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Night

Night

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Night, Elie Wiesel's harrowing first-hand account of the Holocaust, is a devastating exploration of the darkest side of human nature and the enduring power of hope.Born into a Jewish ghetto in Hungary, as a child, Elie Wiesel was sent to the Nazi concentration camps at Auschwitz and Buchenwald. This is his account of that atrocity: the ever-increasing horrors he endured, the loss of his family and his struggle to survive in a world that stripped him of humanity, dignity and faith. Describing in simple terms the tragic murder of a people from a survivor's perspective, Night is among the most personal, intimate and poignant of all accounts of the Holocaust. Translated by Marion Wiesel with a preface by Elie Wiesel'A slim volume of terrifying power' The New York Times'To the best of my knowledge no one has left behind him so moving a record' Alfred Kazin'Wiesel has taken his own anguish and imaginatively metamorphosed it into art' Curt Leviant, Saturday Review

Facing the Lion

Facing the Lion

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FACING THE LION is the autobiographical account of a young girl’s faith and courage. In the years immediately preceding World War II, Simone Arnord is a young girl who delights in life – her doting parents, her loving aunts and uncles, and her grandparents at their mountain farm in the Alsace-Lorraine region of France. As Simone grows into her preteen years, her parents turn from the Catholic Church and become devout Jehovah’s Witnesses. Simone, too, embraces the faith. The Nazi party (the “Lion”) takes over Alsace-Lorraine, and Simone’s schools become Nazi propaganda machines. Simone refuses to accept the Nazi party as being above God. Her simple acts of defiance lead her to be persecuted by the school staff and local officials, and ignored by friends. With her father already taken away to a German concentration camp, Simone is wrested away from her mother and sent to a reform school to be “reeducated”. There, Simone learns that her mother has also been put in a camp. Simone remains in the harsh reform school until the end of the war. She emerges feeling detached from life, but the faith that sustains her through her ordeals helps her rebuild her world. Facing the lion provides an interesting and detailed view of ordinary country and town life in the pre- war years and during Hitler’s regime. This inspiring story of a young girl standing up for her beliefs in the face of society’s overwhelming pressure to conform is a potent reminder of the power of remaining true to one’s beliefs. This book is also available in other languages: German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, and many more. For more informations please visit the Homepage of the Arnold-Liebster Foundation: www.alst.org

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

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Two young boys encounter the best and worst of humanity during the Holocaust in this powerful read that USA Today called "as memorable an introduction to the subject as The Diary of Anne Frank.”  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. But 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.

The Book Thief

The Book Thief

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DON'T MISS BRIDGE OF CLAY, MARKUS ZUSAK'S FIRST NOVEL SINCE THE BOOK THIEF. This 10th-anniversary edition of the extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller features pages of bonus content, including marked-up manuscript pages, original sketches, and pages from the author's writing notebook. Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read. When Death has a story to tell, you listen. It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist-books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time. "The kind of book that can be life-changing." --The New York Times "Deserves a place on the same shelf with The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank." --USA Today

Schindler's List (Songbook)

Schindler's List (Songbook)

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(Piano Solo Songbook). 8 beautiful piano solos from the Oscar-winning movie. Pieces include: Theme from Schindler's List * Give Me Your Names * I Could Have Done More * Stolen Memories * and more. Features photos from the film.

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