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All the light we cannot see : a novel

All the light we cannot see : a novel

Doerr, Anthony, 1973- author
2014

Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure's great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall. In Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure.

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Auschwitz : voices from the death camp

Auschwitz : voices from the death camp

Deem, James M., author.
2012

"Examines Auschwitz, a death camp during the Holocaust, including its construction and daily workings, true accounts from prisoners of the camp and Nazi perpetrators, and how more than 1 million people were murdered there"-- Provided by publisher.

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Auschwitz lullaby

Auschwitz lullaby

Escobar, Mario, 1971- author
2018


The Auschwitz photographer : based on the true story of Wilhelm Brasse prisoner 3444

The Auschwitz photographer : based on the true story of Wilhelm Brasse prisoner 3444

Crippa, Luca, 1964- author
2021

When Germany invaded Wilhelm Brasse's native Poland in 1939, he was asked to swear allegiance to Hitler and join the Wehrmacht. He refused. He was deported to Auschwitz concentration camp as political prisoner number 3444. A trained portrait photographer, he was ordered by the SS to record the inner workings of the camp. He began by taking identification photographs of prisoners as they entered the camp, went on to capture the criminal medical experiments of Josef Mengele, and also recorded executions. Between 1940 and 1945, Brasse took around 50,000 photographs of the horror around him. He took them because he had no choice. Eventually, Brasse's conscience wouldn't allow him to hide behind his camera. First he risked his life by joining the camp's Resistance movement, faking documents for prisoners, trying to smuggle images to the outside world to reveal what was happening. Then, when Soviet troops finally advanced on the camp to liberate it, Brasse refused SS orders to destroy his photographs. 'Because the world must know,' he said."-- Provided by publisher.

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The boy who followed his father into Auschwitz : a true story of family and survival

The boy who followed his father into Auschwitz : a true story of family and survival

Dronfield, Jeremy, author
2020

In 1939, Gustav Kleinmann, a Jewish upholsterer in Vienna, was seized by the Nazis. Along with his teenage son Fritz, he was sent to Buchenwald in Germany. There began an unimaginable ordeal that saw the pair beaten, starved, and forced to build the very concentration camp they were held in. When Gustav was set to be transferred to Auschwitz--a certain death sentence--Fritz refused to leave his side. Throughout the horrors they witnessed and the suffering they endured, there was one constant that kept them alive: the love between father and son.

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By chance alone : a remarkable true story of courage and survival at Auschwitz

By chance alone : a remarkable true story of courage and survival at Auschwitz

Eisen, Max, author
2016

This autobiography of Canadian Max Eisen details the rural Hungarian deportations to Auschwitz-Birkenau, back-breaking slave labour in Auschwitz I, the infamous 'death march' of January 1945, the painful aftermath of liberation, and a journey of physical and psychological healing.

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The daughter of Auschwitz : my story of resilience, survival, and hope

The daughter of Auschwitz : my story of resilience, survival, and hope

Friedman, Tova, 1938- author
2022

A powerful memoir by one of the youngest survivors of Auschwitz, Tova Friedman, following her childhood growing up during the Holocaust and surviving a string of near-death experiences in a Jewish ghetto, a Nazi labor camp, and Auschwitz.

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The dressmakers of Auschwitz : the true story of the women who sewed to survive

The dressmakers of Auschwitz : the true story of the women who sewed to survive

Adlington, Lucy, 1970- author
2021

At the height of the Holocaust twenty-five young inmates of the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp were selected to design, cut, and sew beautiful fashions for elite Nazi women in a dedicated salon. It was work that they hoped would spare them from the gas chambers. Weaving the dressmakers' remarkable experiences within the context of Nazi policies for plunder and exploitation, historian Lucy Adlington exposes the greed, cruelty, and hypocrisy of the Third Reich and offers a fresh look at a little-known chapter of World War II and the Holocaust.

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The emperor's orphans

The emperor's orphans

Ito, Sally, 1964- author
2018

"During the Second World War, approximately 4,000 Japanese-Canadians were "repatriated" to Japan. Among those Canadians sent back were members of author and poet Sally Ito's family. As a Japanese Canadian child growing up in the suburbs of Edmonton, Alberta, Ito's early life was a lone island of steamed tofu and vegetables amidst a sea of pot roast and mashed potatoes. Through the Redress Movement, Parliamentary acknowledgement of wartime injustices, and the restoration of citizenship to those exiled to Japan, Ito considers her role as an author, meditating on culture and identity. Later, she returns to Japan and re-lives the displacement of her family through interviews, letters, and shared memories. Her journey compellingly weaves her family's path through the darkest days of the Pacific War, its devastating aftermath, and the repercussions on cultural identity for all the Emperor's orphans."-- Provided by publisher.

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The fight for history : 75 years of forgetting, remembering, and remaking Canada's Second World War

The fight for history : 75 years of forgetting, remembering, and remaking Canada's Second World War

Cook, Tim, 1971- author
2020

A masterful examination of how Canadians framed and reframed the war experience over time. Just as the importance of the battle of Vimy Ridge to Canadians rose, fell, and rose again over a 100-year period, the meaning of Canada's Second World War followed a similar pattern. By the end of the 20th century, Canada's experiences in the war were largely framed as a series of disasters. This book is about the efforts to restore a more balanced portrait of Canada's contribution in the global conflict.

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Forgiveness : a gift from my grandparents

Forgiveness : a gift from my grandparents

Sakamoto, Mark, 1977- author
2015


Girl in the blue coat

Girl in the blue coat

Hesse, Monica, author
2017



The librarian of Auschwitz

The librarian of Auschwitz

Rubio, Salva, 1978- author
2023

Follows the true story of Dita Kraus, a fourteen-year-old girl from Prague who after being sent to Auschwitz is chosen to protect the eight volumes prisoners have smuggled past the guards.

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The librarian of Auschwitz

The librarian of Auschwitz

Iturbe, Antonio, 1967-, author
2017

Fourteen-year-old Dita is one of the many imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Taken, along with her mother and father, from the Terezín ghetto in Prague, Dita is adjusting to the constant terror that is life in the camp. When Jewish leader Freddy Hirsch asks Dita to take charge of the eight precious volumes the prisoners have managed to sneak past the guards, she agrees. And so Dita becomes the librarian of Auschwitz

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Never forget your name : the children of Auschwitz

Never forget your name : the children of Auschwitz

Meyer, Alwin, 1950-
2022

The children of Auschwitz: this is the darkest spot in the ocean of suffering that was the Holocaust. They were deported to the concentration camp with their families, with most being murdered in the gas chambers upon their arrival, or were born there under unimaginable circumstances. While 232,000 children and juveniles were deported to Auschwitz, only 750 were liberated in the death camp at the end of January 1945. Most of them were under 15 years of age. Alwin Meyer's masterwork is the culmination of decades of research and interviews with the children and their descendants, sensitively reconstructing their stories before, during and after Auschwitz. The camp would remain with them throughout their lives: on their forearms, as a tattooed number, and in their minds, in the memory of heart-rending separation from parents and siblings, medical experiments, abject confusion, ceaseless hunger and a perpetual longing for home and security. Once the purported liberation came, there was no blueprint for piecing together personal biographies after the unthinkable had happened. Many of the children, often orphaned, had forgotten their names or ages, and had only fragmented understandings of where they came from. While some struggled to reconnect to the parents from whom they had been separated, others had known nothing other than the camp. Some children grew up without the ability to trust and to play. Survival is not yet life - it is an in-between stage which requires individuals to learn how to live. The liberated children had to learn how to be young again in order to grow into adults like others did. This remarkable book tells the stories of the most vulnerable victims of the Nazis' systematic attempt to extinguish innocent lives, and rescues their voices from historical oblivion. It is a unique testimony to the horrific suffering endured by millions in humanity's darkest hour.

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The pharmacist of Auschwitz : the untold story of Victor Capesius

The pharmacist of Auschwitz : the untold story of Victor Capesius

Posner, Patricia, author
2017

"This is the little known story of Victor Capesius, a Bayer pharmaceutical salesman from Romania who, at the age of 35, joined the Nazi SS in 1943 and quickly became the chief pharmacist at Auschwitz. There he dispensed drugs for horrific medical experiments, managed the poisonous gas that killed millions, and performed life and death selections of arriving transports of Jews."--Back cover.

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Remembrance Day and the poppy

Remembrance Day and the poppy

Cox-Cannons, Helen, 1971- author.
2016

"Describes the importance of Remembrance Day"-- Provided by publisher.

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They fought in colour : a new look at Canada's First World War effort = La guerre en couleur : nouveau regard sur le Canada dans la Première Guerre mondiale

They fought in colour : a new look at Canada's First World War effort = La guerre en couleur : nouveau regard sur le Canada dans la Première Guerre mondiale

2018

Picture the First World War as if you were there: in living colour and immersive detail. Even for such a richly documented time, the era is usually obscured behind grainy black-and-white photography. They Fought in Colour is a photographic exploration of Canada's First World War experience, presented for the first time in full, vibrant colour, with essays by some of our country's leading public figures. Explore life on the front lines, the huge support network needed to maintain the Canadian Expeditionary Force, and events on the home front in Canada, during the war that shaped the events of the twentieth century and continues to be present in our lives today.

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This game of war

This game of war

Butts, Edward, 1951- author.
2022




What the eagle sees : indigenous stories of rebellion and renewal

What the eagle sees : indigenous stories of rebellion and renewal

Yellowhorn, Eldon, 1956- author
2019

Indigenous people across Turtle Island have been faced with disease, war, broken promises, and forced assimilation. Despite crushing losses and insurmountable challenges, they formed new nations from the remnants of old ones, they adopted new ideas and built on them, they fought back, they kept their cultures alive, and they survived. Key events in Indigenous history with accounts of the people, places, and events that have mattered from the 12th century to present day are told from a vastly under-represented perspective--an Indigenous viewpoint.

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