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Best Holocaust Books

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Night
Elie Wiesel - 2006-01-16 (first published in 1956)
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Born in the town of Sighet, Transylvania, Elie Wiesel was a teenager when he and his family were taken from their home in 1944 to Auschwitz concentration camp, and then to Buchenwald. Night is the terrifying record of Elie Wiesel's memories of the death of his family, the death of his own innocence, and his despair as a deeply observant Jew confron...
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The Diary Of A Young Girl
Anne Frank - 2018-01-01 (first published in 1947)
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Anne Frank's extraordinary diary, written in the Amsterdam attic where she and her family hid from the Nazis for two years, has become a world classic and a timeless testament to the human spirit. Now, in a new edition enriched by many passages originally withheld by her father, we meet an Anne more real, more human, and more vital than ever. Here ...
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The Book Thief
Markus Zusak - 2007-09-11 (first published in 2005)
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It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still.By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, left behind there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins ...
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The Complete Maus
Art Spiegelman - 1996-11-19 (first published in 1986)
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Combined for the first time here are Maus I: A Survivor's Tale and Maus II - the complete story of Vladek Spiegelman and his wife, living and surviving in Hitler's Europe. By addressing the horror of the Holocaust through cartoons, the author captures the everyday reality of fear and is able to explore the guilt, relief and extraordinary sensation ...
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Man's Search for Meaning
Viktor E. Frankl - 2006-06-01 (first published in 1946)
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Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Based on his own experience and the stories of his patients, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with re...
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The Hiding Place
Corrie Ten Boom - 2006-01-01 (first published in 1971)
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At one time Corrie ten Boom would have laughed at the idea that there would ever be a story to tell. For the first fifty years of her life nothing at all out of the ordinary had ever happened to her. She was an old-maid watchmaker living contentedly with her spinster sister and their elderly father in the tiny Dutch house over their shop. Their une...
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Number the Stars
Lois Lowry - 2011-05-02 (first published in 1989)
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Ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen often think of life before the war. It's now 1943 and their life in Copenhagen is filled with school, food shortages, and the Nazi soldiers marching through town. When the Jews of Denmark are "relocated," Ellen moves in with the Johansens and pretends to be one of the family. Soon Anne...
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Prisoner B-3087
Alan Gratz - 2013-03-01
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Survive. At any cost.10 concentration camps.10 different places where you are starved, tortured, and worked mercilessly.It's something no one could imagine surviving.But it is what Yanek Gruener has to face.As a Jewish boy in 1930s Poland, Yanek is at the mercy of the Nazis who have taken over. Everything he has, and everyone he loves, have been sn...
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The Boy on the Wooden Box
How the Impossible Became Possible . . . on Schindler's List
Leon Leyson - 2015-08-18 (first published in 2013)
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Even in the darkest of times—especially in the darkest of times—there is room for strength and bravery. A remarkable memoir from Leon Leyson, one of the youngest children to survive the Holocaust on Oskar Schindler’s list.Leon Leyson (born Leib Lezjon) was only ten years old when the Nazis invaded Poland and his family was forced to relocate to the...
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Between Shades of Gray
Ruta Sepetys - 2012-04-03
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Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they've known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slo...
Eichmann in Jerusalem by Hannah Arendt
I Never Saw Another Butterfly by Hana Volavkova
Escape from Sobibor by Richard Rashke
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen by Tadeusz Borowski
Survival in the Shadows by Barbara Lovenheim
Auschwitz and After by Charlotte Delbo
Jack and Rochelle by Jack Sutin
My Survival by Joshua M. Greene
Beyond Courage by Doreen Rappaport
Holocaust Journey by Martin Gilbert
What the Night Sings by Vesper Stamper
Hitler Youth by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier
Fragments of Isabella by Isabella Leitner
The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Mapping the Bones by Jane Yolen
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr
The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautzig
The Nazi Hunters by Neal Bascomb
The Upstairs Room by Johanna Reiss
Underground in Berlin by Marie Jalowicz Simon
King of the Jews by Leslie Epstein
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré
Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan
Bloodlands by Timothy Snyder
Five Chimneys by Olga Lengyel
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally
Maus I by Art Spiegelman
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Projekt 1065 by Alan Gratz
Fascism by Madeleine Albright
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
All But My Life by Gerda Klein
The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
Once by Morris Gleitzman
Making Bombs for Hitler by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy
A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir
In My Hands by Irene Gut Opdyke
Resistance by Jennifer A. Nielsen
The Last Jew of Treblinka by Chil Rajchman
Surviving the Angel of Death by Eva Mozes Kor
The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer
Survivors by Allan Zullo
The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe
The Faithful Spy by John Hendrix
Ordinary Men by Christopher R. Browning
Irena's Children by Tilar J. Mazzeo
I Have Lived a Thousand Years by Livia Bitton-Jackson
A Little History of the World by E. H. Gombrich
The Butterfly by Patricia Polacco
Alicia by Alicia Appleman-Jurman
Bomb by Steve Sheinkin
But You Did Not Come Back by Marceline Loridan-Ivens
Black Earth by Timothy Snyder
999 by Heather Dune MacAdam
The Last Jews in Berlin by Leonard Gross
Hana's Suitcase by Karen Levine
Corrie ten Boom by Janet Benge
Things We Couldn't Say by Diet Eman
Surviving Hitler by Andrea Warren
Paper Hearts by Meg Wiviott
The Destruction of the European Jews by Raul Hilberg
We Will Not Be Silent by Russell Freedman
The Yellow Star by Carmen Agra Deedy
I Will Plant You A Lilac Tree by David W Moore
Why? by Peter Hayes
The War Below by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
At the Mind's Limits by Jean Amery
The Length of a String by Elissa Brent Weissman
The Sunflower by Simon Wiesenthal
The Red Ribbon by Lucy Adlington
Notes from the Warsaw Ghetto by Emmanuel Ringelblum
The Tree in the Courtyard by Jeff Gottesfeld
Shadow of His Hand by Wendy Lawton
Waldek by Blanca Miosi
Haven by Ruth Gruber
Daniel's Story by Carol Matas
Irena's Children by Mary Cronk Farrell
The Cats in Krasinski Square by Karen Hesse
Stolen Girl by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
Playing for the Commandant by Suzy Zail
Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn
The Holocaust by Martin Gilbert
Eyewitness Auschwitz by Filip Müller
Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945 by Saul Friedlander