Personal Histories from a World War II Concentration Camp


Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2015. Available in hardcover and ebook.

Illustrated in color and black-and-white with over 225 photographs, drawings, and maps, including many photos taken exclusively for the book by award-winning Belgian photographer Leon Nolis. 

Other Books about Breendonk


As I wrote The Prisoners of Breendonk: Personal Histories from a World War II Concentration Camp, I relied on over 135 sources for information about the camp and others related to it. Below are some of the books that I used:

Améry, Jean. At the Mind's Limits: Contemplations by a Survivor on Auschwitz and its Realities. Translated by Sidney Rosenfeld and Stella P. Rosenfeld. New York: Schocken Books, 1986.

Bitton-Jackson, Livia. I Have Lived a Thousand Years: Growing Up in the Holocaust. New York: Simon Pulse, 1999.

Feig, Konnilyn G. Hitler's Death Camps: The Sanity of Madness. New York: Holmes & Meier, 1981.

Friedlander, Henry. The Origins of Nazi Genocide: From Euthanasia to the Final Solution. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1995.

Fulbrook, Mary. A Small Town Near Auschwitz: Ordinary Nazis and the Holocaust . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Heidelberger-Leonard, Irène. The Philosopher of Auschwitz: Jean Améry and Living with the Holocaust. London: I. B. Tauris, 2010.

Jacobs, Benjamin, and Eugene Pool. The 100-Year Secret: Britain's Hidden World War II Massacre. Guildford, Conn.: Lyons Press, 2004.


Kogon, Eugen. The Theory and Practice of Hell: The German Concentration Camps and the System Behind Them. Translated by Heinz Norden. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006.

Landau, Ernest. "The First Days of Freedom.” In After the Holocaust: Rebuilding Jewish Lives in Postwar Germany, edited by Michael Brenner. Translated by Barbara Harshav. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1997.

Mannheimer, Max.”Theresienstadt—Auschwitz—Warsaw—Dachau: Recollections.” In Dachau and the Nazi Terror: 1933-1945 Testimonies and Memories, edited by Wolfgang Benz and Barbara Distel. Volume 1. Dachau, Germany: Dachauer Hefte, 2002.

Megargee, Geoffrey P. ed. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933-1945: Ghettos in German-Occupied Eastern Europe: Volume I. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009.


Michman, Don, ed. Belgium and the Holocaust: Jews, Belgians, Germans. Jerusalem: Yad Vashem, 1998.

Mosier, John. Hitler vs. Stalin: The Eastern Front, 1941-1945. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2010.

Nasser, Stephen with Sherry Rosenthal. My Brother's Voice: A Story Kept Secret Over Fifty Years. Las Vegas: Stephen Nasser, 2013.

Piper, Franciszek.”Gas Chambers and Crematoria.” In Anatomy of the Auschwitz Death Camp, edited by Yisrael Gutman and Michael Berenbaum. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1998: 157–82.


Roth, Chaya. The Fate of Holocaust Memories: Transmission and Family Dialogues. Chicago: Chaya Roth, 2008.

Schleunes, Karl A. The Twisted Road to Auschwitz: Nazi Policy toward German Jews, 1933-39. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1990.

Schreiber, Marion. The Twentieth Train: The True Story of the Ambush of the Death Train to Auschwitz. Translated by Shaun Whiteside. New York: Grove Press: 2003.

Schwartz, Leslie, and Marc David Bonagura. Surviving the Hell of Auschwitz and Dachau: A Teenage Struggle Toward Freedom From Hatred. Zurich: Lit, 2013.


Sofsky, Wolfgang. The Order of Terror: The Concentration Camp. Translated by William Templer. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1997.

Steinberg, Maxime, and Laurence Schram. Mecheln-Auschwitz 1942-1944: The Destruction of the Jews and Gypsies from Belgium. Vol. 4 of Adriaens, Ward, Maxime Steinberg, and Laurence Schram, Eric Hautermann, and Patricia Ramet, Mecheln-Auschwitz, 1942–1944. Brussels: VUBPress, 2009.

Trepper, Leopold. The Great Game: Memoirs of the Spy Hitler Couldn't Silence. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1977.


Trido, Victor. BREENDONK, Le camp du silence, de la mort et du crime (French Edition). Charleroi, Belgium: 1944.

Vander Velpen, Jos. Breendonk: Chronique d’un camp (1940–1944). Brussels: Editions Aden, 2004.

Wachsman, Nicolas. Hitler's Prisons: Legal Terror in Nazi Germany. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press. 2004.

Wasserstein, Bernard. On the Eve: The Jews of Europe Before the Second World War. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2012.