We have compiled a list of resources and links to books to help you understand why the MOTL is so important today:
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Encyclopedia
An online encyclopedia that allows you to enter terms and learn more about specific topics through articles, images, maps and more.
A comprehensive guide to worldwide Holocaust resources, including links to online resources, databases and e-learning tools.
Video of 1939 Poland Jews
A compelling 4-minute video of Polish Jewish Life in 1939, just a few short months prior to the Nazi invasion. As the narrator mentions, it depicts a “very vivid [Polish Jewish] life that was destroyed.”
An interactive guide to life in Warsaw before, during and after the Holocaust.
Yad Vashem produced this compelling history of the Lodz Ghetto. This is where Irv Kempners paternal grandparents were taken to in 1941, from their hometown of Kalisz. A few months later they were taken to Chelmno concentration camp to be gassed and cremated.
Always Good With a Needle (available through Amazon)
In her teens and twenties, Ms. Freidenreich Kempner of Radom, Poland struggled to survive and safeguard her family under the torments of Nazi rule. Ultimately, after narrowly escaping death in a series of labor and death camps including the infamous Auschwitz, only she and her younger sister were destined to survive, blessed with the opportunity to begin life again in a new land.
The Last Jews of Kalisz: David Kempner’s Story of Tragedy and Triumph (available through Amazon)
In 1939, 34% of Kalisz, Poland’s population was Jewish. Six years later, 90 percent of these 27,000 men, women and children were no longer alive, murdered by the Nazis and their Polish henchmen. David Kempner was the only one of his Kalisz family to survive those terrible years, to build a new life in America and serve as an eyewitness to history.
The following is a list of additional books to read:
- Night by Elie Wiesel
- Mila 18 by Leon Uris
- The Last Album by Ann Weiss
- A Hero of the Holocaust by David Adler
- The Wall by John Hersey
- The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
- In My Hands by Irene Gut Opdyke
- All But My Life by Gerda Klein
- The War Against the Jews: 1933-1945 by Lucy Davidowicz
- A History of the Holocaust by Yehuda Bauer
- They Fought Back by Yuri Suhl
- Genesis 1948 by Dan Kurzman
- Exodus: A Novel of Israel by Leon Uris
The following are additional movies and television programs that could serve as good reference materials:
- Unlikely Heroes
- The Long Way Home
- Schindler’s List
- The Pianist
- Zookeepers Wife
- Boy in Striped Pajamas
- Band of Brothers (the last few episodes)