Holocaust Books

Introduction to the Holocaust | All Through the War | Anne Frank | Ghetto & Concentration Camp | In Hiding | Escapes, Evacuees & Refugees | In Occupied Countries & the Resistance | Rescuers | View From the Axis & Home Front | Nazis | After the War & Detention Camps | Other Nonfiction

Introduction to the Holocaust

These introductory books may be suitable for younger or more sensitive readers. They offer an overview of events without including the more graphic descriptions. Some books in the nonfiction section may be fiction based on actual events or representative of events and circumstances that actually occurred.

Adler, David A. A Hero and the Holocaust The Story of Janusz Korczak and His Children.
Adler, David A. Hiding From the Nazis.
Adler, David A. Hilde and Eli, Children of the Holocaust.
Adler, David A. The Number on My Grandfather's Arm.
Ginsburg, Marvell The Tattooed Torah.
Innocenti, Roberto Rose Blanche.
Johnston, Tony The Harmonica.
Lehman-Wilzig, Tami Keeping the Promise A Torah's Journey.
Mochizuki, Ken Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story.
Oppenheim, Shulamith Levey The Lily Cupboard.
Patz, Nancy Who Was the Woman Who Wore the Hat?
Polacco, Patricia The Butterfly.
Wild, Margaret Let the Celebrations Begin!
Wiviott, Meg Benno and the Night of Broken Glass.

All Through the War

Adler, David A. Hilde and Eli, Children of the Holocaust.
Ba'u, Yosef Dear God, Have You Ever Gone Hungry? Memoirs.
Games, Sonia Escape Into Darkness The True Story of A Young Woman's Extraordinary Survival During World War II.
Ginsburg, Marvell The Tattooed Torah.
Golabek, Mona The Children of Willesden Lane: Beyond the Kindertransport: A Memoir of Music, Love, and Survival.
Kohner, Hanna Hanna and Walter A Love Story.
Krinitz, Esther Nisenthal Memories of Survival.
Leapman, Michael Witnesses to War Eight True-life Stories of Nazi Persecution.
Lobel, Anita No Pretty Pictures A Child of War.
Orlev, Uri Lydia, Queen of Palestine.
Perel, Shlomo Europa, Europa.
Perl, Lila Four Perfect Pebbles A Holocaust Story.
Rabinovits, Shoshanah Thanks to My Mother.
Sender, Ruth Minsky The Cage.
Spiegelman, Art Maus I A Survivor's Tale : My Father Bleeds History.
Spiegelman, Art Maus II A Survivor's Tale : and Here My Troubles Began.
Yolen, Jane The Devil's Arithmetic.

Anne Frank

Abramson, Ann Who Was Anne Frank?
Adler, David A. A Picture Book of Anne Frank.
  Anne Frank in the World 1929-1945.
Davidson, Susanna Anne Frank.
Denenberg, Barry Shadow Life A Portrait of Anne Frank and Her Family.
Epstein, Rachel S. Anne Frank.
Frank, Anne The Diary of A Young Girl: The Definitive Edition.
Gold, Alison Leslie Memories of Anne Frank Reflections of A Childhood Friend.
Lee, Carol Ann Anne Frank and the Children of the Holocaust.
Lewis, Brenda Ralph The Story of Anne Frank.
McDonough, Yona Zeldis Anne Frank.

Ghetto & Concentration Camp

Auerbacher, Inge I Am A Star--Child of the Holocaust.
Boyne, John The Boy in the Striped Pajamas A Fable.
Gratz, Alan Prisoner B-3087.
Grossman, Mendel My Secret Camera Life in the Lodz Ghetto.
Hillman, Laura I Will Plant You A Lilac Tree A Memoir of A Schindler's List Survivor.
  I Never Saw Another Butterfly Children's Drawings and Poems From Terezín Concen Tration Camp, 1942-1944.
Jackson, Livia Bitton I Have Lived A Thousand Years Growing up in the Holocaust.
Johnston, Tony The Harmonica.
  Kinderlager An Oral History of Young Holocaust Survivors.
Lehman-Wilzig, Tami Keeping the Promise A Torah's Journey.
Lobel, Anita No Pretty Pictures A Child of War.
Matas, Carol Daniel's Story.
Novac, Ana The Beautiful Days of My Youth: My Six Months in Auschwitz and Plaszow.
Pausewang, Gudrun The Final Journey.
Roubícková, Eva Mándlová We're Alive and Life Goes on A Theresienstadt Diary.
Roy, Jennifer Rozines Yellow Star.
Rubin, Susan Goldman The Cat With the Yellow Star: Coming of Age in Terezin.
Rubin, Susan Goldman Fireflies in the Dark: The Story of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis and the Children of Terezin.
Rubin, Susan Goldman The Flag With Fifty-Six Stars: A Gift From the Survivors of Mauthausen.
Siegal, Aranka Upon the Head of the Goat: A Childhood in Hungary, 1939-1944.
Sierakowiak, Dawid The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak: Five Notebooks From the Lódz Ghetto.
Warren, Andrea Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps.
Wild, Margaret Let the Celebrations Begin!

In Hiding

Adler, David A. Hiding From the Nazis.
Cretzmeyer, Stacy Your Name Is Renée: Ruth Kapp Hartz's Story as A Hidden Child in Nazi-Occupied France.
Drucker, Malka Jacob's Rescue: A Holocaust Story.
Greenfeld, Howard The Hidden Children.
Kacer, Kathy Hiding Edith.
Millman, Isaac Hidden Child.
Oppenheim, Shulamith Levey The Lily Cupboard.
Perel, Shlomo Europa, Europa.
Rosenberg, Maxine B. Hiding to Survive: Stories of Jewish Children Rescued From the Holocaust.

Escapes, Evacuees & Refugees

Baylis-White, Mary Sheltering Rebecca.
Borden, Louise The Journey That Saved Curious George The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey.
Chapman, Fern Schumer Is It Night or Day?
Dear America One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping: The Diary of Julie Weiss.
Drucker, Olga Levy Kindertransport.
Fox, Anne L. Ten Thousand Children: True Stories Told by Children Who Escaped the Holocaust on the Kindertransport.
Levitin, Sonia Journey to America.

In Occupied Countries & the Resistance

Deedy, Carmen Agra The Yellow Star: The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark.
Glatstein, Jacob Emil and Karl.
Hesse, Karen The Cats in Krasinski Square.
McSwigan, Marie Snow Treasure.
Orlev, Uri Run, Boy, Run: A Novel.
Polacco, Patricia The Butterfly.
Schnur, Steven The Shadow Children.
Ungerer, Tomi Tomi: A Childhood Under the Nazis.
Wolf, Jacqueline "Take Care of Josette": A Memoir in Defense of Occupied France.
  Young People Speak Surviving the Holocaust in Hungary.


Adler, David A. A Hero and the Holocaust: The Story of Janusz Korczak and His Children.
Elvgren, Jennifer Riesmeyer The Whispering Town.
Goldenberg, Linda In Kindling Flame: The Story of Hannah Senesh, 1921-1944.
Axelrod, Toby Rescuers Defying the Nazis: Non-Jewish Teens Who Rescued Jews.
Bishop, Claire Huchet Twenty and Ten.
Fremon, David K. The Holocaust Heroes.
Gold, Alison Leslie A Special Fate: Chiune Sugihara, Hero of the Holocaust.
Innocenti, Roberto Rose Blanche.
Levine, Ellen Darkness Over Denmark: The Danish Resistance and the Rescue of the Jews.
Littlesugar, Amy Willy & Max: A Holocaust Story.
Lowry, Lois Number the Stars.
Mochizuki, Ken Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story.
Morpurgo, Michael Waiting for Anya.
Neimark, Anne E. One Man's Valor: Leo Baeck and the Holocaust : Illustrated With Photographs.
Opdyke, Irene Gut In My Hands: Memories of A Holocaust Rescuer.
Roberts, Jeremy Oskar Schindler Righteous Gentile.
Schur, Maxine Hannah Szenes: A Song of Light.
Streissguth, Thomas Raoul Wallenberg: Swedish Diplomat and Humanitarian.
Talbott, Hudson Forging Freedom: A True Story of Heroism During the Holocaust.

View from the Axis & Home Front

Bartoletti, Susan Campbell Hitler Youth: Growing up in Hitler's Shadow.
Chotjewitz, David Daniel, Half-Human And the Good Nazi.
Emmerich, Elsbeth My Childhood in Nazi Germany.
Vogel, Ilse Margret Bad Times, Good Friends: A Personal Memoir.
Williams, Laura E. Behind the Bedroom Wall.


Dolan, Edward F. Adolf Hitler, A Portrait in Tyranny.
Dowswell, Paul The Ausländer.
Heyes, Eileen Adolf Hitler.
Ramen, Fred Hermann Göring: Hitler's Second in Command.
Roberts, Jeremy Adolf Hitler A Study in Hate.
Roberts, Jeremy Joseph Goebbels.
Sachs, Ruth Adolf Eichmann: Engineer of Death.

After the War & Detention Camps

Adler, David A. One Yellow Daffodil: A Hanukkah Story.
Douglas, Kirk The Broken Mirror: A Novella.
Friedman, Carl Nightfather.
Greenfeld, Howard After the Holocaust.
Jackson, Livia Bitton My Bridges of Hope: Searching for Life and Love After Auschwitz.
Jeffrey, Laura S. Simon Wiesenthal: Tracking Down Nazi Criminals.
Propp, Vera W. When the Soldiers Were Gone.
Tito, E. Tina Liberation: Teens in the Concentration Camps and the Teen Soldiers Who Liberated Them.

Other Nonfiction

Bayer, Linda N. Elie Wiesel Spokesman for Remembrance.
Friedman, Ina R. The Other Victims: First Person Stories of Non-Jews Persecuted by the Nazis.
Levine, Karen Hana's Suitcase: A True Story.
Rogasky, Barbara Smoke and Ashes: The Story of the Holocaust.
Schroeder, Peter W. Six Million Paper Clips: The Making of A Children's Holocaust Memorial.

New Book Reviews

Somewhere There is Still a Sun: A Memoir of the Holocaust
Michael Gruenbaum, Todd Hasak-Lowy

Reading Level: Grades 4 - 8

This book was 70 years in the making.  It is the story of Michael Gruenbaum and his family, Jews who lived in Prague in 1939 when the Nazis marched in.  Written by gifted writer, Todd Hasak-Lowry, it chronicles life for 10- year-old Michael under the Nazis and the family's relocation to Terezin.  Told in the first person by a young Michael, it speaks volumes about courage, determination, and humanity.

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The Whispering Town
Jennifer Elvgren, Fabio Santomauro

Reading Level: Grades 1 - 3

During WWII the people of the Nazi occupied Danish town of Gilleleje helped 1,700 Jews escape to Sweden. This book tells the story of those brave residents and one night in particular when they had to figure out a new way to lead an escaping family to the ships that would take them to safety.

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The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi
Neal Bascomb

Reading Level:  Ages 12 & up

This nonfiction book reads like a fast paced spy thriller. Israeli Mossad agents, German and Israeli government officials, and private citizens worked together to abduct  Nazi war criminal  Adolf Eichman and bring him to justice.  Eichman, responsible for the deaths of six million Jews, disappeared after the war ended.  Then there came  a report that he was living in Argentina.

All the elements of a spy novel are here: a dangerous mission, false identities, safe houses, and split second timing, but this is a true, well documented  history.

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The Auslander
Paul Dowswell

Reading Level: Grades 7 and up

When Piotr's parents are killed he is is sent to an orphanage in Warsaw. But Peter is Volksdeutscher, of German blood, and with his blonde good looks he is the image of a Hitler Youth. Newly christened Peter, he is grateful to escape the misery of the orphanage and to be accepted into the home of a prominent Nazi family. The friendly, jovial father is involved with research into racial purity. While Peter is never a strong supporter of Nazi doctrine, he finds that he is expected to participate in Nazi Youth organizations. As time passes he questions doctrine and rebels in small ways. Finally, though terrified, he helps the resistance.

While many books have been written about The Holocaust and this period of history, this is one of the few that explains the appeal of National Socialism. The author has obviously done extensive research into the experiments dealing with racial purity. This is a compelling thought-provoking novel.

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You might also find the following books interesting. Both are written by Susan Campbell Bartoletti. The Boy Who Dared and Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow.

Is It Night or Day?
Fern Schumer Chapman

Reading Level:  Grades 5-7

As the Nazi noose closes, 12-year-old Edith's desperate parents send her alone on a long journey across the ocean to live in Chicago with an uncle she doesn't know.

This book is based on the author's mother's experiences as one of the children rescued by the One Thousand Children project.

Other gripping stories of Holocaust refugees include:
Ten Thousand Children : True Stories Told by Children who Escaped the Holocaust on the Kindertransport by Anne L. Fox
The Other Half of Life : A Novel Based on the True Story of the MS St. Louis by Kim Ablon Whitney and
Sheltering Rebecca by Mary Baylis-White

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