Women’s Holocaust Testimonies


Jutta T. Bendremer, Women Surviving the Holocaust: In Spite of the Horror, (Lewiston: The Edwin Mellen Press, 1997

Jehosha Eibeshitz & Anna Eilenberg-Eibeshitz, Women in the Holocaust: A Collection of Testimonies, (New York: Fayge Silverman, 1993)

Joshua Greene & Shiva. M. Kumar, Witness: Voices from the Holocaust, (New York: A Touchstone Book, 2001)

Brana Gurewitsch, ed. Mothers, Sisters, Resisters: Oral Histories of Women Who Survived the Holocaust, (Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabama Press, 1998)

Katy Hazan & Eric Ghozlan, A la vie! Les Enfants de Buchenwald, du Shtetl à OSE, (Paris: Editions le Manuscript, Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah, )

Laurel Holliday, Children in the Holocaust and World War Two: Their Secret Diaries, (New York: Pocket Books, 1995)

Laurel Holliday, Why do they hate me? Young Lives Caught in War and Conflict, (New York: Archway Paperback: Pocket Books, 1999)

Yehudit Kleiman & Nina Springer –Aharoni, The Anguish of Liberation: Testimonies from 1945, (Jerusalem: Yad Vashem, 1995)

Vladimir Pozner, Descente aux Enfers: Récit de déportés et de S.S. d’Auschwitz, (Paris: Julliard, 1980)

Roger Rivto & Diane M. eds. Sisters in Sorrow: Voices of Care in the Holocaust, (Texas: Texas A&M University Press, 1998)

Lore Shelley, Secretaries of Death: Accounts by former Prisoners who Worked in the Gestapo of Auschwitz, (New York: Shengold Pub. Inc., 1986)

Lore Shelley,  Auschwitz: The Nazi Civilization, Twenty-Three Women Prisoner’s Accounts, Auschwitz Camp Administration and SS Enterprises and Workshops, (Lanham: University Press of America, 1992)

Lore Shelley, The Union Kommando in Auschwitz: The Auschwitz Munition Factory Through the Eyes of Its Former Slave Laborers, (Lanham: University Press in America, 1996)

Alexandra Zapruder, Salvaged Pages: Young Writers’ Diaries of the Holocaust, (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002)

Published Testimonies

Le Matricule 55.310, Birkenau: Bagne de Femmes, (Fernand Nathan, 1945)

Odette Abadi, Terre de Détresse: Birkenau –Bergen-Belsen, (Paris: Éditions L’Harmattan, 1995)

Maja Abramowitch, To Forgive … But Not to Forget: Maja’s Story, (London: Vallentine Mitchell, 2002)

Lucie Adelsberger, Auschwitz: A Doctor’s Story, (Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1995)

Bronislawa Alland, Memoirs of a Hidden Child During the Holocaust: My Life During the War, translated from the Polish by George Alland, (Lewiston: The Edwin Mellon Press, 1992)

Erika Kounio Amariglio, From Thessaloniki to Auschwitz and Back: Memories of a Survivor from Thessaloniki, translated from the Greek by Theresa Sundt, (Vallentine Mitchell, 2000)

Victoria Ancona-Vincent, Beyond Imagination, (Great Britain: Beth Shalom, 1995)

Geneviève de Gaulle Anthonioz, The Dawn of Hope: A Memoir of Ravensbrück, translated from the French by Richard Seaver, (New York: Arcade Pub, 1999)

Aranka Ari Klein, My Life Story, Personal published testimony at Yad Vashem, (2001)

Victoria Ancona-Vincent, Beyond Imagination, (Great Britain: Beth Shalom, 1995)

Edith France Arnold, Survive à Auschwitz: Rosa, Matricule 19184, (Paris: Editions du Cygne, 2005)

Inge Auerbacher, I am a Star: Child of the Holocaust, (USA: Puffin Books, 1986)

Alina Bacall-Zwirn & Jared Stark, No Common Place: The Holocaust Testimonies of Alina Bacall-Zwirn, (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1999)

Irena Bakowska, Not all was Lost: A Young Woman’s Memoir, 1939-1946, (Ontario Karijan Publishing, 1998)

Janina Bauman, Winter in the Morning: A Young Girl’s Life in the Warsaw Ghetto and Beyond, 1939-1945, (New York: The Free Press, 1986)

Edith Hahn Beer with Susan Dworkin, The Nazi Officer’s Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust, (New York: Perennial Press, 1999)

Mary Berg, Warsaw Ghetto: A Diary, (Lew York: LB Fischer, 1945)

Felicia Berland-Hyatt, Close Calls: Memoirs of a Survivor, (New York: Holocaust Library)

Sara Tuvel Bernstein, The Seamstress: A Memoir of Survival, (New York: G.P. Putnam, 1997)

Cyla Oniman Biderman, 74233, (United States: Limud Foundation, 1990)

Girda Bikales, Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death: A Holocaust Childhood, (New York: iUniverse Inc., 2004)

Halina Birenbaum, Hope is the last to die: A Personal Documentation of Nazi Terror, translated from the Polish by David Welsh, (Oswiecim, Poland: Publishing House of the State Museum in Oswiecim, 1994)

Trudi Birger written with Jeffrey M. Green, A Daughter’s Gift of Love: A Holocaust Memoir, (Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society, 1990)

Suzanne Birnbaum, Une Francais Juive est Revenue: Auschwitz, Belsen, Raguhn. (Paris: Editions du Livre Francais, 1946)

Alice Birnhak with Patricia Defer Bonadonna, Next Year, God Willing, (New York: Shengold Pub., 1994)

Livia Bitton-Jackson, I Have Lived a Thousand Years: Growing Up in the Holocaust, (New York: Aladdin Paperbacks, 1999, 1997)

Eva Brewster, Vanished in Darkness: An Auschwitz Memoir, (Edmonton: Ne West Press, 1986)

Francine Christophe, From A World Apart: A Little Girl in a Concentration Camp, translated by Christine Burls, (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2000)

Ruth Altbeker Cyprys, A Jump for Life: A Survivor’s Journal from Nazi-Occupied Poland, (New York: Continuum, 1999, 1997)

Batsheva Dagan, Imagination: Blessed Be, Cursed Be, Reminiscences from There, translated by Anna Sotto, (Great Britain: Memoir Publications, 2001, 1997)

Charlotte Delbo, Aucun de nous ne Reviendra, (Paris: Les Éditions de Minuit, 1970)

Charlotte Delbo, Une Connaissance Inutile, (Paris: Les Éditions de Minuit, 1970)

Charlotte Delbo, Mesure de nos Jours, (Paris: Les Éditions de Minuit, 1970)

Charlotte Delbo, Convoy to Auschwitz: Women of the French Resistance, translated by Carol Cosman, (Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1997,1965)

Johanna-Ruth Dobschiner, Selected to Live, (London: Marshall Pickering, 1969)

Sonja Potgrabienskowa Drake, Sonja’s Story: Five Years in Auschwitz and Dachau, It wasn’t just luck … There are profound lessons for us all in her amazing story of surviving the unthinkable, (San Jose: Writers Club Press, 2000)

Lucille Eichengreen with Harriet Hyman Chamberlain, From Ashes to Life: My Memories of the Holocaust, (San Francisco: Mercury House, 1994)

Lucille Eichengreen with Rebecca Camhi Fromer, Rumkowski and the Orphans of Lodz, (San Francisco: Mercury House, 2000)

Lidia Eichenholz, Survivor’s Tales, (New York, iUniverse Inc., 2004)

Ruth Elias, Triumph of Hope: From Theresienstadt and Auschwitz to Israel, translated from the German by Margot Bettauer Dembo, (New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. published in association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 1998, 1988)

Odette Elina, Sans Fleurs ni Couronnes, (Paris: Editions Mille et une Nuits, 2005,1946)

Cordelia Evardson, Burned Child Seeks the Fire: A Memoir, translated by Joel Agee, (Boston: Beacon Press, 1997, 1984)

Helen Farkas, Remember the Holocaust: A Memoir of Survival, (Santa Barbara: Fithian Press, 1995)

Fania Fénelon with Marcelle Routier, Playing For Time, translated from the French by Judith Landry, (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1997, 1976)

Marian Finkielman, Out of the Ghetto: A Young Jewish Orphan Boy’s Struggle for Survival, Series: Memoirs of Holocaust Survivors in Canada, Vol. 11, (Montreal: A Publication of The Concordia University Chair in Canadian Jewish Studies & The Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, 2000)

Anne Frank, Anne Frank: The Diary of Young Girl, translated from the Dutch B.M Mooyaart-Doubleday, (New York: Bantam Books, 1993)

Hedi Fried, The Road to Auschwitz: Fragments of a Life, edited and translated from the Swedish by Michael Meyer, (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1990)

Rena Kornreich Gelissen with Heather Dune Macadean, Rena’s Promise: A Story of Two Sisters in Auschwitz, ( London: Orion, 1996)

Rose Gertraida, Avec mes deux enfants dans la tourmente, Récit d’une Mère juive en France sous l’occupation allemande, (Paris: L’Harmattan, 2002)

Margareta Glas-Larsson, I Want to Speak: The Tragedy and Banality of Survival in Terezin and Auschwitz, (Ariadne Press: Riverside, CA, 1981)

Odile Grand, Couleur Citron, côte coeur, (Paris: Editions A. Carrière, 1996)

Hana Greenfield, Fragments of Memory: From Kolin to Jerusalem, (Jerusalem: Gefen, 1998)

Kitty Hart, I am Alive, (Great Britain: Corgi Books, 1974, 1961)

Kitty Hart, Return to Auschwitz: The Remarkable Story of a Girl who Survived the Holocaust, (New York: Atheneum, 1982)

Nadine Heftler, Si tu t’en sors … Auschwitz, 1944-1945, (Paris: Éditions La Découverte, 1992)

Anna Heilman, Never Far Away: The Auschwitz Chronicles of Anna Heilman, edited by Sheldon Schwartz, (Alberta: University of Calgary Press, 2001)

Nanda Herbermann, The Blessed Abyss: Inmate ‘#6582 in Ravensbruck Concentration Camp for Women, translated by Hester Baer, (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2000, 1946)

Patricia Herskovic, Escape to Life: A Journey Through the Holocaust, The Memories of Maria and William Herskovic, (Jerusalem: Yad Vashem, 2002)

Magda Herzberger, Survival, (Austin: First World Publishers, 2005)

Etty Hillesum, An Interrupted Life: The Diaries of Etty Hillesum, 1941-1943, translated from the Dutch by Arno Pomerans, (New York: Pantheon Books, 1983)

Denise Holstein, “Je Ne Vous Oublierai Jamais Mes Enfants D’Auschwitz …”, (France: Edition*1, 2006)

Olga Horak, Auschwitz to Australia: A Holocaust Survivor’s Memoir, (Australia: Kangaroo Press, 2000)

Hilda Hrabovecká, Arm with a Tattooed Number, translated by Kevin Slavin, (Bratislava: Albert Marenĉin, 2002, 1998)

Anne Isaacs, Torn Thread, (New York: Scholastic Press, 2000)

Clara Isaacman as told to Joan Adess Grossman, Clara’s Story, (Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society, 1984)

Judith Magyar Isaacson, Seed of Sarah: Memoirs of a Survivor, 2nd ed. (Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1991)

Ericka Jacoby, I Held the Sun in my Hands: A Memoir, (Bloomington, Indiana: AuthorHouse, 2004)

Aranka Ari Klein, My Life Story, Personal testimony at Yad Vashem, (2001)

Cecilie Klein, Sentenced to Live: A Survivor’s Memoir, (New York: Holocaust Library, 1988]

Ruth Kluger, Landscapes of Memory: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered, (LondonBloomsbury Press, 2004, 2001)

Sarah Kofman, Smothered Words, translated from the French by Madeleine Dobie, (Illinois: Northwestern University Press, 1998, 1987) [Berek Kofman]

Eva Mozes Kor as told to Mary Wright, Echoes from Auschwitz: Dr. Mengele’s Twins: The Story of Eva and Miriam Mozes, (Candles, Ic.: 1995) [Eva Mozes Kor]

Erika Kounio Amariglio, From Thessaloniki to Auschwitz and Back: Memories of a Survivor from Thessaloniki, translated into English by Theresa Sundt, (London: Vallentine Mitchell, 2000)

Edith Kramer, “Hell and Rebirth: My Experiences During the Time of Persecution” The Journal of Holocaust Education, Philipp Manes: A Theresienstadt Chronicle, vol. 6, no. 2, p.71-102 (Essex: Frank Cass & Co. Ltd Autumn 1997)

Simone Lagrange, Coupable d’être Née: Adolescente à Auschwitz, (Paris : L’Harmattan, 1997)

Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, Inherit the Truth 1939-1945: The Documented Experiences of a Survivor of Auschwitz and Belsen, (London: Giles de la Mare Pub., 1996)

Isabella Leitner, The Big Lie: A True Story, (New York: Scholastic Inc.,1992)

Isabella Leitner and Irving A. Leitner, From Auschwitz to Freedom, (New York: Anchor Books, 1994, 1978)

Olga Lengyel, Five Chimneys: A Woman Survivor’s True Stry of Auschwitz, (Chicago: Academny Chicago Pub. 2000. 1995, 1947)

Trude Levi, A Cat Called Adolf, (London: Vallentine Mitchell. 1995)

Hana Lévy-Hass, Inside Belsen, translated from the German by Ronald Taylor, (Sussex: Harvester Press, 1982, 1979)

Pelagia Lewinska, Vingt Mois a Auschwitz, (Paris: Editions Nagel,1945)

Helen Lewis, A Time to Speak, (New York: Carroll & Graf Pub. Inc.: 1992)

Ella Lingens-Reiner, Prisoners of Fear, (London: Victor Gollancz Ltd., 1948)

Betty Lissing, God Cried at Auschwitz: The Journey Within, (Australia: LMNS Systems Pty Ltd., 2003)

Anita Lobel, No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War, (New York: Avon Camelot Book, 1998)

Tosca Marmor, Le Piano Rouge: Souvenirs, (France: Librairie Arthème Fayard, 1990)

Vladka Meed, On Both Sides of the Wall: Memoirs from the Warsaw Ghetto, translated by Dr. Steven Meed, (New York: Holocaust Library,1979)

Margo Minco, Bitter Herbs: The Vivid Memories of a Fugitive Jewish Girl in Nazi-Occupied Holland, (England: Penguin Books, 1991, 1960)

Liana Millu, Smoke Over Birkenau, translated by Lynne Sharon Schwartz, (Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press, 1991, 1986)

Stella Müller-Madej, Le Livre de Stella: Jeune Fille de la Liste de Schindler, traduit de l’Allemand par Marcelo Gandara, (Paris: Éditions du Félin at ARTE Éditions, 2002, original Polish edition: 1991)

Halina Nelken, And Yet Here I Am!, translated from the Polish by Halina Nelken with Alicia Nitecki, (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1999, 1986)

Sara Nomberg-Przytyk, Auschwitz: True Tales From a Grotesque Land, translated from the Polish by Roslyn Hirsch, (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1985)

Ana Novac, The Beautiful Days of my Youth: My Six Months in Auschwitz and Plaszow, translated from the French by George L. Newman, (New York: Henry Holt& Co., 1997, 1992)

Anna Ornstein, My Mother’s Eyes: Holocaust Memories of a Young Girl, (Cincinnati, Ohio, Emmis Books: 2004)

Helen Otley, Before and After Auschwitz. My Life until 1945, translated from the German by Lowell A. Bangerter, (California: Ariadne Press, 2001, 1995)

Marian Pankowski, D’Auschwitz à Bergen-Belsen, translated from the Polish by Yolande Lamy, (Lausanne: L’Edition L’Age du Homme, 2000)

Gisella Perl, I was a Doctor in Auschwitz, (New Hampshire: Ayer Co., 1992, 1948)

Lila Perl & Marion Blumenthal Lazan, Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story, (New York: Avon Books, 1996) [Marion Blumenthal Lazan]

Elisabeth M. Raab, And Peace Never Came, (Ontario: Wilfred Laurier Press, 1997)

Havka Folman Raban, They Are Still With Me, translated from the Hebrew by Judy Grossman, (Israel: The Ghetto Fighters Museum, 2001

Schoschana Rabinovici, Thanks to my Mother, translated from the German by James Skofield, (New York: Puffin Book, 1998)

Kathy Reisman, More than Nine Lives, (Australia: Makor Jewish Community Library, 2002)

Johanna Reiss, The Upstairs Room, (New York: Scholastic Inc.,1972) [Annie de Leeuw]

Helen Rodak-Izso, The Last Chance To Remember.  Memoirs of Holocaust Survivors in Canada. Vol. 17, (Montreal: A Publication of The Concordia University Chair in Canadian Jewish Studies & The Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, 2001)

Irene Romer, “Courage and Despair” In Memoirs from Hungary: An Anthology. Memoirs of Holocaust Survivors in Canada. Vol. 9. (Montreal: A Publication of The Concordia University Chair in Canadian Jewish Studies & The Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, 2000)

Leesha Rose, The Tulips are Red: The story of a Jewish Girl in the Dutch Resistance, (New York: A.S Barnes & Co.,1978)

Sara Rosen, My Lost World: A Survivor’s Tale, (London: Vallentine Mitchell, 1993)

Blanca Rosenberg, To Tell at Last: Survival under False Identity, 1941-1945, (Urbana:University of Illinois Press, 1993)

Eva Schloss with Evelyn Julia Kent, Eva’s Story: A Survivor’s Tale by the Step-sister of Anne Frank, (Great Britain: Castle-Kent, 2001, 1998) [Eva Schloss]

Gisele Schwartz-Somlo-Foti, “Through the Eyes of a Child”, Memoirs from Hungary: An Anthology. Series: Memoirs of Holocaust Survivors in Canada. Vol. 9, (Montreal: A Publication of The Concordia University Chair in Canadian Jewish Studies & The Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, 2000)

Agnès Holzapfel Seugnet, Petite Claude: A True Story of 1939 – 1945: The Orphan of Auschwitz and his French Rescuers, translated into the English by Ann Keay Beneduce, (USA: Xlibris, 2000, 1995)

Agnes Simon, “A Child’s Story” Memoirs from Hungary: An Anthology. Series: Memoirs of Holocaust Survivors in Canada. Vol. 9. (Montreal: A Publication of The Concordia University Chair in Canadian Jewish Studies & The Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, 2000)

Elisabeth Sommer-Lefkovits, Are You in this Hell too? Memories of Troubled Times, 1944-1945, translated from the German by Marjorie Harris, (London: The Menard Press, 1995)

Gerty Spies, My Years in Theresienstadt: How One Woman Survived the Holocaust, translated by Jutta R. Tragnitz, (New York: Prometheus Books, 1997)

Adina Blady Szwajger, I Remember Nothing More: The Warsaw Children’s Hospital and the Jewish Resistance,translated from the Polish by Tasja Darowska & Danusia Stok. (New York: Pantheon Books, 1990)

Seweryna Szmaglewska, Smoke over Birkenau, translated from the Polish by Jadwiga Rynas, (Poland, The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum: 2001, 1947)

Nechama Tec, Dry Tears: The Story of a Lost Childhood, (New York: Oxford University Press,1984)

Giuliana Tedeschi, There is a Place on Earth: A Woman in Birkenau, translated by Tim Parks, (Great Britain: Lime Tree Books, 1993, Italian edition 1988)

Eva Tichauer, I was # 20832 at Auschwitz, translated from the French by Colette Lévy & Nicki Rensten, (London: Vallentine Mitchell, 2000)

Dolly Tiger, “We Lived in Historical Times” Memoirs from Hungary: An Anthology. Series: Memoirs of Holocaust Survivors in Canada, Vol. 9. (Montreal: A Publication of The Concordia University Chair in Canadian Jewish Studies & The Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, 2000)

Nelly S. Toll, Behind the Secret Window: A Memoir of a Hidden Childhood During World War Two, ( New York: Dial Books,1993)

Gena Turgel with Veronica Groocock, I Light a Candle, (London: Vallentine Mitchell, 2002, 1987)

Elza Vaida as told to Sandra Arnn, My Life, Personal Testimony ( March, 2002: Boulder, Colorado)

Hilda Verdoner-Sluizer, Signs of Life: The Letters from Hilda Verdoner-Sluizer from Nazi Transit Camp Westerbork, 1942-1944, Washington: Acropolis Books, 1990)

Leslie Vertes, Can You Stop the Wind? An Autobiography, Series: Memoirs of Holocaust Survivors in Canada. Vol. 21. (Montreal: A Publication of The Concordia University Chair in Canadian Jewish Studies & The Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, 2001)

Rachela Walshaw, From out of the Firestorm: A Memoir of the Holocaust, (New York: Shapolsky Publishers, 1991)

Frida Scheps Weinstein, A Hidden Childhood, 1942-1945, translated from the French by Barbara Loeb Kennedy, (New York: Hill and Wang, 1985)

Rose Zar & Eric A Kimmel, In the Mouth of the Wolf, (Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society, 1192, 1983) [Rose Zar]

Hava Ben Zvi, Eva’s Journey: A Young Girl’s True Story, (New York: iUniverse, 2004)

Krystyna Zywulska, I Came Back, (London: Dennis Dobson Ltd., 1951)