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The American heritage picture history of World War II  by C. L. (Cyrus Leo) Sulzberger. Call #: D743.2.S8
And if I perish: frontline U.S Army nurses in World War II by Evelyn Monahan. In World War II, 59,000 women voluntarily risked their lives for their country as U.S. Army nurses. When the war began, some of them had so little idea of what to expect that they packed party dresses; but the reality of service quickly caught up with them, whether they waded through the water in the historic landings on North African and Normandy beaches, or worked around the clock in hospital tents on the Italian front as bombs fell all around them.
For more than half a century these women’s experiences remained untold, almost without reference in books, historical societies, or military archives. After years of reasearch and hundreds of hours of interviews, Evelyn M. Monahan and Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee have created a dramatic narrative that at last brings to light the critical role that women played throughout the war. Call #: D807.U6 M66 2003
The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki edited by Sylvia Engdahl. This series provides multiple views of momentous events in recent history; each book helps readers develop critical thinking skills, increase global awareness, and enhance their understanding of international perspectives about historic events.; ; Using primary and secondary sources, each volume provides background information on a significant event in modern world history, presents the controversies surrounding the event, and offers first-person narratives from people who lived through or were impacted by the event. All volumes in the series include an annotated table of contents, a world map, a chronology, a glossary of key terms, a bibliography, and a subject index. Call #: D767.25.H6 A88 2011
Barbarossa: the first 7 days; Nazi Germany’s 1941 Invasion of the Soviet Union by Will Fowler. On 22 June 1941 The Germans launched their long-expected invasion of the Soviet Union. Codenamed “”Operation Barbarossa,” after the famous 12th century crusading emperor, what followed was perhaps the greatest clash of arms the world has ever witnessed. With the aid of specially commissioned maps, Barbarossa: The First 7 Days describes the dramatic history of the first week of the invasion of the Soviet Union. The book begins with an extensive overview of the Wehrmacht’s success up until 1941, followed by chapters outlining the German High Command’s plan of attack and the defensive dispositions of the Soviet forces. The author goes on to describe the opening bombardment, followed by detailed accounts of the three Army Groups’ fortunes in the first week of the campaign. The book finishes with an analysis of the remainder of the campaign and the ultimate failure of the Germans to destroy the Red Army and capture Moscow. With first hand accounts from both sides, vivid photographs, detailed fact boxes, and specially commissioned maps of the German advance and the Soviet defensive actions, Barbarossa: The First 7 Days is a comprehensive examination of the first week of the four-year war on the Eastern Front. Call #: D764.F6827 2004
Berlin dance of death by Helmut Altner. This is one of the most vivid accounts of destruction and hopelessness we have ever seen. It is a 17-year-old German conscript’s experiences in the defense of Berlin during the spring of 1945 – the last desperate days of Berlin – annotated and illustrated to show his part in the overall picture.
Altner’s account covers in detail recruit training on the front line after only ten days in barracks, the execution of deserters and action against the Red Army and turncoat German ‘Seydlitz’ Troops.
He tells of the retreat back to Berlin with full kit, escaping capture time after time and the annihilation of nearly all his company in just one action.
He gives detailed descriptions of house to house fighting in the Spandau sector of Berlin, the battle for the Olympic Stadium, the sacrifice of Hitler Youths, fighting in the city’s subway tunnels and the disastrous attempt at a breakout to the west, culminating in his final capture.
This is an account of war at its most basic and brutal level, of the collapse of everything familiar and the hopelessness of imminent defeat. Call #: D811.5.A5613 2002
Beyond valor: World War II’s Rangers and Airborne veterans reveal the heart of combat by Patrick K. O’Donnell. Presents firsthand accounts of the combat experience in Europe during the Second World War through oral and E-mail histories by veteran paratroopers, glidermen, Rangers, and 1st Special Service Force men. Call #: D769.347.O36 2001
The Blitzkrieg campaigns: Germany’s “lightning war” strategy in action by John Delaney. Call #: D755.D46 1996
Blood red snow: the memoirs of a German soldier on the Eastern Front by Günter K. Koschorrek. Gunter Koschorrek recounts the experiences he had while serving as a machine-gunner on the Eastern Front during World War II. Call #: D811.K61413 2002
Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder. Americans call the Second World War “the Good War.” But before it even began, America’s ally Stalin had killed millions of his own citizens—and kept killing them during and after the war. Before Hitler was defeated, he had murdered six million Jews and nearly as many other Europeans. At war’s end, German and Soviet killing sites fell behind the Iron Curtain, leaving the history of mass killing in darkness.
Assiduously researched, deeply humane, and utterly definitive, Bloodlands is a new kind of European history, presenting the mass murders committed by the Nazi and Stalinist regimes as two aspects of a single story. With a new afterword addressing the relevance of these events to the contemporary decline of democracy, Bloodlands is required reading for anyone seeking to understand the central tragedy of modern history and its meaning today.
 Call #: DJK49.S69 2012
Bonhoeffer: pastor, martyr, prophet, spy: a righteous gentile vs. the Third Reich by Eric Metaxas. From the New York Times bestselling author of Amazing Grace, this is a groundbreaking biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one of the greatest heroes of the twentieth century, the man who stood up to Hitler. A definitive, deeply moving narrative, Bonhoeffer is a story of moral courage in the face of the monstrous evil that was Nazism. 
Call #: BX4827.B57 M48 2010
A Bridge Too Far: The Classic History of the Greatest Battle of World War II (leatherbound collector’s edition )by Cornelius Ryan. A Bridge Too Far is Cornelius Ryan’s masterly chronicle of the Battle of Arnhem, which marshalled the greatest armada of troop-carrying aircraft ever assembled and cost the Allies nearly twice as many casualties as D-Day.
In this compelling work of history, Ryan narrates the Allied effort to end the war in Europe in 1944 by dropping the combined airborne forces of the American and British armies behind German lines to capture the crucial bridge across the Rhine at Arnhem. Focusing on a vast cast of characters—from Dutch civilians to British and American strategists to common soldiers and commanders—Ryan brings to life one of the most daring and ill-fated operations of the war. A Bridge Too Far superbly recreates the terror and suspense, the heroism and tragedy of this epic operation, which ended in bitter defeat for the Allies. Call #: D763.N4 R9 1987
A century of violence in Soviet Russia by by Alexander N. Yakovlev; translated from the Russian by Anthony Austin ; foreword by Paul Hollander. Alexander Nikolaevich Yakovlev (1923 to 2005) was a member of the Politburo and Secretariat of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. He served as Head of Ideology, and was the personal friend and confident of all the major figures of the era. Initially committed to the ideals of Soviet Socialism, Yakovlev slowly realised the system he upheld was guilty of monstrous crimes. He later became head of the Presidential Committee for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Political Repression. This is Yakovlev’s exposé of the violence of the regime to its people. It is a confrontational work, tackling head on both the perpetrators of the crimes, and modern day apologists for Soviet Russia. He chronicles in forensic detail the persecution on a vast scale of children, peasants, the intelligentsia, Jews, minorities, and fellow socialists. Yakovlev states grimly: “To descend step by step down seventy years of Bolshevik rule into a dungeon strewn with human bones and reeking of dried blood is to see your faith in humankind dissolve.” A Century of Violence in Soviet Russia is one of the greatest political works ever written, ranking alongside Primo Levi’s “If This is a Man”, and Solzhenitsyn’s “Gulag Archipeligo”.
Call #: HX311.5.I3513 2002
Citizen soldiers: the U.S Army from the Normandy beaches to the Bulge to the surrender of Germany, June 7, 1944-May 7, 1945 by Stephen E. Ambrose. Tells the story of the soldiers of the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Air Forces in the European Theater of Operations in World War II, following their activities from D-Day on June 7, 1944 to Germany’s surrender eleven months later on May 7, 1945. Call #: D756.A52 1997
Dancing with the enemy: my family’s Holocaust secret by Paul Glaser. The gripping story of the author’s aunt, a Jewish dance instructor who was betrayed to the Nazis by the two men she loved, yet managed to survive WWII by teaching dance lessons to the SS at Auschwitz. Her epic life becomes a window into the author’s own past and the key to discovering his Jewish roots. Call #: DS135 N6 G58413 2013
D-Day, June 6, 1944: the climactic battle of World War II by Stephen E. Ambrose.
D-Day is the epic story of men at the most demanding moment of their lives, when the horrors, complexities, and triumphs of life are laid bare. Distinguished historian Stephen E. Ambrose portrays the faces of courage and heroism, fear and determination—what Eisenhower called “the fury of an aroused democracy”—that shaped the victory of the citizen soldiers whom Hitler had disparaged. Call #: D756.5.N6 A455 1994
Death march: the survivors of Bataan by Donald Knox. An account of the extraordinary strength and courage exhibited by americans under the extreme and seemingly unending stress of three and a half years of captivity under the Japanese on Bataan. Photographs and maps.
Call #: D805.J3 K59
Death of a Nazi army: the Falaise pocket by William B. Breuer. Describes the weeks following D-Day when hundreds of thousands of Allied troops were bottled up on a thin strip of ground along the landing beaches and an Allied bombardment finally enabled the troops to advance and catch the Germans in a trap. Call #: D756.5.F34 B73 1985
The diary of a young girl by Anne Frank. A thirteen-year-old Dutch-Jewish girl records her impressions of the two years she and seven others spent hiding from the Nazis before they were discovered and taken to concentration camps. Includes entries previously omitted.
Call #: DS135.N6 F73313 1993
East of the Sun: the epic conquest and tragic history of Siberia by Benson Bobrick. Chronicles the conquest and settlement of Siberia from eighteenth century explorations to Stalin’s Gulag. Call #: DK761.B6 1992
The Eastern Front by Duncan Anderson. Exploring in detail the German and Soviet armies in 1941, The Eastern Front covers the most infamous campaigns and offensive operations of this colossal campaign. In June 1941 it was Hitler’s fateful decision to launch Operation Barbarossa, the largest invasion ever seen, when 138 German divisions invaded the Soviet Union. Four years later, some two million German soldiers and 11 million Russian soldiers had been killed in the course of their struggle, with names like Stalingrad and Kursk burnt into the world’s consciousness. A selection of action photos plus outstanding maps, illustrations, and art showcase the main battles, vehicles, uniforms, maps, and equipment. Call #: D764.A5323 2001
Encyclopedia of conflicts since World War II, editor, James Ciment; contributors, Kenneth L Hill, David MacMichael, Carl Skutsch. 
Call #: REF D843.C568 1999
Encyclopedia of invasions and conquests from ancient times to the present by Paul K. Davis. The Encyclopedia of Invasions and Conquests is a comprehensive guide to 192 invasions, conquests, battles, occupations, and military leaders from ancient times to the present that takes readers on a journey that includes the Roman conquest of Britain, the Portuguese colonization of Brazil, and the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. This engaging, lucid, carefully researched volume provides a thorough review of each battle while examining the repercussions on infrastructure, tradition, language, and more. Some entries cover civilizations and cultures (Han Dynasty, the Huns, the Uzbeks), while others are devoted to selected historical figures (Julius Caesar, Napoleon Buonaparte, Douglas MacArthur). Each chapter provides a map to help readers locate key areas and geographical features. Other features include cross-references, a cumulative bibliography, and a comprehensive subject index. Call #: REF D25.A2 D38 2006
The end of the Russian Empire by Michael T. Florinsky. This economic, political, and social study by a distinguished Russian authority uses a wealth of contemporary evidence—state documents, memoirs, correspondence, statistics—to analyze “the forces which brought about the fall of the Tsars and paved the way for Bolshevism” in the crucial years 1914-1917. Call #: DK265.F5 1961
Europe since Hitler: the rebirth of Europe by Walter Laqueur. Call #: D1051.L3 1982
A failed empire: the Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev (New Cold War History) by Vladislav M. Zubok. In this widely praised book, Vladislav Zubok argues that Western interpretations of the Cold War have erred by exaggerating either the Kremlin’s pragmatism or its aggressiveness. Explaining the interests, aspirations, illusions, fears, and misperceptions of the Kremlin leaders and Soviet elites, Zubok offers a Soviet perspective on the greatest standoff of the twentieth century. Using recently declassified Politburo records, ciphered telegrams, diaries, and taped conversations, among other sources, Zubok offers the first work in English to cover the entire Cold War from the Soviet side. A Failed Empire provides a history quite different from those written by the Western victors. In a new preface for this edition, the author adds to our understanding of today’s events in Russia, including who the new players are and how their policies will affect the state of the world in the twenty-first century. Call #: DK274.Z825 2007
The fall of the Berlin Wall by Jeff T. Hay, book editor. Collects nineteen essays that offer varying perspectives on the destruction of the Berlin Wall, discussing the history of the wall, controversies, and the political and personal significance of the wall’s destruction. Call #: DD881.F33 2010
Flyboys: a true story of courage by James Bradley. Examines the disappearance of eight American airmen shot down and taken prisoner on the remote island of Chichi Jima in World War II and the secrecy that surrounded the events for decades, and discusses the violence inflicted by both sides in the Pacific war. Call #: Call #D804.J3 B73 2003
Fighter pilot: the first American ace of World War II by William R. Dunn. This WWII fighter pilot memoir recounts the author’s many exploits as a flying ace during WWII in the Normandy invasions, the Battle for France and beyond. Call #: D790.D86 1982
Flags of our fathers by James Bradley. Presents an account of the Marines who came together during the battle of Iwo Jima to raise the American flag in a moment that has been immortalized in one of the most famous photographs of World War II. Call #: D767.99.I9 B73 2000
Foot soldier: a combat infantryman’s war in Europe by Roscoe C (Roscoe Crosby) Blunt. Roscoe Blunt, Jr. chronicles the experiences he had while serving as a combat infantryman during World War II, describing the physical and emotional traumas he and the other men in his unit suffered during the war. Call #: D811.B56 2001
Fortress without a roof: the Allied bombing of the Third Reich by Wilbur H.Morrison. A depiction of the air war over Europe during World War II discusses the strategies of the Allied and German air forces and includes vivid descriptions of the experiences of the pilots
Call #: D785.M67 1982
The game of the foxes: the untold story of German espionage in the United States and Great Britain during World War II by Ladislas Farago. Reveals the espionage network strung by German Nazi agents across the U.S.A. and Britain during World War II. Based on captured files of Nazi Intelligence. Call #: D810.S7 F33 1971
Germany, Hitler, and World War II: essays in modern German and world history by Gerhard L. Weinberg. A collection of essays in which the author examines specific aspects of German history in the twentieth century, providing details on the background of World War II, and discussing the Nazi system, and other topics related to the war and its aftermath. Call #: D757.W384 1995
The Gestapo: a history of Hitler’s police 1933-45 by Rupert Butler. This is a detailed history of Heinrich Himmler’s evil organization, whose 20,000 members were responsible for the internal security of the Reich. Based upon the Gestapo’s own archives and eye-witness accounts, the author charts the development of the organization, its key figures, such as Reinhard Heydrich and Heinrich Muller, its brutal methods, and how the Gestapo dealt with internal security, including the various unsuccessful attempts to assassinate Hitler. Call #: DD256.5.B95 2004
Ghost soldiers: the forgotten epic story of World War II’s most dramatic mission by Hampton Sides. Provides an account of the World War II mission undertaken by 121 select troops from the U.S. Army 6th Ranger Battalion in January 1945 to rescue 513 American and British prisoners, including survivors of the Bataan Death March, being held in a camp in the Philippines. Call #: D767.4.S54 2001
The GI bill: the law that changed America by Milton Greenberg. A photographic history of the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, better known as “The GI Bill of Rights,” looking at how the law–which provided unemployment insurance, as well as educational and home ownership opportunities to returning World War II veterans–affected the society and economy of America. Call #: UB356.G74 1997
A glorious way to die: the kamikaze mission of the battleship Yamato, April 1945 by Russell Spurr. Tells the story of the Yamato, the first of a class of superships built by Japan before World War II, and its doomed mission against U.S. forces in southern Okinawa in April 1945.
Call #: D777.5.Y33 S68
Gotterdammerung 1945: Germany’s last stand in the east by Russ Schneider ; edited by Richard S. Warfield. In the past, few titles have covered the final battles on the Eastern Front during the months of January through May 1945. Gotterdammerung 1945: Germanys Last Stand in the East, breaks new ground in this area bringing to light the desperate operations and battles in and around Budapest, East & West Prussia, Pomerania, Silesia, and Courland. Call #: D764.S328 1998
The greatest generation by Tom Brokaw. Pays tribute to the generation of Americans who fought in World War II, telling the stories of individual men and women who, united by common purpose and values, served their country overseas and returned to create modern America.
Call #: D811.A2 B746 1998
The greatest generation speaks: letters and reflections by Tom Brokaw. Presents a selection of letters written to Tom Brokaw in response to his book “The Greatest Generation,” in which he examines the lives and experiences of the men and women of the Depression and World War II era who Brokaw credits with building modern America. Call #: D811.A2 B747 1999
Guadalcanal by Richard B. Frank. The battle at Guadalcanal—which began eight months to the day after Pearl Harbor—marked the first American offensive of World War II. It was a brutal six-month campaign that cost the lives of some 7,000 Americans and over 30,000 Japanese.
Call #: D767.98.F73 1990
Guadalcanal diary by Richard Tregaskis. A reprint of the 1943 book in which news correspondent Richard Tregaskis provides an eyewitness account of the World War II battles on Guadalcanal in the fall of 1942. Call #: D767.98.T7 1943
Gulag Boss: A Soviet Memoir by Feodor Vasilievich Mochulsk. The searing accounts of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Evgeniia Ginsberg, and Varlam Shalamov opened the world’s eyes to the terrors of the Soviet Gulag. But not until now has there been a memoir of life inside the camps written from the perspective of an actual employee of the Secret police. In this riveting memoir, superbly translated by Deborah Kaple, Fyodor Mochulsky describes being sent to work as a boss at the forced labor camp of Pechorlag in the frozen tundra north of the Arctic Circle.
Only 22 years old, he had but a vague idea of the true nature of the Gulag. What he discovered was a world of unimaginable suffering and death, a world where men were starved, beaten, worked to death, or simply executed. Mochulsky details the horrific conditions in the camps and the challenges facing all those involved, from prisoners to guards. He depicts the power struggles within the camps between the secret police and the communist party, between the political prisoners (most of whom had been arrested for the generic crime of “counter-revolutionary activities”) and the criminal convicts. And because Mochulsky writes of what he witnessed with the detachment of the engineer that he was, readers can easily understand how a system that destroyed millions of lives could be run by ordinary Soviet citizens who believed they were advancing the cause of socialism.
Mochulsky remained a communist party member his entire life – he would later become a diplomat – but was deeply troubled by the gap between socialist theory and the Soviet reality of slave labor and mass murder. This unprecedented memoir takes readers into that reality and sheds new light on one of the most harrowing tragedies of the 20th century. Call #: DK268.M59 A3 2012
The haunted land: facing Europe’s ghosts after communism by Tina Rosenberg. Examines how it is part of the human condition to try and reconcile acts committed under former systems of thought with contemporary ideology, focusing on the attempts of the people and governments of Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic,and Slovakia to face their Communist pasts. Call #: DJK51.R67 1995
Hero of Bataan: the story of General Jonathan M. Wainwright by Duane P. Schultz. The story of the general who led U.S. Army troops in the Philippines and in World War II. Call #: E745.W32 S38
Heydrich: the face of evil by Mario R.Dederichs; translated by Geoffrey Brooks. Reinhard Heydrich was undeniably one of the Führer’s most enthusiastic, brutal and ambitious henchmen and one of the key architects of the Third Reich’s horrific genocide. He quickly rose through the ranks of the Nazi party and became one of the key architects of the Third Reich’s horrific genocide. Indeed, after his 1942 assassination, the murder of more than 2 million people at Belzec, Sobibor and Treblina was code-named ‘Action Reinhard’. Call #: DD247.H42 D4313 2006
Hidden children of the Holocaust: Belgian nuns and their daring rescue of young Jews from the Nazis by Suzanne Vromen. In the terrifying summer of 1942 in Belgium, when the Nazis began the brutal roundup of Jewish families, parents searched desperately for safe haven for their children. As Suzanne Vromen reveals in Hidden Children of the Holocaust, these children found sanctuary with other families and schools–but especially in Roman Catholic convents and orphanages. Call #: D804 48 V76 2008
The hidden girl: a true story of the Holocaust by Lola Rein Kaufman. After deciding to donate the dress her mother had made for her to a museum, Lola Rein Kaufman, survivor of the Nazi Holocaust, decides that it is finally time to speak publicly about her experiences.
Call #: CC DS134.72.R67 K25 2008
The hiding place by Corrie.Ten Boom. A thirty-fifth anniversary edition of the biography of Corrie Ten Boom, a leader of the Dutch underground who hid scores of Jews from the Nazi’s during World War II. Call #: D805.5.R38 T46 2006
Hiroshima in America: fifty years of denial by Robert Jay Lifton. In a study of the impact of the use of the atomic bomb, two historians argue that information and debate about President Harry Truman’s decision, in August 1945, to drop the bomb on Japan have been suppressed in order to prevent criticism of America. Call #: D767.25.H6 L42 1995
History of United States naval operations in World War II (15 volumes) by Samuel Eliot Morison. Call #: REF D773.M67 1962
Hitler and his generals: military conferences 1942-1945. English edition introduction by Gerhard L. Weinberg. The military conferences that Hitler had twice daily with his staff, where he directed the war, were transcribed by stenographers from 1942 to 1945 in the bunker. These authentic documents are the only record kept by the Germans of their highest military decisions at the critical moment when the war turned against them. 
Call #: D757.H5813 2003
Hitler’s Arctic War: the German campaigns in Norway, Finland, and the USSR 1940-1945 by Dr Chris Mann. Traces Hitler’s campaign on the northern periphery of Europe between 1940 and 1945, discussing the limitations of the soldiers and the unique military strategies used on both sides. Call #: D763.N6 M26 2002
Hitler’s last gamble: the Battle of the Bulge, December 1944-January 1945 by Trevor Nevitt Dupuy. Chronicles the German attack in the Ardennes, which caught the American forces off-guard. Call #: D756.5.A7 D86 1994
Hitler’s scientists: science, war, and the devil’s pact by John Cornwell. A shocking account of Nazi science, and a compelling look at the the dramatic rise of German science in the nineteenth century, its preeminence in the early twentieth, and the frightening developments that led to its collapse in 1945, this is the compelling story of German scientists under Hitler’s regime. Weaving the history of science and technology with the fortunes of war and the stories of men and women whose discoveries brought both benefits and destruction to the world, Hitler’s Scientists raises questions that are still urgent today. As science becomes embroiled in new generations of weapons of mass destruction and the war against terrorism, as advances in biotechnology outstrip traditional ethics, this powerful account of Nazi science forms a crucial commentary on the ethical role of science.
Call #: Q127.G3 C67 2003
Hitler’s second book: the unpublished sequel to Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler. Call #: DD247.H5 H57 2003
Hitler’s secret headquarters: the fuhrer’s wartime bases, from the invasion of France to the Berlin bunker by Franz Wilhelm Seidler. This is the first and most comprehensive record of all Hitler’s bunkers and command centres v including those built and used, those under construction, and those that never got past planning v throughout World War II. Between 1939 and 1945 almost twenty Fuhrer Hauptquartier were completed. At the end of the war numerous projects were being built and countless other suitable sites were being investigated. While observing the crushing early campaigns in Poland and Yugoslavia from special µFnhrer-trains’, Hitler made the decision that for the invasion of France, his foray into the Soviet Union and the defence of the Atlantic coastline against Allied counter-attacks, he needed solid, impenetrable headquarters. To that end 20,000 workers were employed in the construction of a string of concrete bunkers that stretched from the middle of France deep into the Ukraine. Throughout the course of the war the bunkers allowed Hitler to evade successfully Allied detection and afforded him an extraordinary level of personal protection. Franz W. Seidler and Dieter Zeigert have pieced together the history of Hitler’s secret headquarters thanks to the diaries of Siegfried Schmelcher, head of the construction project, and Leo Muller, site supervisor, both of whom had unparalleled knowledge of a process that involved the movemmennt of over a quarter of a million cubic metres of concrete. Their records include 158 illustrations, documents and diagrams, as well as detailed structural and material references, cutaway plans, safety instructions and codenames. This unique book is about an extraordinary and previously undocumented aspect of World War II. Call #: DD247.H5 S45 2004
Hitler’s shadow war: the Holocaust and World War II by Donald M McKale. Examines the entire history of Hitler’s racial war, including the murderous role of the Wehrmacht in the extermination of Jews; Jewish resistance; and the role of German citizens as both enablers and witnesses. 
Call #: DS135.G3315 M43 2002
The house of the dead: Siberian exile under the tsars by Daniel Beer. Looks at the history of Siberia with a focus on the last four tsars (1801-1917). Daniel Beer explores the massive penal colony that became an incubator for the radicalism of revolutionaries who would one day rule Russia”–Provided by publisher. Call #: HV9712.B44 2017
I have lived a thousand years: growing up in the Holocaust by Livia Bitton Jackson. What is death all about? What is life all about? So wonders thirteen-year-old Elli Friedmann as she fights for her life in a Nazi concentration camp. A remarkable memoir, I Have Lived a Thousand Years is a story of cruelty and suffering, but at the same time a story of hope, faith, perseverance, and love. Call #: DS135 H93 J33 1999
In the fire of the Eastern front: the story of a Dutch Waffen-SS Volunteer, 1941-45 by Hendrick C. Verton. Dutch SS accounts are very rare, particularly ones such as this, covering recruitment, training, and frontline service first with 5th SS Panzer Division ‘Wiking’, then later with SS Regiment Besslein. He not only informs and illustrates the general politics of the time, but also explains how Dutch views of the Third Reich changed so radically, discusses the founding of the Waffen-SS, the recruitment of Dutch volunteers into it and why so many non-German Europeans volunteered to fight and risk their lives for Germany. His discussion of the intensity of the SS’s training is also noteworthy. Of course, the core of the book lies in Hendrik’s recollections of his service on the Eastern Front between 1941 and 1945, initially with the 5th SS Panzer Division ‘Wiking’. He offers the reader an impressive and fluid account, whether it be describing the midst of battle, surviving 50 degrees below zero, frosts and frozen ground, or traversing a quagmire of roads. Of particular historical interest are his later recollections of service during 1944-45 with SS Regiment Besslein on the Eastern Front, focusing on his participation in the epic defense of Breslau – this siege remains little-known in the West, and first-hand accounts such as Hendrik’s are even scarcer, making this title a worthy addition to the literature on the Second World War. Call #: D757.85.V4613 2010
In the shadows of war: an American pilot’s odyssey through occupied France and the camps of Nazi Germany.  by Thomas Childers. In a small village in France during the fateful summer of 1944, three disparate lives converged in an unlikely secret alliance. Just after D-Day, Colette Florin hid downed American bomber pilot Roy Allen in her rooms above the tiny girls’ school where she taught. While concealing him, she was drawn deeper into the clandestine world of the regional underground. There she met the local leader of the Resistance: Pierre Mulsant, a young Frenchman trained by the British secret service who had parachuted into France in the spring of 1944. Drawn from extensive interviews, letters, and archival documents in Britain, France, Germany, and the United States, In the Shadows of War follows the fateful twists and turns of Allen’s journey from rural France to Paris, capture by the Gestapo, imprisonment in a Nazi concentration camp and then a POW camp, and eventual liberation. It is an unforgettable, profoundly moving human drama of love and courage and sacrifice. — The Washington Post Book World.
Call #: D802.F8 C476 2003
Indestructible: the unforgettable story of a Marine hero at the Battle of Iwo Jima. by Jack Lucas with D.K. Drum. Tells the story of Jack Lucas, who fraudulently joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1942 at the age of fourteen and became the youngest recipient of the Medal of Honor as a result of his heroic actions in the Battle of Iwo Jima three years later. Call #: D767.99.I9 L82 2006
Into the rising sun: in their own words, World War II’s Pacific veterans reveal the heart of combat reported by Patrick K O’Donnell. A collection of personal accounts about the experiences of World War II soldiers fighting in the Pacific which were gathered from Patrick O’Donnell’s website. Call #: D811.A2 I58 2002
Iron curtain: the crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956 by Anne Applebaum. In the much-anticipated follow-up to her Pulitzer Prize-winning Gulag, acclaimed journalist Anne Applebaum delivers a groundbreaking history of how Communism took over Eastern Europe after World War II and transformed in frightening fashion the individuals who came under its sway. Iron Curtain describes how, spurred by Stalin and his secret police, the Communist regimes of Eastern Europe were created and what daily life was like once they were complete. Drawing on newly opened East European archives, interviews, and personal accounts translated for the first time, Applebaum portrays in chilling detail the dilemmas faced by millions of individuals trying to adjust to a way of life that challenged their every belief and took away everything they had accumulated. As a result the Soviet Bloc became a lost civilization, one whose cruelty, paranoia, bizarre morality, and strange aesthetics Applebaum captures in these electrifying pages. 
Call #: DJK45.S65 A67 2013
Iwo Jima 1945: the Marines raise the flag on Mount Suribachi by Derrick Wright. An illustrated overview of the World War II battle of Iwo Jima that describes the commanders, forces, and plans of each side, chronicles the battle itself, and discusses its aftermath. 
Call #: D767.99.I9 W75 2001
The journal of Ben Uchida: Citizen 13559, Mirror Lake Internment Camp by Barry Denenberg. Twelve-year-old Ben Uchida keeps a journal of his experiences as a prisoner in a Japanese internment camp in Mirror Lake, California, during World War II. Call #: CC PZ7.D4135 Jn 1999
The journal of Scott Pendleton Collins: a World War II soldier by Walter Dean Myers. A seventeen-year-old soldier from central Virginia records his experiences in a journal as his regiment takes part in the D-Day invasion of Normandy and subsequent battles to liberate France.
Call #: CC PZ7.M992 Jp 2003
Journey into the whirlwind by Eugenia Semyonovna Ginzburg; translated by Paul Stevenson and Max Hayward. An English translation of the Russian text in which the author recalls her arrest in 1937 as a Trotskyist terrorist counterrevolutionary, her interrogation, and her eighteen years in Russia’s prison and labor camps. Call #: DK268.3.G513 1975
Jungleland: a mysterious lost city, a WWII spy, and a true story of deadly adventure by Christopher S. Stewart. Christopher S. Stewart chronicles his present-day journey to find Ciudad Blanca, the legendary White City rumored to exist in the rain forests of Nicaragua’s and Honduras’ Mosquito Coast, following in the footsteps of the explorer and World War II spy Theodore Morde, who set out on the same journey on April 6, 1940. Call #: F1509.M9 S74 2013
Killing ground on Okinawa: the battle for Sugar Loaf Hill by James H. Hallas. On May 12, 1945, the 6th Marine Division was nearing Naha, capital of Okinawa. To the division’s front lay a low, loaf-shaped hill. It looked no different from other hills seized with relative ease over the past few days. But this hill, soon to be dubbed, Sugar Loaf, was very different indeed. Part of a complex of three hills, Sugar Loaf formed the western anchor of General Mitsuru Ushijima’s Shuri Line, which stretched from coast to coast across the island. Sugar Loaf was critical to the defense of that line, preventing U.S. forces from turning the Japanese flank. Over the next week, the Marines made repeated attacks on the hill losing thousands of men to death, wounds, and combat fatigue. Not until May 18 was Sugar Loaf finally seized. Two days later, the Japanese mounted a battalion-sized counterattack in an effort to regain their lost position, but the Marines held.
Ironically, these losses may not have been necessary. General Lemuel Shepherd, Jr., had argued for an amphibious assault to the rear of the Japanese defense line, but his proposal was rejected by U.S. Tenth Army Commander General Simon Bolivar Buckner. That refusal led to a controversy that has continued to this day. Call #: D767.99.O45 H35 1996
Knight’s cross: a life of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel by David Fraser. Erwin Rommel’s instinct for battle and leadership places him among the great commanders of history. In this definitive biography, David Fraser, an acclaimed biographer and distinguished soldier, looks at Rommel’s career and shows how wild and superficially undisciplined Rommel’s bold style of leadership could be, and how it inspired the men under his command to attack with ferocity and pursue with tenacity—qualities that served him well in his great battles in the North African desert and throughout his entire military career. Fraser also thoroughly explores the question of Rommel’s possible involvement in the plot against Hitler and the reason for his forced suicide, even though there was no criminal evidence against him. Revealing his failings as well as his genius, Knight’s Cross is a fascinating biography of a soldier whose distinguished career has become a part of history. Call #: DD247.R57 F73 1994
The Knights of Bushido: a short history of Japanese war crimes by Russell of Liverpool, Edward Frederick Langley Russell, Baron, 1895
The war crimes trials at Nuremberg and Tokyo meted out the Allies’ official justice; Lord Russell of Liverpool’s sensational bestselling books on Germany’s and Japan’s war crimes decided the public’s opinion. The Knights of Bushido, Russell’s account of Japanese brutality in the Pacific in World War II, carefully compiles evidence given at the trials themselves. Russell describes how the noble founding principles of the Empire of Japan were perverted by the military into a systematic campaign of torture, murder, starvation, rape, and destruction. Notorious incidents like the Nanking Massacre and the Bataan Death March emerge as merely part of a pattern. Call #: D804.J3 R8 2002
The Lady Be Good: mystery bomber of World War II  by Dennis E. McClendon. Describes the official search for the Lady Be Goodi> and its 9 man crew which vanished in 1943 after bombing Naples. Call #: D790.M25 1982
The last escape: the untold story of allied prisoners of war in Europe, 1944-45  by John Nichol. Draws on the testimony of surviving veterans to relate the experiences of hundreds of thousands of American and British prisoners of war in camps across Nazi-controlled Europe, who were forced at gunpoint to march hundreds of miles along the Death March in the wake of the D-Day landings. Call #: D805.G3 N496 2003
The “last” Nazi: the life and times of Dr. Joseph Mengele by Gerald Astor, The definitive investigation into the life and unspeakable crimes of the Nazi “Angel of Death” explores how he rose to power in the Third Reich and how he evaded capture since World War II.
Call #: DD247.M46 A87 1985
Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler: the age of social catastrophe by Robert Gellately. In Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler, acclaimed historian Robert Gellately focuses on the dominant powers of the time, the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany, but also analyzes the catastrophe of those years in an effort to uncover its political and ideological nature. Arguing that the tragedies endured by Europe were inextricably linked through the dictatorships of Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler, Gellately explains how the pursuit of their “utopian” ideals turned into dystopian nightmares. Dismantling the myth of Lenin as a relatively benevolent precursor to Hitler and Stalin and contrasting the divergent ways that Hitler and Stalin achieved their calamitous goals, Gellately creates in Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler a vital analysis of a critical period in modern history. Call #: JC495 G45 2007
Life and death in the Third Reich by Peter Fritzsche. In a masterful work, Peter Fritzsche deciphers the puzzle of Nazism’s ideological grip. Its basic appeal lay in the Volksgemeinschaft―a “people’s community” that appealed to Germans to be part of a great project to redress the wrongs of the Versailles treaty, make the country strong and vital, and rid the body politic of unhealthy elements. The goal was to create a new national and racial self-consciousness among Germans. For Germany to live, others―especially Jews―had to die. Diaries and letters reveal Germans’ fears, desires, and reservations, while showing how Nazi concepts saturated everyday life. Fritzsche examines the efforts of Germans to adjust to new racial identities, to believe in the necessity of war, to accept the dynamic of unconditional destruction―in short, to become Nazis. Call #: DD256 5 F747 2009
The life and times of Reinhard Heydrich by G. S.Graber. The efficient and coldly ruthless Reinhard Heydrich was in many respects the most sinister of the Nazis. He had no known eccentricities, remarkable personality traits or even character defects — except he was tormented by the possibility that he might be Jewish, and, as one of the top three officials in both the Gestapo and the SD (Secret Service), he was probably responsible for more evil acts than any other Nazi but one. He was feared even by the other Nazi leaders– again, except for Hitler. As Eichmann’s boss and probably the chief architect of the “final solution,” he was the epitome of the Nazi. Call #: DD247.H42 G7 1980
Luftwaffe by Williamson Murray. This book is an in-depth analysis of the Luftwaffe in the Second World War, using previously untapped German archives and newly-released ‘Ultra’ intelligence records. It looks at the Luftwaffe within the context of the overall political decision-making process within the Third Reich. It is especially valuable for its careful study of industrial production and pilot losses in the conduct of operations. Call #: D787.M84 1996
Man’s search for meaning: an introduction to logotherapy by Viktor Emil Frankl. Few books in recent decades have had the continuing impact of Dr. Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning — the classic bestseller now considered to be one of the most important contributions to psychiatry since the writing of Freud. In it, Dr. Frankl gives a moving account of his life amid the horrors of the Nazi death camps, chronicling the harrowing experience that led to his discovery of his theory of logotherapy. A profound revelation born out of Dr. Frankl’s years as a prisoner in Auschwitz and other concentration camps, logotherapy is a modern and positive approach to the mentally or spiritually disturbed personality. Stressing man’s freedom to transcend suffering and find a meaning to his life regardless of his circumstances, it is a theory which, since its conception, has exercised a tremendous influence upon the entire field of psychiatry and psychology. Here, Dr. Frankl not only describes the genesis and development of logotherapy but also explains its basic concepts, and in this revised and enlarged edition, has included a new chapter, entitled “The Case for a Tragic Optimism,” in which he updates theoretical conclusions of the book. The result is an invaluable work by one of the world’s preeminent psychiatrists. Call #: D810 J4 F72713 1984
Masters of death: the SS-Einsatzgruppen and the invention of the Holocaust by Richard Rhodes. Explores the role the Einsatzgruppen, the professional killing squads deployed in Poland and the Soviet Union early in World War II, played in the Holocaust. Call #: D804.3.R53 2002
Napoleon and Hitler: a comparative biography by Desmond Seward. Compares and contrasts the two infamous dictators by considering their origin, their obsession with being accepted, and their dream of conquering Europe. Call #: DC203.9.S54 1989
Natasha’s dance: a cultural history of Russia by Orlando Figes. History on a grand scale – an enchanting masterpiece that explores the making of one of the world’s most vibrant civilizations. A People’s Tragedy, wrote Eric Hobsbawm, did ‘more to help us understand the Russian Revolution than any other book I know’. Now, in Natasha’s Dance, internationally renowned historian Orlando Figes does the same for Russian culture, summoning the myriad elements that formed a nation and held it together.Beginning in the 18th century with the building of St. Petersburg – a ‘window on the West’ – and culminating with the challenges posed to Russian identity by the Soviet regime, Figes examines how writers, artists and musicians grappled with the idea of Russia itself – its character, spiritual essence and destiny. He skillfully interweaves the great works – by Dostoevsky, Stravinsky, and Chagall – with folk embroidery, peasant songs, religious icons and all the customs of daily life, from food and drink to bathing habits to beliefs about the spirit world.
Figes’ characters range high and low: the revered Tolstoy, who left his deathbed to search for the kingdom of God, as well as the serf girl Praskovya, who became Russian opera’s first superstar and shocked society by becoming her owner’s wife. Like the European-schooled countess Natasha performing an impromptu folk dance in Tolstoy’s War and Peace, the spirit of ‘Russianness’ is revealed by Figes as rich and uplifting, complex and contradictory – a powerful force that unified a vast country and proved more lasting than any Russian ruler or state. Call #: DK32.F54 2002
Nazi Ghost Train  (Series: History’s mysteries) Call #: DVD AG243.H97 2011
Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert K Massie. Biography of Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra, the last of the Romanovs to rule Russia, describing their life together and the fall of Imperial Russia which cost them their lives. Call #: DK258.M3 1967
Night by Elie Wiesel. Night is Elie Wiesel’s masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. This new translation by Marion Wiesel, Elie’s wife and frequent translator, presents this seminal memoir in the language and spirit truest to the author’s original intent. And in a substantive new preface, Elie reflects on the enduring importance of Night and his lifelong, passionate dedication to ensuring that the world never forgets man’s capacity for inhumanity to man. Night offers much more than a litany of the daily terrors, everyday perversions, and rampant sadism at Auschwitz and Buchenwald; it also eloquently addresses many of the philosophical as well as personal questions implicit in any serious consideration of what the Holocaust was, what it meant, and what its legacy is and will be. Call #: D810 J4 W513
No ordinary time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: the home front in World War II by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Discusses the distinct leadership roles of the President and First Lady during the war years. Call #: E807.G66 1994
Now the hell will start: one soldier’s flight from the greatest manhunt of World War II by Brendan I. Koerner. Describes the life and military experiences of Herman Perry, who was assigned to a segregated labor battalion in South Asia in 1943, but after months of harsh conditions, and poor treatment from his superior officers, Perry shot an unarmed white lieutenant and fled into the jungle. Call #: D810.N4 P4756 2008
Okinawa 1945: the last battle by Gordon L. Rottman. An illustrated overview of the World War II battle of Okinawa that describes the commanders, forces, and plans of each side, chronicles the battle itself, and discusses its aftermath. Call #: D767.99.O45 R68 2002
Ordinary men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the final solution in Poland by Christopher R Browning, is the true story of Reserve Police Battalion 101 of the German Order Police, which was responsible for mass shootings as well as round-ups of Jewish people for deportation to Nazi death camps in Poland in 1942. Browning argues that most of the men of RPB 101 were not fanatical Nazis but, rather, ordinary middle-aged, working-class men who committed these atrocities out of a mixture of motives, including the group dynamics of conformity, deference to authority, role adaptation, and the altering of moral norms to justify their actions. Very quickly three groups emerged within the battalion: a core of eager killers, a plurality who carried out their duties reliably but without initiative, and a small minority who evaded participation in the acts of killing without diminishing the murderous efficiency of the battalion whatsoever. Call #: D804 3 B77 2001
The Oster conspiracy of 1938: the unknown story of the military plot to kill Hitler and avert World War II by Terry Parssinen. Chronicles the events surrounding an aborted coup to eliminate Hitler, led by Lieutenant Colonel Hans Oster of German Military Intelligence in 1938.
Call #: DD247.O85 P37 2003
Our finest day: D-Day: June 6, 1944 by Mark Bowden. An interactive history of D-Day, June 6, 1944, the battle that marked the turning point in World War II, providing an account of the military action, as well as the recollections of soldiers and officers, and featuring pull-out reproductions of a variety of documents including maps, military plans, diary pages, newspaper reports, and other items. Call #: D756.5.N6 B64 2002
The pharmacist of Auschwitz: the untold story of Victor Capesius by Patricia Posner, The Pharmacist of Auschwitz is the little known story of Victor Capesius, a Bayer pharmaceutical salesman from Romania who, at the age of 35, joined the Nazi SS in 1943 and quickly became the chief pharmacist at the largest death camp, Auschwitz.
The Pharmacist of Auschwitz is much more than a personal account of Capesius because it provides a spellbinding glimpse inside the devil’s pact made between the Nazis and Germany’s largest conglomerate, I.G. Farben, and its Bayer pharmaceutical subsidiary. The story is one of murder and greed with its roots in the dark heart of the Holocaust. It is told through Nazi henchmen and industrialists turned war criminals, intelligence agents and zealous prosecutors, and intrepid concentration camp survivors and Nazi hunters. Call #: DD247.P676 2017
A people’s tragedy: the Russian Revolution, 1891-1924 by Orlando Figes. History of the Russian Empire leading up to the Communist revolution depicting the forces which made the Czar’s rule crumble and argues that the revolution and its aftermath was a tragic failure for the people it was supposed to benefit. Call #: DK260.F54 1997
Ravensbrück: life and death in Hitler’s concentration camp for women by Sarah Helm. Months before the outbreak of World War II, Heinrich Himmler—prime architect of the Holocaust—designed a special concentration camp for women, located fifty miles north of Berlin. Only a small number of the prisoners were Jewish. Ravensbrück was primarily a place for the Nazis to hold other inferior beings: Jehovah’s Witnesses, Resistance fighters, lesbians, prostitutes, and aristocrats—even the sister of New York’s Mayor LaGuardia. Over six years the prisoners endured forced labor, torture, starvation, and random execution. In the final months of the war, Ravensbrück became an extermination camp. Estimates of the final death toll have ranged from 30,000 to 90,000. For decades the story of Ravensbrück was hidden behind the Iron Curtain. Now, using testimony unearthed since the end of the Cold War and interviews with survivors who have never talked before, Sarah Helm takes us into the heart of the camp. The result is a landmark achievement that weaves together many accounts, following figures on both sides of the prisoner/guard divide. Chilling, compelling, and deeply necessary, Ravensbrück is essential reading for anyone concerned with Nazi history. Call #: D805.5.R38 H45 2016
Red famine: Stalin’s war on Ukraine by Anne Applebaum. Applebaum’s compulsively readable narrative recalls one of the worst crimes of the twentieth century and shows how it may foreshadow a new threat to the political order in the twenty-first.
In 1929 Stalin launched his policy of agricultural collectivization—in effect a second Russian revolution—which forced millions of peasants off their land and onto collective farms. The result was a catastrophic famine, the most lethal in European history. At least five million people died between 1931 and 1933 in the USSR. But instead of sending relief the Soviet state made use of the catastrophe to rid itself of a political problem. In Red Famine , Anne Applebaum argues that more than three million of those dead were Ukrainians who perished not because they were accidental victims of a bad policy but because the state deliberately set out to kill them. Devastating and definitive, Red Famine captures the horror of ordinary people struggling to survive extraordinary evil. Call #: DK508.8374.A67 2018
Red storm on the Reich: the Soviet march on Germany, 1945 by Christopher Duffy. “Essentially, the Second World War was won and lost on the Eastern Front,” writes renowned historian Christopher Duffy. Until this book, however, the most dramatic events surrounding this part of the war have been little understood. Utilizing a wealth of recently released Soviet materials from Moscow archives, and cross-referencing these with German accounts, Duffy has uncovered a military campaign of unprecedented scale and intensity during which thirty million lives were lost. Red Storm on the Reich brings to life not only the Russian military assault on Germany, but also the human drama behind the epic sieges of Danzig, Kolberg, and Breslau. Duffy’s gripping narrative is essential reading for all those interested in modern European history.
On the night of January 11, 1945, fog, low clouds, and blizzards reduced visibility at times to literally zero along the Sandomierz bridgehead. So the German troops did not notice tanks, assault guns, and towed artillery pieces moving in position by the thousands along the east bank–the Russian side–of the Vistula River. Within seconds after the order to fire was given by the Soviet commander, General Konev, the air became incandescent with unnatural light. A sky of fire and smoke lowered over the country across the river: Houses flared up like torches, bunkers collapsed, roads were broken up, and men were ripped apart. The ferocity of the first attack shook the Germans so badly that they thought they were dealing with the main assault, and not just a reconnaissance in force. So they were completely unprepared for the principal attack and the horrors it held. Thus began the Red Storm on the Reich–the largest, costliest, and fastest-moving military operation in European history. Call #: D764.D797 1991
The rise and fall of the Third Reich: a history of Nazi Germany by William L. Shirer. No other powerful empire ever bequeathed such mountains of evidence about its birth and destruction as the Third Reich. When the bitter war was over, and before the Nazis could destroy their files, the Allied demand for unconditional surrender produced an almost hour-by-hour record of the nightmare empire built by Adolph Hitler. This record included the testimony of Nazi leaders and of concentration camp inmates, the diaries of officials, transcripts of secret conferences, army orders, private letters—all the vast paperwork behind Hitler’s drive to conquer the world. The famed foreign correspondent and historian William L. Shirer, who had watched and reported on the Nazis since 1925, spent five and a half years sifting through this massive documentation. The result is a monumental study that has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of one of the most frightening chapters in the history of mankind. Here is the complete story of Hitler’s empire, one of the most important stories ever told, written by one of the men best equipped to write it. 
Call #: DD256.5.S48 2004
The scourge of the Swastika; a short history of Nazi war crimes. by Lord Russell of Liverpool. This factual account of German war crimes of World War II is a formidable indictment of Nazi brutality and of the monstrous organization which so terrorized occupied Europe and murdered at least 12 million civilians. Along with The Knights of Bushido: A Short History of Japanese War Crimes (Call #:  D804.J3 R8 2002), by the same author, it was a phenomenal bestseller when first published. Drawing on documentary evidence submitted to the Nuremberg Trials and brilliantly written by an expert intimately connected to the prosecution of war criminals, this searing condemnation of the Third Reich’s crimes is factual, objective and unstinting in its efforts to expose the truth behind real or alleged atrocities. It examines Hitler’s instruments of tyranny and repression the SS, Gestapo and Army; German crimes against prisoners of war; outrages committed on the high seas; crimes against civilian populations; the mass use of slave labor; the concentration camps; and the “Final Solution.” Call #: D804.G4 R83 1954
The Second World War (The Gathering Storm, Their Finest Hour, The Grand Alliance, The Hinge of Fate, Closing the Ring, Triumph & Tragedy, 6 volume set, 1948-1953) by Sir Winston Churchill. Reviews the hostilities of the Second World War and makes clear-structured narration from the two angles of techniques and human nature in the war. In region, he divides the war into the eastern front, the western front and the Pacific battlefield and respectively unfolds his narration according to the time. First, he focuses on the world political environment and the strategic dilemma the leaders were facing to as well as the influences their decisions brought to the course of the war; then he lays emphasis on the analysis of 6 new and important war forms with battles such as Battle of Britain, Crete airborne battle, etc, as well as the key to the victory of these battles. Call #: D743.C47 2000
The secret hunters by Ranulph Fiennes. As a child Derek Jacobs was an inmate of a Nazi prison camp and saw his mother horrifically abused. Now forging a career in the environment movement he is co opted by the Secret Hunters, a group who track down the perpetrators of genocide to exact their revenge. Call #: PR6056.I4594 S43 2012
SS: hell on the Eastern front: the Waffen-SS war in Russia, 1941-1945 by Christopher Ailsby. Read what it was like to take part in Operation “Barbarossa,” the opening assault against Russia in the summer of 1941, when the Waffen-SS fought its way to the very gates of Moscow; the first dreadful winter in Russia, during which temperatures dropped to 40 degrees below zero; the clash of massed armor at Kursk; and other epic encounters of the war in the East. However, this book is more than an account of the battles and campaigns of the Waffen-SS in the East: it also examines the recruitment and organization of those foreign legions of the SS that fought on the Eastern front. Call #: D764.A4435 1998
Stalin. Volume I, Paradoxes of power, 1878-1928 by Stephen Kotkin. A biography that reveals the character of Stalin and gives a view of the Bolshevik regime’s inner geography of power, with materials from Soviet military intelligence and the secret police, and tracks the Bolshevik revolution’s structural paranoia, a Communist regime in a capitalist world, surrounded and penetrated by enemies. Call #: DK268.S8 K65 2014
Stalin. Volume 2, Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941 by Stephen Kotkin. Looks at the life of the Soviet Union dictator Joseph Stalin beginning in 1929, discussing his systematic conversion of Europe’s largest predominantly peasant economy into collectivizaton, his role during World War II and more.
Call #: DK268.S8 K65 2014
Stalingrad: the infernal cauldron, 1942-1943 by Stephen Walsh. The German invasion of Russia was Hitler’s biggest gamble in his quest for “Lebensraum” in the East–and it was at Stalingrad that his gamble failed. Stalingrad: The Infernal Cauldron is a detailed history of Hitler’s great failure, and a comprehensive account of one of the most important battles of World War II. With full-color strategic maps, 170 black and white photographs, over half of which have never before been published, and detailed appendices that contain information on orders of battle, losses, and equipment, Stalingrad is an exhaustive account of the battle that bled the German army dry, and turned the war in the East decisively against the Germans. 
Call #: D764.3.S7 W35 2000
Stalingrad: memories and reassessments by Joachim Wieder and Heinrich Graf von Einsiedel ; translated by Helmut Bogler. Hitler’s greatest blunder, many experts agree, was his attempt to conquer Stalingrad and deny Russia the Volga River as a trade route. The most famous analysis of these ill-fated events, translated into English for the first time, features new revisions. Much more than a routine account of battle, here is a stunning review of the motivations, misplaced principles, and misguided claims that led to one of the most disastrous defeats in history. Call #: D764.3.S7 W513 1995
Surviving Hitler: a boy in the Nazi death camps by Andrea Warren. A biography of Jack Mandelbaum, who survived Nazi concentration camps when he was a teenager. Call #: CC DS135.P63 M289 2002
Survivors: true stories of children in the Holocaust by Allan Zullo and Mara Bovsun. Gripping and inspiring, these true stories of bravery, terror, and hope chronicle nine different children’s experiences during the Holocaust. These are the true-life accounts of nine Jewish boys and girls whose lives spiraled into danger and fear as the Holocaust overtook Europe. In a time of great horror, these children each found a way to make it through the nightmare of war. Some made daring escapes into the unknown, others disguised their true identities, and many witnessed unimaginable horrors. But what they all shared was the unshakable belief in– and hope for– survival. Their legacy of courage in the face of hatred will move you, captivate you, and, ultimately, inspire you. Call #: CC D804.48.Z85 2004
Tears in the darkness: the story of the Bataan Death March and its aftermath by Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman. Chronicles the experiences of Ben Steele, an aspiring artist who faced danger, humiliation, imprisonment, and forced labor during World War II after he was captured by enemy forces and held as a prisoner of war. Call #: D805.P6 N67 2010
The third reich (15 volumes) by the editors of Time-Life books. Discusses the experiences of ordinary people who were swept up in, or resisted Hitler’s movement, examining its politics and wartime conduct, and exploring the consequences of the Nazi regime for Germany, the Jews, Europe, and the world. Call #: REF D785.M3
The Third Reich: a new history by Michael Burleigh. An international history of Nazi Germany, discussing the experiences of ordinary people who were swept up in, or resisted Hitler’s movement, examining its politics and wartime conduct, and exploring the consequences of the Nazi regime for Germany, the Jews, Europe, and the world. Call #: DD256.5.B94 2000
Through hell for Hitler: a dramatic first-hand account of fighting on the Eastern Front with the Wehrmacht by Henry Metelmann. Having in mind that about 9 out of 10 German soldiers who died in WWII were killed in Russia, the book throws light on the largely unreported heroic sacrifices of Soviet soldiers and civilians often against seemingly hopeless odds, without which Europe might well have fallen to fascism. It deals less with grand strategies, tactics and military technicalities than with the human involvement of ordinary people, from both sides, who were caught up in that enormity of a tragedy, that epic struggle in Russia. It throws light on the chasm which existed between officers and men in the sharply class-divided Wehrmacht with most of the top rank officers having been drawn from the old imperial aristocracy. Call #: D764.M415 2001
Touched with fire: the land war in the South Pacific by Eric Bergerud. Examines the ground war fought between Japan and the Allies in the South Pacific battlefield that encompassed New Guinea, New Britain, and the Solomon Islands, focusing on the period beginning in the summer of 1942, through early 1944. Call #: D767.9.B47 1996
Western Front by Ian Baxter. Action photographs help describe the campaigns of the Waffen-SS, the military arm of Heinrich Himmler’s SS, against the Allies in the west from 1940 to 1945.
Call #: D756.B37 2003
What we talk about when we talk about Anne Frank: stories by Nathan Englander. Call #: PS3555.N424 W47 2012
With the old breed, at Peleliu and Okinawa by E.B. Sledge. Describes the author’s experiences after landing on the beach at Peleliu in 1944 with the Marines. Call #: D767.99.P4 S55
The years of extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945 by Saul Friedländer. Analyzes the persecution and murder of Jews throughout occupied Europe during World War II, examining German extermination policies and measures and their reliance on the cooperation of local authorities. Call #: D804.3.F753 2008
The Zookeeper’s Wife. by Diane Ackerman. Tells the true story of the Polish Christian zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski who were s horrified by Nazi racism that they managed to save over three hundred people. Drawing on Antonina’s diary and other historical sources, best-selling naturalist Diane Ackerman vividly re-creates Antonina’s life as “the zookeeper’s wife,” responsible for her own family, the zoo animals, and their “Guests”―Resistance activists and refugee Jews, many of whom Jan had smuggled from the Warsaw Ghetto. Ironically, the empty zoo cages helped to hide scores of doomed people, who were code-named after the animals whose names they occupied. Others hid in the nooks and crannies of the house itself. Jan led a cell of saboteurs, and the Zabinskis’ young son risked his life carrying food to the Guests, while also tending an eccentric array of creatures in the house. With hidden people having animal names, and pet animals having human names, it’s small wonder the zoo’s codename became “The House Under a Crazy Star.” With her exquisite sensitivity to the natural world, Diane Ackerman explores the role of nature in both kindness and savagery, and she unravels the fascinating and disturbing obsession at the core of Nazism: both a worship of nature and its violation, as humans sought to control the genome of the entire planet. Includes 8 pages of illustrations.  Book Call no: DS134.64.A25 2008 DVD Call no: DVD PN1997.2.Z66 2017
Fiction & Historical Fiction Books
The aftermath: a novel by Rhidian Brook, Assigned to oversee the reconstruction of Hamburg in the tumultuous year following World War II, Colonel Lewis Morgan grieves the loss of his son while living with his family in the home of a German widower, an arrangement that forces both families to confront their passions and true selves. Call #: PR6052.R45 A64 2013
All the light we cannot see: a novel from Anthony Doerr, the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning author of Cloud Cuckoo Land, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.
*Winner of the Pulitzer Prize* *A New York Times Book Review Top Ten Book* *A National Book Award Finalist* *Soon to be a Netflix limited series from the producers of Stranger Things*
Call #:PS3604.O34 A77 2017
A Bridge Across the Ocean: a novel by Susan Meissner. February, 1946 . . . World War Two is over, but the recovery from the most intimate of its horrors has only just begun for Annaliese Lange, a German ballerina desperate to escape her past, and Simone Deveraux, the wronged daughter of a French Resistance spy. Call #: PS3613.E435 B75 2017
The Bronze Horseman: a novel (The Bronze Horseman 1 of 3) by Paullina Simons. Called “a Russian Thorn Birds,” The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons is a sweeping saga of love and war that has been a monumental bestseller all over the world. The acclaimed author of Tully, Simons has written a stirring tale of devotion, passion, secrets, betray, and sacrifice. “A love story both tender and fierce” (Publishers Weekly )that “Recalls Dr. Zhivago” (People Magazine), The Bronze Horseman is rich and vivid historical fiction at its finest.
The golden skies, the translucent twilight, the white nights, all hold the promise of youth, of love, of eternal renewal. The war has not yet touched this city of fallen grandeur, or the lives of two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha Metanova, who share a single room in a cramped apartment with their brother and parents. Their world is turned upside down when Hitler’s armies attack Russia and begin their unstoppable blitz to Leningrad.
Yet there is light in the darkness. Tatiana meets Alexander, a brave young officer in the Red Army. Strong and self-confident, yet guarding a mysterious and troubled past, he is drawn to Tatiana—and she to him. Starvation, desperation, and fear soon grip their city during the terrible winter of the merciless German siege. Tatiana and Alexander’s impossible love threatens to tear the Metanova family apart and expose the dangerous secret Alexander so carefully protects—a secret as devastating as the war itself—as the lovers are swept up in the brutal tides that will change the world and their lives forever. Call #: PS3569.I48763 B7 2001
Tatiana and Alexander: a novel (The Bronze Horseman 2 of 3) by Paullina Simons. Paullina Simons’s internationally bestselling blockbuster The Bronze Horseman told the heart-soaring tale of a young Russian woman’s transcendent love affair with a Red Army soldier during the siege of Leningrad in the dark days of World War Two. The epic story continues in Tatiana and Alexander—a novel of the enduring power of love and commitment against the devastating forces of war and the equally dangerous forces of keeping the peace. A sweeping, intensely compelling romantic historical saga, Tatiana and Alexander is a Russian Thorn Birds and a truly unforgettable reading experience.
Call #: PS3569.I48763 T37 2005
The Summer Garden: a novel (The Bronze Horseman 3 of 3) by Paullina Simons. The Magnificent Conclusion to the Timeless Epic Saga Through years of war and devastation, Tatiana and Alexander suffered the worst the twentieth century had to offer. Miraculously reunited in America, they now have a beautiful son, Anthony, the gift of a love strong enough to survive the most terrible upheavals. Though they are still young, the ordeals they endured have changed them—and after living apart in a world laid waste, they must now find a way to live together in postwar America.
With the Cold War rising, dark forces at work in their adopted country threaten their lives, their family, and their hard-won peace. To regain the happiness they once knew, to wash away the lingering pain of the past, two lovers grown distant must somehow forge a new life . . .or watch the ghosts of their yesterdays destroy their firstborn son. The Summer Garden . . . their odyssey is just beginning.
Call #: PS3569.I48763 S86 2011
The Caine mutiny: a novel of World War II by Herman Wouk. Herman Wouk’s boldly dramatic, brilliantly entertaining novel of life–and mutiny–on a Navy warship in the Pacific theater was immediately embraced, upon its original publication in 1951, as one of the first serious works of American fiction to grapple with the moral complexities and the human consequences of World War II. Call #: PS3545.O98 C31 1951
Camp nine: a novel by Vivienne Schiffer. Chess Morton uncovers secrets about her family’s past when she meets two young Japanese-American internees at the newly constructed relocation camp near her Arkansas home during World War II. Call #: PS3619.C366 C36 2011
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. Captain Yossarian, a paranoid bomber pilot stationed in the Italian theater during World War II, faces a “catch-22” in this comic novel when he wants to fly fewer combat missions. Call #: PS3558.E476 C3 1999
Enemy at the gates: the battle for Stalingrad by William Craig. Provides an account of the World War II battle at Stalingrad, based on interviews with military and civilian survivors, both German and Russian, and a study of documents relating to the conflict. Call #: D764.3.S7 C7 2001
Everything flows by Vasily Grossman; translated from the Russian by Robert and Elizabeth Chandler with Anna Aslanyan. Ivan Grigoryevich is released into post-Stalinist Russia after thirty years in Siberian forced labor camps under Stalin’s regime and learns, through interactions with people in Moscow and Leningrad, about the horrible changes that have occurred in Soviet society. Includes a chronology, notes on Collectivization and the terror famine of 1932-1933, and a list of pertinent people and political organizations. Call #: PG3476.G7 V813 2009
Foxfire 12: war stories, Cherokee traditions, summer camps, square dancing, crafts, and more affairs of plain living edited by Kaye Carver Collins, Angie Cheek, and former Foxfire students. A collection of thirty-three writings on life in southern Appalachia, including profiles of craftsmen, World War I and II veterans, and other unique figures; Cherokee stories; memoirs of summer camp and learning to square dance; and instructions for several craft projects.
Call #: REF F292.R3 F715 2004
The Last Year of the War: a novel by Susan Meissner. In 1943, Elise Sontag is a typical American teenager from Iowa—aware of the war but distanced from its reach. Then her father, a legal U.S. resident for nearly two decades, is suddenly arrested on suspicion of being a Nazi sympathizer. The family is sent to an internment camp in Texas, where, behind the armed guards and barbed wire, Elise feels stripped of everything beloved and familiar, including her own identity.
The only thing that makes the camp bearable is meeting fellow internee Mariko Inoue, a Japanese American teen from Los Angeles, whose friendship empowers Elise to believe the life she knew before the war will again be hers. Together in the desert wilderness, Elise and Mariko hold tight the dream of being young American women with a future beyond the fences.
But when the Sontag family is exchanged for American prisoners behind enemy lines in Germany, Elise will face head-on the person the war desires to make of her. In that devastating crucible she must discover if she has the will to rise above prejudice and hatred and re-claim her own destiny, or disappear into the image others have cast upon her.
The Last Year of the War tells a little-known story of World War II with great resonance for our own times and challenges the very notion of who we are when who we’ve always been is called into question. Call #: PS3613.E435 L37 2019
Life and fate by Vasily Grossman. On its completion in 1960, Life and Fate was suppressed by the KGB. Twenty years later, the novel was smuggled out of the Soviet Union on microfilm. At the centre of this epic novel looms the battle of Stalingrad. Within a world torn apart by ideological tyranny and war, Grossman’s characters must work out their destinies. Chief among these are the members of the Shaposhnikov family – Lyudmila, a mother destroyed by grief for her dead son; Viktor, her scientist-husband who falls victim to anti-semitism; and Yevgenia, forced to choose between her love for the courageous tank-commander Novikov and her duty to her former husband. Life and Fate is one of the great Russian novels of the 20th century, and the richest and most vivid account there is of what the Second World War meant to the Soviet Union. Call #: PG3476.G7 Z3513 2011
The orphan’s tale by Pam Jenoff. Sixteen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier and being forced to give up her baby. She lives above a small rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep… When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the child that was taken from her. And in a moment that will change the course of her life, she snatches one of the babies and flees into the snowy night. Call #: PS3610.E562 O77 2017
Sarah’s key by Tatiana de Rosnay. Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family’s apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours. Paris, May 2002: On Vel’ d’Hiv’s 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France’s past. Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl’s ordeal, from that terrible term in the Vel d’Hiv’, to the camps, and beyond. As she probes into Sarah’s past, she begins to question her own place in France, and to reevaluate her marriage and her life. Tatiana de Rosnay offers us a brilliantly subtle, compelling portrait of France under occupation and reveals the taboos and silence that surround this painful episode.Call #: PR9105.9.R66 S27 2007
Secrets of a charmed life by Susan Meissner. “She stood at a crossroads, half-aware that her choice would send her down a path from which there could be no turning back. But instead of two choices, she saw only one-because it was all she really wanted to see… Current day, Oxford, England. Young American scholar Kendra Van Zant, eager to pursue her vision of a perfect life, interviews Isabel McFarland just when the elderly woman is ready to give up secrets about the war that she has kept for decades…beginning with who she really is. What Kendra receives from Isabel is both a gift and a burden–one that will test her convictions and her heart. 1940s, England. As Hitler wages an unprecedented war against London’s civilian population, one million children are evacuated to foster homes in the rural countryside. But even as fifteen-year-old Emmy Downtree and her much younger sister Julia find refuge in a charming Cotswold cottage, Emmy’s burning ambition to return to the city and apprentice with a fashion designer pits her against Julia’s profound need for her sister’s presence. Acting at cross purposes just as the Luftwaffe rains down its terrible destruction, the sisters are cruelly separated, and their lives are transformed… “ Call #: PS3613.E435 S435 2015
1939, total war a co-production of WGBH Boston and British Broadcasting Corporation; produced and directed by John Bridcut. Call #: DVD D811.A2 T68 2006
Auschwitz – Inside the Nazi State a KCET/BBC co-production; written and produced by Laurence Rees. Published 2005. Call #: DVD D805.5.A96 A973 2005
The Bielski brothers: Jerusalem in the woods produced by Nostomania Production for the; producers, Carrie Anssell, Dean Ward; written & directed by Dean Ward. Living in the Soviet Republic of Belorussia during World War II, Tuvia, Asael and Zus Bielski saved more than twelve-hundred of their fellow Jews from perishing in the Holocaust, yet their story has largely gone untold. The Bielski’s built an elaborate village in the woods, from which they rescued Jews and mounted guerilla attacks against the Nazis. Their forest haven included a gun workshop, a bakery, a synagogue, a communal bath and even a theater company. Containing interviews with Bielski Brigade survivors in the United States, Israel and Great Britain, we proudly pay tribute to three of the greatest unsung heroes of the Holocaust. Call #: DVD DS135.B383 B54 2009
Broken silence Steven Spielberg and Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation present Cinemax Reel Life; producer, James Moll. Five films about human courage, heroism and triumph over adversities during World War II. Call #: DVD D804.3 .B76 2004x
Die Frontschau Archival footage, both German and captured Russian, filmed on the Russian front during World War II. These documentaries were screened to help prepare recruits but were censored from the public. Depictis the assault on Baronowice in Soviet Eastern Poland in 1941. Call #: DVD D743.23.F76 2004
A film unfinished.  At the end of WWII, 60 minutes of raw film in an East German archive was discovered. Shot by the Nazis in Warsaw in May of 1942, the film became a resource for historians seeking an authentic record of the Warsaw Ghetto. The later discovery of a long-missing reel, including multiple takes and cameramen staging scenes, complicated earlier readings of the footage. Presented is the raw footage in its entirety, falsely showing the ‘good life’ of Jewish urbanites. Included is an interview, and more. Death Mills: “Directed by…Billy Wilder for the U.S. War Department in 1945, [this film] was originally intended for screening in occupied Germany and Austria and featured a German language soundtrack…[T]he first documentary to show what the Allies found when they liberated the Nazi extermination camps: the survivors, the conditions, and the evidence of mass murder.” — Onscreen menu. Call #: DVD 940.54009438
The First World War the complete series. A Wark Clements, Hamilton Films production in association with South Star and Channel 4; producers, Marcus Kiggell, et al. This definitive ten-part series offers insight and analysis to provide a coherent and strategic military narrative from acclaimed documentary filmmaker Jonathan Lewis. Call #: DVD D521 .F57 2005
Heroes of the Holocaust tales of resistance and survival. Call #: DVD D804.65 .H47 2008
Ultimate Collections World War II from The History Channel at A&E Television Networks. World War II encompassed some of America’s greatest triumphs and most bitter defeats. This is a comprehensive and intimate survey of this epic war. Featuring nearly 30 of its greatest World War II documentaries, each packed with original archival footage, interviews with military experts and historians, and gripping reenactments. Call #: DVD D743 .H57 2006
A History of Eastern Europe by Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius. Series: Great courses. History. Modern history. These 24 insightful lectures offer a sweeping 1,000-year history of Eastern Europe with a particular focus on the region’s modern history. You’ll observe waves of migration and invasion, watch empires rise and fall, witness wars and their deadly consequences-and come away with a comprehensive knowledge of one of the world’s most fascinating places.Call #: DVD DJK24.L58 2015
Hitler’s holocaust. In film not seen in public since 1945, this doc offers harrowing first-hand eyewitness accounts of the process leading up to Hitler’s Final Solution. Created under the guidance of famed Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal, this film will unveil the fateful stage by stage radicalization of the Final Solution from early calls for expulsion of the Jews to deportation, mass murder, and genocide. Call #: DVD D804.3 .H58 2001
Holocaust Dachau and Sachsenhausen. Directed by Irmgard von Zur Muhlen; documented by Dr. Wolfgang Scheffler. Dachau was one of the worst and most notorious death camps and the scene of hundreds of medical experiments carried out on inmates. Initially filled with Communist and Jewish inmates, Dachau’s doors were soon opened to many “undesirables” that the Nazis wanted to eradicate. Included is unique footage now available for the first time on DVD documenting Dachau and Sachsenhausen concentration camps. Call #: DVD D805.5.D33 H65 2006
Holocaust: The liberation of Auschwitz. Chronos U.K.; a documentary by Irmgard von zur Muhlen. Shot by the Soviet cameraman attached to the 1st Ukrainian front, this documentation, used by as prosecution evidence at the Nuremburg War Crime Trials, records the plight of the remaining 6,000 prisoners, the instruments of torture, the remains of the dead and the closing of Auschwitz. Call #: DVD D805.5.D33 H65 2005
Holocaust: The liberation of Majdanek. Directed by Irmgard von zur Muhlen; documented by Wolfgang Scheffler. The speed of the Soviet advance gave the Germans no time to destroy or conceal evidence of atrocities committed at the concentration and extermination camp Majdanek. Majdanek was unique in the fact that it was the only camp still operational at the time of its liberation on July 23, 1944. With footage shot by the Russian forces, which has never been seen before in the west, this stark documentary graphically portrays the terrible tragedy of the two million innocent victims exterminated and the frightful efficiency of this Nazi death factory. Call #: DVD D805.5.D33 H65 2006
Holocaust: Ravensbruck and Buchenwald. Directed by Irmgard von zur Muhlen; documented by Wolfgang Scheffler. After being established in the summer of 1937, Buchenwald soon developed into one of the largest concentration camps in Germany. In its eight years of existence, approximately 250,000 inmates from 35 countries were imprisoned here. More than 50,000 of them died during the camp’s reign of terror. They were systematically culled. The inmates were submitted to the life of slaves, working for the S.S. and the Third Reich. They were deliberately made to suffer by hunger and beatings until death, and were easily replaced by a regular influx of new prisoners. Using previously unpublished photographic documents and statements by witnesses to the events, this film documentary reconstructs the history of the camp.Ravensbruck Concentration Camp Women from more than 20 countries were inmates between the years 1939 and 1945 at the Ravensbruck Concentration Camp in Germany. They were maltreated, humiliated and tortured to death. The aim of this documentary is to keep alive the memory of the fate and the inhuman treatment that was suffered.Call #: DVD D805.5.D33 H65 2006
Holocaust: Theresienstadt. Introduced by Simon Wiesenthal; director, Irmgard von Zur Muhlen. This documentary presents the “show camp” at Theresienstadt that the Nazis used to deceive the outside world as to what was really happening to the Jews of Europe. Here, thinking this was an “end camp” from where they would not be deported further, Jews were promised a comfortable and peaceful life, before being hoodwinked out of their properties and assets by the SS and sent to the death camps in the east. Call #: DVD D805.5.D33 H65 2005
The last days presented by October Films; Steven Spielberg and Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation present a Ken Lipper/June Beallor Production. The devastation of Hungarian Jewry was among the worst atrocities of World War II, encompassing the murder of hundreds of thousands of men, women and children in the final months of the war. Facing defeat, Hitler and his allies brought the Holocaust to Hungary with unprecedented speed and barbarity. The Hungarian Jewish population was rounded up and deported to concentration camps in just 54 days. 437,402 Jews. 148 trains. Destination: Auschwitz. The German plan for annihilation of the Jews-called the ‘Final Solution’-set the goal that not a single survivor would be left to bear witness to the events. Fifty years later, Steven Spielberg established Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation to record the testimony of as many survivors as possible. From the ashes of the Holocaust these voices now emerge to share their stories and to represent the nearly six million Jews who did not survive.Call #: DVD D810.32 .L37 2003
Nazi concentration and death camps by the Historical Archive Corporation. These documentaries show graphic human suffering and are intended for an adult audience that can handle the subject matter. Death Mills-Famed director Billy Wilder made this documentary originally intended for audiences in occupied Germany and Austria to show just a small sample of the incredible evils perpetrated by the Nazis.Nazi Concentration Camps was presented as evidence at the Nuremberg Trials. Together, these films compile disturbing visual evidence of THE worst crimes in human history, the Holocaust and the Nazi death camps. Many of the camps are shown, as well as the piles of bodies, the skeletal survivors, the gas chambers disguised as showers, the ovens, various torture devices. It’s a difficult thing to watch and yet it must be seen, lest we as a civilization forget what the politics of hate can lead to. Those who can not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. May the horrors depicted here never happen again. Call #: DVD D805.G3 N395 2006
The rape of Nanking by Iris Chang, details the massacre that took place in December 1937 when the Japanese army overthrew the ancient city of Nanking, China, and raped, tortured, and murdered over 300,000 civilians; examining the atrocity from the perspective of the Japanese soldiers, the Chinese civilians, and the Europeans and Americans who created a safety zone for survivors. Call #: DVD DS796.N2 R37 2002
The Soviet story a documentary film [directed] by Edvins Snore. This is a story of an Allied power, which helped the Nazis to fight Jews and which slaughtered its own people on an industrial scale. Assisted by the West, this power triumphed on May 9th, 1945. Its crimes were made taboo, and the complete story of Europe’s most murderous regime has never been told. Until now…Call #: DVD DK268.S68 2008
Time of fear written & directed by Sue Williams; produced by Kathryn Dietz; a film by Ambrica Productions. In World War II, more than 110,000 Japanese-Americans were forced into relocation camps across the US. This film traces the lives of the 16,000 people who were sent to two camps in southeast Arkansas, one of the poorest and most racially segregated places in America. It explores the reactions of the native Arkansans who watched in bewilderment as their tiny towns were overwhelmed by this huge influx of outsiders. Through interviews with the internees and local citizens, the program explores how it affected the local communities, and the impact this history had on the issues of civil rights and social justice in America then and now. Call #: DVD D769.8.A6 T56 2005
The world at war. An extraordinary collection of newsreel, propaganda, and home-movie footage drawn from the archives of 18 nations, including color close-ups of Adolf Hitler taken by his mistress, that present an unvarnished perspective of the war’s pivotal events. Penetrating interviews with eyewitness participants – from Hitler’s secretary to Alger Hiss to ordinary citizens who stood outside the battle lines – and spine-tingling, first-hand accounts to an already unforgettable experience. Call #: DVD D743.23.W64 2004
Historical Fiction & Movies
Amen Claude Berri presents; a coproduction Katharina/Renn Productions, TF1 Films Production; in association with KC Medien; with the participation of Canal+; screenplay by Costa-Gavras, Jean Claude Grumberg; a film by Costa-Gavras. Amen examines the links between the Vatican and Nazi Germany. Kurt Gerstein, a Waffen-SS officer employed in the SS Hygiene Institute, is designing programs for the purification of water and the destruction of vermin. Call #: DVD PN1995.9.H53 A48 2003
Ashes in the snow An artistic sixteen-year-old is forcefully separated from her family by Soviet soldiers and sent to one of Stalin’s work camps in Siberia. Despite suffering through cruel and harsh conditions, Lina finds refuge in the connections she makes with other deportees and in the art she continues to create to document her experiences. Call #: DVD PN1997.2.A75 2019
Band of brothers. HBO in association with Dreamworks and Playtone. Tells the story of Easy Company, 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army, an elite rifle company that parachuted into France early on D-Day morning, fought in the Battle of the Bulge, captured Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest at Berchtesgaden, and suffered heavy casualties. Also includes a documentary about the soldiers in Easy Company. Call #: DVD D769.347.A57 2002
The boy in the striped pajamas Miramax Films presents; in association with BBC Films; a Heyday Films production; a film by Mark Herman; co- producer, Rosie Aliso. Berlin, 1942: When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move to a new house far, far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people in the distance. Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different from his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences. Call #: DVD PN1997.2.B69 2009
The bridge on the River Kwai. Columbia Pictures presents a Sam Spiegel production; screenplay by Michael Wilson and Carl Foreman; produced by Sam Spiegel; directed by David Lean. British soldiers captured by the Japanese during World War II are forced to construct a strategic railroad bridge which a commando team is instructed by the British High Command to destroy. Call #: DVD PN1997.B75 2000
China cry TBN Films presents a Parakletos Production ; produced by Don Parker ; written for the screen and directed by James F. Collier. Little Sung Neng Yee lived like a princess until the Japanese seized her house in 1941. After the defeat of Japan, she joined the Communists believing that they are the liberators of China. All goes well until she falls in love with Lam Cheng Shen from Hong Kong. She marries and has children. Communist officials decide to break her of any bourgeois tendencies and persecute her. She calls to God for salvation and He helps her gain her freedom and that of her family. An intimate love story and a saga of courage. Call #: DVD BV3427.L3 C5 1990
Come and see. This legendary film from Soviet director Elem Klimov is a senses-shattering plunge into the dehumanizing horrors of war. As Nazi forces encroach on his small village in Belorussia, teenage Flyora (Alexei Kravchenko, in a searing depiction of anguish) eagerly joins the Soviet resistance. Rather than the adventure and glory he envisioned, what he finds is a waking nightmare of unimaginable carnage and cruelty—rendered with a feverish, otherworldly intensity by Klimov’s subjective camera work and expressionistic sound design. Nearly blocked from being made by Soviet censors, who took seven years to approve its script, Come and See is perhaps the most visceral, impossible-to-forget antiwar film ever made.Call #: DVD PN1997.C664 1985
The debt Focus Features and Miramax present a Marv Films production; screenplay by Matthew Vaughn & Jane Goldman and Peter Straughan. The story begins in 1997, as shocking news reaches retired Mossad secret agents Rachel and Stephan about their former colleague David. All three have been venerated for decades by Israel because of the secret mission that they embarked on for their country back in 1965-1966, when the trio tracked down Nazi war criminal Dieter Vogel, the feared Surgeon of Birkenau, in East Berlin. At great risk, and at considerable personal cost, the team’s mission was accomplished – or was it? Call #: DVD PN1997 .D43493 2011
Defiance. Paramount Vantage presents a Grosvenor Park/Bedford Falls production, an Edward Zwick film; produced by Edward Zwick … et al. Based on the true story of a community of refugees and fighters, presents an account of the largest armed rescue of Jews by Jews during World War II. Call #: DVD PN1997.2 .D44 2009
Denial. Bleecker Street presents; in association with Participant Media and BBC Films; a Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment production. Deborah E. Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz) battles for historical truth when renowned Holocaust denier David Irving (Timothy Spall) sues her for libel. Also starring Tom Wilkinson. Call #: DVD PN1997.2.D46637 2017
The devil’s arithmetic. Showtime presents; a Punch 21 and Millbrook Farm production; produced by Murray Schisgal, Lee; screenplay by Robert J. Avrech. A 16-year-old American girl with an apathetic view towards her Jewish family history finds herself pulled through time into 1941 to a small Polish village where the Nazi have just began their genocidal propaganda. Call #: DVD PN1992.8.F5 D48 2002
Enemy at the gates: the battle for Stalingrad and Uncommon valor
Enemy at the gates: Based on the true story of WWII Russian hero Vassiliĭ Zaitsev whose fame thrust him into a personal war with the Nazis best sharpshooter, Major Erwin König.  Call #: DVD D764.3.S7 C7 2007
Uncommon valor: For over ten years, Rhodes has been living a nightmare searching for his son who is listed as ‘missing in action’ in Vietnam. After useless appeals to the government for information, Rhodes takes matters into his own hands. Call #: DVD D764.3.S7 C7 2007
Escape from Sobibor. Edison, NJ: Front Row Entertainment, 1997. Nailbiting and true account of the largest successful esape from a Nazi concentration camp. Call #: DVD PN1997 .E76 1997
Fury. Columbia Pictures presents in association with QED International and LStar Capital; produced by Bill Block, David Ayers, Ethan Smith. April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Call #: DVD PN1997.2.F879 2015
Glorious 39 In this tense WWII-era thriller, Anne, a young woman from a political family, stumbles upon sinister evidence relating to a secret Nazi conspiracy plot and ends up caught in a deadly web of lies and betrayal. Call #: DVD PN1997.2.G56 2011
Hart’s war. MGM Pictures presents a David Ladd Films, David Foster Productions, Cheyenne Enterprises production. Colin Farrell and Bruce Willis star in this World War II drama set in a German
The haunted airman An injured British Royal Air Force pilot is confined to a wheelchair and finds himself stuck in a hospital in Wales where he has disturbing visions. Call #: DVD PN1997.2.H38684 2009
The hiding place. With the Nazi invasion of Holland, Corrie ten Boom’s family joins the resistance to help save persecuted Jewish families. When they are arrested and imprisoned in concentration camps themselves, they have nothing left to cling to but their faith. Call #: DVD PN1995.9.R4 H53564 2006
The imitation game. Benedict Cumberbatch shines as real-life war hero and pioneer of modern-day computing, Alan Turing, who saved millions of lives by cracking Germany’s so-called unbreakable code during WWII. Call #: DVD PN1997.2.I45 2015
Holocaust. Titus Productions; CBS Broadcasting; Paramount Pictures; produced by Robert ‘Buzz’ Berger; written by Gerald Green; directed by Marvin J. Chomsky. Follows the tragedy and triumph of the Weiss family of Berlin and intertwines their fate as European Jews with the story of a German family, the Dorfs, whose members include a high-ranking Nazi officer. Kristallnacht, the “night of broken glass” occurs and the Weiss family suffer a series of unspeakable tragedies in the aftermath. Call #: DVD D810.J4 H6 2008
Inglourious Basterds The Weinstein Company and Universal Pictures present; A Band Apart, Zehnte Babelsberg Film GmbH production; written and directed by Quentin Tarantin. Brad Pitt takes no prisoners in Quentin Tarantino’s high-octane WWII revenge fantasy Inglourious Basterds. As war rages in Europe, a Nazi-scalping squad of American soldiers, known to their enemy as “The Basterds,” is on a daring mission to take down the leaders of the Third Reich. Bursting with “action, hair-trigger suspense and a machine-gun spray of killer dialogue” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone), Inglourious Basterds is “another Tarantino masterpiece” (Jake Hamilton, CBS-TV)! Call #: DVD PN1995.9.W3 I5456 2009
Luther.  Regional princes and the powerful church wield a fast, firm and merciless grip over 16th-century Germany. But when Martin Luther issues a shocking challenge to their authority, the people declare him their new leader – and hero. Even when threatened with violent death, Luther refuses to back down, sparking a bloody revolution that shakes the entire continent to its core. Call #: DVD BR327 .L77 2004
The Nazi officer’s wife Moxie Firecracker Films and Trillion Entertainment; for A & E Network; produced by Liz Garbus, Rory Kennedy. Call #: DVD DS135.A93 H34 2003
No place on earth an incredible true story of strength and survival Magnolia pictures; produced by the History Channel; producer, Janet Tobias … [et al.]; screenwriters, Janet Tobias, Paul Laikin. Holocaust survivors who hid in a cave in Ukraine for over a year and a half tell their remarkable story in this powerful documentary. Call #: DVD DS135.U43 S7376 2013
Out of the ashes Perl spent WWII in charge of the woman’s infirmary at Auschwitz. Hoping to leave her nightmares behind her after the liberation, she applies for American citizenship in 1946. However, she is hauled into military court to explain how much she “collaborated” with the Nazis during the war. The U.S. officials are especially disturbed by the number of illegal abortions Perl performed at the camp. Perl struggles to explain how she terminated the lives of the unborn to save thousands of pregnant women from the gas chambers. Call #: DVD D805.P7 O98 2004
Patton Twentieth Century Fox presents a Frank McCarthy-Franklin J. Schaffner production; screen story and screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola and Edmund H. N Disc One: original Theatrical Trailer “The Longest Day” Theatrical Trailer – “Tora! Tora! Tora!” Theatrical Trailer – “Patton” Audio Commentary on the historical Patton Disc Two: Documentary – “The Making of Patton” Language: English 5.1 Subtitles: Czech, Danish, Finnish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, English for the hearing impaired. Call #: DVD PN1995.7.H5 P322 2000
Schindler’s list  This incredible true story follows the enigmatic Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson), who saved the lives of more than 1,100 Jews during the Holocaust. It is the triumph of one man who made a difference and the drama of those who survived one of the darkest chapters in human history because of what he did. Meticulously restored from the original film negatives and supervised by Steven Spielberg, Schindler’s List is a powerful story whose lessons of courage and faith continue to inspire generations. Call #: DVD PN1995.5.H5 S35 2004
Valkyrie  Tom Cruise stars as the Nazi trigger man in a plot to assassinate Hitler from within his own high-ranking circle. Call #: DVD PN1997.2.V35 2009
The Winds of War by Herman Wouk. Tells an epic story of military strategy, politics, romance, and family conflict set against the backdrop of world events from 1938 through the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Follows naval officer Victor “Pug” Henry as he is sent to Berlin as the U.S. Naval attaché. Shows how “Pug” and his family are drawn into the center of the conflicts that lead to America’s involvement in World War II as Germany expands and proceeds to seize several border countries, Italy attempts to establish a Fascist colonial empire under Mussolini, and Japan prepares for a major battle with China.
Call #: DVD PN1997.W763 C978 2004
War and remembrance Parts I-VII of a 12-part series by Herman Wouk. One week after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, sweeping the United States into World War Ii, the Henry family is forever changed by the war in the Pacific, and the horror of the Holocaust.
Call #: DVD PN1997.W3354 2004
War and remembrance Parts VIII-XII of a 12-part series by Herman Wouk. ABC Circle Films presents a Dan Curtis production; producer Barbara Steele; screenplay by Earl W. Wallace, Dan Curtis, Herman Wouk. The story of the Henry family as they experience World War II in Europe and the Pacific, tells about the final years of the war and their impact on everyday people.
Call #: DVD PN1997.W3354 2004
The way back  was inspired by an incredible true story… begins in 1940 when seven prisoners attempt the impossible: escape from a brutal Siberian gulag. Thus begins a treacherous 4,500- mile trek to freedom across the world’s most merciless landscapes. They have little food and few supplies. They don’t know or trust each other. But together, they must withstand nature at its most extreme. Their humanity is further tested when they meet a teenage runaway who begs to join them on their quest”–Container. Call #: DVD PN1997.W358 2011

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