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Best Holocaust Books to Read

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Holocaust books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

1. The Holocaust: A New History (2018)

Best Holocaust Books to ReadIn June 1944, Freda Wineman and her family arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau, the infamous Nazi concentration and death camp. After a cursory look from an SS doctor, Freda’s life was spared and her mother was sent to the gas chambers. Freda only survived because the Allies won the war–the Nazis ultimately wanted every Jew to die. Her mother was one of millions who lost their lives because of a racist regime that believed that some human beings simply did not deserve to live–not because of what they had done, but because of who they were.Laurence Rees has…
Author(s): Laurence Rees

2. Why?: Explaining the Holocaust (2018)

Best Holocaust Books to Read“Superbly written and researched, synthesizing the classics while digging deep into a vast repository of primary sources.” ―Josef Joffe, Wall Street JournalWhy? explores one of the most tragic events in human history by addressing eight of the most commonly asked questions about the Holocaust: Why the Jews? Why the Germans? Why murder? Why this swift and sweeping? Why didn’t more Jews fight back more often? Why did survival rates diverge? Why such limited help from outside? What legacies, what lessons?An internationally acclaimed scholar, Peter…
Author(s): Peter Hayes

3. Survivors: True Stories of Children in the Holocaust (2005)

Best Holocaust Books to ReadGripping and inspiring, these true stories of bravery, terror, and hope chronicle nine different children’s experiences during the Holocaust.These are the true-life accounts of nine Jewish boys and girls whose lives spiraled into danger and fear as the Holocaust overtook Europe. In a time of great horror, these children each found a way to make it through the nightmare of war. Some made daring escapes into the unknown, others disguised their true identities, and many witnessed unimaginable horrors. But what they all shared was the unshakable belief in– and hope for– survival….
Author(s): Allan Zullo

4. Five Chimneys: A Woman Survivor’s True Story of Auschwitz (2005)

Best Holocaust Books to ReadOlga Lengyel tells, frankly and without compromise, one of the most horrifying stories of all time. This true, documented chronicle is the intimate, day-to-day record of a beautiful woman who survived the nightmare of Auschwitz and Birchenau. This book is a necessary reminder of one of the ugliest chapters in the history of human civilization. It was a shocking experience. It is a shocking book….
Author(s): Olga Lengyel

5. First One In, Last One Out: Auschwitz Survivor 31321 (2016)

Best Holocaust Books to ReadWhile growing up in New York, Marilyn Shimon often visited her uncle in California. She saw his scars, gaped at his “31321” tattoo, and listened to his horrific stories of the Holocaust. However, she could not relate to the suffering he endured or understand the significance of his accounts—until now. In this grisly memoir, Marilyn resurrects Murray Scheinberg’s stories of six hellish years in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. The Polish Jew was one of the first eight men to enter Auschwitz, as a political prisoner in 1940, and one of the last to escape Dachau. Rejected by a…
Author(s): Marilyn Shimon

6. The Holocaust: A History of the Jews of Europe During the Second World War (1987)

Best Holocaust Books to ReadDeftly weaving together historical research and survivors’ testimonies, The Holcaust is Gilbert’s acclaimed and definitive history of the European Jews, fom Hitler’s rise to power to Germany’s surrender to the liberation of the prisoners of the concentration camps….
Author(s): Martin Gilbert

7. The Holocaust: Readings and Interpretations (Textbook) (2001)

Best Holocaust Books to ReadRaises questions related to the study of the Holocaust, and offers answers to these questions through interpretive essays. This book emphasizes the complexity of the subject, while it seeks to provide an understanding of this historical event….
Author(s): Joseph R Mitchell

8. War and Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust (Critical Issues in World and International History) (2016)

Best Holocaust Books to ReadIn examining one of the defining events of the twentieth century, Doris L. Bergen situates the Holocaust in its historical, political, social, cultural, and military contexts. Unlike many other treatments of the Holocaust, this revised, third edition discusses not only the persecution of the Jews, but also other segments of society victimized by the Nazis: Roma, homosexuals, Poles, Soviet POWs, the disabled, and other groups deemed undesirable. In clear and eloquent prose, Bergen explores the two interconnected goals that drove the Nazi German program of conquest and…
Author(s): Doris L. Bergen

9. We Are Witnesses: Five Diaries Of Teenagers Who Died In The Holocaust (2009)

Best Holocaust Books to ReadThe five diarists in this book did not survive the war. But their words did. Each diary reveals one voice, one teenager coping with the impossible. We see David Rubinowicz struggling against fear and terror. Yitzhak Rudashevski shows us how Jews clung to culture, to learning, and to hope, until there was no hope at all. Moshe Ze’ev Flinker is the voice of religion, constantly seeking answers from God for relentless tragedy. Eva Heyman demonstrates the unquenchable hunger for life that sustained her until the very last moment. And finally, Anne Frank reveals the largest truth they…
Author(s): Jacob Boas

10. Maybe You Will Survive: A Holocaust Memoir (2018)

Best Holocaust Books to ReadThe author recounts his experiences in Poland during the Holocaust, when he escaped from a forced labor camp and, with his brother, hid in underground holes on the grounds of an estate controlled by the Gestapo. currently lives a quiet, simple life. With good reason, he is quite proud of his achievements, and those of his sons. He and Ester have five grandchildren whom they love dearly. The legacy of his father remains stronger than ever. And with that memory, he knows that all his family survive within him. He resides in New York City, but makes frequent trips back…
Author(s): Aron Goldfarb, Graham Diamond

It is a compelling story of a young girl’s brave determination to live when evil consumed the world. I am proud that In the Face of Evil was recognized as a Finalist in the National Jewish Book Awards. I would love this book to be included in your list of excellent Holocaust books. Books shelved as holocaust: Night by Elie Wiesel, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas 138 books based on 219 votes: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne, Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, The Hiding Pl There are few periods of history darker than the Holocaust, so it is fitting that the world of Holocaust literature would be as vast as it is. Any book on the subject will help you to come to terms with it, which is something that we all need to do, but some books are better than others. The ones We honor history by remembering it, and since the close of World War II, numerous authors have written books about the Holocaust to shine light on one of the most tragic periods in history. These books about the Holocaust, collected here, are simultaneously full of heartbreak and hope.

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some holocaust books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

A Train Near Magdeburg: A Teacher’s Journey into the Holocaust, and the reuniting of the survivors and liberators, 70 years on

Author(s): Matthew Rozell
Publisher: Woodchuck Hollow Studios Incorporated, Year: 23 Sept 2016, Size: 497 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2322160

The Girl in the Cellar: Surviving the Holocaust in Nazi-Occupied Poland

Author(s): Gerda Krebs Seifer
Publisher: BookBaby, Year: 21 July 2019, Size: 5 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2391932

Hitler’s Pawn: The Boy Assassin and the Holocaust

Author(s): Stephen Koch
Publisher: Counterpoint, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2317969

Death March Escape: The Remarkable Story of a Man Who Twice Escaped the Nazi Holocaust

Author(s): Jack J Hersch
Publisher: Frontline Books, Year: 2019, Size: 6 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2320753

Questions I Am Asked About The Holocaust

Author(s): Hédi Fried, Alice E. Olsson
Publisher: Scribe US, Year: 2019, Size: 200 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2323506

Out of the Holocaust

Author(s): Peter Volodja Boe
Publisher: Elm Hill, Year: 2019, Size: 12 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2324882

New Directions in Jewish American and Holocaust Literatures : Reading and Teaching

Author(s): Victoria Aarons and Holli Levitsky
Publisher: State University of New York Press, Year: 2019, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2357299

Holocaust Escapees and Global Development: Hidden Histories

Author(s): David Simon
Publisher: Zed Books, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2357725

Predicting the Holocaust: Jewish Organizations Report from Geneva on the Emergence of the "Final Solution," 1939–1942

Author(s): Jürgen Matthäus
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2373921

The Volunteer: One Man’s Mission to Lead an Underground Army Inside Auschwitz and Stop the Holocaust

Author(s): Jack Fairweather
Publisher: Custom House, Year: 2019, Size: 20 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2383143

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are absolutely chart-busters according to Chicago Tribune, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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