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Liberation and the Return to Life – Marking 70 Years since the End of World War II

Shalom and welcome to the 33rd issue of Teaching the Legacy.
This year marks 70 years since the end of World War II. As such, we have dedicated this newsletter to liberation and the return to life. As the German army retreated during the last months of the war, the Allied soldiers discovered tens of thousands of Nazi concentration camps. Soviet soldiers were the first to liberate concentration camp prisoners in the summer of 1944. The first major concentration camp they liberated was Majdanek near Lublin in Poland. When they liberated Auschwitz in January 1945, Soviet soldiers found only several thousand emaciated prisoners alive who resembled skeletons. The months and years of abuse, violence, brutality, forced labor, disease, horrifying sanitary conditions and the lack of food made many so weak that they could hardly move. Those who survived the first weeks after liberation faced a long and difficult return to life.
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Recommended Books

In this section, we feature some Holocaust-related literature that may be of interest to educators and the general public.
A review of The Dead Man in the Bunker: Discovering My Father, by Martin Pollack.
A review of The Suffering of the Roma in Serbia During the Holocaust, by Milovan Pisarri.

What’s New at Yad Vashem

Producer Branko Lustig presented his Oscar for "Schindler's List" to Yad Vashem's Visual Center

On Wednesday, July 22, 2015, Croatian film producer and Holocaust survivor Branko Lustig presented the Oscar awarded to him by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Schindler's List, Best Picture of 1993 to Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev. The Oscar is on display in Yad Vashem's Visual Center – the world's digital film library for Holocaust related films.

The event took place during the official visit to Yad Vashem by Croatian President H.E. Ms. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović. The President toured the Holocaust History Museum, participated in a memorial ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance, and spoke at the ceremony presenting the Oscar to Yad Vashem.

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