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First They Killed My Father
A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers (P.S.)
Loung Ung - 2006-04-04 (first published in 2000)
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This memoir tells the story of a young girl and her family's survival during the Cambodian genocide under the regime of Pol Pot. Forced to flee their privileged life in Phnom Penh, the family was torn apart and subjected to unspeakable horrors. Despite the trials they faced, this is a story of hope, courage, and love that sustained them through the toughest of times.
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
John Boyne - 2006-09-12
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Take a journey with a nine-year-old boy named Bruno, but beware of the fence he eventually reaches - one you hope to never have to cross. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a difficult story to describe, with a mystery that makes it best to start without any prior knowledge. Although not written for nine-year-olds, this tale will capture anyone's heart.
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The Diary Of A Young Girl
Anne Frank - 1993-07-01 (first published in 1947)
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Discover a world classic and timeless testament to the human spirit in this extraordinary diary, written by a teenage girl who hid with her family from Nazis for two years in Amsterdam. With new passages originally withheld by her father, meet Anne Frank: stubbornly honest, touchingly vulnerable, in love with life, and facing hunger, fear, death, and frustrations few teenagers have ever known. Explore her secret world of soul-searching, rebellious clashes, romance, newly discovered sexuality, and candid observations of companions. Imparting adult wisdom beyond her years, Anne's story is that of every teenager.
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Elie Wiesel - 2006-01-16 (first published in 1956)
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A powerful memoir, Night delves into the memories of Elie Wiesel, a Jewish teenager taken from his home and sent to concentration camps during WWII. Wiesel recounts the anguish of losing his family and his faith, and his despair in coming face to face with the unimaginable evil of humanity. This moving and unforgettable testimony serves as a stark reminder of the need to fight against such atrocities ever occurring again.
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The Complete Maus
Art Spiegelman - 2003-10-02 (first published in 1980)
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The Complete Maus is a captivating graphic novel that tells the story of Vladek Spiegelman and his wife's survival during Hitler's Europe. Through the use of cartoons, the author conveys the everyday struggles and fear of the Holocaust while exploring the emotional journey of guilt, relief, and survival. This contemporary classic sheds light on how the trials of survivors affect their children and is of immeasurable significance.
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Man's Search for Meaning
Viktor E. Frankl - 2006-06-01 (first published in 1959)
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Discover how to find meaning in suffering and move forward with renewed purpose by exploring the riveting memoir of a psychiatrist who survived Nazi death camps. In this influential book, based on his own experience and the stories of his patients, the author argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it and find meaning in it through his theory of logotherapy. This book is a must-read for anyone searching for significance in the act of living.
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Girl at War
A Novel
Sara Novic - 2015-05-12
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This powerful debut novel is a coming-of-age story that explores family, friendship, love, and belonging amidst the backdrop of the civil war in Yugoslavia in the early 1990s. Ana, a carefree ten-year-old, must learn to survive in a dangerous world as daily life is altered by food rations and air raid drills. Fast forward to 2001, Ana is a college student in Manhattan, haunted by memories of the war. As she returns to Croatia to face her ghosts and come to terms with her country's difficult history, this honest and beautifully written novel illuminates how history shapes us all. With praise from The New York Times Book Review, Vanity Fair, and more, it's a remarkable portrait of how war forever changes the life of an individual.
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The Tattooist of Auschwitz
A Novel
Heather Morris - 2018-09-04
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Surviving the horrors of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Lale Sokolov is tasked with tattooing his fellow prisoners with their identification numbers. Witnessing atrocities and acts of compassion, Lale risks his life to provide food for his fellow prisoners. When he meets a young woman named Gita, Lale vows to survive and marry her. The Tattooist of Auschwitz is a vivid and hopeful re-creation of one man's endurance and love during the Holocaust.
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