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The Last Album

(Reposted to this site on 2/11/2004)

LastAlbum_coverThe Last Album
EYES FROM THE ASHES OF AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU
by Ann Weiss

Published by: W.W. Norton & Company

The Last Album is a collection of over 400 remarkable photographs. It traces the story of how families arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau and how the author came to see them through what was essentially a fortuitous accident. Ann Weiss identified as many people and places in the photos as possible, traveling around the world to track down remaining family members and friends, and listening to stories of the inmates’ lives before being removed to the camp. Several of these accounts are described in the book.


Contents

Dedication – 9
Foreword – 13
Introduction – 16

Eyes from the Ashes – 20
Background and History of the Photographs
The Photos Are Saved at Auschwitz— Birkenau – 36

The Photographs – 39

  • The Bendin Orphanage – 54
  • The Bes Yaacov School – 56
  • The Rappaport School – 58
  • Furstenburg Gymnasium – 60
  • Szancerowa School – 67
  • Hasidim – 96
  • Zionism – 100
  • Robert Desnos – 112

The Families – 119

  • The Cukierman Family – 120
  • The Diament Family – 134
  • Manya Fuchs and Viktor Goldman – 137
  • The Gitter and Stawski Families – 138
  • Roselena and Werner Hirsch – 141
  • The Huppert Family – 144
  • The Kohn and Broder Families – 156
  • The Koplowicz Family – 174
  • The Malach Family – 186
  • Genya Gutfreund Manela – 194
  • Moshe Manela1 – 96
  • The Monka and Rosen Families – 198
  • The Strochlitz Family – 206
  • Josef “Yossel” Rosensaft – 212
  • Yaacov Yaakobovicz and Annya Igra – 215

Afterword – 216
Acknowledgments – 218
Index – 222