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Subject: USHMM's summer reading list
Date Posted: 7/7/2008 12:33 PM ET
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IN case anyone is interested, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum came out with its summer suggested reading list.

 

Defiance: The Bielski Partisans
Nechama Tec recounts how one Jewish partisan unit, created by the Bielski brothers, took on the dual roles of fighters and rescuers. The story is also featured in a new film starring Daniel Craig due out this year.

 

Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story 
Best-selling naturalist Diane Ackerman vividly re-creates Antonina Zabinski’s life as “the zookeeper’s wife,” responsible for her family, the zoo animals, and “guests” — resistance activists and refugee Jews, some of the 300 people she and her husband saved during the Holocaust.

 

The Translator: A Tribesman’s Memoir of Darfur
After his village and family were destroyed by government-backed militias in Sudan, Daoud Hari became a translator and guide to journalists and aid workers, risking his life again and again and helping to tell the world about the genocide in Darfur.
 
Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World  
Samantha Power tells how in nearly four decades of work for the United Nations, Sergio Vieira de Mello distinguished himself as the consummate humanitarian, working in crisis zones like Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Kosovo until his untimely death in Iraq in 2003.
 

 

One Who Came Back: The Diary of a Jewish Survivor
Josef Katz was 23 when deported from his home in Lubeck, Germany. For the next four years he endured unrelenting brutality in Riga, Kaiserwald, Stutthof, numbers of smaller labor camps, and a death march in Germany.
 
Rutka’s Notebook: A Voice from the Holocaust 
Hailed as the "Polish Anne Frank," Rutka Laskier was a 14-year-old Jewish girl from Poland who died at Auschwitz in 1Hailed as the "Polish Anne Frank," Rutka Laskier was a 14-year-old Jewish girl from Poland who died at Auschwitz in 1943. But she left behind this notebook in which she recorded her thoughts, fears, and dreams.943. But she left behind this notebook in which she recorded her thoughts, fears, and dreams.