Fragments: Memories of a Wartime Childhood
. New York: Schocken Books, 1995. A fictional memoir about Wilkomirski’s experiences as a young boy in a ghetto, in concentration camps, and in orphanages. He takes us through his fragmented memories so the reader gets a glimpse of what life was like during the Holocaust. The book must be photocopied from a library for classroom use, since it is out of print.
Gourevitch, Philip. “The Memory Thief”.
The New Yorker
. June 14, 1999: pp. 48-68. This article discusses the controversy over Binjimin Wilkomirski’s identity and whether
is fiction or non-fiction.
Lappin, Elena. “The Man with Two Heads.”
. Summer 1999: pp. 8-65. This article also discusses Binjimin Wilkomirski’s true identity. We learn of Wilkomirski’s sessions with a psychotherapist and who he truly is.
Lentricchia, Frank and Thomas McLaughlin.
Critical Terms for Literary Study
. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1990. Offers explanation of different literary terms.
Children in the Holocaust and World War II: their secret diaries
. New York: Washington Square Press, 1995. A wonderful collection of diary entries from children ages 10 to 18 years old, Jewish and non-Jewish, about their experiences during this time period. The compilation gives a widely-representative account of childhood in WWII.
We are Witnesses: Five Diaries of Teenagers Who Died in the Holocaust
. New York: Henry Holt and Company, Inc, 1995. An eye-opening account of life for teens during the Holocaust.
Family Frames: Photography, Narrative and Postmemory
. Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1997. A wonderful book about using photography to tell a narrative.
MAUS I: My Father Bleeds History
. New York: Pantheon Books, 1973. A tale of Art Spiegelman relationship with his father, a Holocaust survivor, and his father’s Holocaust survival story. A graphic novel in comic-book form.
MAUS II: And Here my Troubles Began
. New York: Pantheon Books, 1986. The continuation of Vladek Spiegelman’s Holocaust survival story and of Art’s relationship with his father. In comic-book form.
The Complete MAUS: A Survivor’s Tale. CD-ROM. New York: Voyageur Publisher, 1996. An incredible look into the making of the MAUS books. Includes interview footage with Vladek, historical documents, drafts of the texts, and commentary from Spiegelman.
Survivors of the Holocaust
. Video. 70 minutes. Turner Original Productions, 1995. A poignant collection of survival testimonies from survivors of the Holocaust, telling of the horrors they endured during WWII.
Teaching about the Holocaust: A Resource Book for Educators
. www.ushmm.com. A wonderful resource on how to teach the Holocaust. Gives background information and discusses methodology and pedagogy.