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Suggested Readings

  • History

    Bingham, Marjorie Wall. An Age of Empires, 1200-1750. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

    In An Age of Empires, middle school and high school students are introduced to a series of empires shaping the modern world, 1350-1650. The chapter on the Habsburg Empire includes important figures like Johannes Kepler, Eugene of Savoy, and Maria Theresa. Her daily schedule, described by one of her officials, suggests how difficult the role of monarch in a complex empire might be. Chapters on the Polish/Lithuanian, Russian, and Ottoman Empires provide a further setting for Austrian/Habsburg history.

    Kaiser, Gloria. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, January 27, 1756-December 5, 1791: Perspectives from his Correspondence. Trans. by Lowell A. Bangerter. Riverside: Ariadne Press, 2007.

    Kaiser selects letters by Leopold Mozart as well as Wolfgang to give the reader a rounded portrait of the person, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

    Kaiser, Gloria. Saudade: The Life and Death of Queen Maria Glória of Lusitania. Riverside: Ariadne Press, 2005.

    Maria Glória, the daughter of the Emperor and Empress of Brazil, at the age of 12 is forced to follow her father into exile in 1831, arriving eventually in Portugal where in 1834 she is crowned Queen. She received no moral or financial support from her mother's family, the Habsburgs of Austria. In Portugal her life is filled with political intrigue as she lives out an existence of loneliness, revolts and opposition to her rule, the early death of her one love, an arranged marriage, and the early deaths of several of her children. Since leaving her beloved Brazil, the feeling of saudade, a Portuguese term for the melancholic yearning for lost roots and ties, pervaded her short life. Kaiser draws a poetic portrait of the life of the young woman whose final tragedy is death in 1853 while giving birth. An account of intrigues and romance, it is a relatively unknown story of a fascinating young woman.

    January 31st, 2008
  • Cultures

    Grahame, Deborah. Austria. New York: Marshall Cavendish, 2007.

    January 31st, 2008
  • Holocaust

    Fisch, Robert O. Dear Dr. Fisch: Children’s Letters to a Holocaust Survivor. Minneapolis: Nodin Press, 2004.

    Fisch, Robert O. Light from the Yellow Star: A Lesson of Love from the Holocaust. Minneapolis: Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, 1994. Yellow Star Foundation

    Fisch, Robert O. The Metamorphosis to Freedom. Minneapolis: 2000.

    Joseph, Yolanda Klein. I Remember: A Holocaust Survivor’s Story. 2001.

    I Remember is the story of a teen-aged girl from a small town in Czechoslovakia, a member of one of the two Jewish families in the town. Yolanda tells of her experiences as the Germans advanced, of both families being loaded onto a train and initially taken to the Ungvar ghetto. Yolanda, a very clever young woman, writes of how she was able to obtain food for many of the people there. From Ungvar, she was taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau. She was one of the few who survived various forced marches to Nazi labor camps. In January 1945 she was liberated by the Russian army and was able to make her way back to her home town.

    To purchase the book, contact sjsinger@erols.com Cost: $14.95 plus shipping.

    Wiesel, Elie. Night First edition of this translation. New York: Hill & Wang, 2006.

    Originally published in 1958, Night is Wiesel's personal recollections of his experience as a teenager taken to the concentration camps of Auschwitz and Buchenwald. Night is part of a trilogy, including Dawn and Day.

    January 31st, 2008