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Subject: WW2/Nazi suggestions
Date Posted: 1/30/2010 12:46 PM ET
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HI. I am a preservice English teacher and would like to develop a unit to go along with the Diary of Anne Frank. I want some outside reading on different levels to go along with it. So far I have thought of Homefront, The Book Thief, and Number the Stars. I would really like to find some from different perspectives, possibly from the Nazi side of things or a child of a soldier.

Any suggestions??

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Date Posted: 2/9/2010 3:27 PM ET
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How about "A Boy at War" detailing Pearl Harbor? "A Father's Promise" is also that time period. "Shadow of His Hand" about Anita Dittman, a Holocaust survivor. (This one is Christian, so it may not work for you.) I know there are others, if I think of them, I will come back and list more.

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Date Posted: 2/16/2010 6:37 PM ET
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Hitler Stole My Pink Rabbit- Judith Kerr (that's about the jews in hiding, but it's a good book, i have a special interest in WWII)

Under The Blood Red Sun- Graham Salisbury (boy in Hawaii who's Japanese)


Best of luck!


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Subject: Holocaust Books
Date Posted: 3/7/2010 12:03 PM ET
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This is one of my favorite topics to teach :)


The Devil's Arithemtic (my favorite)

Letters from Rivka

Four Perfect Pebbles

Hitler's Daughter

Daniel's Story

Twenty and Ten

I could probably think of more if I were in my classroom.

Have you tried looking at Scholastic book orders? They often have Holocaust sets you can purchase,

Mel :)

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Date Posted: 3/9/2010 12:19 PM ET
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and the movie.

Date Posted: 6/2/2010 10:09 PM ET
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Great suggestions!

Here are some more. Let's see if I can list these from memory since the rest are in my classroom.



"The Harmonica" (Picture book)

"The Cats in Krasinzki (sp) Square" (Picture book)

"The Terrible Things" by Eve Bunting

"The Butterfly" by Patricia Polacco


I love the Holocaust and learning about it. I took a week long course in my masters program. I have more books and I will list them as I remember. I know some picture books may seem young for older kids but they will get a lot from them. I also highly recommend "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas". My kids loved it and also offered a great critique on the author.

Date Posted: 6/7/2010 6:33 PM ET
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"The Boy Who Dared" by....not sure because I'm not in my classroom to look for the author. This is about two boys who become Hitler Youth members until one changes  his mind and begins distributing anti-Nazi newletters and begins broadcasting info on a short wave radio from the BBC).Depending on the maturity level of your students, "Night" by Elie Wiesel is the BEST account of life in the concentration camps (mature content though...I taught this novel with 10th/11th grade while student teaching and is currently taught with 9th graders in our district).

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Date Posted: 6/7/2010 8:10 PM ET
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I like 'Summer of my German Soldier', although it is told from the American Homefront. I also have a book of poetry by Holocost survivors, but I can't seem to find it or remeber the name of it, but there are probably a lot of choices of those.

Date Posted: 6/16/2010 5:58 PM ET
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The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom



My Name Is Anne, She Said, Anne Frank: The Memoirs of Anne Frank's Best Friend by Jacqueline van Maarsen



My Name Is Albert Einstein (My Name Is ...)  Lluís Cugota  (Connects to Hitler and the Nazis)

Date Posted: 6/17/2010 9:42 AM ET
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Oh my gosh...this is my favorite topic to teach. I'm a middle school reading teacher. This past year I used Boy in the Striped Pajamas and The Boy Who Dared in a book club that I started, and the kids LOVED both books. Especially Striped Pjs. So, I enthusiastically second both of those suggestions.

If you use both of these, it's great to compare and contrast the two. After reading Anne Frank, I think the boys in your class will especially appreciate reading these two books.

My students love Number the Stars also. Everyone above gave great suggestions!

PM if you have more questions...

Subject: Holocaust
Date Posted: 6/25/2010 11:35 AM ET
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I am a high school English Teacher and have developed a 9th grade unit on the Holocaust using some of the following materials:

1) Boy in the Striped Pajamas (movie tie - in)

2) I love Anne Frank, but some of the kids have read it in MS. If necessary, I like to incorporate the drama version.

3) Number the Stars, Summer of My German Soldier, etc, are lower level reading choices

4) Night, Elie Wiesel is the center piece that everyone reads, audio version is impeccably read

5) A Holocaust survivor's poetry book is "I Never Saw Another Butterfly"

6) There are unbelievable web quest/web sites that provide great background information

7) I would check out Learning Links or Novel Ties study guides for novel sets and novel reading guides. I like to modify materials based on the reading/background and interest level of my students. Also there are guidelines for teaching about the Holocaust at ushmm.org which would be excellent to check out prior to teaching the unit. (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)...

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Date Posted: 7/3/2010 5:53 PM ET
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A book by a child of a Nazi soldier is German Boy, by Wolfgang Samuel.  It's not for younger readers, really, because in one place it tells of how Wolfgang's mother had to sell sexual favors to a Russian soldier to get food to keep her two children alive in  a displaced persons camp.  But it is NOT fiction.  The writer eventually became the stepson of a U.S. Air Force enlisted man, and himself served in the U.S. Air Force, as an officer.  Friends who knew something of Samuel's wartime experiences as a boy  persuaded him to write this memoir.

Date Posted: 7/12/2010 7:21 PM ET
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A Girl Named Eva was good.  It's about a girl from a town called Lidice.  One of Hitler's favorite generals was killed there, so he set out to punish the town.  All children who looked Aryan were sent to be raised by German families while their families went to camps.  It was not graphic at all and had many good talking points.

Date Posted: 8/2/2010 10:06 PM ET
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Farewell to Manzanar is a book about the Japanese internment camps here in the United States during that time written by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston.  My 7th and 8th grade English classes read it in 08-09 school year and really loved it.  One of the members of Linkin Park also did a tribute song about Manzanar and you can download the video on YouTube.  Showed it in class and was amazed at the response.  Most of my kiddos didn't even know about the internment camps here in the US during WWII.  Very powerful stuff.

Date Posted: 8/8/2010 10:59 PM ET
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Some other titles you might check are:

           Four Perfect Pebbles, I Haved Lived a Thousand Years,  Freidrich, Anne Frank and Children of the Holocaust

                        (Some of these are available on PBS)

          To give the students a broader perspective, you might want to include material on The Righteous (Gentiles), who hid Jews,

             Jewish Resistance Fighters,  and Kindertransport, which took children to safe places, such as Denmark.

          You might also get ideas from Yad Vashem, the Holocause museum in Israel.

Date Posted: 8/8/2010 11:19 PM ET
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Another book that I just came across is TOBY BELFER LEARNS ABOUT HEROES AND MARTYRS,

which recounts true stories of the Righteous

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Date Posted: 8/10/2010 6:50 PM ET
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I see others have mentioned it as well, but I highly recommend The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti.  I got it last spring from Scholastic in a 2 pack with The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.  Not only is it a different perspective of the Holocaust, but gives a good message that students could apply to today's world.

Date Posted: 8/11/2010 12:34 PM ET
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1. There are two graphic novels that are about the Holocaust. They are MAUS I and MAUS II by Art Spiegleman (The characters are animals, but it adds a feeling of symbolism--take a peek it is really different!)

2. Fireflies in the dark: The story of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis and the children of Terezin.

The book above is AMAZING!  It shows the art that the children did in one of the concentration camps! An art teacher snuck in art supplies and gave the students secret art lessons (He then hid them in a suit case and it was found at a later date.)

3. Faithful Elephants : A True Story of Animals, People and War
Author: Yukio Tsuchiya.
This book is not about the holocaust, but about world war 2 in Japan. It would be a great follow up story (It is a picture book...but it is a deep, tear jerker.) It is a true story about what happened to Zoos during the war. It further broadens the students understanding of the complexities of war.

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