The Holocaust as Reflected in Diaries and Memoirs

The Holocaust as Reflected in Diaries and Memoirs

This course is a literary journey into the world of Jewish communities and individuals as the events of the Holocaust unfold around them. It offers a profound and extensive record of first-person accounts in diaries and memoirs uncovered throughout the years until today. It is a remarkable insight into the struggle for survival as both young and old writers describe their day-to-day life coping in the ghettos, imprisonment in the death camps, hiding on the run, and fighting for their lives. The unforgettable images help us understand the real events of the Holocaust and its legacy for us today.

Table of Contents

Lesson 1 – Moments of Helplessness: Leaving Home

Lesson 2 – Children…

Lesson 3 – Holidays and Occasions…

Lesson 4 – “TheHeart Within Me Burns”

Lesson 5 – The Jewish Woman

Lesson 6 – Brothers: Alienated and in Distress – Solidarity and Cultural Conflict

Lesson 7 – Outside the Sword Shall Butcher, While in the Rooms There Shall be Terror: Jews Write in the Shadow of Death

Lesson 8 – Through the Kindness of Strangers

Lesson 9 – Gathering the Pieces

Lesson 10 – Art is Life!