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- Amidst the Shadows of Trees, by Miriam M. Brysk.
A moving memoir that recounts a young girl's experiences in the Lida Ghetto, and living with partisans in the Lipiczany Forest. This memoir also details Miriam's experiences after the war and how she went on to become a noted scientist, despite having missed out on years of schooling during the Holocaust.
- After Such Knowledge: Memory, History and the Legacy of the Holocaust, by Eva Hoffman.
A series of contemplative essays on the Holocaust and the responsibility of the 'second generation' to preserve the legacy they have inherited from their relatives who survived the horrors of the Shoah.
- The Agony of Greek Jews, 1940-1945, by Steven B. Bowman.
The Agony of Greek Jews tells the story of modern Greek Jewry as it came under the control of the Kingdom of Greece during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In particular, it deals with the vicissitudes of those Jews who held Greek citizenship during the interwar and wartime periods, and the fate of Greek Jews during the Holocaust.
- All But My Life, by Gerda Weissmann Klein.
This is Gerda Weissmann's memoir of the six years she spent under Nazi tyranny, during which she spent three years in Nazi forced labor camp. This story also recounts her liberation and her meeting with Kurt Klein, the young man who was to become her husband. All But My Life is a horrific and heart wrenching story, yet it is also surprising uplifting. It is a classic of Holocaust literature.
- All Or Nothing: The Axis and the Holocaust, 1941-43, by Jonathan Steinberg.
An astute overview of how Nazi German and Fascist Italy differed in their treatment toward the Jews. Steinberg also examines what motivated some Italians to protect the Jews, while their German colleagues actively participated in the murders.
- Anatomy of the Auschwitz Death Camp, edited by Yisrael Gutman and Michael Berenbaum.
A collection of essays by leading scholars that presents a comprehensive and chilling overview of the history and inner workings of Auschwitz, and the role that it played in the Nazi's 'Final Solution'.
- Angel of Orphans, by Malky Weinstock.
The remarkable story of R' Yona Tiefenbrunner and the hundreds of children that he helped save, both during the Holocaust, and after.
- Anna and the Swallow Man, by Gavriel Savit.
This is an unforgettable story about a young girl's journey through war torn Poland with the Swallow Man, an enigmatic stranger who takes her under his wings after her father is sent to a concentration camp. Although written for young readers aged 12 and up, this is a book that will resonate equally well with adult readers.
- Anne Frank's Story - Her Life Retold for Children, by Carol Ann Lee.
A concise biography of Anne Frank, written especially for children. This work covers Anne's life from her birth, until her untimely death at the age of fifteen.
- Approaches to Auschwitz: The Holocaust and Its Legacy, Revised Edition, by Richard L. Rubenstein and John K. Roth.
A detailed, if somewhat eclectic, survey of the Holocaust, its causes and its consequences. Designed for use as a college level textbook, this book will also be of interest to general readers.
- Auschwitz: A New History, By Laurence Rees.
A sweeping history Auschwitz, the notorious death camp. This account includes information garnered from more than a hundred interviews that Rees conducted with both camp survivors and Nazi perpetrators.
- The Avengers: A Jewish War Story, by Rich Cohen.
The unforgettable story of The Avengers, a group of Jewish partisans who inhabited the forests of Eastern Europe during the dark days of World War II and who later went on to fight for Israeli Independence.
- The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, by John Boyne.
This is a haunting fable about two young boys, one German and the other Jewish, who inexplicitly meet at a fence surrounding a concentration camp - with dire consequences.
- Brothers for Resistance and Rescue, by David Gur.
This book contains one of the most inspiring pages in the history of Hungarian Jewry- the recruitment and organization of the Zionist Youth Movement in the year 1944, during the Nazi occupation.
- The Bugs are Burning, by Dr. Sheldon Hersh and Dr. Robert Wolf.
The role of Eastern Europeans in the exploitation, subjugation and murder of their Jewish neighbors during the Holocaust.
- Child of War, by Nachman Seltzer.
This is an intimate recounting of Arye Leibish Friedman's childhood experiences during the Holocaust. The young Leibish, a Bobover Chassid boy from Budapest, survived by hiding in plain-sight disguised as a gentile. This book also provides a glimpse into what life was like for the Jews of Budapest, just before and throughout the war.
- The Children's House of Belsen, by Hetty E. Verolme.
At the age of 13, Hetty was first transported to the repatriation camp at Westerbork, and from there she was sent to the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp, where she lived in the "Children's House," where she witnessed firsthand the horrors of the Holocaust.
- A Community Under Siege: The Jews of Breslau Under Nazism, by Abraham Ascher.
This is a unique entry into the field of Holocaust histories. It provides a detailed study of the liquidation of the Jews of Breslau and the destruction of what was, the third largest Jewish community in Germany, prior to the rise of Nazism. It also examines what life was like for individual Jews in Breslau during this period.
- Countrymen, by Bo Lidegaard.
The untold story of how Denmark's Jews escaped the Nazis, of the courage of their fellow Danes - and the extraordinary role of the SS.
- Defiance: The Bielski Partisans, by Nechama Tec.
The amazing, and true story, of the Bielski Partisans. Led by Tuvia Bielski, this remarkable resistance army rescued more than 1,200 Jews from near certain extermination at the hands of the Nazis, during the Nazi occupation of Belorussia.
- Destined to Survive (Chapter 1), by Israel I. Cohen. (Book Excerpt)
Uplifting stories from the worst of times.
- Determined: The Story of Holocaust Survivor Avraham Perlmutter, by A. Avraham Perlmutter, Ph.D.
This unique memoir recounts Perlmutter's experiences in Holland where he spent the Holocaust staying just one step ahead of the Nazis. As well, in this memoir he recalls how he rebuilt his life after the war and went on to achieve his dreams.
- The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank.
A chronicle of the two, futile years that Anne spent in hiding during the Holocaust.
- Diary of Bergen-Belsen 1944-1945, by Hanna Lťvy-Hass.
This unique diary chronicles what life was like inside the notorious Bergen-Belsen concentration camp during its last year in existence.
- Edith's Story: Courage, Love, and Survival during World War II, by Edith Van Hessen Velmans.
During World War II, Edith Van Hessen, a young Jewish girl from Holland, was forced to go into hiding to prevent her deportation to a Nazi concentration camp. She hid in plain sight - taking on the persona of a Christian and working as a maid. This is the story of her ordeal and the courageous people who helped to hide her.
- Escape to Manila: From Nazi Tyranny to Japanese Terror, by Frank Ephraim.
This is a riveting and detailed account of what life was like in the Philippines during World War II, for the thousands of Jews who fled from the Nazis and found sanctuary in this faraway land.
- The Final Solution Is Life (Chapter 1), by Laura Dekelman and Rebbetzin Chana Rubin. (Book Excerpt)
A Chassidic Dyansty's Story of Survival and Rebuilding.
- Forgotten Voices of the Holocaust, by Lyn Smith.
This book contains short narratives by more than 100 contributors, both Jewish and non-Jewish, about their experiences during the Holocaust.
- Fragments of Memory: From Kolin to Jerusalem , by Hana Greenfield.
A chilling memoir of Greenfield's horrific experiences during the Holocaust, that found her in Terezin Ghetto, Auschwitz, Birkenau, Bergen-Belsen and working in Hamburg, Germany as a slave laborer. Also chronicles the fate of the Bialystock children.
- The Girls of Room 28: Friendship, Hope, and Survival in Theresienstadt, by Hannelore Brenner.
The memoirs of ten women, who were young girls when they entered the Theresienstadt concentration camp, are chronicled in this unforgettable book. The book looks at their life before, during, and after the Holocaust.
- Given Up For Dead, by Flint Whitlock.
A chilling history of the American GI's that were imprisoned in the Nazi Concentration Camp at Berga.
- The Great Escape: Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World, by Kati Marton.
A joint biography of Edward Teller, John von Neumann, Leo Szilard, Eugene Wigner, Michael Curtiz, Alexander Korda, Robert Capa, Andre Kertesz, and Arthur Koestler. All nine were Hungarian Jews who fled their homeland due to antisemitism and the looming threat posed by the Nazis, and all went on to make significant contributions in the respective fields.
- Hana's Suitcase: The Quest to Solve a Holocaust Mystery, by Karen Levine.
This is the true story of a quest to discover the history and fate of Hana Brady, the owner of a suitcase that was sent to the Tokyo Holocaust Education Resource Center in Japan with no other information than her name, her date of birth, and the fact that she was an orphan. Written for young readers, this book provides readers with a unique perspective on the Holocaust.
- Hannah Senesh: Her Life and Diary, by Hannah Senesh.
Israel's national heroine, Senesh returned to her native Hungary in 1943 to help rescue Jews. She was captured by the Nazi's and executed at the age of 23. This is her story...
- Hetty, by Hetty Verolme.
This is a memoir that examines the author's experiences during the Holocaust and which chronicles what life was like for the children that lived in the Children's House located within Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.
- The Hidden Hand: The Holocaust, by Yaakov Astor.
This book tells the history of the Holocaust from an unusual perspective, with an eye toward discerning the hand of Hashem in the events that took place.
- The Holocaust, by Martin Gilbert.
In this classic work of Holocaust literature, Martin Gilbert chronicles the near destruction of European Jewry at the hands of the Nazi death machine. Following a chronologically driven format, Gilbert deftly interweaves mind numbing statistics with eyewitness accounts to tell the story of what happened during the Holocaust, and how and why these events occurred.
- The Holocaust Conspiracy: An International Policy of Genocide, by William R. Perl.
A compelling look at why the United States, Britain, Switzerland, the Soviet Union and other countries, as well as the Vatican and the International Red Cross, deliberately chose a course of action that imperiled millions by keeping them 'locked' in Europe as the Nazi genocide razed European Jewry.
- I Shall not Die, by Hart N. Hasten.
"I Shall Not Die!" These four, simple words, taken from Psalm 118, have formed the backbone of an extraordinary life, lived by a remarkable man.
- IBM and the Holocaust, by Edwin Black
A compelling look at IBM's collaboration with Nazi Germany, and the impact which it had upon the course of the war, and more importantly, on the Holocaust.
- In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer, by Irene Gut Opdyke with Jennifer Armstrong.
The remarkable, true story, of a seventeen-year-old nursing student who, time and time again, risked her life to help rescue Jews throughout the dark days of World War II.
- James Bond, Jabotinsky and the Holocaust, by Moshe Phillips.
A look at the new movie Defiance, and the opportunity it presents to remember the contributions made by the Zionist leader Ze'ev Jabotinsky, the Betar student movement, and related resistance groups. (Article)
- The Lessons of Survival: Conversations with Simon Wiesenthal, a film by Inna Rogatchi.
An insightful documentary that examines the life and works of the relentless Nazi hunter, Simon Wiesenthal, as told via his own words.
- Life, Death and Sacrifice: Women and Family in the Holocaust, edited by Esther Hertzog.
The book contains articles by some of the most prominent scholars in the field who tell the stories of women who were humiliated, tortured and murdered; their eternally etched-in-the-memory stories of struggle and survival.
- The Master Plan: Himmler's Scholars and the Holocaust, by Heather Pringle.
An engrossing history of Ahnenerbe, the Nazi research institute that was used to fabricate 'scientific' evidence by purposely misinterpreting archaeological evidence, Aryanizing history, and by giving Nazi racial theories a 'scientific' white-wash, in order to support various Nazi theories and opinions.
- The Minsk Ghetto, 1941-1943: Jewish Resistance and Soviet Internationalism, by Barbara Epstein.
This book presents a detailed history of the Minsk Ghetto and the Jewish underground movement that grew out of it. Drawn from first hand survivors' accounts and historical documents, this is the most comprehensive volume on the Minsk ghetto resistance movement currently available in English.
- Nazi Germany and the Jews, Volume I: The Years of Persecution, 1933-1939, by Saul Friedlšnder.
This book chronicles the rise of Nazism and the corresponding rise of persecution of German Jews. It also examines how Nazi anti-Jewish laws and policies laid the foundation for the Holocaust and help propel Germany toward war.
- The Nazi Germany Sourcebook, by Roderick Stackelberg and Sally A. Winkle
Contains a broad selection of primary texts, translated into English, such as the text of Konstantin von Gebsattel's 1913 essay, The Jewish Question.
- Nazi Terror: The Gestapo, Jews, and Ordinary Germans, by Eric A. Johnson
In this controversial book, Johnson looks at the role that the Gestapo, and Ordinary Germans, had in the mass murder of Jews during World War II.
- Shanghai Escape, by Kathy Kacer.
A fictional account of Lily Toufar's real-life adventures as a young Jewish refugee in Shanghai, a city to which her family had fled to in 1938 in an attempt to escape from the dangers posed by the Nazis.
- Silent Rebels, by Marion Schreiber
The true story of the raid on the twentieth train that left the Mechelen transit camp carrying 1,618 Belgium Jews to Auschwitz.
- Soldiers and Slaves - American POWs Trapped by the Nazis' Final Gamble, by Roger Cohen.
The unforgettable story of the 350 (mostly Jewish) American POWs, captured during the Battle of the Bulge, who were sent to the Nazi Concentration of Camp at Berga where they were forced to work as slave laborers.
- Sources of the Holocaust, by Steve Hochstadt.
A source book containing 84 documents related to the Holocaust.
- Strange Haven: A Jewish Childhood in Wartime Shanghai, by Sigmund Tobias.
At the age of six, Sigmund and his family fled Nazi Germany for the safety of Shanghai China. This is his account of his childhood and the experiences that he shared with his fellow refugees living in a Jewish Ghetto in Japanese occupied China.
- Stronger Than Iron: The Destruction of Vilna Jewry 1941-1945, by Mendel Balberyszski.
This eyewitness account details the destructionc of Vilna Jewry at the hands of the Nazis. Its chronicle of life in the two Vilna ghettos is the only historical document describing life in the small ghetto from its formation until its liquidation.
- The Sun Will Rise (Chapter 1), by Miriam Dansky and E. Reifer. (Book Excerpt)
Parents Relive the War Years - The Struggle and The Survival.
- The Tattered Prayer Book, by Ellen Bari.
This is a tender and well-illustrated book that introduces children, ages 6-10, to the Holocaust. It tells the story of a young boy who found a tattered and burned prayer book on the floor of a synagogue after Kristallnacht, and how this prayer book offered him comfort in the dark days to come.
- The TerezŪn Album of MariŠnka Zadikow, edited by Debůrah Dwork.
Imprisoned in TerezŪn, Zadikow turned a small photo album (poesiealbum) into a sort of scrapbook, and used it to collect signatures, sketches, short inscriptions, verse, and even staves of music composed by her fellow prisoners. This book is a facsimile of her poesiealbum, along with historical and biographical information and an English translation of the various entries.
- They Dared Return: The True Story of Jewish Spies Behind the Lines in Nazi Germany, by Patrick K. O'Donnell.
This is the true story of the 'Jewish Five' who, having escaped from Nazi Germany, joined the U.S. Army and then volunteered to go back into Nazi controlled territory to work as spies and saboteurs for the OSS, and who were instrumental in helping speed up the collapse of Nazi Germany.
- Throw Your Feet Over Your Shoulders: Beyond the Kindertransport, by Frieda Korobkin.
An unforgettable account of a young girl's experience as a Kindertransport refugee, one who was only six-years-old when she left her family in Vienna for the relative safety of England. Her account is unique in that it is one of the few accounts written from the perspective of a Kindertransport child that came from an Orthodox family.
- To Survive Sobibor, by Dov Freiberg.
A gripping autobiography from one of the survivors of the Sobibor Revolt, who immigrated to Israel aboard the 'illegal' ship, Exodus, and who has lived in Israel since 1948. This book chronicles his life from his birth in Warsaw Poland in 1927 until his arrival in Israel.
- The Tree in the Courtyard, by Jeff Gottesfeld.
This unique children's story book tells the story of Anne Frank and her diary from the unique perspective of the horse chestnut tree that grew outside the window of the secret annex where she hid from the Nazis for more than two years...
- Voices from Shanghai: Jewish Exiles in Wartime China, edited by Irene Eber.
A sampling of twenty-five literary works, including letters, diary entries, prose excerpts, and poems, written by Jews who fled the Nazi onslaught and found sanctuary in Shanghai.
- War & Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust, by Doris L. Bergen.
A brief, yet a detailed overview of the Holocaust, its causes, and its consequences. In addition to an analysis of the Nazi's quest to exterminate the Jews of Europe, this book also looks at other groups targeted for extermination by the Nazis including the disabled, Gypsies, communist, and others labeled as undesirable.
- We Are Still Here, by Rebecca Liebermann Nissel.
Memoirs of a Child of Survivors - A series of essays that chronicles the history of five-generations of one family that concentrates on the experiences of the author's parents during the Holocaust and their life in post-war Austria.
- We Were Europeans, by Werner M. Loval.
From pre-Hitler Germany to Kristallnacht, and a last minute escape from the Holocaust, and on to a life on three continents, this book catalogs the experiences of one Jewish family...
- What We Knew - Terror, Mass Murder, and Everyday Life in Nazi Germany, by Eric A. Johnson and Karl-Heinz Reuband.
Excerpts from forty interviews with Jewish survivors, and 'average' Germans who lived in Nazi Germany. Includes an analysis, by the authors, on what the average German knew about the Nazi atrocities that were taking place during World War II.
- Witnesses of War: Children's Lives Under the Nazis, by Nicholas Stargardt.
A haunting history of the lives of both Jewish and non-Jewish children under Nazi rule.
- A World After This: A Memoir of Loss and Redemption , by Lola Lieber.
This is the story of one woman, Lola Lieber, a Hungarian-Polish Jewess who survived and has chosen during her lifetime to tell the story of the ordeals of her survival and the strength of her faith and courage against all odds.
- The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945, by Saul Friedlšnder.
This, the second book in Friedlšnder's momentous ideological and cultural-based study on Nazi Germany and the Jews, looks at the years during which most of the mass murders where carried out and the various factors that combined to allow for the worst genocide in modern history.
- The Youngest Partisan (Chapter 14), by A. Romi Cohen and Dr. Leonard Ciaccio. (Book Excerpt)
Biography of a young boy who fought the Nazis.
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