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Name:  Milton J Nieuwsma  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1941 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

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Illinois Connection

Milton Nieuwsma received his Master's Degree in communication at the University of Illinois-Springfield, and a year later became president of Grant Hospital in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Nieuwsma started his writing career as a reporter for the Holland (Mich.) Evening Sentinel while in high school. After graduating with an English degree from Hope College in 1963, he worked as a public information officer at Wayne State University in Detroit and hosted a weekly radio program, "The Fifth Freedom," on WQRS-FM, a Detroit fine arts station. He also wrote programs for a public television series, "Our America," which later was canceled for lack of funding.In 1969 Nieuwsma began a series of public relations and fund-raising jobs that took him away from his first love, writing, for the next decade. In the late 1970s he began contributing historical features and travel articles to the Chicago Tribune. In 1990 he took an administrative position at New Brunswick Seminary in New Brunswick, N.J. and taught journalism at Rutgers University. While in New Brunswick, Nieuwsma met Tova Friedman, believed to be the youngest survivor of Auschwitz, which inspired him to write Kinderlager (published 1998). Friedman is one of three children – all Auschwitz survivors – featured in the book.

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Titles At Your Library

Kinderlager: An Oral History of Young Holocaust Survivors
ISBN: 0823413586

Holiday House. 1998

Offers the factual accounts of three young girls who lived in the children's section, Kinderlager, of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and survived their imprisonment.

Surviving Auschwitz: Children of the Shoah
ISBN: 1596870729

Ibooks, Inc.. 2005

Surviving Auschwitz tells the moving and inspirational story of three young girls who survived Auschwitz, Adolph Hitler's most notorious death camp. With dramatic photographs, Tova Friedman, Frieda Tenebaum, and Rachel Hyams document the story in their own words.


  • 1999 New York Public Library-Best Book For Teens, ''Kinderlager''

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