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Volume 1

Book Title: Out of the Ghetto
Book Author: Jack Klajman with Ed Klajman
Number of Pages: (148)
Original Publication Date (in English): 2000
Book Focus: A young Polish boy survives in Warsaw alone, comes to England after the war, and emigrates to Canada; the events in the book take place between 22 April 1931 and 1958.

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Death and funeral of father, spring 1941, at age 44: "My father's plight was typical of what happened to most adults in the ghetto. The only ones who had any chance to survive were the street-savvy, rough, tough deal-makers. . . . There was such a stark contrast between those smugglers and my father. My dad was just a kind-hearted, simple family man. He was doomed in the ghetto."
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Volume 1

Book Title: On Both Sides of the Wall, Memoirs from the Warsaw Ghetto
Book Author: Vladka Meed
Number of Pages: (269)
Original Publication Date (in English): 1979
Book Focus: A young woman is actively involved in the Warsaw Ghetto Revolt, and with saving Jews through the Jewish underground; the events described take place between 22 July 1942 and June 1945.

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Manya Zygielbojm cannot bring herself to send her son Artek to the Aryan side to potential safety: " 'Whatever my fate, it shall also be the fate of my son. We've been through so much together. Perhaps we'll succeed in surviving after all. If not, at least we'll perish together.' And so, Manya Zygielbojm did not part from her son. Both of them were to die in the ghetto uprising."
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Volume 1

Book Title: Of Blood and Hope
Book Author: Samuel Pisar
Number of Pages: (311)
Original Publication Date (in English): 1980
Book Focus: A young boy from Bialystok, Poland, survives Soviet occupation, Auschwitz, and several slave labour camps, and becomes a noted international lawyer.

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Hela Pisar and eight-year-old Freida, prior to deportation, Bialystok: "Mother and Frieda were being marched the other way. My eyes were glued to the two frail shapes as they moved off in the distance. With one hand my sister held on to my mother, with the other she clutched her favorite doll. They too looked over their shoulders. Then they disappeared from sight."
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Volume 2

Book Title: Maus A Survivor's Tale, Part I - My Father Bleeds History
Book Author: Art Spiegelman
Number of Pages: (159)
Original Publication Date (in English): 1986
Book Focus: A young married Polish couple, Vladek and Anja, survive in Poland, before being sent to Auschwitz. The husband (who is thirty-three in 1939) relates his experiences to their son born after the war; the events take place between 1931 and mid-March 1944.

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The Zawierce ghetto is liquidated, Tosha decides not to leave with the three children: her daughter Bibi, her niece Lonia, her nephew (their son) Richieu: "Always Tosha carried around her neck some poison ... She killed not only herself, but also the three children."
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Volume 2

Book Title: Maus A Survivor's Tale, Part II - And Here My Troubles Began
Book Author: Art Spiegelman
Number of Pages: (136)
Original Publication Date (in English): 1991
Book Focus: A young married Polish couple, Vladek and Anja, survive Auschwitz and death marches. The husband ( who is thirty-three in 1939) relates his experiences to their son born after the war; the events take place between mid-March 1944 and the summer of 1945.

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Felix the Belgian faces his terror, Vladek tries to calm him: " 'Look, they're going to kill all of us here eventually ... you this week, me the next ... none of us can escape it. You must be brave ... and, who knows, maybe it's not even your turn yet ....' "
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Volume 2

Book Title: All But My Life
Book Author: Gerda Weissmann Klein
Number of Pages: (246)
Original Publication Date (in English): 1957
Book Focus: Gerda, a young Polish girl (who is fifteen in 1939) survives slave labour camps and death marches and is liberated by an American Jewish soldier; the events take place between 3 September 1939 and 13 September 1945.

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Her parents Julius, 55, and Helene, 45, spend their last night together before they are separated and sent to different labour camps: "And so they talked on through the night, animated and happy. They faced what the morning would bring with the only weapon they had - their love for each other. Love is great, love is the foundation of nobility, it conquers obstacles and is a deep well of truth and strength. After hearing my parents talk that night I began to understand the greatness of their love. Their courage ignited within me a spark that continued to glow through the years of misery and defeat."
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Volume 3

Book Title: Survival in Auschwitz, the Nazi Assault on Humanity
Book Author: Primo Levi
Number of Pages: (157)
Original Publication Date (in English): 1959
Book Focus: Primo, a young Italian, who was twenty in 1939, is deported from Italy to Auschwitz where he survives for almost a year; the events recorded take place between his arrest on 13 December 1943 and his liberation by Soviet forces in Auschwitz on 27 January 1945.

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A work companion at Buna: "He is Null Achtzehn. He is not called anything except that, Zero Eighteen, the last three figures of his entry number; as if everyone was aware that only man is worthy of a name, and that Null Achtzehn is no longer a man. I think that even he has forgotten his name, certainly he acts as if this was so."
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Volume 3

Book Title: The Janowska Road
Book Author: Leon Weliczker Wells
Number of Pages: (320)
Original Publication Date (in English): 1963
Book Focus: Leon, from Lvov in Poland, who was fourteen in 1939, survives Soviet occupation and two internments in the Janowska Camp, and in hiding in Lvov. The events described take place between his birth in 1925, and his emigration to the United States in 1949.

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Leon's brothers Aaron and Jacob, after he finds them in the Lvov Ghetto and asks why they aren't trying to hide themselves, late December 1942: " 'We didn't care anymore,' answered Aaron. 'Father and Mother were dead; you were gone. Why should we expect a better fate than all the rest? So we sold everything and ate our fill of chocolate and sweets for once, and now all we are waiting for is the next Aktion.' Aaron was fifteen years old, Jacob, thirteen."
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Volume 3

Book Title: By Bread Alone, The Story of A-4685
Book Author: Mel Mermelstein
Number of Pages: (255)
Original Publication Date (in English): 1979
Book Focus: Mel, from Munkacs in Hungary, who is twelve in 1939, survives Auschwitz, slave labour, and concentration camps. The events described take place from the German entry into his home town in March 1944 to Mel's arrival in America on 31 August 1946.

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Father's advice in Auschwitz that he and his two sons do not remain together, " '. . . to see . . . would be the greatest suffering of all.' . . . My perception of him gained a new maturity; I began to understand the wisdom and sheer courage in what he was asking us to do. . . . Then more firmly he said, 'But if we stay apart, at least one of us will live to tell.' "
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