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Faces of War


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Witnesses of War: Children's Lives Under the Nazis

by Nicholas Stargardt
1372443.jpg This account of history is from a childs point of view. The author starts at the beginning of World War II in 1939 and follows its children until the end. The book documents the lives of not only German and Jewish children but also all children affected by war in the occupied areas. The book tells the story of the childrens knowledge of the war and its battles, Hitler Youth members, the physically handicapped and mentally retarded children who were taken from their families, children in the occupied areas and the children of the ghettoes and death camps. Told through interviews, diaries and childrens drawings, it allows the reader to empathize with the children and their lives. The book is a captivating read because of the wide spectrum of children and the stories told.

Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State (DVD)

written and produced by Laurence Rees
1344411.jpg Excellent documentary on the Nazi concentration and death camp program, it presents information not only on the Jewish transports to the camps, but the resettlement of German nationals in the occupied areas. The involvement of German companies in the use of Jewish labor and their influence on the designs of the labor camps to benefit the German state is shown. This documentary gives the viewer information and insight into the working of the Nazi state; the politics, the structure, and the reasoning behind the camps.

Soldiers and Slaves: American POWs Trapped by the Nazis' Final Gamble

by Roger Cohen
1353418.jpg For those of you who are World War II history buffs, this book tells the story of 350 American POWs trapped by Hitlers final bid for victory. 350 American GIs, captured during the Battle of the Bulge, are transferred to the East German village of Berga, to help construct a synthetic fuel facility. The book documents the treatment of the GIs and a parallel story of Jewish concentration camp prisoners located near Berga. It shows the sadistic mindset of the German guards and their fear of being exposed by the invading Russian and U.S. troops. This book is well written and presents little-known historical information about the treatment of our POWs during the war. It allows the reader into the working of a POW camp and the view the Germans had for Jewish/American POWs.


by Elie Wiesel
1008141.jpg This is an autobiographical account of Wiesels survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. The story begins at his capture and ends with the liberation of the camp. The book gives the reader insight into the struggles to survive; the human emotions as they move from caring for the survival of ones father to the knowledge to survive, one can only save themselves. The book gives a face to those who were persecuted during the war and allows the reader to see into their daily struggle for survival.

Ghost Soldiers

by Hampton Sides
1205221.jpg Much has been written about the European Theater of World War II and the great battles, but this book takes the reader to the Pacific Theater. It is about the battle of Bataan, the American GIs who survived the Bataan Death March, and the story of their rescue by the Sixth Ranger Battalion.The book brings together the story of the capture and treatment of the prisoners on the march and in the camp, giving the events a personal touch by focusing on specific prisoners. The book also follows specific officers in the planning of the rescue and the night the camp is liberated. This book gives the Battle of Bataan a face, taking the reader into the daily lives of those involved and allowing the reader to feel and understand, on some level, war.