Click below and hear Doreen Rappaport shares some of the backstory for creating her book, Beyond Courage:
From the Author’s Bibliography
Thousands of books, articles, and memoirs have been written about the Holocaust. Historians have studied court records, diaries, memoirs, newspapers, and documents and have interviewed Jew who survived the events. Many professional historians are survivors who have dedicated their lives to documenting their experiences and the experiences of others during this horrific time. My book – and all Holocaust research – is indebted to their meticulous scholarship and their courage and commitment to sharing their painful experiences with all of use.
Museums, libraries, universities, historical organizations, and Jewish organizations have put on the Internet important information no available in books. Here I discovered memoirs of people mentioned in books, lists of survivors of concentration camps and uprisings, maps, photographs, and video interviews.
I am sharing a list of websites here and hope they will send you on your own paths of discovery.
Beyond Courage – Websites
Diaries and Memoirs of the Holocaust
Many of the books I read are out of print and can be found primarily in research libraries.
However, extraordinary books have been written in diary and memoir form by those who
experienced the Holocaust.
“Why did I write it?” asks Elie Wiesel in the Preface to Night the first of his works.
Because “having survived, I needed to give some meaning to my survival,” he wrote in the book.
Like the others listed here, Elie Wiesel’s book is about “bearing witness.”
Frank, Anne. The Diary of a Young Girl. New York: Pocket Books, 1953.
Greene, Joshua M. and Shiva Kumar. Witness: Voice from the Holocaust. New York: Touchstone, 2000.
Kagan, Jack and Dov Cohen. Surviving the Holocaust with the Russian Jewish Partisans. London: Vallentine Mitchell, 1998.
Klein, Gerda Weissmann. All But My Life. New York: Hill and Wang, 1971.
Levi, Primo. Survival in Auschwitz: The Nazi Assault on Humanity. New York: Collier Books, 1961.
Leitner, Isabella. Fragments of Isabella: A Memoir of Auschwitz. New York: Dell, 1983.
Sachs, Nelly. The Chimneys: Selected Poems. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
Wiesel, Elie. Night. (Originally published in French, 1958), New York, Hill & Wang, a division of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006.
*Additional resources will be added on a regular basis.