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Leon S. Benson Holocaust Studies Collection

This collection is dedicated as a living memorial for Leon S. Benson and all the survivors and victims of the atrocities of the Holocaust. Funds for this collection are provided by the family and friends of Mr. Benson.

The collection includes written and visual accounts of those who witnessed the Holocaust, plus information on the events of the Holocaust, camp experiences, and life after the Holocaust. There's material for elementary and high school students as well as adults, including circulating and reference books, videos, and CD-ROMs. The collection is especially beneficial to high school students, who study the Holocaust as part of their history curriculum.

Who is Leon S. Benson?

Shortly after his birth in Lodz, Poland, Leon moved with his family to Paris.  During the German Occupation, he and his family were deported and sent to the Auschwitz camp.  Separated from his family, Leon survived the harsh winter march to Buchenwald.  Liberated by the U.S. 5th Army in 1945, Leon was sent to a home for children survivors of the Holocaust in Paris where he learned he was the only one of his family to survive.  American relatives found his name on a list of survivors and invited him to the U.S.  He eventually settled in the Bay Area, met and married his wife, Lillian, and raised a family of two sons, Mark and Paul, and a daughter, Janette.  Mr. Benson died in January 1999.

Partial List of Materials in the Holocaust Studies Collection
For Elementary School Students:
J 940.53 The Hidden Children Greenfeld, Howard
J 940.53 Tracking the Holocaust Haas, Gerda
J 940.53 The Faces of Resistance Stuart, Kallen
J 940.53 No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War Lobel, Anita
For High School Students:
940.5318 In the Ghettos Ayer, Eleanor H.
940.5318 In the Camps Axelrod, Toby
943.08 The Holocaust, Hitler and Nazi Germany Altman, Linda Jacobs
940.5318 We are Witnesses: Five Diaries of Teenagers Who Died in the Holocaust Boas, Jacob
For Adult Readers:
940.5318 Out of the Whirlwind: A Reader of Holocaust Literature
940.5318 Can It Happen Again: Chronicles of the Holocaust
940.5318 The German Army and Genocide 
940.5318 Nazi Terror: The Gestapo, Jews and Ordinary Germans Johnson, Eric A.
940.5318 Fresh Wounds: Early Narratives of Holocaust Survival
940.5318 Rescuers: Portraits of Moral Courage in the Holocaust Block, Gray
943.86 I Will Bear Witness: A Diary of the Nazi Years Klemperer, Victor
R 940.5318 Historical Atlas of the Holocaust U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
940.5318 The Last Days
940.547 Night and Fog
940.5318 The Lost Children of Berlin
940.5318 The Lost Children of Berlin
Subject Headings to Use to Find More Books:
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
  • World War, 1939 - 1945 - Atrocities
  • World War, 1939 - 1945 - Concentration Camps
  • War Crimes

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