What are the best memoirs and diaries about the Nazi holocaust?

asked by Anonymous
204 contributors
12 solutions
  1. 27

    #1Anne 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.
    Books

    Check price

    Jessica Burns
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Anne Frank's diary is the most popular memoir to come out of the Nazi holocaust. It's real and unedited, and tells the true feelings of a girl living through that tormenting time. It's a required reading for high school children and should be for every single person. "
  2. 24

    #2The 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.
    Books

    Check price

    John Turner
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Very intense and very well written piece about one of the darkest times in our worlds history. It tells the story of a man in 1942 who was a Polish Jew who killed himself. The setting is stark and the reality of the story is somber and very well written. "
  3. 23

    #3I 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.

    Books

    Check price

    Richard Sanchez
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "For diaries about the Nazi Holocaust, after Anne Frank, there's I Will Bear Witness 1942-1945: A Diary of the Nazi Years, by Martin Chalmers. I bought this for a class on WW2, and I was really moved by everything that happened."
  1. 21

    #4I 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.

    Books

    Check price

    Ryan Tran
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Truly horrifying. I could not put it down. You really do go through the emotional wringer with Klemperer and his friends. Through it all though he seems to keep a sense of hope. I really can't imagine living like this but I can not wait for the next installment!!"
  2. 19

    #5The 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.

    Books

    Check price

    Tiffany Salazar
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This book gives another perspective of growing up during the Holocust. Her writing is beautifully done and the book makes you feel everything you are reading."
  3. 18

    #6We'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.
    Books

    Check price

    Maria Garrett
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "While reading We're Alive and Life Goes On: A Theresienstadt Diary, I could not imagine the horrors that Jews faced every day during the holocaust. Being a History major this book tells a chilling story of those who had to sacrifice daily, just because they were born different from the Nazis. It’s a very revealing story that shows how too much power, too fast can have such an unfathomable outcome."
  4. 17

    #7Ruthka: 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. 

    Books

    Check price

    Aanya Jayaraman
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "No comment"
  5. 16

    #8Rutka'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.

    Books

    Check price

    Nicholas Mendez
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "There are the obvious comparisons to be made between this book and the Diary of Anne Frank, but it's really worth reading them both. We owe it to ourselves, no matter the ultimate quality of the writing, to see what people were thinking in the midst of the atrocities of the holocaust. "
  6. 14

    #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.

    Books

    Check price

    Raymond Harvey
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This diary is a lesser known piece of history unlike Anne Frank's diary. However, they both tell a similar tale. The tale of two young women swallowed by the darkness of Nazism. "
  7. 13

    #10Hope 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.

    Books

    Check price

    Catherine Austin
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "It can be so hard to wrap our minds around what happend in the holocaust. Hope in Darkness: The Aba Gefen Diaries is a book that takes you deep into the horrific events of the holocaust. The book is loaded with insights and atrocities that should never be forgotten so they will never be repeated. "
  8. 0

    #11Child of Our Time

    Child of Our Time
    Child of Our Time: A Young Girl's Flight from the Holocaust by Ruth L. David is a book about what happened to a young girl during the World War II. This was originally published in 2002.
    Books

    Check price

    Shirley Walker
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Decent Holocaust-based fiction. Pretty interesting read if you're into Jewish propaganda and lies."
  9. 0

    #12The Children of Willesden Lane

    The Children of Willesden Lane

    The Children of Willesden Lane. Beyond the Kindertransport: A Memoir of Music, Love, and Survival by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen narrates the inspiring story of a woman who escaped from a Nazi-controlled place.

    Books

    Check price

    Sanvi Powar
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This is a heartfelt story of one girl who is able to avoid Nazi persecution thanks to the sacrifice of her father and the rest of her family. She is able to grow up and do something with her life while still keeping her family in her mind. It's nice to read a story that is sobering but an emotional embrace during a period of time when so much was so wrong."
Close

This action requires you to be logged in

Quickly sign in with your social media account:

What interests you most? (Select at least 3)

This will help us to keep things fresh and relevant!

Close

Now that you’ve found a solution...

Why not join our community of sharp minds and pro-active posters?

Be part of a rewarding interactive knowledge exchange!
Close

Join These Inquisitive Minds

Engage, learn and share with a friendly community versed in a massive range of trending topics.