Holocaust memoirs

The Holocaust Autobiographies Catalogue is a database of over 180 memoirs that have been written by survivors of the Holocaust and published in Australia. These books have been written by people from different countries and different communities. They describe events from varied perspectives: some of the writers were very young during the years of the Second World War; others were more mature. Some survived by going into hiding, whilst others endured the tortures of Nazi concentration camps. The writing styles also vary. Some of the books in the database were written by accomplished writers; others were written by people who would not have chosen to write at all were it not for a compelling sense of duty to tell their stories.

The database contains detailed information about each book. In addition to bibliographical details (author, title, publisher, place and year of publication), the database also lists a book’s location, where possible. The database has been created in parallel with a collection of memoirs located in the Rare Books Collection of the Sir Louis Matheson Library of Monash University. If that collection or any of the Monash University libraries has the book, then that is listed as its location. Otherwise, an alternative library is listed. There is also a summary of each book, as well as a list of camps, towns and cities mentioned.

Finally, a brief word about the criteria for inclusion in the database. All of the books in the database were written by first-generation Holocaust survivors;  the authors have written about their own experiences rather than those of parents or grandparents. The books are all written by Jews who came under the Nazi sphere of influence at some stage during or immediately before World War II. All of the books were published in Australia, though a few of the authors do reside overseas. It should also be mentioned that the database is at this stage still incomplete. As such, some books do not yet have summaries or full details.

# Concept: Andrew Markus - Prepared by: Daniel Bloom, Adrian Sackson and Margaret Taft, with the assistance of students enrolled in the subject 'The Holocaust' at Monash University

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Adler, Jacques, Remembrance, memory and life: Jewish holocaust survivors in Victoria, State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, 1993

Ajzen, Chaim, Chaim Ajzen remembers, Makor Jewish Community Library, Melbourne, 2005

Ajzenbud, Moshe, The Commissar took care, Globe Publishing, Melbourne, 1986

Ajzner, Hania, Hania's war, Makor Jewish Community Library, Melbourne, 2000

Alexander, Aleksandra, Tracing the past, Self Published

Altman, Kitia, Memories of ordinary people, Makor Jewish Community Library, Melbourne, 2003

Armstrong, Diane, Mosaic - a chronicle of 5 generations, Melbourne, 1998

Arnstein, Lenke, Recurring dreams, Makor Jewish Community Library, Melbourne, 2002

Atlas, Zygfryd, Just one life, Rocham, Melbourne, 1999

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Barac, Barbara, Escape from destiny, Jewish Holocaust Centre, Melbourne, 1990

Berk, Leon, Destined to live, Paragon Press, Melbourne, 1992

Biderman, Abraham, World of My Past, AHB Publications, New South Wales, 1995

Bierzynski, Burnett, My Life and My Struggle, Bierzynski, Melbourne, 1996

Blau, Magda, From Childhood to Auschwitz, Self Published, Melbourne, 2003

Bornstein, Zelman, A Leaf on the Diaspora Tree, Self Published, 1994

Braun, Emil, Into the Light, Self Published, Melbourne, 2000

Bruell, Anna, Autumn in Springtime, Self Published, Melbourne, 1995

Burnett, I.B., In Footsteps of Memory, Morescope Publishing, Melbourne, 1993

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Campbell, Deslee, Voices from the Silence, Shofarot Publications, 1994

Cassab, Judy, Judy Cassab Diaries, Random House, Sydney, 1996

Celemenski, Jacob, Elegy for My People, Self Published, Victoria, 2000

Censor, Maria, Letters to My Mother, Makor Jewish Community Library, Melbourne, 2000

Cherny, Sylvia, Who is Sylvia?, Makor Jewish Community Library, Melbourne, 2004

Cohen, Louis, Just for the Record, Self Published, Melbourne, 2000

Colman, Alex, After Forty Years Silence, Jewish Holocaust Centre, Melbourne, 1990

Cooper, Leo, The Long Road to the Lucky Country, Makor Jewish Community Library, Melbourne, 2005

Cooper, Leo, Stakhanovites and Others: The Story of a Worker in Soviet Union, Hudson Publishing, Melbourne, 1994

Cukierman, Doba-necha, A Guardian Angel, Ester Csaky, Melbourne, 1997

Cytrynowski, Itzhak, And I Will Remember My Covenant, Self Published, Melbourne, 1988

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Dror, Tamar, A Green Parrot, Kitia Altman, Sydney, 1999

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Eisfelder, Horst Peter, Chinese Exile, Makor Jewish Community Library, Melbourne, 2003

Elton (Elbaum), Zyga, Destination Buchara, Dizal Nominees, Melbourne, 1996

Engelman, Matylda, The End of the Journey: An Autobiography, Lantana, Melbourne, 1978

Engelman, Matylda, Journey Without End: An Autobiography, Lantana, Melbourne, 1977

Erlanger, Arnold, Choose Life, Makor Jewish Community Library, Melbourne, 2003

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Fabian, Garry, A Look Back Over My Shoulder, Makor Jewish Community Library, Melbourne, 2002

Feniger, Saba, Short Stories; Long Memories, Vista Publications, Melbourne, 1999

Firestone, Lucyna, Aby Dalej (Just Keep Going), Andrew Firestone, Melbourne, 2005

Fransman, Harry, The Devil's Greed, Self Published, , 2000

Friedman, Jakob, Reluctant Soldier: A Jewish Partisan's Story, Makor Jewish Community Library, Melbourne, 2005

Friend, John, Out of darkness, Self Published, Melbourne, 1998

Friesova, Jana Renee, Fortress of my youth, Teledor Publishing, Hobart, 1996

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Gaida, Jack, This is my story, Self Published, Melbourne, 1985

Ginzburg, George, A Will To Live, Makor Jewish Community Library, Melbourne, 2003

Glas-Wiener, Sheva, Children of the Ghetto, Globe Press, Melbourne, 1983

Gluck, Catherine, The Girl with Long Hair, Self Published, Sydney, 1992

Goldberg, Luba, A Sparkle of hope, Self Published, Melbourne, 1998

Goldberg, Paulette, Just think it never happened, Makor Jewish Community Library, Melbourne, 2002

Goldrei, Naomi, The Champions of my Childhood, Makor Jewish Community Library, Melbourne, 2003

Goldstein, Guta, There will be tomorrow, Makor Jewish Community Library, Melbourne, 1999

Gould, Lucy, Empty Corners - a memior, Makor Jewish Community Library, Melbourne, 2000

Gray, Gary, A Spoonful of Soup and other stories, Makor Jewish Community Library, Melbourne, 2003

Green, Sissel, The Deprivation of Cili Duman, French Forest, Melbourne, 1994

Griese, Leon, Memoirs, Self Published

Gross, Jozef, If all the seas were ink, After Hours Computer Services, Melbourne, 1993

Gunsberger, Otto, Choice of Profession, Nustyle Services, Melbourne, 1991

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Haberfeld, Lusia, Lauferin: The runner of Birkenau, Makor Jewish Community Library, Melbourne, 2002

Halbreich, Simon, One day at a time Poland 1939-1945, J. Jarvis, Sydney, 1999

Hillel, Hilde R., Across barbed wire and beyond, Self Published, 1998

Hoffman, Louise, Without regret, University of Western Australia Press, 1994

Hoffman, Maurie, Keep Yelling: A Survivor's Testimony, Spectrum Publications, Melbourne, 1995

Honigman, Ben, Upon Gods Mercy, Self Published, 1997

Horak, Olga, Auschwitz to Australia: survivors memoir, Kangaroo Press, Melbourne, 2000

Huppert, Nora, From Holocaust to Haven, Huppert, 2002

Hymans, Robert, Treasures from the attic, Self Published, Wodonga, 1994

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Ingram, Bernard Hellreich, Unfinished Symphony, Self Published, Newcastle, 1991

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Janowski, Niusia, A life apart, Self Published, Melbourne, 1993

Jewish Museum, Sydney, Liberation, Jewish Museum, Sydney, 1995

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Katz, Kalman, Memories of war, Eskay Press, Melbourne, 1995

Kay, David, Tough kid: surviving Siberia in style, Makor Jewish Community Library, Melbourne, 2005

Kaye, David, I still remember, Lara Consultancy, Melbourne, 1996

Kery, Iby, I have been Chosen, Self Published, Melbourne, 1985

Kochan, Maurice, I Survived: A Testimony of a Teenager's Holocaust Experience, Self Published, Sydney, 1991

Kogosowski, Hanna, The times of my life, Self Published, 1991

Kolliner, Peter, The Story of the Kolliners, Self Published, Melbourne, 1987

Korda, Teri, My dear Andrea & Andris, Makor Jewish Community Library, Melbourne, 2002

Korn, Henri, Saviours: The story of a Jewish Alter Boy, Makor Jewish Community Library, Melbourne, 2004

Kostanski, Jana Renee, Janek - a gentile in the Warsaw Ghetto, Self Published, Melbourne, 1998

Kraus, Clara, The Colours of War: Ten Uncertain Years 1935-1945, Spectrum Publications, , 1987

Kriek, Samuel, Forty years, Focus on Israel, 2001

Krupinski, Jerzy, My four lives, Vista Publications, Melbourne, 2001

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Ladanyi, Helena, Where do you people come from?, Spectrum, Melbourne, 1988

Landau, David, Caged - a story of Jewish resistance, Pan McMillan, Sydney, 2002

Lane, Martin, Six million and one, York Press, Melbourne, 1973

Leizerson, Rachel, My Story, Self Published, Melbourne, 1990

Leperere, Helen, Memoirs & Reflections, Makor Jewish Community Library, Melbourne, 2002

Levine, Barbara, Surviving, Makor Jewish Community Library, Melbourne, 2004

Lewinson, Irene Alice, Half A Life: The First Forty Years, Vista Publications, Melbourne, 1996

Lewitt, Maria, Come Spring, Scribe, Melbourne, 1980

Liebmann, Henriette, Death wore a Nazi uniform, Self Published, Melbourne, 1988

Lippman, Gert, A Link in the Chain, Self Published, Sydney, 1990

Lipszyc, Mordka Beer, Memoirs of Mordka Beer Lipszyc, Self Published, Melbourne, 1998

Lissing, Herman, Against All Odds I Survived, Self Published, , 1991

Lissing, Betty, God Cried at Auschwitz, LMN Systems, Adelaide, 2003

Lowy, Alex, Dedicated to my children & grandchildren, Self Published, 1989

Lurje, Izak, Nothing Special: The Story of my life, Self Published, Melbourne, 1999

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Mandelbaum, Feige-Rachel, Dos is mayn Lebn - This is my life, Feigie Bennet, 1975

Mandelbaum, Rae, Echoes from the past, Makor Jewish Community Library, Melbourne, 1999

Marks, Eva, A Patchwork Life, Makor Jewish Community Library, Melbourne, 2002

Markuszewicz, Roman, A miraculous escape, J. Hammond, 1976

Meadows, Julie, Memory guide my hand: An anthology of autobiographical writing by members of the Melbourne Jewish Community, Makor Jewish Community Library, Melbourne, 1998

Meadows, Julie, Memory guide my hand: An anthology of autobiographical writing by members of the Melbourne Jewish Community, volume 2, Makor Jewish Community Library, Melbourne, 2000

Meadows, Julie, Memory guide my hand: An anthology of autobiographical writing by members of the Melbourne Jewish Community, volume 3, Makor Jewish Community Library, Melbourne, 2004

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Nadel, Lita, From 2 hells:an autobiography, Self Published, Sydney, 1995

Nagler, Eva, Massacre on the Baltic, Self Published, Melbourne, 1995

Nowak, Josef, The sacrifice, Oasis Print, , 1990

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Olenski, Luba, A life reclaimed: a child among the partisans, Makor Jewish Community Library, Melbourne, 2006

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Phillips, Hartog, Just call me Harry: growing up in a Dutch village, Makor Jewish Community Library, Melbourne, 2005

Pretzel, Marian, By my own authority, Kangaroo Press, Sydney, 1985

Pretzel, Marian, Portrait of a young forger, Queensland University Press, St. Lucia, 1989

Pretzel, Marian, There was no farewell, Self Published, 1995

Prow, George, Unforgettable Heroine, Self Published, 1996

Przbyszewicz, Lusia, All That Was, Self Published, 2001

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Quittner, Eva, Pebbles of Remembrance, Kerr Publishing, Sydney, 1993

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Rack, Ruth, Book of Ruth: memoirs of a child survivor, Southern Highlands, Sydney, 2002

Ray, Kenneth, Ordered to live-the life of a holocaust survivor, Vision Publication, 2000

Reinisch, George, Shanghai Haven, Self Published

Reiser, Icyk Mendel, The watchmaker, Self Published

Reisman, Kathy, More than nine lives, Makor Jewish Community Library, Melbourne, 2002

Reiss, Henry, January 1944: a saga of survival, Reiss family, Sydney, 1991

Robin, Moshe, Stepping into life, Reiss family Moshe, Melbourne, 2002

Robinson, Halina, A cork on the waves, Sydney Jewish Museum, Sydney, 2005

Rogozinski, Szymon, My fortunate life, Self Published, Melbourne, 2001

Rosenberg, Jacob G., East of time, Brandl & Schlesinger, 2005

Rosenberg, Elfie, Serry and me: kindertransport and beyond, Makor Jewish Community Library, Melbourne, 2001

Rosenbloom, Fela, Miracles do happen: memoirs, Scribe, Melbourne, 1994

Roth, Rena, Gizela, Endeavour Publishing, Melbourne, 1988

Roth, Marianne, An intricate collage, Makor Jewish Community Library, Melbourne, 2000

Rubin, Wolf, Wolf: survivng by art, Makor Jewish Community Library, Melbourne, 2003

Rudolph, Joanne, Witness: voices from the Holocaust, Macmillan, , 2000

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Saaroni, Sarah, Life goes on regardless, Hudson Publishing, Hawthorn, 1989

Sage, Alex, For Esther, Flamingo, Melbourne, 2000

Sandy, Kitty, Stormy weather: a life's journey from Budapest to Melbourne, Makor Jewish Community Library, Melbourne, 2006

Sattler, Stanislaw, Prisoner of 68 months Buchenwald & Auschwitz, Kelly Books, Melbourne, 1980

Schreiber, Vera, The porcelain doll Makor Jewish Community Library, Melbourne, 2000

Schwartz, Andor, Living memory, Black Inc, Melbourne, 2004

Schwartz, Zoltan, Army-cap boy, McMillan, Melbourne, 1983

Schwartz, Zoltan, Survivors: autobiography, Lina Publishing, Melbourne, 1998

Silberg, Michael, My story, Self Published, Melbourne, 1992

Silbert, Eric, Dinkum mishpochah, Artlook Books, , 1981

Simievic, Charles, Letter to Timna and Gil from your Saba Charles Simievic, Self Published

Singer, Ivan A., Across three continents, Self Published, Sydney, 1994

Singer, Ivan, My father's blessing, Singer Consulting, Sydney, 2002

Skall, Lily, My story, Makor Jewish Community Library, Melbourne, 2000

Spindler, Arthur, Outwitting Hitler, surviving Stalin, University of New South Wales Press, New South Wales, 1997

Spitzer, Martin, Storm over Tatra, Self Published, Adelaide, 1989

Sprada & Prigge, Regina & Geoff, Laugh to survive, Geoff Prigge Productions, Melbourne, 1993

Sput-Stern, Anna, On the other side of the river, Aussie Publications, Melbourne, 1999

Stark, Boris, Not to be forgotten, Self Published, Melbourne, 2003

Starkiewics, Helena, Blades of grass between the stones, Self Published, Melbourne, 1998

Steel, Helen Rose, T.B. versus Nazi, Self Published, 1987

Sten, George, Memoirs of a survivor, Self Published, Sydney, 1996

Stern, Max, My stamp on life, Makor Jewish Community Library, Melbourne, 2003

Stone, Nina, Silent no more: Melbourne child survivors of the Holocaust, Child Survivors of the Holocaust, Melbourne, 1999

Szalmuk, Mira, From tragedy to triumph, Puma Press, Melbourne, 1997

Szego, George, Two prayers to one God, Hardi Grant Books, Melbourne, 2001

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Tycho, Tommy, Tommy Tycho story: music, maestro please, Brolga, 1995

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Valent, Paul, Child survivors, William Heinemann, Melbourne, 1993

Valenta, Nick, Destiny and luck, Self published, Sydney, 2002

Van Apeldoorn, Jan, Departure delayed, Robertson & Mullens, 1945

Van Rijsdijk, Mink, The shoes of a foundling, Makor Jewish Community Library, Melbourne, 2005

Varga, Susan, Heddy and me, Penguin Books, Melbourne, 1994

Verolme, Hetty E., The children's house of Belsen, Fremantle Press, Fremantle, 2000

Verstandig, Mark, I rest my case, Saga Press, Melbourne, 1995

Visontay, Czeizler Rose, Boutique, Self Published, Sydney, 1976

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Wajnblum, Emanuel, My destiny - an autobiography, Self Published, Melbourne, 1998

Wajnryb, Abraham, Testimony of Dr. Abraham Wajnryb, Self Published

Wajnryb, Abraham, They marched us three nights, Melbourne Holocaust Centre, Melbourne, 1988

Wargon, Alex, The several lives of Alex Wargon, Self Published, Sydney, 1998

Weiss, Lotte, My two lives, Sydney Jewish Museum, Sydney, 2003

West, Joseph, Survival, struggle and success, JFW Publications, , 1995

White, Naomi Rosh, From darkness to light - surviving the holocaust, Collins Dove, Melbourne, 1988

White, Maurice, Lechaim! To life, Self Published, Melbourne, 2003

Widawski, Celina, The sun will shine tomorrow, Self Published, Melbourne, 1993

Wilson, Ruth, Child survivors speak out, Kenigsberg & Wilson, , 1995

Wright, Susanne, A ballad by Johannes Brahms: a journey to understand a childhood in Vienna shattered by Nazism, Makor Jewish Community Library, Melbourne, 2006

Wroby, Godel, My battle for survival, Makor Jewish Community Library, Melbourne, 2004

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Ziskind, Chaya, They watched over us, Puma Press, Melbourne, 1998

Zylberman, Halina, Swimming underwater, Makor Jewish Community Library, Melbourne, 2001