What are the best novels about the Holocaust?

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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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    Daisy Wu
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "This historical book is so real, and it describes what happened in those horror years and how people forgot about humanism and started to destroy each other, this is a real story that tell people not to repeat this cruelty anymore . "
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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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    Michael Clark
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "This is the perfect way to introduce children to a human element of the Holocaust. Through her writings, Holocaust victims such as herself are transformed from numbers to living breathing people we can relate to."
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    #3The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

    Bruno returns home after a school day in the Berlin of 1942, when he discovers that his family should move to another house close to a tall fence where he can see strange people in the distance. Bruno discovers there a desolate place where he'll make a friendship, with devastating consequences. 

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    Edgar Guillén
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Good titles"
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    #4Maus

    Maus

    This metaphoric comic winner of the Pulitzer Prize by Art Spiegelman tells us the story of the father of the author during World War II. The story mixes past and present while the author asks his father about his own story. 

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    Janice Fuller
    Written on March 2, 2018
    "I think this review was reasonable in its description of the basics of this story. However, certain facts about the author should be included as they are important to the understanding of this novel. For example, the author is a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust, which is an important detail for the understanding of the perspective which this novel takes."
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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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    Zheng Xiong
    Written on March 11, 2018
    "In the same vein of The Diary of Anne Frank, The Upstairs Room is the true tale of a young girl surviving the brutal Nazi purges that swept through Europe in the late 30's and 40's. Heart-wrenching account from a young Jew who was hidden away in a cramped upstairs attic by a caring family, and the harrowing escape from death squads that roamed the streets looking to round up every Jew in Europe. This book is a must-read."
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    #6Katarina

    Katarina
    Katarina by Kathryn Winter is about a Jewish girl who was converted to Catholicism and is now asking the saints of her newfound faith to help her flee the Nazis in occupied Slovakia during World War II.
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    Andrew Bryant
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "This novel is fantastic, the story described on it is very real, and its easy to imagine all the situations that happen on it. It has been a very time reading this novel for me. "
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    #7My Mother's Ring

    My Mother's Ring
    My Mother's Ring is Dana Cornell's historical fiction about Henryk Frankowski, an aged dying Polish man who wants to share the horrors he endured during the Holocaust and some fond memories of his mother.
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    Jaime Valdez
    Written on March 4, 2018
    "This historical book is fantastic, it is so real, and it describes all the events in detail, people must read it to understand all the horrors of that time. "
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    #8If I Should Die Before I Wake

    If I Should Die Before I Wake
    If I Should Die Before I Wake is Han Nolan's novel about an anti-Semite girl named Hilary who suffered an accident that brought her consciousness to the body of Chana, a Jew living in the concentration camps in World War II.
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    Anna Pena
    Written on February 28, 2018
    "I read this book a long time ago. It does need some work but, it is a great book to read. Needs a little more to complete the book. I feel it is lacking in a lot of areas but if you can handle that it is a good read."
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    #9Yellow Star

    Yellow Star

    Yellow Star is a novel by Jennifer Roy about the heartbreaking story of a survivor of the Holocaust in the Lodz ghetto in Poland. With historical notes and accurate timeline, Roy painted a tale of courage and faith.

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    Lorenzo Mondragón
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "Following the journey of someone who survived this travesty is amazing. It's easy to see how incredibly horrific things were. I got so involved in the story that I just kept reading and reading."
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    #10Suite Française

    Suite Française

    Paris, 1940. Is the beginning of the Nazi occupation. This is a remarkable story about men and woman under hard Nazi France and how they learn to live with the enemy. A classical book by Irène Nemirovsky.

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    Madison Perry
    Written on March 6, 2018
    "This was a fascinating novel that captivated me. The author wrote the novel as she was living it, which brings a whole new perspective. It was hard to put down."
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    #11Number the Stars

    Number the Stars
    Number the Stars by Lois Lowry follows the journey of a Jewish family escaping from Copenhagen during the ruthless days of World War II. This novel also shows the strong power of friendship and how solid bonds can move people.
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    Angela Stanley
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "This movie is so fantastic, it has touched me, and made me cry. It looks like you are watching history, and this movie must be watched that people agree with each other that such things not to be repeated by by humanity. "
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    #12The 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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    William Harris
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "Anne Frank's poignant story - her years spent hiding in Amsterdam's Secret Annexe' before discovery and death at the hands of the Nazis - has been immortalized in THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, loved by millions around the world. This biography brings that story to life - giving new insights into Anne's early life and relationships, the development of the Diary, the privations and logistics of life in hiding...her tragic death in typhus-ridden Bergen-Belsen. "
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    #13Annexed

    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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    Eric Jiang
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "It book really kind of feels like an attempt to cash in, like the Jane Eyre books that keep reinterpreting it into zombies or something. The story here is pretty pedestrian, no big surprises or interesting journey. It's just a boy, who ends up trapped with Anne Frank, and this provides a sort of roadmap for what happened as he bounced around trying to stay hidden before winding up next to the famous Frank. And without that tie in this wouldn't even be remotely worth mention. Adding it in doesn't make the story better if it's already not a good story."
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    #14Better 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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    Mary Carroll
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I picked this book up on a whim, since the subject matter caught my eye. It is very interesting the things that have taken place in America and the push for perfection that we still see today"
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    #15From 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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    Arjun Yadav
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I have been fascinated by WWII and the grim reality of the Holocaust. I recently read From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics and Racism in Germany in an attempt to get a better understanding of the Holocaust. While the book is great and very informative, it was not as specific as I was hoping for and spans a far greater period of time then just the holocaust. "
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    #16Crying 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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    Robert Pierce
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Holocaust studies is an important field of inquiry that appears to be only growing. It seems, based on browsing through other book titles similar to Biesold's work, that there are many authors tackling a similar subject. However, I think if Biesold's work is seminal in this field of study then it is an important search hit. If the lay reader is looking for a fictional novel, however, they will be disappointed."
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    #17The 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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    Wayne Jones
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "The Nazi Connection is a historical look at how eugenics was used by the Nazis in their efforts towards racial purification during World War 2. This book gave me an inside look into the programs that were put in place and the reasons behind them. If you're a history buff like I am, this is a book that you should check out."
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    #18The 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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    Ethan Pena
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "This is a lesser known book that you should read. The price is low and the ratings are high so you can't go wrong spending you time reading about it from someone else's point of view."
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    #19Rose 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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    Lawrence McDonald
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This was not light reading by any stretch, but is a quality look at one of the darkest time in humanity's history. I highly recommend."
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    #20Now (Once book series)

    Now (Once book series)

    Now is a young adult historical fiction novel written by Morris Gleitzman. This young adult historical fiction novel was published on June 5, 2012 by Henry Holt.

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    Steven Morrison
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Very painful to read because of my own family having to deal with the holocaust but it is a very well written book. If you need to read any novels about the holocaust it has to be this one. "
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    #21Anne 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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    Justin Mason
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This book is life changing. This is the story of a girl that suffer a lot in the Holocaust, I really enjoyed it when I was young, has a lot of details about everything that happened to Anne. "
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    #22The 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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    Ronald Miller
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "The last seven months of anne frank is written by her about her experiences in the holocaust. The story is crazy to read and you should probably read it understand the situation."
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    #23The 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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    #24I 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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    Laura Cruz
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Wondering exactly what happened during the nazi years. This book will transport you there"
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    #25We 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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    Judy Burton
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "This is a very famous book and I have actually read it. I agree with the solution."

Summary

Best What are the best novels about the Holocaust
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1NightBooks 18 Paid
2Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young GirlBooks 16 Paid
3The Boy in the Striped PajamasBooks 14 Paid
4MausBooks 14 Paid
5The Upstairs RoomBooks 13 Paid
6KatarinaBooks 12 Paid
7My Mother's RingBooks 11 Paid
8If I Should Die Before I WakeBooks 10 Paid
9Yellow StarBooks 5 Paid
10Suite FrançaiseBooks 3 Paid
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