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Episodes from Auschwitz
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Episodes from Auschwitz


I recently received a gift of this set of beautifull illustrated books from my Polish friend, Maria. Each book is based on a certain moment in the history of Auschwitz shown from the perspective of those who took part in these events, as well as those who witnessed them. The books, recommended for readers 14 and older, were published In co-operation with The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oświęcim. If you are interested in finding out more about the collection:

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I am happy to report that at least two of these books is now available at Amazon.com. When the remaining two books become available, I will post the information here.
Episodes from Auschwitz

Episodes From Auschwitz: Love in the Shadow of Death (Episodes From Auschwitz, Volume 1)  Paperback 
January 1, 2009 
by Michał Gałek (Author) 
"Love in the Shadow of Death" is the true story of two prisoners from the Auschwitz Death Camp - Mala Zimetbaum, a Jewish woman, and Edward Galiński, a Polish man. Mala, thanks to her knowledge of several languages and engaging personality, was made a messenger (Läuferin) in the women's camp and was allowed to travel through the camp more freely than other prisoners. Edek, who was brought in the first transport of Polish political prisoners to Auschwitz I, was transferred to the maintenance work unit in Auschwitz II-Birkenau (death camp). This is where he met and fell in love with Mala Zimetbaum. This is the story of the love that these two individuals developed for one another, their unsuccessful escape, and their tragic fate in the camp. This illustrated history book shows the complicated relationship between prisoners, the functionary prisoners (Kapos), and the members of the SS guard garrison within Auschwitz in a new and non-stereotypical way, showing the human side of the this tragedy. "Episodes from Auschwitz" is a series of 'comic book' format illustrated history books, fully endorsed by the Directors of the Auschwitz Birkenau State Museum and former prisoners, that focus on the individual people that lived through or were murdered at the Auschwitz Death Camps - where out of the 1.3 million deported there, 1.1 million were murdered. Each book in the series includes: an introduction that details what was happening during WWII while the events in the Episode took place, illustrations depicting the people and places in the camps as accurately as possible, a glossary of terms, and a concluding article by Adam Cyra, PhD, who is a researcher and scholar at the Auschwitz Birkenau State Museum.

Episodes From Auschwitz: Witold's Report (Episodes From Auschwitz, Volume 2) 
Paperback
January 1, 2009 
by Michał Gałek (Author) 
The second volume in the series of illustrated history books about Auschwitz is dedicated to the story of Witold Pilecki - soldier of the Polish Army during the Polish-Soviet War in 1920 and September 1939 invasion of Poland, he fought in the Polish resistance, the AK (Home Army), and as its member, he volunteered for Auschwitz. After the war, the Communist regime considered him a traitor of the Polish People. He was murdered in the prison of the Ministry of Public Security of Poland in Warsaw. Pilecki's story is centered around his interrogation in the dungeons of the state secret police. The comic presents the details of Pilecki's arrival in Auschwitz, his escape, and plans considered by the AK to attack the camp to free prisoners. This illustrated history book shows the complicated relationship between prisoners, the functionary prisoners (Kapos), and the members of the SS guard garrison within Auschwitz in a new and non-stereotypical way, showing the human side of the this tragedy. This book in particular also delves partly into Poland's post-WWII history. Episodes from Auschwitz is a series of comic book-format illustrated history books, fully endorsed by the Directors of the Auschwitz Birkenau State Museum and former prisoners, that focus on the individual people that lived through or were murdered at the Auschwitz Death Camps - where out of the 1.3 million deported there, 1.1 million were murdered. Each book in the series includes: an introduction that details what was happening during WWII while the events in the Episode took place, illustrations depicting the people and places in the camps as accurately as possible, a glossary of terms, and a concluding article by Adam Cyra, PhD, who is a researcher and scholar at the Auschwitz Birkenau State Museum.
Poison gas pellet cans
"Starvation," by Mieczyslaw Stobierski
Episodes from Auschwitz