Resources for Esther

To continue your study of this topic and to help with your research, use the following additional sources. Books preceded by an asterisk are recommended for middle and high school students.


  • Profiles of a Lost World: Memoirs of East European Jewish Life before World War II
    Abramowicz, Hirsz., Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1999.
    Description of Jewish life in Lithuanian in the interwar period.
  • The Last Days of the Jerusalem of Lithuania: Chronicles from the Vilna Ghetto and the Camps, 1939-1944
    Kruk, Herman, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002.
    Diary depicting Jewish life in the Vilna ghetto and nearby camps.
  • Last Barrier to Freedom: Internment of Jewish Holocaust Survivors on Cyprus 1946-1949
    Laub, Morris, Berkeley: Judah L. Magnes Museum, 1985.
    Story of would be Jewish immigrants to Mandatory Palestine who were caught and imprisoned on Cyprus.



  • Partisans of Vilna
    130 minutes, 1986
    Tells the story of the young people who formed the Jewish partisan movement in Vilna, Lithuania. Based on archival footage from the war years and contemporary interviews with partisan survivors (including Abba Kovner, a founder of the partisan movement and one of Israel’s leading poets) the film explores the challenges of organizing resistance during the Holocaust.
  • Our Children
    68 Minutes, 1948
    Made just after the war, this film documents two comedians’ trip to a Zionist children’s settlement just outside Lodz.
  • The Long Way Home
    120 Minutes, 1997
    Academy Award-winning documentary of Holocaust survivors struggling to rebuild their lives in the years following WWII.