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Date Posted: 9/28/2009 3:58 PM ET
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OK Just remembered another that I didn't see posted The Holocaust by Bullets by Father Patrick Desbois excellent book about how the Nazis killed Jews in the Ukraine and how this Catholic Priest is trying to find all the mass graves by interviewing the witnesses fantastic book. Did I say that already LOL

Date Posted: 11/22/2009 6:17 PM ET
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I have come into possession of a little old paperback book entitled Babi Yar, by A. Anatoli (Kuznetsov).  The blurb says it is "the extraordinary story that inspired D. M. Thomas' The White Hotel."  Further, "In a desolate ravine near Kiev, over 100,000 people were stripped naked, lined up, shot, clubbed and buried alive.  The soldiers: Nazis.  The victims: Russians, gypsies, Jews."  ISBN 0-671-45135-9

Date Posted: 2/2/2010 10:53 PM ET
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I recently got "We Are Witnesses: Five Diaries of Teenagers Who Died in the Holocaust" by Jacob Boas from PBS.  I haven't read it yet, but might post it when I'm finished.

Date Posted: 3/2/2010 10:44 PM ET
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I find quite a few holocaust books using the Browse feature. I browse the biography/memoir genre and find lots of good books. That's just my favorite genre at the moment.

Date Posted: 7/9/2010 8:32 PM ET
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Behind Enemy Lines by Marthe Cohn- excellent!

Date Posted: 7/24/2010 6:25 PM ET
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Some I have read and thought were very well written (I won't list those I have already seen mentioned):

Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian

My Darling Elia by Eugenie Melnyk

White Picket Fences by Susan Meissner

I Will Plant You a Lilac Tree by Laura Hillman

the man who wrote Schindler's List also wrote a memoir about writing it called Searching for Schindler

you'll come up with literally over 1000 results if you just type in Auschwitz with the search feature

Subject: books about the Holocaust
Date Posted: 12/17/2010 8:45 PM ET
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I present a few interesting books about the Holocaust:
I Was Doctor Mengele's Assistant - Miklos Nyiszli - The memoirs of Jewish physician, former prisoner of Auschwitz, who worked at crematoria and gas chambers at Auschwitz.
alina Birenbaum. Hope is the Last to Die: Book - Halina Birenbau was ten years old when the war began. She lived through the Warsaw ghetto and the camps at Majdanek, Birkenau, Ravensbrck, and Neustadt-Glewe.

Subject: Books about the Holocaust
Date Posted: 2/13/2011 6:55 PM ET
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This is the first time in this forum.  I am  not Jewish, but am studying the Holocaust.

I am building a Holocaust library in my home (collecting the best Fiction and Non-Fiction books). 

I have also visited Auschwitz-Birkenau twice and also Dachau and Bergen Belsen.

I am going to name some on my list, and I am sorry if I am repeating someone's suggestions:

Without a Doubt:  I am going to repeat Night by Elie Wiesel, because it is a story that everyone,

Jewish or not, should read.  These are my favorites. 

  • Justice at Dachau by Joshua Green 
  • Maus I and II (graphic novels) by Art Spiegelman (awesome book)
  • Mark it with a Stone by Joseph Horn
  • The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom 
  • Because of Romek by David Faber
  • Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi
  • I Have Lived a Thousand Years by Livia Bitton-Jackson
  • Can it Happen Again? Edited by Roselle K Chartock and Jack Spencer

If anyone has any books other than these on their shelf, I would love to get some for

my collection. 


Subject: 2 good books
Date Posted: 6/25/2011 2:22 PM ET
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I have just read 2 very good books.

1-Hassidic Tales of the Holocaust by Yaffa Eliach.  This book is on my shelf.

2-In My Hands- Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer by Irene Gut Opdyke with Jennifer Armstrong.  This is on my shelf but waiting for a response from a wisher.  There are 17 wishers.

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Date Posted: 11/16/2011 10:55 AM ET
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A  friend reads holocaust survivor books, here is a list currently available in the system from her bookshelf

Fate Did Not Let Me Go: A Mother's Farewell Letter

My Father's Roses: A Family's Journey from World War I to Treblinka

Tell Them We Remember: The Story of the Holocaust

Village of a Million Spirits: A Novel of the Treblinka Uprising


Edit for spelling :)

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