Holocaust Matters showcases carefully curated extracts from the book The Long Night, the vivid memoirs of Dr Ernst Israel Bornstein who survived seven Nazi labour and extermination camps. Our website serves as an important resource for Holocaust education around the world.

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Renee Bornstein (wife of Ernst Israel Bornstein), Holocaust Survivor, awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to Holocaust education and commemoration.


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Inspired by The Long Night, the memoirs of Ernst Israel Bornstein, a Holocaust Survivor

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Explore universal lessons and themes from The Long Night

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Learn about key historical topics through Ernst’s experiences

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Search by location. Journey through seven camps and other places

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Ernst Israel Bornstein was born in Zawiercie, Poland in 1922. He was the oldest of four children. He was educated in Jewish schools and was an talented student who spoke German, Yiddish and Polish. He was incarcerated in seven concentration camps, enduring the infamous “death march” until finally being liberated by American soldiers near Lake Starnberg in Bavaria on 30 April 1945. His parents and two younger sisters perished at Auschwitz…

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Holocaust Matters is an interactive educational tool for anyone interested in the Holocaust including schools and those with a professional or personal research interest. It is run by the family of Holocaust survivor Dr Ernst Israel Bornstein to showcase excerpts of his memoir ‘The Long Night’ which tells of his miraculous survival from seven Nazi labour and death camps during World War II…

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“You should read this crucial testimony. It is a terrifying personal account of an unspeakable clinical horror, all the more powerful for being told with remarkable self-restraint.”



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