What are the best books about the Holocaust?

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    #1Man's Search for Meaning

    Man's Search for Meaning

    Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival.Man's Search for Meaning is among the ten most influential books in America.

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    Vincent Cox
    Written on March 28, 2017
    "This book is partially related to the Holocaust. The author is a survivor of the Holocaust, but he also looks at the meaning of his life after the event."
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    #2Fragments of Isabella: A Memoir of Auschwitz

    Fragments of Isabella: A Memoir of Auschwitz

    On May 29, 1944, the day after Isabella Katz's twenty-third birthday, she, her family, and all the Jews in the ghetto in Hungary, were rounded up by Nazi storm troopers, packed into cattle cars, and deported to Auschwitz. Fragments of Isabella has become a classic of holocaust literature and human survival.

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    Jorge Luis Galindo
    Written on March 21, 2017
    "The Holocaust is a terrible, yet historically important time. There is always more information we can have about the event, including real life survival stories. The information in this book is tough to read but an important look into what happened in the death camps of Germany. I found this book tough to read but rewarding, I would recommend it to anybody that wants to read a first hand account of life in a concentration camp."
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    #3The Zookeeper's Wife

    The Zookeeper's Wife
    A true story in which the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved hundreds of people from Nazi hands. Best-selling naturalist and acclaimed storyteller Diane Ackerman combines extensive research and an exuberant writing style to re-create this fascinating true-life story.
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    Lawrence Palmer
    Written on April 28, 2017
    "I'm a history buff with a special fondness for World War II history and the particularly the horrific details of the holocaust. I wouldn't have known about this book myself, but my wife recommended I read The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story by Diana Ackerman. It's an incredibly powerful story about life in the Warsaw ghetto before and during the holocaust. "
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    #4Night (The Night Trilogy)

    Night (The Night Trilogy)
    Born in a Jewish ghetto in Hungary, as a child, Elie Wiesel was sent to the Nazi concentration camps at Auschwitz and Buchenwald. Night is among the most personal, intimate and poignant of all accounts of the Holocaust.
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    Brandon Carpenter
    Written on April 21, 2017
    "I'm a big history buff and a fan of World War II history in particular. I can't believe I waited this long to read Elie Wiesel's classic Night trilogy. It's a searing portrait of life during the holocaust. You won't forget it; I didn't . "
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    #5The Hiding Place

    The Hiding Place
    Corrie ten Boom was a Dutch watchmaker who became a heroine of the Resistance, a survivor of Hitler's concentration camps, and one of the most remarkable evangelists of the twentieth century.
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    Billy Stanley
    Written on February 3, 2017
    "If you love Anne Frank, you'll love The Hiding Place. This story follows a lady who resists Hilter and goes on to become one of the strongest women in literary history. It is definitely worth a read, you will enjoy the characters, the history and the triumph of good over evill"
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    #6Late Victorian Holocausts

    Late Victorian Holocausts

    Late Victorian Holocausts: El Niño Famines and the Making of the Third World by Mike Davis is a history book which was originally published in 2000. This book is about famine and how it affected some countries.

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    Socorro Ortega
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "'those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it'. Late Victorian Holocausts was an eye-opener for me. Maybe I was vaugley aware of these atrocities, but I never understood how much imperialism was to blame. "
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    #7The Story of Anne Frank

    The Story of Anne Frank

    The Story of Anne Frank is a book by Mirjam Pressler that tells the life story of Anne Frank. This book gives new life to Anne's life story by sharing what her life was while hiding and suffering the consequences of it.

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    Eugene Washington
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "A great story that everyone should read to understand what happened in the Holocaust. This book is for everyone, teens and adults! Highly recommend and a lot of great reviews."
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    #8Hope in Darkness: The Aba Gefen Diaries

    Hope in Darkness: The Aba Gefen Diaries

    Hope in Darkness: The Aba Gefen Diaries is a memoir written by Aba Gefen and translated by Ina Friedman. It was first published in 1990 by Holocaust Library under ISBN 0896041263.

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    Lawrence Newman
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Once again world war two comes to the front. This is an amazing story of two brothers living underground and evading the German army."
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    #9Ruth Maier's Diary: A Young Girl's Life Under Nazism

    Ruth Maier's Diary: A Young Girl's Life Under Nazism

    Ruth Maier's Diary: A Young Girl's Life Under Nazism is a memoir written by Ruth Maier, translated by Jamie Bulloch, and edited by Jan Erik Vold. Ruth Maiers dagbok - en jødisk flyktning i Norge is the original title of the book.

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    Kevin Johnson
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Ruth Maier is very underrated. this book is amazing, and I really enjoyed the reading."
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    #10In Reckless Hands: Skinner v. Oklahoma and the Near-Triumph of American Eugenics

    In Reckless Hands: Skinner v. Oklahoma and the Near-Triumph of American Eugenics
    In Reckless Hands: Skinner v. Oklahoma and the Near-Triumph of American Eugenics is a non-fiction book written by Victoria F. Nourse. It was first published in 2008 by W. W. Norton Company under ISBN 0393065294.

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    Maricela Palma
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This book is not as fast paced as some other books. It is about a court case that took place in 1942. It is a thoughtful book, and one that you have to use some intellect to get through. I enjoyed it, as it made me think about certain issues in a different way. Only 11 people reviewed this book and gave it an overall score of 4.5. "
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    #11We All Wore Stars

    We All Wore Stars

    We All Wore Stars is a book by Theo Coster that tells the story of the classmates of Anne Frank in Amsterdam Jewish Lyceum. It is a combined story of her classmates' message for her before she died. 

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    Johnny Ortiz
    Written on April 10, 2018
    ""We all Wore Stars" by Theo Coster is a heart-wrenching story. It displays the tragedies of the holocaust very well, sparing no detail when it comes to the cruel treatment of the jews. A tragic and eye opening story. "
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    #12Better for All the World: The Secret History of Forced Sterilization and America's Quest for Racial Purity

    Better for All the World: The Secret History of Forced Sterilization and America's Quest for Racial Purity

    Better for All the World: The Secret History of Forced Sterilization and America's Quest for Racial Purity is a non-fiction book written by Harry Bruinius. It was first published in 2006 by Knopf under ISBN 0375413715.

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    Aanya Jindal
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I read this book, here in Brazil.This book is easy to read.Compared to "War against the weak" by Edwin Black, this book is smaller and a little better. To example, while "War against the weak" didn't told that the famous american eugenicist Charles B. Davenport hadn't any grandson, this book shows that even having two daughters, both of his daughters had no child. Even so, this book repeats many of the same mistakes made by Edwin Black's book "War against the weak".Some examples of these same mistakes are: 1-Even showing , about eugenics,the right way of catholics and the wrong way by protestants and jews, this book doesn't tells why among eugenics, religion decided so many.Support of eugenics was almost universal among famous jews and protestants in USA; at least until when Hitler came to power, in 1933.At the same times, Roman Catholic Church was eugenics' number one foe in USA.This book didn't tells that while Roman Catholicism had (and has) a Pope, protestants and jews were "following the bible", when they supported the eugenics.Such as happened during witch-hunting and slavery's times, many famous and powerfull people found on bible, support for eugenics.At the same times, there was not just one eugenics, even in USA there was hundreds of eugenics, while having tens of judaisms and hundreds of protestantisms.Jews and protestants saw on eugenics, such as a a mirror of his own religious believes.Only the opposition from Pope, priests and bishops didn't explained why eugenics was ever a failure, among catholic countries.Divorce existed in France and Italy, since XIX Century (both more than 90% catholics at eugenics's time).Eugenics was a godless religion, having many sects, even in USA."
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    #13From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics and Racism in Germany

    From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics and Racism in Germany

    From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany is a non-fiction book written by Richard Weikart. It was first published in 2004 by Palgrave Macmillan under ISBN 140397201X.

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    Kyle Gibson
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Not a good book at all. It is not based off of any evidence, only regurgitated propaganda. The book reads as the typical modern version of what is accepted and taught in schools. It serves to reinforce this propaganda and is in no way an actual look at what happened during this time in history. It is a one-sided story intended to keep people thinking a certain thing about a certain time. Nothing is examined, nothing is studied. It's called a non-fiction book but I think this is false and it needs to be re-categorized as fiction. Is the goal here to continue to fuel anti-German sentiment?"
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    #14We're Alive and Life Goes On: A Theresienstadt Diary

    We're Alive and Life Goes On: A Theresienstadt Diary
    We're Alive and Life Goes On: A Theresienstadt Diary is a memoir written by Eva Roubickova. First published in 1998 by Henry Holt and Co., it was translated by Zaia Alexander and the foreword is written by Virginia Euwer Wolff.
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    Frances Cox
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Heartbreaking account of one of the best known concentration camps. These books always put my life into perspective. Her account of the trials she went though in this dark modern time is enlightening and poignant. I think it's a good book for teens to read, and adults who are into history."
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    #15The Nazi Connection: Eugenics, American Racism, and German National Socialism

    The Nazi Connection: Eugenics, American Racism, and German National Socialism
    The Nazi Connection: Eugenics, American Racism, and German National Socialism is a non-fiction book written by Stefan Kuhl. It was first published in 1994 and reprinted in 2002 by Oxford University Press, USA.
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    Kelly Wilson
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "When we think of the horrors of Hitler's Germany, and the "scientific"theories of eugenics on which they were based, most of us do not realize that eugenics was very popular in the United States, not just Germany, in the early part of the 20th century. Many states had eugenics-based sterilization policies which were studied and praised by Nazi scientists. This book examines the connections between the eugenics that was going on in the US and Germany. Much of what happened in the United States has been swept under the rug, so this book is eye-opening."
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    #16The Hidden Life of Otto Frank

    The Hidden Life of Otto Frank

    The Hidden Life of Otto Frank is a book by Carol Anne Lee that tells the story of Anne's father Otto Frank. He is the one who found his daughter's diary and pushed it to be published all around the world. 

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    Patrick Simpson
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "I was always interested in the life of Anne Frank. I feel like what happened to her was crazy. One thing that was rarely talked about was her dad Otto Frank, I'm glad this is the truth. I feel like this is the truth to be honest."
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    #17Rose Blanche

    Rose Blanche

    Rose Blanche is a picture book by Roberto Innocenti and Christophe Gallaz. It was translated by Martha Coventry and Richard Graglia. The book was first published in 1985 by Creative Editions under ISBN 1568461895.

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    Rosalba Reyna
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This book gives a heartbreaking account of one woman's experience through the holocaust. It is a bit graphic, but is truly a story that needs to be heard."
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    #18Anne Frank and the Children of the Holocaust

    Anne Frank and the Children of the Holocaust

    Anne Frank and the Children of the Holocaust is a book by Carol Ann Lee that tells the story of the victims of Holocaust. It is a story combined with the narratives of Anne Frank and narratives from other victims that come with heart-wrenching photographs. 

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    Wayne Cook
    Written on March 31, 2018
    " Anne left a legacy to her father which was her diary. It contained such clear details of the painful memories. It revealed a Anne that was different from the child he lost. He had no idea of the depth of her thoughts."
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    #19The Last Seven Months of Anne Frank

    The Last Seven Months of Anne Frank

    The Last Seven Months of Anne Frank is a book by  Willy Lindwer that tells the story of how Anne suffered after she was arrested. The story is from the six Jewish women who saw how Anne died. 

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    Rose Rice
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "The Holocaust and Anne Frank are an intriguing subject and this book could provide useful look into both. "
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    #20The Warsaw Diary of Adam Czerniakow: Prelude to Doom

    The Warsaw Diary of Adam Czerniakow: Prelude to Doom
    The Warsaw Diary of Adam Czerniakow: Prelude to Doom is a non-fiction book written by Adam Czerniakow and edited by Raul Hilberg, Stanislaw Staron, and Josef Kermisz. It was first published in 1978.
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    Ethan Keller
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I am definitely a history buff and I would say this book is a must read for anyone else who would consider themselves one. The book shows a very important part of the Holocaust that I did not know about. I also felt that I got a very interesting perspective on the tragedy as I was reading it. The book is filled with shocking and interesting information. Any lover of history must read this book."
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    #21I Will Bear Witness 1942-1945: A Diary of the Nazi Years

    I Will Bear Witness 1942-1945: A Diary of the Nazi Years

    I Will Bear Witness 1942-45 A Diary of the Nazi Years is a memoir written by Victor Klemperer and translated by Martin Chalmers. It was first published in 1995 and is the second book in the I Will Bear Witness series.

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    Ronald Rice
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "An engrossing, chilling memoir of some of the darkest times in modern history. This is a book for anyone interested in World War II and the Holocaust, and all of the grim details surrounding it. It gives a hardened, personal look at the darkest parts of the war, and serves as a reminder to future generations of the horrors that people have inflicted."
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    #22I Will Bear Witness: A Diary of the Nazi Years, 1933-1941

    I Will Bear Witness: A Diary of the Nazi Years, 1933-1941

    I Will Bear Witness 1933-41 A Diary of the Nazi Years is a memoir written by Victor Klemperer and translated by Martin Chalmers. It was first published in 1995 and is the first book in the I Will Bear Witness series.

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    Kelly Garrett
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Another history book. I would read this book"
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    #23The Diary of Mary Berg: Growing up in the Warsaw Ghetto

    The Diary of Mary Berg: Growing up in the Warsaw Ghetto

    The Diary of Mary Berg: Growing up in the Warsaw Ghetto is a memoir written by Mary Berg and with the introduction written by Susan Lee Pentlin. It was translated by Norbert Guterman and Sylvia Glass and edited by S.L. Shneiderman.

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    Sun Su
    Written on April 29, 2018
    ""The Diary of Mary Berg: Growing up in the Warsaw Ghetto" is a very moving story which will leave you in tears on the numerous occasions. Sure, it is a book about the atrocities of the Holocaust and it can be nothing but a very tough read - not intended for emotionally sensitive readers but is it the best? Well, it's really hard to answer that question but this book absolutely is one of the best about Holocaust. "
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    #24Rutka's Notebook: A Voice from the Holocaust

    Rutka's Notebook: A Voice from the Holocaust

    Rutka's Notebook: A Voice from the Holocaust is a memoir written by Rutka Laskier and edited by Kelly Knauer. First published in 2006, the book was prepared by Yad Vashem and Time-Life Books.

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    Shirley Robertson
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Rutka's Notebook: A Voice from the Holocaust is an intense read about the Holocaust from Rutka Laskier. Time-Life Books brings us this book about Laskier's life and experiences. "
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    #25Annexed

    Annexed
    Annexed is a book by Sharon Dogar that tells the story of the boy who was trapped with her in the annex. This is a fiction book as the author tries to give a side story of what it might have been for the boy who was trapped with Anne.
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    Lauren Rios
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "my comment would have to be that this book seems like it tells a good story about her life in the holocaust and would be eye opening for anyone to read"
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    #26Ruthka: A Diary of War

    Ruthka: A Diary of War

    Ruthka: A Diary of War is a memoir written by Rutka Laskier. First published in 1993, the book was edited and translated by Jehoshua Eibeshitz and Anna Eilenberg-Eibeshitz. 

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    Matthew Guerrero
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "The holocaust is a very sad but interesting topic to learn about. I picked up "Ruthka: A Diary of War" and couldn't put it down until I finished reading the entire book. It's very well written and really does transport you into the mind of the author. It's scary yet exciting and intriguing at the same time. I would highly recommend this book."
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    #27Crying Hands: Eugenics and Deaf People in Nazi Germany

    Crying Hands: Eugenics and Deaf People in Nazi Germany
    Crying Hands: Eugenics and Deaf People in Nazi Germany is a non-fiction book written by Horst Biesold and with an introduction from Henry Friedlander. It was first published in 1999 by Gallaudet University Press under ISBN 1563682559.
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    Austin Ford
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "It can be hard to read about difficult topics like the Holocaust, however, I have been trying to learn more about history. I recently read Crying Hands: Eugenics and Deaf People in Nazi Germany and for a book on such a difficult topic, I must say I enjoyed the writing and the in depth analysis. The book is so well written and informative. I recommend it for anyone who wants a better understanding of history. "
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