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Recommended Reading for Holocaust Fiction

Annexed by Sharon Dogar
Based on Anne Frank’s diary, this novel is written from the point of view of Peter van Pels, the 15-year-old boy whose family joined the Franks in hiding in their Amsterdam attic during World War II.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas: a Fable by John Boyne
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.

The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
In October, 1942, seventeen-year-old Helmuth Hübener, imprisoned for distributing anti-Nazi leaflets, recalls his past life and how he came to dedicate himself to bring the truth about Hitler and the war to the German people.

Daniel’s Story by Carol Matas
Daniel, whose family suffers as the Nazis rise to power in Germany, describes his imprisonment in a concentration camp and his eventual liberation.

Escaping into the Night by D. Dina Friedman
When the Nazis take her mother in the Jewish roundup in the Polish ghetto where she lives, Halina Rudowski and her friend Batya escape to the forest to a secret encampment where 300 other Jews survive by living underground.

The Final Journey by Gudrun Pausewang
During World War II, Alice discovers some important things about herself and the people she meets when she and her grandfather board a train and begin an intolerable journey to an unknown destination.

If I Should Die Before I Wake by Han Nolan
As Neo-Nazi Hilary lies in a coma, she is transported back to Poland at the onset of World War II into the life of a Jewish teenager.

Maus and Maus II by Art Spiegelman
These graphic novels relate the real-life WWII experiences of the author’s parents, depicting Jews as mice and Germans as cats.

Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli
Set in Nazi-occupied Poland just before the ghetto uprising, this novel tells the tale of heartbreak, hope, and survival through the eyes of a young orphan.

Room in the Heart by Sonia Levitin
After German forces occupy Denmark during World War II, 15-year-olds Julie and Niels and their friends and families try to cope with their daily lives, finding various ways to resist the Nazis and to survive.

Torn Thread by Anne Isaacs
In an attempt to save his daughter’s life, Eva’s father sends her from Poland to a labor camp in Czechoslovakia where she and her sister survive the war.

Yossel: April 19, 1943: a Story of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising by Joe Kubert
This graphic novel is the story of Yossel, a teenage boy with a gift for art.  Yossel and his family are stripped of their possessions and sent to a Warsaw ghetto.  Yossel’s gift for artwork amuses the German guards, though, so when his family is sent to a concentration camp, Yossel is spared and he joins the underground resistance.