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June - September 2000

Anne Frank by Yona Zeldis McDonough, illustrated by Malcah Zeldis; Henry Holt, 1997.

Anne Frank: Beyond the Diary by Rud van der Rol; Viking, 1993.

Summary: Photographs, maps and illustrations accompany historical essays and diary excerpts and interviews, providing an insight to Anne Frank and the massive upheaval which tore apart her world.

Bearing Witness: Stories of the Holocaust selected by Hazel Rochman and Darlene Z. McCampbell; Orchard, 1995.

Summary: Offers a multifaceted view of the Holocaust, from a child’s bewilderment at having to wear a star and later go into hiding, to the agony of the camps themselves. Two stories are by Elie Wiesel.

Behind the Bedroom Wall by Laura E. Williams, illustrated by Nancy Goldstein; Milkweed editions, 1996.

Summary: Thirteen-year old Korinna must decide whether to report her parents to the Hitler youth group when she learns they are hiding Jews in a secret space behind her bedroom wall.

The Blaze Engulfs: January 1939 to December 1941 by Victoria Sherrow; Blackbirch Press, 1998. (Holocaust series, Book 3)

Summary: Explores the unique aspects and events in the period of the Holocaust between January 1939 and December 1941. Uses a blend of historical narrative and primary sources.


Children of Bach by Eilis Dillon; Scribner’s, 1992.

Summary: A Hungarian Jewish family of talented musicians escapes Nazi persecution during World War II.

The Children We Remember: Photographs from the Archives of Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority by Chana Byers Abells; Greenwillow, 1986.

Summary: Text and photographs briefly describe the fate of Jewish children after the Nazis began to control their lives. 

David and Jonathan by Cynthia Voight; Scholastic, 1992.

Summary: The relationship between two close friends, Henry and Jonathan changes when Jonathan’s cousin David, a victim of the Holocaust, comes to live with Jonathan’s family.

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank; Doubleday, 1967.

A Firestorm Unleashed: January 1942 to June 1943 by Eleanor H. Ayer; Blackbirch Press, 1998. (Holocaust series, Book 4) 

Summary: Explores the unique aspects and events in the period of the Holocaust between January 1942 and June 1943. Uses a blend of historical narrative and primary sources .

Forever Outsiders: Jews and History from Ancient Times to August 1935 by Linda Jacobs Altman; Blackbirch Press, 1998.

(Holocaust series, Book 1) 

From the Ashes: June 1945 and After by Stephen D. Chicoine and Eleanor H. Ayer; Blackbirch Press, 1998. (Holocaust series, Book 6)
Summary: Discusses the fate of those Jews who escaped annihilation by the Nazis, their further persecution and search for a homeland in Palestine. Also discusses the hunt for war criminals and more recent genocide in Bosnia, Rwanda and elsewhere. 


The Grey Striped Shirt: How Grandma and Grandpa Survived the Holocaust by Livia Bitton-Jackson, illustrated by Jacqueline Jules; Alef Design Group, 1994. 

Hear O Israel: A Story of the Warsaw Ghetto by Terry Walton, illustrated by Lloyd Bloom; Atheneum, 1991.

A Hidden Childhood, 1942-1945 by Frida Scheps Weinstein; Hill and Wang, 1985.

The Hidden Children by Howard Greenfield; Ticknor & Fields, 1993.

Hiding from the Nazis by David A. Adler, illustrated by Karen Pitz; Holiday House, 1997. 

Summary: The true story of Lore Baer who as a four-year old Jewish boy was placed with a Christian family in the Dutch farm country to avoid persecution by the Nazis.


Hiding to Survive: Stories of Jewish Children Rescued from the Holocaust by Maxine B. Rosenberg; Clarion, 1994. 

Summary: First person accounts of fourteen Holocaust survivors who as children were hidden from the Nazis by non-Jews.


Hilde and Eli: Children of the Holocaust by David A. Adler, illustrated by Karen Ritz; Holiday House, 1994.

The Holocaust Heroes by David K. Fremon; Enslow Publishers, 1998. 

Summary: Details the efforts of people who risked their own lives to save thousands of Jews and others from Nazi persecution.

The Holocaust Lady by Ruth Minsky Sender; Macmillan, 1992.

The Holocaust Survivors by Tabatha Yeatts; Enslow Publisher 1998. 

Summary: Discusses the experience of Holocaust survivors, the trials of Nazi war criminals at Nuremberg, the establishment of the state of Israel, and the efforts of the survivors to begin new lives.

I Have Lived a Thousand Years: Growing Up in the Holocaust by Livia Bitton-Jackson; Simon & Schuster, 1997. 

I Never Saw Another Butterfly: Children’s Drawings and Poems from Terezin Concentration Camp, 1942-1944 edited by Hana Volavkova; Schoken Books, 1978. 

If I Should Die Before I Wake by Han Nolan; Harcourt Brace, 1994. 

Summary: As Hilary, a Neo-Nazi initiate, lies in a coma, she is transported back in time to Poland at the onset of World War II, into the life of a Jewish teenager. 

Inferno: July 1943 - April 1945 by Eleanor H. Ayer; Blackbirch Press, 1998. (Holocaust series, Book 5)
Summary: Explores the unique aspects and events in the period of the Holocaust between July 1943 and April 1945. Uses a blend of historical narrative and primary sources.

Island on Bird Street by Uri Orlev; Houghton Mifflin, 1984, c1983.

Summary: During World War II, a Jewish boy is left on his own for months in a ruined house in the Warsaw ghetto, where he must struggle to stay alive. 

Kinderlager: An Oral History of Young Holocaust Survivors edited by Milton J. Nieuwsma; Holiday House, 1998.

Summary: Draws on interviews with three women who recount their experiences as child survivors of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi death camp.

The Man from the Other Side by Uri Orlev; Houghton Mifflin, 1991.

The Man’s Tie Miracle: A Chanukah Tale by Steven Schnur, illustrated by Stephen T. Johnson; Morrow Junior Books, 1995.

Summary: On the last night of Chanukah, after hearing how an old man lost his family in the Holocaust, a young boy makes a wish that is carried to God as the menorah candles burn down.

Never to Forget: The Jews of the Holocaust by Milton Meltzer; Harper & Row, 1976.

A Nightmare in History: The Holocaust, 1933-1945 by Miriam Chaikin; Clarion Books, 1987.

Summary: Traces the history anti-Semitism from biblical times through the twelve years of the Nazi era. Describes Hitler’s plans to annihilate European Jews by focusing on the Warsaw ghetto and the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps. Also discusses the continuing efforts to remember the horrors of the Holocaust. 

Nine Spoons: A Chanukah Story by Marci Stillerman, illustrated by Pesach Gerber; Hachai, 1998.

Summary: A survivor of the Holocaust tells her grandchildren how they gathered spoons to make a menorah for Hanukkah. Based on actual events.

No Child’s Play: Children in the Holocaust, Creativity and Play by Yeduhit Inbar; Yad Vashem, 1996.

Summary: A collection of children’s toys and artwork, collected and displayed by the Yad Vashem Museum in Jerusalem. 

No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War by Anita Lobel; Greenwillow Books, 1998. 

Summary: The author, an illustrator of children’s books, describes her experiences as a Polish Jew during World War II and for years in Sweden afterwards.

The Number on My Grandfather’s Arm by David A. Adler, illustrated with photographs by Rose Eichenbaum; UACH Press, 1987. 

Parallel Journeys by Eleanor H. Ayer with Helen Waterford and Alfons Heck; Atheneum, 1995.

Passage to Freedom: the Sugihara Story by Ken Mochizuki, illustrated by Dom Lee; Lee & Low, 1997.

Summary: The true story of Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara who, with the help of his family, saved thousands of Lithuanian Jews, by hiding them in the family garage and issuing visas for them to legally leave Lithuania and escape Nazi persecution. 

Raoul Wallenberg: Missing Diplomat by Anita Larsen; Crestwood House, 1992.

Summary: A biography of the Swedish diplomat who helped save thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Nazis before mysteriously disappearing when the Russians occupied Budapest.

Rescue: The Story of How Gentiles Saved Jews in the Holocaust by Milton Meltzer; Harper & Row, 1988. 

Resource Guide: A Comprehensive Listing of Media for Further Study compiled by William L. Shulman; Blackbirch Press, 1998. (Holocaust series, Book 8)

Summary: Annotated list of books and other materials, including videos and CD- Roms, that support study of the Holocaust. 

Smoke and Ashes: The Story of the Holocaust by Barbara Rogasky; Holiday House, 1988.

Summary: Examines the cause, events and legacies of the Holocaust which resulted in the extermination of six million Jews. 

Smoke to Flame: September 1935 to December 1938 by Victoria Sherrow; Blackbirch Press, 1998. (Holocaust series, Book 2) 

Summary: Explores the unique aspects and events in the period of the Holocaust between September 1935 and December 1938. Uses a blend of historical narrative and primary sources.

Star of Fear, Star of Hope by Jo Hoestlandt, illustrated by Johanna Kang; Walker, 1995.

Summary: Nine-year old Helen is confused by the disappearance of her Jewish friend during the Nazi occupation of Paris.

Stolen Years by Sara Zyskind; Lerner Publications, 1981.

The Tattooed Torah by Marvell Ginsberg, illustrated by Jo Gershman; UACH, 1983. 

Tell Them We Remember: The Story of the Holocaust with Images from the United States Holocaust Museum by Susan D. Bachrach; Little, Brown, 1994. 

Thanks to My Mother by Schoschana Rabinovici; Dial, 1998.

To Life by Ruth Minsky Sender; Collier Macmillan, 1988.

Touch Wood: A Girlhood in Occupied France by Renee Roth-Hano; Four Winds Press, 1988.

Summary: In this autobiographical novel set in Nazi-occupied France, Renee, a young Jewish girl, and her family flee their home in Alsace and live a precarious existence in Paris until Renee and her sister escape to a convent in Normandy.

Tunes for Bears to Dance To by Robert Cormier; Delacorte, 1992.

Summary: Eleven-year old Henry escapes his family’s problems by watching the woodcarving of Mr. Levine, an elderly Holocaust survivor, but when Henry is manipulated into betraying his friend, he comes to know true evil. 

Two Suns in the Sky by Miriam Bat-Ami; Front Street/Cricket Books, 1999.

Summary: A fifteen year old American girl meets a teenage boy, a Yugoslavian Jewish refugee, living with his mother and sister in an American refugee camp. The final year of World War II parallels through their voices. 

Upon the Head of a Goat: A Childhood in Hungary, 1939-1944 by Aranka Siegal; Farrar, Strauss, Giroux, 1981. 

Voices and Visions: A Collection of Primary Sources compiled by William L. Shulman; Blackbirch Press, 1998. (Holocaust series, Book 7)

Summary: A compilations of personal narratives of people who survived the Holocaust.

We Are Witnesses: Five Diaries of Teenagers Who Died in the Holocaust, edited by Jacob Boas; Holt, 1995.

We Remember the Holocaust by David A. Adler; Holt, 1995, c1989.

Witnesses to a War: Eight True-life Stories of Nazi Persecution by Michael Leapman; Viking, 1998.

Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O’Brien; Atheneum, 1974.

Summary: Seemingly the only person left alive in her valley following a war, a young girl is relieved to see another person, until she realizes he is a tyrant and she must escape.

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