Women in the Holocaust
Harry W. Mazal OBE answers:
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There is an enormous amount of information available on the subject of women in the Holocaust. Three books that might be of use to you are:
Women in the Holocaust (2 volumes)
(From the Dust Jacket):
"In this remarkable spectrum of testimonies, we meet women of all types who faced a variety of challenges under the Nazi regime. Some were as young as twelve years old at the time of the war, but regardless of age or background, all were united in their powerful will to survive and their unflagging commitment to others.
"In their stories, acts large and small combine to paint a mural of womanly perseverance during a time of unimaginable affliction. The testimonies fulfill both aims of the survivors: to pay tribute to the moral bravery of the past generation and to bequeath its legacy to future generations."
Women in the Resistance and in the Holocaust
(From the Foreword by Simon Wiesenthal)
"When I read the manuscript of Women in the Resistance and in the Holocaust , my memory brought back a scene that had occurred in the concentration camp Lemberg-Janowska on July 5, 1943. It was early morning, and a group of women and girls led by armed guards to their execution passed me. One of the girls turned around and looked straight into my eyes. Her gaze penetrated into my soul and has remained with me for all of these years. It meant a farewell, but it also conveyed a sacred message: so not forget!
"For the women life in the concentration camps and in the ghettos was often much harder to bear than for the men. In the camps they worked at hard labor; in the ghettos they additionally supported their families. And how do you measure the pain and anguish of a mother who has nothing to feed her children."
Seed of Sarah
An intimate, personal narrative of a woman who arrived in Auschwitz at age 19 and somehow survived the war.
Harry W. Mazal OBE
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