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Best Holocaust Books

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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 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 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 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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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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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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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
John Boyne - 2006-09-12
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The story of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is very difficult to describe. Usually we give some clues about the book on the cover, but in this case we think that would spoil the reading of the book. We think it is important that you start to read without knowing what it is about.If you do start to read this book, you will go on a journey with a nin...
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Eichmann in Jerusalem
A Report on the Banality of Evil (Penguin Classics)
Hannah Arendt - 2006-09-22 (first published in 1963)
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Originally appearing as a series of articles in The New Yorker, Hannah Arendt’s authoritative and stunning report on the trial of Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann sparked a flurry of debate upon its publication. This revised edition includes material that came to light after the trial, as well as Arendt’s postscript directly addressing the controversy th...
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The Librarian of Auschwitz
Antonio Iturbe - 2019-10-01 (first published in 2012)
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Based on the experience of real-life Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus, this is the incredible story of a girl who risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during the Holocaust.Fourteen-year-old Dita is one of the many imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Taken, along with her mother and father, from the Terezín ghetto in Prague, Dita is adjus...
The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier
Mapping the Bones by Jane Yolen
The Choice by Edith Eva Eger
Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz
Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan
The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson
Bloodlands by Timothy Snyder
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Once We Were Brothers by Ronald H. Balson
Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally
Survival In Auschwitz by Primo Levi
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
All But My Life by Gerda Klein
The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
The Last Jew of Treblinka by Chil Rajchman
I Have Lived a Thousand Years by Livia Bitton-Jackson
I Never Saw Another Butterfly by Hana Volavkova
Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
The Butterfly by Patricia Polacco
999 by Heather Dune MacAdam
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
The Crime and the Silence by Anna Bikont
Holocaust Journey by Martin Gilbert
Who Was Anne Frank? by Ann Abramson
Ponary Diary, 1941-1943 by Kazimierz Sakowicz
This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen by Tadeusz Borowski
What the Night Sings by Vesper Stamper
Hitler Youth by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
The Holocaust by Martin Gilbert
Mendelssohn Is on the Roof by Jiri Weil
Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945 by Saul Friedlander
The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Fragments of Isabella by Isabella Leitner
The Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautzig
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr
Four Perfect Pebbles by Lila Perl
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
If This Is a Man and The Truce by Primo Levi
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
White Bird by R. J. Palacio
The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
Three Sisters by Heather Morris
We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
Five Chimneys by Olga Lengyel
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Maus I by Art Spiegelman
Rena's Promise by Rena Kornreich Gelissen
Projekt 1065 by Alan Gratz
Fascism by Madeleine Albright
Once by Morris Gleitzman
Making Bombs for Hitler by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy
Lovely War by Julie Berry
My Mother's Secret by J.L. Witterick
Beyond the Tracks by Michael Reit
A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir
In My Hands by Irene Gut Opdyke
Resistance by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Lily's Promise by Lily Ebert, Dov Forman
When Time Stopped by Ariana Neumann
The Redhead of Auschwitz by Nechama Birnbaum
Surviving the Angel of Death by Eva Mozes Kor
Ordinary Men by Christopher R. Browning
Survivors by Allan Zullo
I Survived the Nazi Invasion, 1944 by Lauren Tarshis
Irena's Children by Tilar J. Mazzeo
A Little History of the World by E. H. Gombrich
Alicia by Alicia Appleman-Jurman
Bomb by Steve Sheinkin
First One In, Last One Out by Marilyn Shimon
Black Earth by Timothy Snyder
Hana's Suitcase by Karen Levine
Surviving Hitler by Andrea Warren
The Sunflower by Simon Wiesenthal
Hidden by Loic Dauvillier
The Faithful Spy by John Hendrix
The Light of Days by Judy Batalion