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  • A Different Story

    Emilie Roi

    There were eight children in the family, and Maya (Emilie( was the youngest. The family had lived in Denmark for many generations, and they were the only Jews in a small, sleepy village outside Copenhagen. Maya tells us about her life at home and in the fairytale garden, about her brothers and sisters, granny and nanny, and even the chimney sweep. Then World War Two breaks out, and Maya’s story becomes the marvelous tale of the rescue of Denmark’s Jews, and their escape to Sweden. We follow Maya and her family on the dangerous voyage across the sea, and stay with them in Sweden until the end of the war. More than 70 years have passed since that wondrous escape, and many children, as well as adults, have never heard of it. They have heard about the Holocaust and its horrors, but not about how one single country decided it would not abandon its Jewish citizens to their fate. And that is what makes this story so moving-and so different. Emilie Roi was born in Denmark. In October 1943, at the age of seven, she and her family fled the Germans in a fishing boat to neutral Sweden. After the war, they returned to Denmark. This book tells her story. Learn More

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  • From Death to Battle

    Beni Virtzberg

    When Beni Virtzberg was 9 years old, Kristallnacht destroyed his carefree childhood in his home town of Hamburg. Along with his parents, he was transported to Sosnowiec. Nazi Germany invaded Poland and the family shared the fate of many other Jews: internment in a ghetto, followed by deportation to Auschwitz. Beni’s mother was murdered upon arrival. The young boy bravely fought to save his father’s life, but he ultimately lost him as well. Beni’s own fight for survival led him from Auschwitz, where he was forced to assist Joseph Mengele, to the death marches and to the notorious camps of Mauthausen and Melk. Upon liberation, Beni immigrated to Eretz Israel, joined the Palmach, and fought in some of the fiercest battles during Israel’s War of Independence. During the Eichmann Trial, Beni decided to bear witness by writing his painful memoirs. The work on the book and the constant reminders of his agonizing past and losses took a great toll on him. On August 4, 1968, Beni Virtzberg took his own life.

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  • A Boy from Buština

    Andrew Burian

    A sheltered boy from the small town of Buština (then Czechoslovakia, now Ukraine), Andrew had a beautiful carefree childhood. At the age of thirteen, his world was shattered. Andrew’s wartime odyssey began with deportation from his hometown to Mateszalka ghetto in Hungary. From there, Andrew and his family were deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where he survived countless selections and near death experiences. In the freezing winter of 1945, he survived the infamous “death march” evacuation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and was loaded into a cattle car for the long journey to the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria. Andrew survived another death-march to the Gunskirchen concentration camp from which he was ultimately liberated by the U.S. army. Andrew’s journey took him through Hungary, Poland, Austria, Czechoslovakia, England and, finally, the USA where he made a new life. Learn More

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  • Tin Soldier in a Cardboard Box

    Ari Livne

    Henri (Ari) Livne was born in Vienna, and at 8 years old his life was changed forever. He and his parents escaped Austria to Belgium, where they lived in hiding, avoiding arrest, for years. While in Nazi occupied Brussels, he was taken in by 'Aunt Angele'. Henri adopted a false identity, and became a French-speaking Christian boy. His amazing acting abilities, calmness under stress and abilities to improvise saved his life time and again.

    This book shows the complex relationship between Henri's real and adopted identity and how these interplayed in his daily fight for survival. 

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  • Remembering Regina

    Fanny Bienenfeld Lust

    Fanny's mother Regina, brought her family from Poland to Berlin in the 1930s. but they returned to Krakow before World War II. In their quest to escape Nazi occupied Europe, the Bienenfelds crisscrossed their way to freedom. They moved all over Europe, including Italy, Morrocco, Saville, Lisbon and finally to the US.

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  • My Nitra

    Hani Kedar-Kehat

    Hani Kraus was five years old when Slovakia became a client state of Nazi Germany and eleven when it was liberated by the Red Army. In her memoirs, she recalls the gripping story of her family intertwined with the fate of the entire community. She describes the family’s escape from the Nazis and the Guardsmen of the Slovakian Fascist regime, and their miraculous survival in hiding thanks to the assistance of their Slovak rescuers. When Hani and her family returned to Nitra, they realized that most of the members of the once thriving community had been murdered. Learn More

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  • Survival in the Forest

    Isidore Karten

    Isidore Karten was born in an idyllic shtetl in Świrz, Eastern Galicia. He experienced the hardship of the Soviet occupation, and witnessed the German troops marching into town in July 1941. The Germans established the ghetto in Bóbrka, and the remainder of the Jews were ordered into the ghetto. Isidore and his brother joined the Jewish partisans in the Świrz Forest, and Isidore went from ghetto to ghetto calling upon young people to come to the forest to fight. It was on a visit to the Bóbrka ghetto that he met his wife-to-be, Julia, and they were married in the forest. Learn More

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  • Escape to Life

    Patricia Herskovic

    Two people triumph in this story of courage, luck and passion during WWII. William Herskovic escaped from the Auschwitz death camp, miraculously made his way across Nazi-occupied Europe, alerted the underground, and was eventually credited with the rescue of thousands bound for the gas chambers. Mireille hid her parents in attics and rural homes, risking her life daily to find food for them. Learn More

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  • One Step Ahead

    Danna J. Azrieli

    “Suddenly, Dayan burst through the door, muddy and exhausted… He gave specific instructions on when and where to meet, and we left the hotel.” Learn More

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  • The Journey of Ilse Kaufmann

    Ilse Kaufmann and Helena Pardo

    Growing up in prewar Vienna, Ilse Kaufmann had a sheltered childhood. When the Germans invaded Austria in March 1938, Ilse was in Olmutz, Moravia. Four months later she was joined by her parents in Czechoslovakia, and the family's long journey to freedom began. In late 1942, Ilse and her family successfully made the journey to Spain via Berlin, then crossed the border to Lisbon, arriving in Argentina in early 1943. Learn More

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