What are some good Holocaust memoirs?

In my English honors class we're reading the book Night by Elie WIesel, and the project that goes along with the book evolves reading a holocaust memoir and then making a presentation that reflects that persons personal experience of the holocaust. I know that a lot of people are doing Shara's Key, and I wanted to do something different. However, because World War 2 and the holocaust aren't exactly my area of expertise, I was wondering if there were any really good holocaust memoirs you could recommend. Also, I'm on a 12+ grade reading level, so that shouldn't be a problem.

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  • gatita
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    9 years ago
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    The following list contain memoirs of Holocaust survivors. They may not all be books, but possibly be read online. The majority deal with the hunger and starvation encountered in the Death Camps written by survivors.

    "Bread, soup - these were my whole life. I was a body. Perhaps less than that even: a starved stomach. The stomach alone was aware of the passage of time."

    ~ Elie Wiesel (Holocaust Survivor) (from his book "Night," Ch. 4)

    http://classiclit.about.com/od/nightelie%E2%80%A6

    "Children starving to death."

    ~ Czerniaków diary entry for May 8, 1941 (Warsaw Ghetto)

    http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?%E2%80%A6

    "In the morning, sixty percent of the six people in the bunk did not wake up. The other forty percent went over the pockets of the dead people to find a piece of bread…The hygienic condition was very, very poor in that period. I remember that I searched a dead body in the bunk and I found a piece of bread. That piece of bread was crawling with lice and you shook them off the bread and put it in your mouth and ate it."

    ~ Jack Oran (Holocaust Survivor)

    http://www.buzzle.com/articles/294028.ht%E2%80%A6

    "Never in my life had I known the pangs of hunger. Even after I was pushed into the ghetto I ate. But now I too know hunger. I sustain myself for a whole day on a quarter kilo of bread and unsweetened tea. My strength is diminishing from such meager fare. At times I can't even stand up. I fall on my bed, but rest eludes me. I am in a states of sleep and not asleep, of wakefulness and yet am not awake. I am plagued with nightmares. Fear and worry preoccupy me, fear lest I be seized and deported; worry about where to find my bread."

    ~ Kaplan (qtd. in "Random Terror and Starvation," by Alexander Kimel (Holocaust Survivor))

    http://kimel.net/method1.html

    "In practice, Auschwitz prisoners with less physically demanding labor assignments received approximately 1,300 calories per day, while those engaged in hard labor received approximately 1,700. After several weeks on such starvation rations in the camp, most prisoners began to experience organic deterioration that led to the so-called 'Muzulman" state,' extreme physical exhaustion that ended in death."

    ~ From the essay "Living Conditions, Labor and Executions": Source: The State Museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

    http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsou%E2%80%A6

    "1941: Children in the Stara Gradiska concentration camp dying of slow starvation. The government of the satellite state of Croatia ordered caustic soda to be added to their food in order to eliminate them."

    ~ Please see, "Holocaust Archive Pictures" (No. 9, 10, 11)

    http://www.reformation.org/archive.html

    "After they [Nazis] occupied Poland, the Nazis laid down a table of rations for all who resided there. Hans Frank, the governor of the Generalgouvernement, predicted unequivocally that the Nazis had condemned 1,200,000 Jews to death by starvation. The provision of food in the Generalgouvernement was difficult fromthe beginning. The Germans prohibited the importation of food from the Reich,including those parts of Poland that had been incorporated into the Reich as soon as the surrender took place in 1939. Thus Warsaw effectively was cut off from its usual source of supply, the farms of western Poland."

    ~ Excerpt from: Charles G. Roland, "Courage Under Siege: Disease, Starvation and Death in the Warsaw Ghetto"

    http://remember.org/courage/chapter6.htm%E2%80%A6

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    gatita

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    Degree in History (focus Jewish studies) and Spanish, New Mexico State U. 1990

  • walen
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    4 years ago

    Best Holocaust Memoirs

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  • 9 years ago

    My Brother's Voice is an interesting book of a Hungarian survivor of Auschwitz.

    True Stories of the Survivors of the Holocaust provides about 7-9 stories? They aren't the longest stories ever but still fascinating and gives much detail and perspective.

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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    It isn't really a diary like thing, but it's about the whole holocaust and such. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Start with Simon Wiesenthal's "The Murderers Among Us" He writes about his experiences in Auschwitz and his career as a NAzi hunter. For background you might also read Robert Conot's "Justice at Nuremberg

  • 9 years ago

    schindler's list is a good movie for the holocaust and if it has to be a book im sure you can find one also the boy in the striped pajamas is another one

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