for Young People

Compiled by Lillian Boraks-Nemetz & Irene N. Watts | $18
Recommended reading level: Grades 5 - 7 | Ages 10 - 12

“Tapestry of Hope is an important reference work for teachers of the Holocaust in secondary schools and colleges…this anthology is a complex answer to the often-asked question: Why did so many survivors of the Holocaust wait so long before telling their stories?”
–The Globe and Mail

Tapestry of Hope is an extraordinary anthology of writing about the Holocaust for young people. Irene N. Watts and Lillian Boraks-Nemetz have gathered well-known published writing and new first-person accounts, to reveal the heartbreak, courage, and hope that define one of history’s darkest hours.

The editors present writing about hiding from the Nazis, life in the ghetto, resistance, the camps, escape, survival, and life after the Holocaust. Selections include poetry, prose, and first-hand accounts such as Andre Stein’s Hidden Children, Jack Kuper’s Child of the Holocaust, Jason Shermon’s A Blessing in Disguise, Kathy Kacer’s Gaby’s Dresser, Eva Wiseman’s My Canary Yellow Star, Leonard Cohen’s All There is to Know about Adolph Eichmann, Jean Little writing about Anne Frank, Karen Levine’s Hana’s Suitcase, and many others.


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and life is changed forever

And Life is Changed Forever:
Holocaust childhoods remembered

By Martin Ira Glassner & Robert Krell | $32

“Adult memories of traumatic childhoods continue to constitute a controversial issue. This collection of memoirs of Holocaust child survivors covers a wide range of countries, and commentary by child psychiatrist and child survivor Robert Krell makes it an unusual addition to both the Holocaust and trauma literature."
- Helen Epstein, author of
Where She Came From: A Daughter's Search for her Mother's History

This distinctive volume contains twenty first-person narrative essays from Holocaust survivors who were children at the time of the atrocity. As children aged two to sixteen, these authors had different experiences than their adult counterparts and also had different outlooks in understanding the events that they survived.

While most Holocaust memoirs focus on one individual or one country, And Life Is Changed Forever offers a varied collection of compelling reflections. The survivors come from Germany, Poland, Austria, Romania, Hungary, Italy, Greece, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Latvia, and Czechoslovakia. While each essay is intensely personal, all speak to the universal horrors and the triumphs of all children who have survived persecution. And Life Is Changed Forever also focuses on what these children became and explores the impact of the Holocaust on their later lives.

Bombing of Auschwitz:  Should the Allies Have Attempted It?

Bombing of Auschwitz:
Should the Allies Have Attempted It?

By Michael J. Neufeld & Michael Berenbaum | $12

"A Striking new contribution to the historically important and morrally pressing debate concerning the Allies' failure yo bomb Aushwitz... Significant documents; cogently argued and persuasuve contributions by Holocaust and military historians... An essential introduction, a comprehensive overview." - Robert Jan van Pelt, co-author of Auschwitz, 1270 to the present

Did we "know" the gas chambers were there? Could we have destroyed them? Why didn't we bomb? For decades, debate has raged over whether the Allies should have bombed the gas chambers at Auschwitz and the railroads leading to the camp, thereby saving thousands of lives and disrupting Nazi efforts to exterminate European Jews. Was it truly feasible to do so? Did failure to do so simply reflect a callous indifference to the plight of the Jews or was it a realistic assessment of a plan that could not succeed?

In this volume, a number of eminent historians address and debate those very questions. Published in association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, this is the first paperback edition of a book that has been widely hailed by critics and cited by Kirkus Reviews as "the definitive resource for understanding this deeply troubling episode in the twentieth century's greatest horror." Prominent scholars such as Sir Martin Gilbert, Walter Laqueur, Michael Berenbaum, Gerhard Weinberg, and Williamson Murray offer a diverse array of mutually supporting and competing perspectives on the subject. In the process, they shed important light on how much knowledge of Auschwitz Allied intelligence actually had and on what measures the Allies might have taken to halt the killing. The book is also rich in documentary evidence—including the correspondence of Churchill, Roosevelt, Cordell Hull, Anthony Eden, and John McCloy—that reveals just how much these men knew about the situation and what they thought about its potential resolution. It also includes a selection of the most important documents and aerial reconnaissance photos from 1944 exploring the feasibility of an air strike. Ultimately, these contributions show that the dilemma over Auschwitz was far more complex than criticisms of inaction would suggest. The Bombing of Auschwitz is an unusual volume that confronts life-and-death questions and addresses a matter of enduring interest for all readers of World War II and Holocaust history.


Child Holocaust Survivors: Memories and Relections

Child Holocaust Survivors:
Memories and Reflections

By Robert Krell with Haim Dasberg, Martin Gilbert, Sarah Moskovitz and Elie Wiesel | $19.99

Available only through the Trafford Publishing website.

The majority of children who survived the Holocaust, whether in hiding or in labour and concentration camps, remained silent about their wartime experiences. Those who wanted to talk, were often silenced by well-meaning adults who advised them to forget the past and get on with their lives. The memories and traumas simmered for nearly forty years, each child growing into adulthood thinking they alone struggled with the problems of traumatic memory, identity confusion and other consequences.

This book comprises a compilation of talks offered to child Holocaust survivors, over a 25 year period - from the birth of self-awareness to present day awareness of the need to inform the next generations of their parent's experiences.

Dasberg, Krell and Wiesel are themselves child survivors. Moskovitz founded the Los Angeles Child Survivor group following her pioneering study of child survivors. Gilbert has written and lectured extensively about children in the Holocaust. This book offers the child survivor an opportunity to reflect not only on survival but its effects. For the spouses and children it clarifies some of the dynamics unique to their families and for Mental Health professionals it provides insights into the effects of trauma as well as the remarkable resilience of traumatized children.


The Children of Buchenwald:  Child Survivors and Their Post-War Lives

The Children of Buchenwald:
Child Survivors and Their Post-War Lives

by Judith Hemmendinger & Robert Krell | $22

"This is a searing, tragic, yet ultimately inspiring account of the children fround at the liberation of Buchenwald. This is the remarkable and moving study of enormous importance and deserving of a vast audience." - Professor Irving Abella, Shiff Professor of Canadian Jewish History, York University

On April 11th, 1945, American soldiers were astonished to find one thousand children alive in Buchenwald's Barrack 66. All of them survivors of the death march from Auschwitz and orphaned. Within two months, those children were admitted to France, Switzerland, and England.

This is the story of their lives in the camps, after liberation, their distrust and agressiveness during the early days, and later the bonds of affection that helped them regain confidence in humanity. Twenty years later they were firmly established in the US, Israel, France, Canada and Australia.

While the majority of the survivors kept silent, thirty-one of the Buchenwald children offered their life stories. The book is comprised largely of their personal accounts with additional commentary by the authors. These young men's struggle with loss and bereavement and their heroic efforts and resilience to recapture a normal life are inspiring.


ghost children

Ghost Children

By Lillian Boraks-Nemetz | $10

"In these pages the child who is scared half to death becomes the woman who has yet again to feel those fears. In this book is found the human being, the poet, who ‘stood transfixed / at the edge of the apocalypse." –John Robert Colombo

The poems in Ghost Children explore the spiritual and psychological losses suffered by child survivors of the Holocaust. The title points both to the one and a half million children murdered in the Holocaust and to the many child survivors who have lived out their lives as "ghosts," never managing to allow their childhood self to surface in their adult lives.

Drawing on her own experience of life as a child in the Warsaw Ghetto and her escape, Boraks-Nemetz divides her journey of discovery into three sections. She begins by travelling back in memory to witness to the pain and suffering of the Jewish children of Europe. In the second section, she journeys to Europe to visit the concentration camps, ghettoes and towns where Jewish life once flourished. Boraks-Nemetz finds ghosts of the past in the black granite memorials of what once was the Warsaw Ghetto, in the stones in Treblinka, in the trees of Auschwitz, and in her grandparents’ Polish garden. She also travels to the Dead Sea and the caves of En Gedi to look for traces of her lost Jewish identity. Ultimately, she points to a place of healing, at a light that burns within the very act of surviving and remembering. In spite of all that has happened, in spite of the admonition that, after Auschwitz, poetry is impossible, Boraks-Nemetz affirms that we must continue the journey.


i escaped from auschwitz

I Escaped From Auschwitz

By Rudolf Vrba | $22.50

This is the extraordinary first-hand account of Rudolf's Vrba's experiences as a prisoner in Auschwitz as well as the tale of his amazingly daring escape. Although a testimonial full of unbearably graphic horror and suffering, this is not what makes this book so gripping, and so important. What endures is Vrba's personality, the vividness of his writing, his unbelievable physical tenacity and, incredibly enough, his sense of humour.

Vrba was imprisoned in Auschwitz for twenty-one months and seven days. He then escaped with his fellow Slovak Alfred Wetzler. I Escaped From Auschwitz also includes, for the first time, the full text of the Auschwitz Protocols which is considered by many to be one of the most important documents of the 20th century. The historic handling, and mishandling of the report contained in this book is sadly chronicled.

This is a must read for any person interested in understanding not only the inner workings of the camp, with the expected horrors and brutality, but also a personal story of strength, survival and guile.




By Elie Wiesel | $10

"No one has left behind him so moving a record." - Alfred Kazin

Born in the town of Sighet, Transylvania, Elie Wiesel was a teenager when he and his family were taken from their home in 1944 to the Auschwitz concentration camp, and then to Buchenwald. Night is the terrifying record of Elie Wiesel's memories of the death of his family, the death of his own innocence, and his despair as a deeply observant Jew confronting the absolute evil of man. This new translation by his wife and most frequent translator, Marion Wiesel, corrects important details and presents the most accurate rendering in English of Elie Wiesel's testimony to what happened in the camps and of his unforgettable message that this horror must never be allowed to happen again. This edition also contains a new preface by the author.


none is too many

None Is Too Many:
Canada and the Jews of Europe 1933-1948

By Irving Abella & Harold Troper | $20

"...documents its charge so effectively that it will leave most readers numb with sorrow and shame. This is the record of the bleakest chapter in Canadian history." - Micheal Bliss in MacLean's

To the condemed Jews of Aushwitz, Canada had a special meaning. It was the name given to the camp barracks where the food, clothes, gold, diamond, jewellery and other goods taken from prisoners were stored. It presented life, luxury and salvation; it was a Garden of Eden in Hell; it was also unreachable

In effect, the barracks at Aushwitz symbolized what Canada was to all Jews of Europe throughout the 1930's and 1940's – a paradise, enormous, wealthy, overflowing and full of life; but out of bounds, a haven totally inaccesible. Why Canada was closed to the Jews of Europe is the subject of this book. It is a story summed up best in the words of an anonymous senior Canadian official who was asked how many Jews would be allowed into Canada after the war. "None," he said, "is too many."


Social Discredit: Anti-Semitism, Social Credit, and the Jewish Response

Social Discredit:
Anti-Semitism, Social Credit, and the Jewish Response

By Janine Stingel | $15

"Others have touched obliquely on some aspects of this story but no one has made it the subject of a detailed and scholarly analysis until now. Dr Stingel has added immeasurably to our knowledge of Social Credit and the history of Canadian Jewry in the inter-war, war, and postwar eras." - David Bercuson, director, strategic studies, University of Calgary

In Social Discredit Janine Stingel exposes a crucial, yet previously neglected, part of Social Credit history -- the virulent, anti-Jewish campaign it undertook before, during, and after the Second World War. While most Canadians acknowledged the perils of race hatred in the wake of the Holocaust, Social Credit intensified its anti-Semitic campaign.

By examining Social Credit's anti-Semitic propaganda and the reaction of the Canadian Jewish Congress, Stingel details their mutual antagonism and explores why Congress was unable to stop Social Credit's blatant defamation. She argues that Congress's ineffective response was part of a broader problem in which passivity and a belief in "quiet diplomacy" undermined many of its efforts to combat intolerance.

Stingel shows that both Social Credit and Congress changed considerably in the post-war period, as Social Credit abandoned its anti-Semitic trappings and Congress gradually adopted an assertive and pugnacious public relations philosophy that made it a champion of human rights in Canada. Social Discredit offers a fresh perspective on both the Social Credit movement and the Canadian Jewish Congress, substantively revising Social Credit historiography and providing a valuable addition to Canadian Jewish studies.


Survival In Auschwitz

Survival In Auschwitz

By Primo Levi | $15

"More than anything else I've read or seen, Levi's books helped me not only to grasp the reality of genocide but to figure out what it means for people like me who grew up sheltered from the storm." - Meredith Tax, The Village Voice

In 1943, Primo Levi, a twenty-five-year-old chemist and "Italian citizen of Jewish race," was arrested by Italian fascists and deported from his native Turin to Auschwitz. Survival in Auschwitz is Levi's classic account of his ten months in the German death camp, a harrowing story of systematic cruelty and miraculous endurance. Remarkable for its simplicity, restraint, compassion, and even wit, Survival in Auschwitz remains a lasting testament to the indestructibility of the human spirit. Included in this new edition is an illuminating conversation between Philip Roth and Primo Levi never before published in book form.


To Bear Witness:  Holocaust Remembrance at Yad Vashem

To Bear Witness:
Holocaust Remembrance at Yad Vashem

Edited by Bella Gutterman and Avner Shalev | $25

Yad Vashem, The Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority, was established by a Knesset law to constitute the center for the memories of the entire Jewish people. Its new museum cluster was constructed so as to be able to renew its capacity in every generation and respond to new needs, mediating between the old world that was destroyed and life rebuilt. This book leads the reader through the events at Yad Vashem. It is not only a story of the Jews but of humankind, with personal stories, documents, works of art, films and thousands of photographs of a world that is no more. Some of the material is published for the first time.

Victory over Nazism:  A Holocaust Survivor's Journey

Victory over Nazism:
A Holocaust Survivor's Journey

By Bronia Sonnenschein & Dan Sonnenschein | $20

A collection of writings by and about Bronia Sonnenschein, who survived the Nazi annexation of Austria, four years of slave labor in the Lodz Ghetto, concentration camps including Auschwitz and Stutthof, the bombing of Dresden, and a death march to Theresienstadt.

This book documents Bronia Sonnenschein's journey from a happy life in Vienna to the annexation of Austria by the Nazis and the years of horror that followed, then the rebuilding of her life since liberation, and now her work in Holocaust education. It contains a variety of articles and many comments from students, teachers, and members of the public who have been moved by her testimony, her character, and her resilience of spirit.


The World Must Know:  The History of the Holocaust as Told in  the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

The World Must Know:
The History of the Holocaust as Told in
the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

By Michael Berenbaum | $30

"This important book, a vital guide through the unique corridors of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., merits the widest of audiences." - Chaim Potok, author of The Chosen and The Promise

The World Must Know documents the compelling human stories of the Holocaust as told in the renowned permanent exhibition of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Drawing on the museum's extensive collection of artifacts, archives, and eyewitness testimonies, and augmented with more than two hundred period photographs, this book serves as an enduring reminder of the moral obligations of societies and individuals.

This revised edition is enhanced with new insights and updates based on archival information that had been inaccessible to researchers until after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Communist regimes of Eastern and Central Europe. It includes new photographs, redrawn charts, a new section on the Holocaust in Greece, an updated bibliography, and a new foreword by the museum director.