Recent Additions to the Tauber Holocaust Library

The Tauber Holocaust Library’s collection includes over 12,000 volumes in more than 15 different languages. Each year, thanks to both generous donations by community members and staff purchases of the latest works in Holocaust and genocide scholarship, the collection expands further.

Books recently added to the Tauber Holocaust Library’s collection:

Alice’s Piano: The Life of Alice Herz-Sommer
Melissa Müller and Reinhard Piechocki

St. Martin’s Press, 2006.
Alice’s Piano is the biography of Alice Herz-Sommer, a Prague-born pianist who was deported, along with her husband and son, to Theresienstadt in 1943.

Different from other camps and ghettos, Theresienstadt served a very specific purpose for the Nazis, who used it as a “show camp” to deceive outside visitors such as the Red Cross. Conditions inside of Theresienstadt were horrific, but outsiders who visited were shown not the real camp, but a living piece of Nazi propaganda.

Alice Herz-Sommer turned to music as a means of confronting her own pain and inspiring hope in fellow prisoners. She performed more than one hundred concerts inside of Theresienstadt. Having survived the war, she emigrated to Israel and later to London.


A Hidden Diary from the Lodz Ghetto, 1942-1944
Heniek Fogel (edited by Helene Sinnreich)

Yad Vashem, 2015.
In A Hidden Diary From the Lodz Ghetto, Heniek (Hersz) Fogel chronicles daily life in the Lodz Ghetto. In February 1940, the Germans established the Lodz Ghetto, soon becoming the second-largest ghetto in Nazi-occupied Europe after the Warsaw Ghetto. Beginning in March 1942, Fogel describes the horrors of life in the ghetto, including the deportation of his brother and the death of his father.

Before his deportation to Auschwitz in August 1944, the young diarist hid the diary underneath the floorboards of the family’s apartment. Having survived through the end of the war, Fogel returned to Lodz and retrieved his diary from its secret hiding place.


Wehrmacht Priests: Catholicism and the Nazi War of Annihilation
Lauren Faulkner Rossi

Harvard University Press, 2015.
Drawing on personal correspondence, official military reports, memoirs, and interviews, Lauren Faulkner Rossi studies the experience of Catholic priests who served in the Wehrmacht during the Second World War. Wehrmacht Priests grapples with questions of moral justification, complicity, perpetration, and the complex relationship between the Catholic Church and the Nazi regime.


The Great Departure: Mass Migration from Eastern Europe and the Making of the Free World
Tara Zahra

W.W. Norton & Company, 2016.
The Great Departure is a groundbreaking study of human migration in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Through her exploration of the social, intellectual and political trends that shaped the mass exodus from Eastern Europe, Zahra challenges the assumed link between freedom and mobility, arguing that “from the very moment that the mass exodus from Eastern Europe began, many Europeans questioned the notion both that emigration should be unrestricted and that moving would lead to freedom or prosperity.”

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Posted by Admin on July 19, 2016

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