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Milmom asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 1 decade ago

GREAT books on WW2 & Holocaust?

I've searched and searched and find a million books on both subjects. I specificallly need good books on the Holocaust, and great books that cover the entire WW2 era. It can be from German or American standpoint. I just get overwhelmed with all the choices. Thanks to all you history buffs!!!


to clarify I also want books on the entire WWII experience. Not just on the holocaust. Thanks

4 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    Holocaust Bibliography

    This bibliography is the result of two research projects. The first was an undergraduate project for an English course. The second was a children's literature course I completed around 2002. I have not updated the bibliography since then, so be aware that it is missing some great books which have been published in the past few years. If I ever have time, I would love to update my bibliography, but I know that if I were to wait until everything was updated...I'd never get around to posting it at all.


    Abells, Chana Byers. 1988. The children we remember. New York: Greenwillow Books. ISBN: 0-06-443777-9.

    Adler, David A. 1989. We remember the holocaust. New York: Henry Holt and Company. ISBN: 0-8050-0434-3.

    Bachrach, Susan D. 1994. Tell them we remember: the story of the holocaust. New York: Little Brown and Company. ISBN: 0-316-07484-5.

    Chaikin, Miriam. 1987. A nightmare in history: the holocaust, 1933-1945. New York: Clarion Books. ISBN: 0-899-19461-3.

    Levine, Ellen. 2000. Darkness over denmark: the danish resistance and the rescue of the jews. New York: Holiday House. ISBN: 0-8234-1447-7.

    Meltzer, Milton. 1988. Rescue: the story of how gentiles saved jews in the holocaust. New York: Harper and Row. ISBN: 0-060-24209-4.

    Rochman, Hazel and Darlene Z. McCampbell. 1995. Bearing witness: stories of the holocaust. New York: Orchard Books: ISBN: 0-531-09488-X.

    Rogasky, Barbara. 1988. Smoke and ashes: the story of the holocaust. New York: Holiday House. ISBN: 0-823-40697-0.

    Collective Biographies

    Boas, Jacob. 1995. We are witnesses: five diaries of teenagers who died in the holocaust. New York: Henry Holt. ISBN: 0-805-03702-0.

    Greenfeld, Howard. 1993. The hidden children. New York: Ticknor & Fields. ISBN: 0-395-66074-2.

    Leapman, Michael. 2000. Witnesses to war. New York: Scholastic. ISBN: 0-439-18036-8.

    Rosenberg, Maxine B. 1994. Hiding to survive: stories of jewish children rescued from the holocaust. New York: Clarion Books. ISBN: 0-395-65014-3.


    Adler, David A. 1993. A picture book of Anne Frank. Illustrated by Karen Ritz. New York: Holiday House. ISBN: 0-8234-1078-1.

    Atkinson, Linda. 1985. In kindling flame: the story of Hannah Senesh, 1921-1944. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books. ISBN: 0-688-02714-8.

    Gold, Alison Leslie. 2000. A special fate: Chiune Sugihara: Hero of the holocaust. New York: Scholastic. ISBN: 0-439-25968-1.

    ---. 1997. Memories of Anne Frank: Reflections of a childhood friend. New York: Scholastic. ISBN: 0-590-90723-9.

    Kaplan, William and Shelley Tanaka. 1998. One more border: the true story of one family's escape from war-torn Europe. Illustrated by Stephen Taylor. Toronto: Douglas & McIntyre. ISBN: 0-88899-332-3.

    Korenblit, Michael and Kathleen Janger. 2000. Until we meet again: a true story of love and survival in the holocaust. Scholastic. ISBN: 0-439-17598-4.

    Mochizuki, Ken. 1997. Passage to freedom: the sugihara story. Illustrated by Dom Lee. New York: Lee & Low Books. ISBN: 1-880-00049-0.

    Muller, Melissa. 1998. Anne Frank: the biography. Translated by Rita and Robert Kimber. New York: Henry Holt and Company. ISBN: 0-8050-5996-2.

    Pressler, Mirjam. 2000. Anne Frank: a hidden life. Translated by Anthea Bell. New York: Dutton Children's Books. ISBN: 0-525-46330-5.

    Rol, Ruud van der and Rian Verhoeven. 1993. Anne Frank: beyond the diary: a photographic remembrance. Translated by Tony Langham and Plym Peters. New York: Viking. ISBN: 0-670-84932-4.

    Siegal, Aranka. 1981. Upon the head of the goat: a childhood in Hungary. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux. ISBN: 0-374-38059-7.

    Warren, Andrea. 2000. Surviving Hitler: a boy in the Nazi death camps. New York: HarperCollins. ISBN: 0-688-17497-3.


    Appleman-Jurman, Alicia. 1988. Alicia: My story. New York: Bantam Books. ISBN: 0-553-28218-2.

    Ayer, Eleanor, Helen Waterford, and Alfons Heck. 2000. Parallel journeys. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks. 0-689-83236-2.

    Bitton-Jackson, Livia. 1999. I have lived a thousand years: Growing up in the holocaust. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks. ISBN: 0-689-82395-9.

    ---. 1999. My bridges of hope: Searching for life and love after Auschwitz. New York: Simon and Schuster Books For Young Readers. ISBN: 0-689-82026-7.

    Breznitz, Shlomo. 1993. Memory fields. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. ISBN: 0-679-40403-1.

    Frank, Anne. 1993. The diary of a young girl. Translated by B.M. Mooyaart-Doubleday. New York: Bantam Books. ISBN: 0-553-29698-1.

    Jacobsen, Ruth. 2001. Rescued images: memories of a childhood in hiding. New York: Mikaya Press. ISBN: 1-931414-00-9.

    Leitner, Isabella. 1992. The big lie: a true story. Illustrated by Judy Pederson. New York: Scholastic. ISBN: 0-590-45569-9.

    Leitner, Isabella and Irving Leitner. 1994. Isabella: From Auschwitz to freedom. New York: Anchor Books. ISBN: 0-385-47318-4.

    Lobel, Anita. 1998. No pretty pictures: a child of war. New York: Avon Books. ISBN: 0-380-73285-8.

    Novac, Ana. 1997. The beautiful days of my youth: my six months in Auschwitz and Plaszow. Translated by George L. Newman. New York: Henry Holt and Company. ISBN: 0-8050-5018-3.

    Opdyke, Irene Gut and Jennifer Armstrong. 1999. In my hands: Memories of a holocaust rescuer. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. ISBN: 0-679-99181-6.

    Perl, Lila and Marion Blumenthal Lazan. 1996. Four perfect pebbles: a holocaust story. New York: Greenwillow Books. ISBN: 0-688-14294-X.

    Rabinovici, Schoschana. 1998. Thanks to my mother. Translated by James Skofield. New York: Dial Books. ISBN: 0-8037-2235-4.

    Sender, Ruth Minsky. 1986. The cage. New York: MacMillan Publishing Company. ISBN: 0-02-781830-6.

    ---. 2000. To life. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks. ISBN: 0-689-83282-6.

    ---. 1992. The holocaust lady. New York: MacMillan Publishing Company. ISBN: 0-02-781832-2.

    Tec, Nechama. 1984. Dry tears: The story of a lost childhood. New York: Oxford UP. ISBN: 0-19-503500-3.

    Toll, Nelly S. 1993. Behind the secret window: a memoir of a hidden childhood. New York: Dial Books. ISBN: 0-803-71362-2.

    Ungerer, Tomi. 1998. Tomi: A childhood under the Nazis. Niwot, Colorado: TomiCo. ISBN: 1-57098-163-9.

    Weisel, Elie. 1960. Night. New York: Bantam Books. ISBN: 0-553-27253-5.

    Wilkomirski, Binjamin. 1996. Fragments: Memories of a wartime childhood. Translated by Carol Brown Janeway. New York: Schocken Books. ISBN: 0-8052-4139-6.


    Bishop, Claire Huchet. 1980. Twenty and ten. Illustrated by William Pene du Bois. New York: Trumpet. ISBN: 0-590-34168-5.

    Denenberg, Berry. 2000. One eye laughing, one eye weeping: the diary of Julie Weiss. New York: Scholastic. ISBN: 0-439-09518-2.

    Hoestlandt, Jo. 1995. Star of fear, star of hope. Illustrated by Johanna Kang. Translated by Mark Polizzotti. New York: Walker. ISBN: 0-802-78373-2.

    Isaacs, Anne. 2000. Torn Thread. New York: Scholastic. ISBN: 0-590-60363-9.

    Kerr, Judith. 1998. When Hitler stole pink rabbit. New York: Scholastic. ISBN: 0-590-38197-0.

    Lowry, Lois. 1989. Number the stars. New York: A Yearling Book. ISBN: 0-440-40327-8.

    Matas, Carol. 1993. Daniel's story. New York: Scholastic. ISBN: 0-590-46920-7.

    ---. 1998. Greater than angels. New York: Simon & Schuster Book for Young Readers. ISBN: 0-689-81353-8.

    ---. 1999. In my enemy's house. New York: Simon & Schuster Book for Young Readers. ISBN: 0-689-81354-6.

    Mazer, Norma Fox. 1999. Goodnight, maman. San Diego: Harcourt Brace. 0-152-01468-3.

    McSwigan, Marie. 1958. Snow treasure. Illustrated by Andre LaBlanc. New York: Scholastic. ISBN: 0-590-42537-4.

    Melnikoff, Pamela. 2001. Prisoner in time: a child of the holocaust. Philadelphi: The Jewish Publication Society. ISBN: 0-8276-0735-0.

    Napoli, Donna Jo. 1997. Stones in water. New York: Puffin Books. ISBN: 0-14-130600-9.

    O'Brien, Robert C. 1975. Z for zachariah. New York: Atheneum. ISBN: 0-689-30442-0.

    Orlev, Uri. 1984. The island on bird street. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. ISBN: 0-395-33887-5.

    ---. 1991. The man from the other side. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. ISBN: 0-395-53808-4.

    Serraillier, Ian. Escape from warsaw. New York: Scholastic. ISBN: 0-590-43715-1.

    Voigt, Cynthia. 1992. David and Jonathan. New York: Scholastic. ISBN: 0-590-45165-0.

    Wassiljewa, Tatjana. 1997. Hostage to war. Translated by Anna Trenter. New York: Scholastic. ISBN: 0-590-13446-9.

    Winter, Kathryn. 1998. Katarina. New York: Scholastic. ISBN: 0-439-09904-8.

    Yolen, Jane. 1990. The devil's arithmetic. New York: Puffin Books. ISBN: 0-14-034535-3.

    Source(s): The bibliography is my own. I'm not stealing anyone else's work :)
  • 1 decade ago

    well i read a book called "alicia, my story", and its an autobioraphy by alicia appleman-jermaine (not sure at all on the spelling of jermaine). it doesnt have a whole lot of facts and statistics and stuff, but it gives a GREAT viewpoint on what it was like for the Jews (oh ya...she was a Jew who survived the Holocaust and that time period, and how she did it and what happened). it was really good. i dont like most biographies, but this was great!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Night by Elie Wiesel.

    Short novel, but a powerful book. Written by a jewish man who survived a concentration camp.

  • 1 decade ago

    The best is

    The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

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