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Concentration and Extermination Camps


  • Yitzhak Arad, Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka: The Operation Reinhard Death Camps (Indiana University Press).
  • Paul Berben, Dachau 1933-1945 (Comite Internationale de Dachau)
  • Danuta Czech, Auschwitz Chronicle 1939-1945 (Henry Holt).
  • Alexander Donat, The Holocaust Kingdom (Holocaust Library).
  • Terence des Pres, The Survivor (Pocket Books).
  • Deborah Dwork and Robert Jan Van Pelt, Auschwitz: 1270 to the Present (Norton)
  • Konnilyn G. Feig, Hitler’s Death Camps (Holmes and Meier).
  • Willard Fletcher, The Einsatzgruppen, or Murder Commandos (Garland).
  • Yisrael Gutman and Michael Berenbaum, Anatomy of the Auschwitz Death Camp (Indiana University Press)
  • David A. Hackett, The Buchenwald Report (Westview Press)
  • Eugen Kogon, The Theory and Practice of Hell (Berkley Books).
  • Isabella Leitner, Fragments of Isabella (Crowell).
  • Primo Levi, Survival in Auschwitz (Collier Books).
  • ———, Moments of Reprieve (Summit Books).
  • Hanna Levy-Hass, Inside Belsen (Barnes & Noble).
  • Alexander Mitscherlich and Fred Mielke, Doctors of Infamy: The Story of the Nazi Medical Crimes (Henry Schuman).
  • Elie Wiesel, Night (Avon Books).


9 minutes, videotape, black and white.
Recommended for ages 16 and up.
This short film, with minimal dialogue, gives a powerful and perceptive view of the nature of the extermination process although there are no scenes of horror in it.

It shows a group of children, with their teacher, being held in a barbed wire enclosure just prior to being forced into an extermination van. The attitudes of the children, their teacher, and their guards and murderers will stimulate classroom discussion.

Kitty: Return to Auschwitz
82 minutes, videotape, color.
Recommended for junior high school grades and up.
Kitty Hart, a survivor who lived in the camp between the ages of 16 and 18, returns to tell others and to under-stand what happened there.

Camp of Hope and Despair – Witness of Westerbork
70 minutes, color.
Recommended for junior high school grades and up.
Westerbork in Eastern Holland was the last stop on Dutch soil for more than 100,000 Dutch Jews, before being deported to the concentration camps. In spite of the air of impending doom, Jewish classes, celebrations, religious services and weddings continued on a regular basis. Eyewitness accounts of survivors and remarkable films and photographs create an overall picture of daily life.

Majdanek 1944
65 minutes, videotape, b/w.
Recommended for ages 14 and up.
The concentration and extermination camp Majdanek, erected near Lublin in 1941, was liberated on July 23, 1944. Soviet and Polish troops uncovered evidence of the Nazi Genocide and formed a commission to hear testimony from survivors and witnesses to the atrocities; their accounts were preserved on film.

9½ hours, videotape, color.
Recommended for high school grades and up.
This film is an assemblage of witnesses – Holocaust survivors, Nazi functionaries, and Polish villagers who lived near the death camps. This testimony is one of the most shattering human documents ever recorded.

Theresienstadt: Gateway to Auschwitz
60 minutes, videotape, color.
Recommended for ages 14 and up.
Survivors, who were children in Theresiendstadt during the war, tell their stories. The tape is interspersed with original art work and photographs. 15,000 children under 15 years of age were incarcerated in Theresienstadt and only 100 survived.

The Triumph of Memory
29 minutes, videotape, color and b/w.
Recommended for all ages.
Non-Jewish resistance fighters were sent to Nazi concentration camps during World War II. As non-Jews, they bear witness to the Jewish Holocaust and provide a moving reminder about the actions of the Nazis in Mauthausen, Buchenwald, and Auschwitz-Birkenau. The film is narrated by Arnost Lustig, a Jewish survivor of Auschwitz and twice winner of the National Jewish Book Award.