The Best Books About The Holocaust

By Derek Niemann

The Books I Picked & Why

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

By Anne Frank, B.M. Mooyaart

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

Why this book?

Will anything ever match this book in all its humanity, capturing the constant fear, uncertainty, claustrophobia, and poignant hope for something better? It would be hard to find any work that so encapsulates the cruel pointlessness of the Holocaust.


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The Long Night: A True Story

By Ernst Israel Bornstein

The Long Night: A True Story

Why this book?

The author, a keen observer of behaviour under appalling conditions, has an astonishingly wise and humane attitude that bears him through both internment and concentration camps. I have a personal interest in this book, and the writer, because I am the speaking partner of his daughter Noemie Lopian, and we talk at synagogues, schools, universities, and public events to ask for kindness, toleration, and understanding.


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East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

By Philippe Sands

East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

Why this book?

A remarkably broad and detailed examination into the lives of men who established the legal definitions of genocide and crimes against humanity, as well as a detective story into the author’s own family.


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KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps

By Nikolaus Wachsmann

KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps

Why this book?

How I wish I had had access to this book when I was researching my own book on my grandfather’s role in the Holocaust. There have been so many academic books about the concentration camps and this one, published 70 years after the last camp was liberated, feels like a landmark.


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Reckonings: Legacies of Nazi Persecution and the Quest for Justice

By Mary Fulbrook

Reckonings: Legacies of Nazi Persecution and the Quest for Justice

Why this book?

How do the perpetrators, victims, and their descendants deal with the mental legacy of the Holocaust? This is sobering, illuminating stuff from one of the world’s leading Holocaust academics.


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