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Our Voices, Our Lives

Twenty Holocaust Survivors Remember


This special teacher resource book includes the original testimonies of 20 Holocaust Survivors from the San Antonio community whose stories were recorded by the USC Shoah Foundation Institute. Four teachers from the San Antonio area took these video testimonials and retold them in chronological order combining them with special vignettes and poetry based on dramatic segments from the survivors’ experiences.

Video clips accompany the retellings and vignettes and add an essential element to the teaching package.

Click HERE to read an excerpt from the book.

Price: $49.00, plus $5.00 shipping and handling.

History on Trial


Part history, part real life courtroom drama, History On Trial is Deborah Lipstadt’s riveting, blow-by-blow account of a trial that tested the standards of historical and judicial truths and resulted in a formal denunciation of a Holocaust denier that crippled the movement for years to come.

Lipstadt chronicals her five-year legal battle with David Irving, who has been called “one of the most dangerous spokespersons for Holocaust denial,” culminating in a sensational ten week trial in 2000 which ultimately exposed the prejudice, extremism, and distortion of history that defined Irving’s work. Lipstadt’s victory was proclaimed on the front page of major newspapers around the world, and lives on in this riveting read.

Price: $16.00, plus $5.00 shipping and handling.

The Beasts of Buchenwald


The crime and punishment story of how NAzi SS colonel Karl Koch and his wife Ilse ran Buchenwald, the most infamous concentration camp of Nazi Germany, where evil reigned unchecked and the inconcievable was commonplace.

The Beasts of Buchenwald paints a chilling portrait of callous inhumanity. Whitlock tells the story with an urgency which resounds through the decades.
Michael E Haskew, Editor, WWII History Magazine.

Gruesome, fascinating, utterly compelling. Whitlock's narrative whips along, providing a well-balanced and highly informative look inside the vicious heart of the Nazi Regime.
Alex Kershaw, author of The Bedford Boys.

Price: $19.00, plus $5.00 shipping and handling.

Terrible Things


This unique introduction to the holocaust encourages young children to stand up for what they think is right, without waiting for others to join them. For ages 6 and up.

"This is an excellent book for sensitizing young people of any denomination to recognize injustice." - Church and Synagogue Libraries

Price: $12.00, plus $5.00 shipping and handling.


True Tales From a Grotesque Land


From the moment I got to Auschwitz I was completely detached. I disconnected my heart and intellect in an act of self-defense, despair, and hopelessness." With these words Sara Nomberg-Przytyk begins this painful and compelling account of her experiences while imprisoned for two years in the infamous death camp. Writing twenty years after her liberation, she recreates the events of a dark past which, in her own words, would have driven her mad had she tried to relive it sooner. But while she records unimaginable atrocities, she also richly describes the human compassion that stubbornly survived despite the backdrop of camp depersonalization and imminent extermination.
197 pages.

Price: $21.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling.

The Business of Genocide

The SS, Slave Labor, and the Concentration Camps


During World War II, hundreds of thousands of prisoners were worked to death by the Nazis under a brutal system of slave labor in the concentration camps across all of German-occupied Europe. The whole operation was run by a surprisingly small staff of bureaucrats--no more than 200 engineers and managers who worked in the Business Administration Main Office of the SS. Michael Thad Allen powerfully contradicts the assumption that the SS forced slavery upon the German economy, demonstrating that instead industrialists actively sought out the Business Administration Main Office as a valued partner in the war economy. Moreover, while the bureaucrats who oversaw Holocaust operations have often been seen as technocrats or simple "cogs in the machinery," this book reveals their ideological dedication, even fanatical devotion, to slavery and genocide in the name of National Socialism.
392 pages; 19 illustrations.

Price: $28.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling.

Genocide and the Politics of Memory

Studying Death to Preserve Life


More than sixty million people have been victims of genocide in the twentieth century alone, including recent casualties in Bosnia and Rwanda. Herbert Hirsch studies repetitions of large-scale human violence in order to ascertain why people in every historical epoch seem so willing to kill each other. He argues that the primal passions unleashed in the cause of genocide are tied to the manipulation of memory for political purposes. According to Hirsch, leaders often invoke or create memories of real or fictitious past injustices to motivate their followers to kill for political gain or other reasons. Generations pass on their particular versions of events, which then become history. If we understand how cultural memory is created, Hirsch says, we may then begin to understand how and why episodes of mass murder occur and will be able to act to prevent them. In order to revise the politics of memory, Hirsch proposes essential reforms in both the modern political state and in systems of education.
256 pages.

Price: $27.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling.

Nazi Empire-Building and the Holocaust in Ukraine


Lower provides the most complete assessment available of German colonization and the Holocaust in Ukraine, the "jewel" of the Nazi empire. In this unprecedented attempt at Nazi empire building, violence, racism, anti-Semitism, and militarism pervaded all aspects of everyday life. Lower argues that it was in the eastern outposts of the Reich, such as Ukraine, that the regime's core beliefs, aims, and practices were revealed.
328 pages; 21 illustrations, 5 maps.

Published in association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Price: $27.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling.

The Origins of Nazi Genocide

From Euthanasia to the Final Solution


Tracing the rise of racist and eugenic ideologies, Henry Friedlander explores in chilling detail how the Nazi program of secretly exterminating the handicapped and disabled evolved into the systematic destruction of Jews and Gypsies. He describes how the so-called euthanasia of the handicapped provided a practical model for the later mass murder, thereby initiating the Holocaust. The Nazi regime pursued the extermination of Jews, Gypsies, and the handicapped based on a belief in the biological, and thus absolute, inferiority of those groups. To document the connection between the assault on the handicapped and the Final Solution, Friedlander shows how the legal restrictions and exclusionary policies of the 1930s, including mass sterilization, led to mass murder during the war. He also makes clear that the killing centers where the handicapped were gassed and cremated served as the models for the extermination camps. Based on extensive archival research, the book also analyzes the involvement of the German bureaucracy and judiciary, the participation of physicians and scientists, and the nature of popular opposition.
448 pages; 1 illustration, 28 tables.

Price: $32.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling.

Troubled Memory

Anne Levy, the Holocaust, and David Duke's Louisiana


How a childhood survivor of the Holocaust found the courage to publicly confront the specter of Neo-Nazism in America. A 2000 Booklist Holocaust Literature Best of the Year Selection. Winner of the 2000 Lillian Smith Book Award, Southern Regional Council.
616 pages; 36 illustrations, 6 maps, 2 figures.

Price: $28.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling.


Hitler's Gift to the Jews


This is a gripping account of one man's experiences in the most deceptive of all the places in which the Nazis incarcerated the Jews during the Holocaust: Hitler's "model" ghetto, Theresienstadt. Norbert Troller's memoir recounts his two years in Theresienstadt, from early 1942 until September 1944, when he was deported to Auschwitz after the Nazis discovered he and other artists were smuggling out drawings that revealed the horrors of Theresienstadt. Miraculously preserved by his friends, Troller's drawings and watercolors of life inside Theresienstadt add a compelling dimension to his story and are published here for the first time.

Price: $23.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling.

Echoes from Auschwitz


Eva Mozes Kor's gripping story of survival in Auschwits.

There have been many excellent accounts by adult concentration camp survivors, but Eva Mozes Kor shows us a different view of Auschwitz as a child and human guinea pig in the terrible medical experiments of the infamous Dr. Josef Mengele. Eva's testimony of what happened to them as Mengele's guinea pigs provides an important historical account and an inspiring story of the incredible strength and resourcefulness of children in the face of a man and a system that intended their death. Through ingenuity, mutual sacrifice and sheer strenght of will, Eva and Miriam survive Auschwitz. A tribute to the ingenuity and indomitable spirit of children everywhere.
Cheri Pugh, Holocaust Historian.

Signed Edition

Price: $25.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling.

It Happened in Italy


The untold true story of how the people of Italy defied the horrors of the Holocaust. At the height of the Nazi genocide, tiny Italian villagers risked everything to save generations of Jews. Join this celebration of history and heroism by purchasing a signed copy of Ms. Bettina's book today.

Price: $20.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling.

Forgiving Dr. Mengele


Winner of the SPECIAL JURY PRIZE IN SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2006, Forgiving Dr. Mengele is a bold and thought provoking documentary about a shocking act of forgiveness by Auschwitz survivor Eva Mozes Kor and the firestorm of criticism it had provoked. Eva and her twin sister, Miriam, were victims of Nazi doctor Josef Mengele’s cruel genetic experiments – an experiment that would haunt them the rest of their lives. The film follows Eva’s metamorphosis from embittered survivor to tireless advocate for reconciliation. Eva’s ideas about justice, revenge and the possibility of healing through forgiveness – as well as the passionate opposition from other survivors – become a window to a larger discussion of the many ways people define forgiveness.

This personal agenda morphs into a political crusade, as Eva finds herself challenged – in the US, Germany, and Israel – by other survivors who view her as nothing short of a traitor. Soon, Eva’s life and vision – and by extension the film itself – take dramatic, unexpected turns. We watch as this woman, who in 1995 built a tiny museum in a Terre Haute strip mall as a tribute to her twin sister Miriam and other child survivors, is forced to watch the destruction of this memorial by hateful neo-Nazis. Can Eva’s convictions withstand these terrible tests?

Thrusting itself into the roiling debate about how Jews in general and Holocaust survivors in particular must view the perpetrators of Nazi atrocities, Forgiving Dr. Mengele pointedly asks “Can you forgive, but not forget?”

Price: $30.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling.

Surviving the Angel of Death

The Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz


Eva Mozes Kor was 10 years old when she arrived in Auschwitz. While her parents and two older sisters were taken to the gas chambers, she and her twin, Miriam, were herded into the care of a man known as the Angel of Death, Dr. Josef Mengele. Mengele's twins were granted the "privileges" of keeping their own clothes and hair, but they were also subjected to sadistic medical experiments and forced to fight daily for their own survival, as most of the twins died as a result of the experiments or from the disease and hunger pervasive in the camp. In a narrative told with emotion and restraint, readers will learn of a child's endurance and survival in the face of truly extraordinary evil.

Price: $25.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling.

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