Fiction books about the Jewish Holocaust of World War II
Boyne, John. The boy in the striped pajamas
Bored and lonely after his family moves from Berlin to a place called "Out-With" in 1942, Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind a wire fence.
Dogar, Sharon. Annexed
Retells the story of Anne Frank from the perspective of Peter, who overcomes an initial loathing for the precocious young diarist before falling in love with her and questioning his faith in light of frightening persecutions.
Gleitzman, Morris. Once
After living in a Catholic orphanage for nearly four years, a naive Jewish boy runs away and embarks on a journey across Nazi-occupied Poland to find his parents.
Gleitzman, Morris. Then
In early 1940s Poland, ten-year-old Felix and his friend Zelda escape from a cattle car headed to the Nazi death camps and struggle to survive, first on their own and then with Genia, a farmer with her own reasons for hating Germans.
Gratz, Alan. Prisoner B-3087
Based on the life of Jack Gruener, this book relates his story of survival from the Nazi occupation of Krakow, when he was eleven, through a succession of concentration camps, to the final liberation of Dachau.
Greif, Jean-Jacques. The fighter
Moshe Wisniak, a poor Polish Jew, uses his physical strength and cleverness, plus luck, to help him survive the horrors he is subjected to in the concentration camps of World War II. Based on the life of Moshè Garbarz.
Kravitz, Asher. The Jewish dog
The Jewish Dog is the story of Caleb, a unique dog born in Germany in 1935. When events separate him from his Jewish owners, he is adopted by a Nazi family, employed by the SS as a military dog, and witnesses first-hand the rise of Nazism and the Holocaust. It is a story of heroism, survival, and brave friendship, told from the perspective of an intelligent creature who views the world from only 20 inches above the ground--yet who sees more clearly than many humans.
Nolan, Han. If I should die before I wake
As Hilary, a Neo-Nazi initiate, lies in a coma, she is transported back to Poland at the onset of World War II into the life of a Jewish teenager.
Polak, Monique. What world is left
Anneke, a Dutch Jewish teenager, is sent with her family to Theresienstadt, a "model" concentration camp, where she confronts great evil and learns to do what it takes to survive.
Sharenow, Robert. The Berlin boxing club
In 1936 Berlin, fourteen-year-old Karl Stern, considered Jewish despite a non-religious upbringing, learns to box from the legendary Max Schmeling while struggling with the realities of the Holocaust.
Voorhoeve, Anne C. My family for the war
Before the start of World War II, ten-year-old Ziska Mangold, who has Jewish ancestors but has been raised as a Protestant, is taken out of Nazi Germany on one of the Kindertransport trains, to live in London with a Jewish family, where she learns about Judaism and endures the hardships of war while attempting to keep in touch with her parents, who are trying to survive in Holland.
Wiviott, Meg. Paper hearts
Follows the story of two girls as they forge a powerful friendship that carries them through horrific circumstances.
Zusak, Marcus. The book thief
Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.
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Ayer, Eleanor H. Parallel journeys
She was a young German Jew. He was an ardent member of the Hitler Youth. This is the story of their pareallel journey through World War II.
Boas, Jacob, ed. We are witnesses : five diaries of teenagers who died in the Holocaust
David Rubinowicz, Yitzhak Rudashevski, Moshe Flinker, Eva Heyman, and Anne Frank were all teenagers during World War II. They lived in different parts of Europe. They had different lives. But they all had something in common: They were Jewish, and therefore, under Hitler's twisted rule, they were five of the six million men, women, and children sentenced to death.
Cretzmeyer, Stacy. Your name is Renee
The story of a German Jewish family living in France during the Holocaust, how they survived, and how young Ruth hid in an orphanage run by Catholic nuns.
Deem, James M. The prisoners of Breendonk
This absorbing and captivating nonfiction account (with never-before-published photographs) offers readers an in-depth anthropological and historical look into the lives of those who suffered and survived Breendonk concentration camp during the Holocaust of World War II.
Hillman, Laura. I will plant you a lilac tree
In 1942 Hannelore Wolff made a difficult decision, one that changed her life forever. She left the comfort and safety of her boarding school in Berlin, Germany, and volunteered to be sent to a Polish ghetto. The Gestapo had already killed her father and were deporting her mother and brothers. Hannelore could not bear to be separated from what was left of her family, so she chose to go with them. It was the beginning of her long journey through what turned out to be eight concentration camps, including Auschwitz.
Jackson, Livia Bitton. My bridges of hope
In 1945, after surviving a harrowing year in Auschwitz, fourteen-year-old Elli returns, along with her mother and brother, to the family home, now part of Slovakia, where they try to find a way to rebuild their shattered lives.
Kor, Eva Mozes. Surviving the angel of death
Describes the life of Eva Mozes and her twin sister Miriam as they were interred at the Auschwitz concentration camp during the Holocaust, where Dr. Josef Mengele performed sadistic medical experiments on them until their release.
Lobel, Anita. No pretty pictures
The author, known as an illustrator of children's books, describes her experiences as a Polish Jew during World War II and for years in Sweden afterwards.
Nir, Yehuda. The lost childhood
Describes six years in the life of a daring and resourceful Polish Jewish boy and his family, who survived the Holocaust by using false papers and posing as Catholics.
Novac, Ana. The beautiful days of my youth
On scraps of paper hidden by friends and strangers until their dying moments, young Ana Novac kept a diary in Auschwitz, a testimony that deserves to become one of the most treasured books of our time.
Opdyke, Irene. In my hands
Recounts the experiences of the author who, as a young Polish girl, hid and saved Jews during the Holocaust.
Rabinovits, Shoshanah. Thanks to my mother
After struggling to survive in Nazi-occupied Lithuania, a young Jewish girl and her mother endure much suffering in Kaiserwald, Stutthof, and Tauentzien concentration camps and on an eleven-day death march before being liberated by the Russian army.
Sender, Ruth Minsky. To life
A Holocaust survivor recounts her liberation from a Nazi concentration camp, search for surviving family members, and long and difficult ordeal of trying to immigrate with her husband and two children to America.
List created 2-4-16