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Survivor and author Elie Wiesel, recipient of the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize, told interviewer Stephen Lewis that the flood of survivors' personal memoirs that started in the 1970s represented the intersection of society's readiness to try to understand the enormity of the Holocaust and survivors' readiness to describe it. The memoirs of people who lived those experiences, he said, are the best documents for understanding what the Holocaust really was.

Confessions of an Auschwitz Number: A18260
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Confessions of an Auschwitz Number: A18260

Poet Joseph Rogel was born in Tarnov, Poland in 1911 and settled in Montreal after the war. He had been interned in and escaped from a series of camps, including Auschwitz.
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Dachau: Prisoner 89012
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Dachau: Prisoner 89012

Irving Eisner prayed during his final days at the Dachau concentration camp that he might be spared so he could teach others, particularly children, about the Holocaust experience. He has dedicated his life to teaching, and his book answers the question he was asked at every presentation he made: "Why didn't you write down your memories?"

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Theresienstadt: The Town the Nazis Gave to the Jews
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Theresienstadt: The Town the Nazis Gave to the Jews

Vera Schiff wrote her book in part to correct the impression that the "model ghetto" of Theresienstadt was anything but a cruelly cramped and dangerous concentration camp, in many ways as deadly as the death camps to which its surviving residents were usually sent.
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I Never Saw Another Butterfly
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I Never Saw Another Butterfly

Of the 15,000 children who passed through Theresienstadt concentration camp in occupied Czechoslovakia, only 100 survived. The drawings and poems that lived after them, some of which are assembled in this book, create a unique and poignant picture of how children experienced the Holocaust.

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