What are the best memoirs about World War II?

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    #1Night

    Night
    Night is the first book in Elie Wiesel's historical trilogy about the Holocaust. Night shows the worst side of humanity during World War II, when familial relationships blurred because of hunger, pain, and fear inside concentration camps.
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    Cynthia Martinez
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This book is rather short, but extremely powerful. It's amazing how the author was able to summarize his "life" in concentration camps so succinctly. The emotions came through as I read it. I was sucked into his world, but yet could not imagine the true horrors of such places. Every human on this planet should read this book! "
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    #2Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl was written by Anne Frank, published from the diary she kept when she and her family were in hiding from the Nazis in the then German-occupied Netherlands.
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    Betty Adams
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This book is one of my all time favorite World War II memoirs. From being assigned to reading it in school to rereading it a few times as an adult, the story is always captivating and engrossing. Definitely recommend if you haven't had a chance to read yet."
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    #3Citizen 13660

    Citizen 13660

    Citizen 13660 is the famous book by Mine Okubo, one of 110,000 Japanese Americans sent to internment camps in World War II. The book contains poignant text and 197 ink illustrations about the sorrows of her people inside the camps.

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    James Payne
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "A heartbreaking account of a piece of World War II history that often gets overlooked. Sure there was a lot of bad things happening during the war, but some of them really aren't made any better even if we try to consider them in context. The people, the AMERICANS, interned during the war were just innocents caught up in bigotry. A fascinating read, and one I really enjoyed. My book club is currently reading it at my suggestion, and we're already having some great conversations as people work through the book."
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    #4The Journal of Ben Uchida

    The Journal of Ben Uchida

    The Journal of Ben Uchida: Citizen 13559 of Mirror Lake Internment Camp is the diary of a young Japanese American boy who was forced to settle in an internment camp after the U.S. intended to fight the war in the Pacific.

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    José Antonio Espinosa
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "This is a very interesting book about World War II. It gives the story of a y oung Japanese American boy who was forced to settle in an internment camp in the U.S."
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    #5The Upstairs Room

    The Upstairs Room
    The Upstairs Room, the first book in Johanna Reiss' famous series, tells the story of the 10-year-old Annie, a Jew living in Holland during World War II, and her courageous fight to survive the Nazis by hiding in a cramped attic.
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    Brian Banks
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "The Upstairs Room tells the true story of a Jewish girl's survival from the Nazi's during World War II. If you are a history buff and like non fiction reads, then The Upstairs Room is a must read! This is also part of a 2 book series, so once you're done with this there's more to enjoy. "
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    #6Those Who Save Us

    Those Who Save Us
    Those Who Save Us is a dramatic novel by Jenna Blum about Trudy and her examination of her mother's life in Germany during World War II when she and her mother were still living with a Nazi officer before being saved by an American soldier.
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    Tiffany Yu
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "This memoir really touched my heart. It's such an amazing story, I'm really glad I picked it up. "
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    #7When My Name Was Keoko

    When My Name Was Keoko
    Korea during the Japanese occupation. Sun-Hee and her elder brother Tae-Yul study Japanese at a Japanese school. Their language and flag are forbidden and the Uncle tells them. 
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    Eric Gardner
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "An interesting looking book about a family pulled into World War II. This book, however, is not a memoir, but historical fiction."
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    #8The Monuments Men

    The Monuments Men
    The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History is a historical nonfiction book written by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter. With over 400 pages, this book is published in 2009 by Center Street.
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    #9When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

    When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

    The first part of the trilogy by Judith Kerr is half autobiographical, part historical fiction. In 1933 for some people, living in Germany became very dangerous. The father of Anna, a 9-year-old girl, was one of these people. 

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    Tammy Morrison
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "When Hitler Stole Pinr Rabbit is an autbiographical trilogy written by Judith Kerr The trilogy brings you into the time of Hitler and the Holocaust as seen throught the eyes of a 9 year old girl. Very gripping."
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    #10The Orphan Conspiracies: 29 Conspiracy Theories from The Orphan Trilogy

    The Orphan Conspiracies: 29 Conspiracy Theories from The Orphan Trilogy

    The Orphan Conspiracies: 29 Conspiracy Theories from The Orphan Trilogy is a non-fiction book by James Morcan and Lance Morcan, with a foreword from Takaaki Musha and an afterword by Richard Spence. It was first published by in 2014.

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    Harini Chopra
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "The Orphan Conspiracies is a page turner to say the least. It has an interesting method of touching upon controversial subjects that have been talked about for decades. After reading several chapters, I came to the realization that really nothing is off limits in this book."
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    #11Evidence Not Seen

    Evidence Not Seen

    Evidence Not Seen: A Woman's Miraculous Faith in the Jungles of World War II is a History, Autobiography, Faith, Christian Non-fiction book written by Darlene Deibler Rose. It was published November 25, 2003 by Harper Collins.

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    George Mitchell
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This is a well written book founded in faith about a time of separation and war on a big scale. Consider this a deep dive into the personal story of people fighting for their lives overseas and leaving it all behind at home. Highly recommended."
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    #12The Hiding Place: The Triumphant True Story of Corrie Ten Boom

    The Hiding Place: The Triumphant True Story of Corrie Ten Boom

    The Hiding Place: The Triumphant True Story of Corrie Ten Boom is a History, Autobiography, Faith, Christian Non-fiction book written by Corrie Ten Boom, Elizabeth Sherrill, John Sherrill and Joni Tada.

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    Marina Ávalos
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I could not put this book down! I have read it multiple times now since I purchased it and each time I do so it draws me in further. It was about a very tragic time in history and the way it was written really makes me reflect on how it must have been to live during that time period. It really pulls at the heart strings!"
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    #13The 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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    Deborah Brooks
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "The Diary of Mary Berg: Growing up in the Warsaw Ghetto is a fascinating autobigraphy. This is an interesting account and a great read for learning more about the times surrounding World War II. "
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    #14Hope 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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    #15Tomorrow to Be Brave

    Tomorrow to Be Brave

    Tomorrow to Be Brave is a non-fiction book written by Susan Travers and Taylor Holden wherein she talks about her life from childhood to join the Free French forces at the outbreak of World War II.

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    Summer Gao
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "If you like memoirs about World War II this seems like a great read. Most books focus on the men but this one has a refreshing point of view. the book follows the life of Susan Travers, the only woman to serve in the French foreign legion. It shows strength and courage from a gender that you don't read about much during WWII."
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    #16No Less Than Victory (World War II)

    No Less Than Victory (World War II)

    No Less Than Victory is the peak of glory for Jeffrey Shaara's creative retelling of an important part of history. This novel is the last book in the author's World War II series. The book was published on November 3rd, 2009 by Ballantine Books.

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    Jessica Bishop
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I cannot imagine the terrors that a soldier was when facing this great war. I would imagine that it would be incomprehensible for someone that has never had to face war. This book would help people like myself try to understand what went on for a person during this period in history."
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    #17Lost in Shangri-La

    Lost in Shangri-La

    Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II is a non-fiction account of the survivors of Gremlin Special Crash. Written by Mitchell Zuckoff and published by Harper.

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    Judith Guerrero
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Fantastic read. The story was so captivating and it's something you won't get merely reading about WWII in a history book. "
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    #18Code Girls

    Code Girls

    Code Girls is a non-fiction book written by Liza Mundy which is about an untold story of the young American women who cracked key Axis codes to secure Allied victory and revolutionize the field of cryptanalysis.

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    Vincent Cox
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Code Girls in a non-fiction piece that describes the untold story of young American women who cracks the Axis codes and ensured an Allied victory. It's not very often you see women in this type of work, nor even acknowledged so it's very insightful to get a glimpse at it. I found it at Walmart and I can honestly say I'm glad I read it. It's very intriguing and I feel much better for it. "
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    #19Into the White

    Into the White

    Into the White is a World War II movie in 2012. The movie is about British and German soldiers stuck in a blizzard. The two enemies must cooperate in order to survive the cold.

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    Amit Mittal
    Written on July 2, 2018
    "The acting is solid and the scenery is there but it's not a hollywood blockbuster film. True story mostly about the interaction between the German and British soldiers."
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    #20Omaha Beach and Beyond

    Omaha Beach and Beyond
    Omaha Beach and Beyond: The Long March of Sergeant Bob Slaughter is a memoir written by John Robert Slaughter with the help and foreword of Alex Kershaw. It is about the main author's experience in the U.S. invasion of Omaha Beach.
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    Christopher Morales
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "Everyone should read about WWII, and at least be aware of it. It was a such a world-changing event that to be ignorant of the important details is inexcusable. This book is a great, first person perspective on one of the most iconic battles of the war."
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    #21Parachute Infantry

    Parachute Infantry
    Parachute Infantry: An American Paratrooper's Memoir of D-Day and the Fall of the Third Reich is an autobiography written by David Kenyon Webster about his memories of the invasion of the Normandy beach and the Reichstag.
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    Kelly Bowman
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This was an interesting memoir. It was easy to read and I learned a lot about D-Day and the end of the war that I didn't know before. I like the first hand experience from the author's point of view. World War II isn't my favorite subject by any means but Webster at least made it interesting enough for the non war fan that I am to enjoy reading it. If you want to know more about D-Day, it's a good one to read. I've lent this out to a few of my friends and so far they've all enjoyed it too."
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    #22Tough As Nails

    Tough As Nails

    Tough as Nails: One Woman's Journey Through West Pointis a memoir written by Gail O'Sullivan Dwyer wherein she shares her personal experiences as a West Point admissions liaison officer. 

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    Angel Pillai
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "This is a fantastic book and I can't recommend this enough. It's not often that we get to hear the women's sides of these stories, but it's one that we should pay more attention to. The experiences that she has at West Point is really telling and the book makes more a captivating read and I couldn't put it down. I would recommend it to anyone."
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    #23Utah Beach

    Utah Beach

    Utah Beach: The Amphibious Landing and Airbourne Operations is a book by historian Joseph Balkoski that narrates and analyses the strategy behind conquering the beach code-named Utah on June 6, 1944.

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    Julie Bowman
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "Utah Beach is well-written memoir about World War II. I might even read it again."
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    #24We'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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    Henry Ortega
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This diary has a very different style from Anne Frank's journal. Eva Roubickova was sent to the concentration camp Theresienstadt and kept a journal during her three years there. It is a very detailed look into the experience of camp prisoners. Even the smallest changes in the daily routine caused Eva to fear greatly for her family. This book is an extremely valuable documentation of the injustices WWII's biggest victims experienced. "

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Best What are the best memoirs about World War II
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1NightBooks 54 Paid
2Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young GirlBooks 50 Paid
3Citizen 13660Books 47 Paid
4The Journal of Ben UchidaBooks 46 Paid
5The Upstairs RoomBooks 44 Paid
6Those Who Save UsBooks 41 Paid
7When My Name Was KeokoBooks 40 Paid
8The Monuments MenBooks 28 Paid
9When Hitler Stole Pink RabbitBooks 25 Paid
10The Orphan Conspiracies: 29 Conspiracy Theories from The Orphan TrilogyBooks 19 Paid
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