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In Fragile Moments / The Last Time

by Zsuzsanna Fischer Spiro & Eva Shainblum The Azrieli Foundation (May 29, 2016)

Born two hundred kilometres away from each other and two years apart, Zsuzsanna Fischer and Eva Steinberger are both thrown into chaos when Germany occupies Hungary and destroys their peaceful childhoods. In...

Inside the Walls

by Eddie Klein The Azrieli Foundation (May 29, 2016)

An idealist and a dreamer, young Icchok Klein writes poetry in the Lodz ghetto, a talent that leads to him to be rescued by a tight inner circle, where he comes under the protective wing of the chairman of the...

Stronger Together

by Andy Réti & Ibolya Grossman The Azrieli Foundation (September 14, 2015)

In the fall of 1941, as the situation for Jews worsens across Europe, Ibolya (Ibi) Grossman learns she is pregnant. She is scared and confused ? a baby during wartime? But her husband, Zolti, assures her, ?We...

Silent Refuge

by Margrit Rosenberg Stenge The Azrieli Foundation (June 30, 2017)

In 1940 in the remote village of Rogne, Norway, eleven-year-old Margrit Rosenberg and her parents believe that they have finally found the safety that has eluded them since fleeing from Germany two years earlier....

Buried Words

by Molly Applebaum The Azrieli Foundation (March 31, 2017)

Hidden away underground, in a box, twelve-year-old Molly has only her older cousin and her diary to keep her company. For two years, she writes of her confinement ?in a grave?: the cold, dark and stuffiness,...

Six Lost Years

by Amek Adler The Azrieli Foundation (March 31, 2017)

"How much longer could we last?" sixteen-year-old Amek Adler laments, after arriving at yet one more concentration camp in the spring of 1945. From the Lodz and Warsaw ghettos to the Radom forced labour camp,...

Before All Memory is Lost

by Myrna Goldberg The Azrieli Foundation (January 16, 2017)

In this first Azrieli Foundation anthology, twenty-five women reflect on their experiences of survival ? from the heart-stopping fears of hiding to the extreme risks of ?passing? as non-Jews, and from the terrors...

The Vale of Tears

by Rabbi Pinchas Hirschprung & Vivian Felsen The Azrieli Foundation (October 31, 2016)

An epic journey across borders, The Vale of Tears chronicles close to two years in the life of Rabbi Pinchas Hirschprung as he seeks an escape route from Nazi-occupied Europe. In this rare, near day-byday account,...

Alone in the Storm

by Leslie Vertes The Azrieli Foundation (September 14, 2015)

In 1944, twenty-year-old Leslie Vertes escapes from a forced labour detail in Budapest and miraculously survives by assuming a false identity. About to taste freedom as the end of the war nears, his liberation...

Bits and Pieces

by Henia Reinhartz The Azrieli Foundation (August 31, 2007)

Lodz, Poland, 1944. Teenaged Henia Rosenfarb sat with her family in a small, secret room, hiding from Nazi soldiers who were looking for them. Little could the fiery redhead have imagined that her path would...

As the Lilacs Bloomed

by Anna Molnár Hegedűs The Azrieli Foundation (August 31, 2014)

In the spring of 1944, as Germany occupied her native Hungary, Anna Hegedu?s barely had time to notice the flowers blooming around her. One year later, as the lilacs blossomed once again, she returned to her...

If, By Miracle

by Michael Kutz The Azrieli Foundation (August 31, 2013)

Nearly buried alive, ten-year-old Michael Kutz narrowly escaped the Nazi death squad that killed 4,000 Jews, including his own family, in his hometown of Nies?wiez?. Guided by his mother?s last words and determined...

Suddenly the Shadow Fell

by Leslie Meisels The Azrieli Foundation (August 31, 2014)

When 17-year-old Leslie Meisels insisted that his mother and two brothers join a transport leaving Debrecen, Hungary, to go who knows where, that decision luckily put them among the roughly 20,000 ?exchange...

Knocking on Every Door

by Anka Voticky The Azrieli Foundation (August 31, 2012)

As Hitler?s army swept into Czechoslovakia in 1939, Anka Voticky, a twenty-five-year-old mother of two, her husband, Arnold, and her family fled halfway around the world to an unlikely refuge ? the Chinese port...

The Hidden Package

by Claire Baum The Azrieli Foundation (August 31, 2014)

Almost forty years after the end of the end of the war, Claire Baum opens a package from a stranger in Rotterdam, unleashing a flood of repressed memories from her childhood. As Claire delves into her past,...

Album of My Life

by Ann Szedlecki The Azrieli Foundation (August 31, 2009)

Ann Szedlecki was a Hollywood-film-loving fourteen-year-old when the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939 and she fled to the Soviet Union with her older brother, hoping to return for the rest of her family later. Instead,...

Tenuous Threads / One of the Lucky Ones

by Judy Abrams & Eva Felsenberg Marx The Azrieli Foundation (August 31, 2012)

Two Jewish girls born six months apart ? Judit Grünfeld (Judy Abrams) in Hungary and Eva Felsenburg (Marx) in Czechoslovakia ? are separated from their parents and forced to "pass" as Christian children. Theirs...

Hope's Reprise

by David Newman The Azrieli Foundation (August 31, 2015)

David Newman?s gifts as a musician and a teacher carried him through years of brutality during the war. Torn from his family in Poland and deported for forced labour at Skar?ysko- Kamienna, David battled desperation...

A Drastic Turn of Destiny

by Fred Mann The Azrieli Foundation (August 31, 2009)

Under the Yellow & Red Stars is a remarkable story of survival, coming of age and homecoming after years as a stranger in a strange land. Alex Levin was only ten years old when he ran deep into the forest after...

The Shadows Behind Me

by Willie Sterner The Azrieli Foundation (August 31, 2012)

For six desperate years, Willie Sterner?s skill as a painter saved him from death at the hands of the Nazis. Faced with inhumane conditions in slave labour camps and grieving the loss of his close-knit family,...

The Weight of Freedom

by Nate Leipciger The Azrieli Foundation (September 30, 2015)

Nate Leipciger, a thoughtful, shy eleven-year-old boy, is plunged into an incomprehensible web of ghettos, concentration and death camps during the German occupation of Poland. As he struggles to survive, he...

W Hour

by Arthur Ney The Azrieli Foundation (August 31, 2014)

Arthur Ney, a twelve-year-old smuggler outside the Warsaw ghetto walls when the ghetto uprising began in the spring of 1943, fled to the countryside with false papers to work on a farm. Almost a year later,...

If Home is Not Here

by Max Bornstein The Azrieli Foundation (August 31, 2012)

Not quite two when he immigrated to Canada, Max Bornstein returned to Europe in 1933, the year that Adolf Hitler came to power. Barely surviving as a stateless refugee in 1930s Paris, he escaped France when...

Joy Runs Deeper

by Bronia Beker & Joseph Beker The Azrieli Foundation (August 31, 2014)

Bronia and Josio (Joseph) grew up in Kozowa, a shtetl filled with lively culture, eccentric characters and extended family. When Bronia met Josio, she was charmed by his confidence and fearlessness. Separated...

Across the Rivers of Memory

by Felicia Carmelly The Azrieli Foundation (August 31, 2015)

Transnistria, Romania, did not exist on a map. Yet that is where ten-year-old Felicia Steigman and her parents arrived in 1941, after a cruel deportation and death march overseen by Romanian Nazi collaborators....

Gatehouse to Hell

by Felix Opatowski The Azrieli Foundation (August 31, 2013)

At fifteen, Felix Opatowski begins smuggling goods out of the Lodz ghetto in exchange for food. In 1943 he is deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where he is recruited as a runner for the Polish Underground and...

E96: Fate Undecided

by Paul-Henri Rips The Azrieli Foundation (August 31, 2009)

The son of an Antwerp diamond merchant, Paul-Henri Rips was ten when the Nazis invaded Belgium and ended his ?golden childhood? forever. Guided by his father?s admonition to ?Sei a mensch? (Be a decent person),...

Survival Kit

by Zuzana Sermer The Azrieli Foundation (August 31, 2012)

An only child, fifteen-year-old Zuzana Sermer did what she could to protect her father and ailing mother when the Nazis set up a fascist regime in her native Slovakia in 1939. Four years later, after fleeing...

If Only It Were Fiction

by Elsa Thon The Azrieli Foundation (August 31, 2013)

Elsa Thon was a sixteen-year-old photographer's apprentice when the Nazis occupied her town of Pruszków, Poland. When her family was sent to the Warsaw ghetto, Elsa joined a community farm and was recruited...

Getting Out Alive

by Tommy Dick The Azrieli Foundation (August 31, 2007)

Nineteen-year-old Tommy Dick was killed, only to resurface. Born into a Hungarian family who had converted from Judaism, Tommy soon found out that in the eyes of the Nazis, he was still a Jew, still a target...

A Name Unbroken

by Michael Mason The Azrieli Foundation (August 31, 2015)

When Germany occupied Hungary in 1944, fifteen-year-old Miklos Friedman drew on his wits to survive. Recruited into forced labour, sent to a ghetto and, ultimately, to the Nazi camps of Auschwitz and Mühldorf,...

Traces of What Was

by Steve Rotschild The Azrieli Foundation (August 31, 2014)

Ten-year-old Steve Rotschild learns to hide, to be silent, to be still ? and to wait. He knows the sound of the Nazis? army boots and knows to hold his breath until their footsteps recede. Rotschild takes us...

Vanished Boyhood

by George Stern The Azrieli Foundation (August 31, 2013)

A month before George Stern?s thirteenth birthday, Germany invaded his native Hungary, anti-Jewish edicts were passed and a ghetto was established. A rebel even then, George refused to wear the Jewish star....

Fleeing from the Hunter

by Marian Domanski The Azrieli Foundation (August 31, 2012)

On the run in Nazi-occupied Poland, thirteen-year-old orphan Marian Finkelman ? later Domanski ? was forced to grow up much too early. When he finally escaped the ghetto in his hometown, Marian?s perfect Polish...

Never Far Apart

by Kitty Salsberg & Ellen Foster The Azrieli Foundation (August 31, 2015)

Kati and her younger sister, Ilonka, arrived in Canada with painful memories from the Holocaust, which took both of their parents. Their harrowing time alone in the Budapest ghetto was fresh in their minds,...

Spring's End

by John Freund The Azrieli Foundation (August 31, 2007)

A young boy who loved soccer as much as he loved to write, John Freund found his joyful childhood shattered by the German invasion of Czechoslovakia. John?s family suffered through the systematic erosion of...

We Sang in Hushed Voices

by Helena Jockel The Azrieli Foundation (August 31, 2014)

When the Nazis invaded Hungary on March 19, 1944, elementary school teacher Helena Jockel thought only about how to save ?her? children as she accompanied them all the way to Auschwitz. Her account of living...

My Heart is At Ease

by Gerta Solan The Azrieli Foundation (August 31, 2014)

In June 1942, when twelve-year-old Gerta is deported with her parents to the Theresienstadt ghetto ? the Nazis' deceptive "model Jewish settlement" ? her family helps her cope with the surrounding devastation....

In Hiding

by Marguerite Élias Quddus The Azrieli Foundation (August 31, 2013)

With these last words from their mother, two little girls, Marguerite and her older sister, Henriette, started a long and wandering journey that lasted three years. Given new identities, they had to forget everything...

From Generation to Generation

by Agnes Tomasov The Azrieli Foundation (August 31, 2012)

Hiding from the Nazis in the forests of Slovakia?s Low Tatra Mountains in the fall of 1944, in constant danger from the Germans occupying nearby villages, fourteen-year-old Agnes Grossmann and her family made...

Where Courage Lives

by Muegette Myers The Azrieli Foundation (August 31, 2015)

From the bustling city of Paris to the quaint, countryside village of Champlost, France, Where Courage Lives follows ten-year-old Muguette Szpajzer and her family as they sought refuge from the war. Written...

Memories from the Abyss/But I Had a Happy Childhood

by William Tannenzapf & Renate Krakauer The Azrieli Foundation (August 31, 2009)

William Tannenzapf never wavered in his determination to survive and save his wife and baby girl from the evil that gripped his home town of Stanislawów. Blond, cherubic, Renate Krakauer was a ?miracle baby?...

The Violin/A Child's Testimony

by Rachel Shtibel & Adam Shtibel The Azrieli Foundation (August 31, 2007)

Rachel Milbauer, a vivacious and outgoing music lover, hid silently in an underground bunker in Nazi-occupied Poland for nearly two years. After the war, a recovered violin, case and photos hidden away by Rachel?s...

Under the Red and Yellow Stars

by Alex Levin The Azrieli Foundation (August 31, 2009)

Under the Yellow & Red Stars is a remarkable story of survival, coming of age and homecoming after years as a stranger in a strange land. Alex Levin was only ten years old when he ran deep into the forest after...

Little Girl Lost

by Betty Rich The Azrieli Foundation (August 31, 2012)

When the Nazis invaded her small town of Zdun?ska Wola, Poland, in 1939, sixteen-year-old Basia Kohn (later Betty Rich) escaped into Soviet-occupied Poland. Over the next five years, her journey took her thousands...