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What are some good Holocaust books?

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Answered 2017-07-21 12:49:52

All titles alphabetized. Most of the following are all stories with plots and characters.


* indicates it is a true story

Mostly for grades 4-8, but apply to anyone.

  • After the War by Carol Matas
  • Behind The Bedroom Wall by Laura Williams
  • The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti*
  • The Cat With The Yellow Star by Susan Goldman Rubin (Recommended for grades 2-5)
  • Daniel's Story by Carol Matas
  • Diary of A Young Girl by Anne Frank*
  • Escape from Warsaw by Ian Serraillier
  • Escape to the Forest: Based on a True Story of the Holocaust by Ruth Yaffe Radin* (Recommended for grades 2-5)
  • Friedrich by Hans Peter Richter
  • Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow by Susan Campbell Bartoletti (Newbery Honor)
  • I Am David by Anne Holm (Set in post-WWII)
  • In My Enemy's House by Carol Matas
  • Irena Sendler and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto by Susan Goldman Rubin* (picture book)
  • Irena's Jars of Secrets by Marcia Vaughan* (picture book)
  • Island on Bird Street by Uri Orlev
  • Lisa's War by Carol matas
  • Lily's Crossing by Patricia Reilly Giff (this Newbery is set in America 1944)
  • The Night Crossing by Karen Ackerman
  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  • Parallel Journey's by Eleanor H. Eyer
  • Run, Boy, Run by Uri Orlev (some minor profanity and references to circumcision, but good book for grades 5+)
  • The Resistance (Holocaust Library) by Deborah Bachrach*
  • The Shadow Children by Steven Schnur
  • Ursula's Prism by Anna Block*
  • Waiting For Anya by Michael Morpurgo
  • When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr

The ones highlighted in bold are ones I highly recommend and/or are more popular.

(NOTE: Some of these have some intense violence and profanity, rarely sexual content)


  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
  • The Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
  • From Dust and Ashes: A Story of Liberation by Tricia Goyer
  • Marika by Andrea Cheng
  • Night Song: A Story of Sacrifice by Tricia Goyer
  • The Swiss Courier by Tricia Goyer
  • Saving Mona Lisa by Tricia Goyer
  • Sarah's Key by Tatiana Rosnay
  • Someone Named Eva by Joan M. Wolf
  • Sophie's Choice by William Styron
  • Zion Covenant Series by Bodie Thoene (9 books total) (Vienna Prelude, Prague Counterpoint, Munich Signature, Jerusalem Interlude, Danzig Passage, Warsaw Requiem, London Refrain, Paris Encore, Dunkirk Crescendo)


  • After Daybreak: The Liberation of Bergen-Belsen 1945 by Ben Shepherd
  • Alicia by Alicia Appleman
  • All But My Life: A Memoir by Gerda Weissmann Klein
  • Appel is Forever: A Child's Memoir by Suzanne Mehler Whiteley
  • Because of Romek by David Faber
  • Bondi's Brother by Irving Roth
  • The Cage by Ruth Minsky Sendler
  • Children of the Flames by Lucette Matalon Lagnado
  • Darkness over Denmark: The Danish Resistance and Rescueof the Jews by Ellen Levine
  • The Dentist of Auschwitz: A Memoir by Benjamin Jacobs
  • Escape From Sobibor by Richard L. Rashke
  • Eva's Story by Eva Schloss
  • Faithful Friends: Holocaust Survivors' Stories of the Pets Who Gave Them Comfort, Suffered Alongside Them and Waited For Their Return by Susan Bulanda
  • Five Chimneys: A Woman's True Story of Auschwitz by Olga Lengyel
  • Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story by Lila Perl
  • Hana's Suitcase: A True Story by Karen Levine
  • The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom
  • Hiding To Survive: by Maxine B Rosenberg
  • I Have Lived a Thousand Years: Growing Up In the Holocaust by Livia Bitton-Jackson
  • I Will Bear Witness: A Diary of the Nazi Years, 1933-1941 by Victor Klemperer
  • I Will Plant You A Lilac Tree by Laura Hillman
  • In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer by Irene Gut Opdyke
  • Jews in Nazi Berlin: From Kristallnacht to Liberation by Beate Meyer, Hermann Simon, and Chana Schutz
  • Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
  • The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz: A True Story of World War II by Denis Avey
  • Miracles Do Happen! by Andree Peel
  • The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust by Edith Hahn Beer
  • Night by Elie Wiesel
  • Noah's Ark by Marie-Madeleine Fourcade
  • The Pianist by Wladyslaw Szpilman
  • Remembering Belsen: Eyewitnesses Record the Liberation by Ben Flanagan (All told by survivors or liberators)
  • Rena's Promise by Rena Kornreich Gelissen
  • The Rescuer by Dara Horn
  • Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally
  • The Seamstress by Sara Tuvel Bernstein
  • The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness by Simon Wiesenthal
  • Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi
  • Survivors: True Stories of Children in the Holocaust by Allan Zullo
  • Things We Couldn't Say by Diet Eman
  • Triumph of Hope: From Theresienstadt and Auschwitz to Israel by Ruth Elias
  • We Never Lost Hope by Naomi Litvin
  • We Wept Without Tears: Testimonies of the Jewish Sonderkommando from Auschwitz by Gideon Greif
  • The White Mouse by Nancy Wake
  • Women Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue by Kathryn Atwood

Unsure if it is a true story

  • If I Should Die Before I Wake by Han Nolan
  • Wildflowers of Terezin by Robert Elmer
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