Reading about the Holocaust?

I have a 9 years old who is interested, among other things, in reading about WWII - including the Holocaust. His great grandfather died in one of them (for his resistance against Nazis). I would like to buy him a book about the Holocaust which is appropriate his age. So far, I have had difficulties to find any... My daughter already owns "Hana's Suitcase", but this does not seem enough for my boy. Any suggestions?

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  • Feivel
    Lv 7
    6 years ago
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    "Daniel's Story" by Carol Matas

    "Friedrich" by Hans Richter

    "Greenhorn" by Anna Olswanger

    "When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit" by Judith Kerr

    "Is it Night or Day?" by Fern Chapman

    "I Never Saw Another Butterfly" by Hana Volokova

    "Annexed" by Sharon Doger

    "I am a Star" by Inge Auerbacher

    "Run Boy Run" by Uri Orlev

    "Don't Forget" by Patricia Lakin

    "Thanks to My Mother" by Schoscha Rabinovici

    "The Tattoo Torah" by Jo Gershman

    "Fireflies in the Dark"by Susan Rubin

    "Terezin: Voices from the Holocaust" by Ruth Thomson

    "Menorah in the Night Sky" by Jacques JM Shore

    :Gideon" by Chester Aaron

    "Surviving Hitler, a Boy in the Nazi Death Camps" by Andrea Warren

    "The Devil's Arithmetic" by Jane Yolen

    "Nine Spoons, a Chanukah Story" by Marci Stillerman

    "Smoke and Ashes: A Story of the Holocaust" by Barbara Rogasky

    "Number the Stars" by Lois Lowry

    "Beyond Courage" by Doreen Rappaport

    "The Children we Remember" by Chana Byers Abells

    "My Secret Camera" by Mendel Grossman and Frank Dabba Smith

    "A Hero and the Holocaust" by David Adler

    "Irene Sendler and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto" by Susan Rubin

    "Irena's Jar of Secrets" by Marcia Vaughn

    "Chanan and his Violin" by Gershon Kranzler

    "Who was the Woman who Wore that Hat" by Nancy Patz

    "The Cat with the Yellow Star" by Susan Rubin

    "Benno the Night of Broken Glass" by Meg Wivivott and Josee Bisallion

    "The Holocaust: Bearing Witness After the Holocaust" by Stuart A Kallen

    "Always Remember Me" by Marissabina Russo

    "Tell Them We Remember" by Susan D Bachrach

    "A Traitor Among Us" by Elizabeth Van Steenwyck

    "The Boy in the Wooden Box" by Leon Leyson

    "Auschwitz: Voices from the Death Camps" by James Deem

    "Child of the Warsaw Ghetto" by David Adler

    "Hilde and Eli" by David Adler

    "Once" by Morris Gleitzman

    "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" by John Boyne

    "Milkweed" by Jerry Spinelli

    "The Number on my Grandfather's Arm" by David Adler

    "Six Million Paper Clips" by Peter and Dagmar Shroeder

    "The Harmonica" by Tony Johnson and Ron Mazellen

    "One Yellow Daffodil" by David Adler

    "The Boy Who Dared" by Susan Campbell

    "Escape from the Holocaust" by Kenneth Roseman

    All of these are good. However, one that is not really about the holocaust but also tells a holocaust story is a book of photographs called "Children of a Vanished World" by Roman Vishniac. Vishniac knew those communities were in danger because the nazi's were rising in power. He traveled to many areas in Eastern Europe and took pictures hoping to document the people and the way of life if it ever disappeared and within a few years of his did. This was before the Nuremberg Laws. Before Hitler took over Austria but his popularity was growing pretty much after the Beerhall Putsch. Vishniac didn't seem to think Hitler would rise to be dictator and do what he did but he did see the writing on the wall as the anti-Semitism was ratcheted up. Were it not for the holocaust, these communities might still be there. Most of the people in the pictures, died in the holocaust. It is a good way of showing what was lost without being overly dramatic (for a 9 year don't want to show them the horror too quickly) and easing them into an understanding of what happened.

    Source(s): Orthodox Jew and I tutor holocaust studies
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  • 6 years ago

    Number the Stars - civilians protecting Jews and ferrying them to safety (real story)

    When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit - a young girl and her family flee Nazi Germany just as Hitler gets elected (based on real life)

    Snow Treasure - a bunch of school kids in Norway are recruited to smuggle the national treasury past Nazi troops (also a true story)

    Of the three, Snow Treasure was my favorite and it was made into a Disney movie back in the days that Walt Disney was running things.

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  • 6 years ago

    The Butterfly by Patricia Polacco, told through the perspective of a French child whose family shelters a Jewish family. Beautifully illustrated, praised highly by many as a must-read for introducing children to Holocaust studies.

    Freidrich by Hans Peter Richter, told through the narration from the perspective of a German Jewish child, very accessible.

    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, has won over a dozen awards, many of which in regards to being accessible for children and young adults. It's narrated by death and tells the story of Liesel Meminger, and how her love of books sustains her throughout the war. Death narrates her story through a book it finds when he comes to 'get her' when she is an old lady.

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  • 6 years ago

    The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier

    I Am David by Anne Holm

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  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    Find you're nearest book store and search there. I used to be interested in this stuff too, and book stores near my house is where I found books, videos, etc about the Holocaust.

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  • cass
    Lv 7
    6 years ago

    The children's section of the library should have books about WWII

    And there is the all time favorite: Diary of Anne Frank.

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  • 6 years ago

    let him enjoy childhood before subjecting him to the darker side of humanity

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