Literature tips – Newsletter 2 – 2011

Literature tips

tl_files/images/Buechercover/Buch Gruberova.png Gruberová, Eva and Zeller, Helmut: Geboren im KZ.
Sieben Mütter, sieben Kinder und das Wunder von Kaufering I. With an epilogue
by Max Mannheimer.
Munich: Beck 2011 As the Americans liberated the Dachau camp on
April 29, 1945, they were astonished to find seven women with babies. A miracle
was marveled at amidst the destruction.

The book by Eva Gruberová and Helmut Zeller
tells the unbelievable but true stories of Eva Fleischmannová and Miriam
Rosenthal, two of these seven mothers. It traces their journeys through life –
from their youth in Hungary, full of hope planning for the future, their
odyssey through various concentration camps and the birth of their children,
through to their lives after the war.


tl_files/images/Buechercover/Buch Kalmar.png Kalmar, Rudolf: Zeit ohne Gnade. Edited, annotated and epilogue by Stefan Maurer and Martin Wedel. Vienna:
Metroverlag 2009
 A harrowing report of seven years spent close to death
and one of the most authentic documents from the era of National Socialism:
Rudolf Kalmar, journalist, was deported to Dachau on the first transport sent
from Vienna; here he was exposed until the end of the war to the tyranny of the
Nazi terror machine. He survived and in 1946 wrote this haunting and poignant
book about everyday life in the concentration camp, which upon publication
attracted international attention. Edited, annotated and its reception history
outlined, it is now once again readily available to the reading public.


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Günter, and Perz, Bertrand (eds.), assisted by Ley, Astrid : Neue Studien zu
nationalsozialistischen Massentötungen durch Giftgas. Historische Bedeutung,
technische Entwicklung, revisionistische Leugnung. Berlin : Metropol 2011.
der Stiftung Brandenburgische Gedenkstätten ; vol 29)

More than a quarter of a century after the first comprehensive study on
“National Socialist mass murder by poison gas”, presented by the concentration
camp survivors Eugen Kogon and Hermann Langbein in cooperation with others in
1983, this work details the current state of research. Internationally renowned
scholars explore the historical background as well as the scientific and
technological prerequisites for mass murder using poison gas and the specifics
of this use in the German Reich and the occupied areas. Essays focusing on
specific countries address the positions of internationally active Holocaust
deniers and formulate counterstrategies.


tl_files/images/Buechercover/Buch Presterl.png Presterl,
Josef Martin: Im Schatten des Hochschwab: Skizzen aus dem steirischen
Widerstand, ed. with an introduction by Heimo Halbreiner and Karl Wimmler.
Graz: Clio 2010.
On April 26, 1948, the Styrian Josef Martin Presterl was sentenced to
death in the so-called Dachau Trail held in Ljubljana – a Titoist show trail –
and executed. Studying to become a teacher in the 1930s in Graz, he was
expelled from the teacher training college in 1935 for political activities.
Becoming a writer, Presterl was both a political and literary mentor for
Richard Zach. At the end of 1936 Presterl went to Spain to fight for the
Republic against Franco; after the defeat of Republican Spain he was sent to a
French camp and from there finally to Dachau concentration camp.

Following liberation in 1945 Presterl returned to Graz, becoming
involved in cultural politics, journalism and eventually also acting as a
publisher. His imprisonment in Yugoslavia in the fall of 1947 meant that the
work Im Schatten des Hochschwab,
although ready for printing, could not be brought out. In this work Presterl
had sought to depict the history of Styrian resistance from 1938 to 1945 for
the first time, drawing on accounts given by former resistance fighters and
complementing them with pamphlets and poems written by Richard Zach.