The Best Books On Hope And Understanding After The Holocaust

The Books I Picked & Why

Anne Frank Remembered: The Story of the Woman Who Helped to Hide the Frank Family

By Miep Gies, Alison Leslie Gold

Anne Frank Remembered: The Story of the Woman Who Helped to Hide the Frank Family

Why this book?

Miep Gies helped to hide Anne Frank and her family from the Nazis, risking her life to bring them food, news, and emotional support. She found Anne’s diary and brought the world a message of love and hope. Her inspiring story shows how ordinary people can act with tremendous courage in extraordinary times.


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The Power of Forgiveness

By Eva Mozes Kor

The Power of Forgiveness

Why this book?

Eva Mozes Kor was ten years old when she was sent to Auschwitz. As a survivor, she became an eloquent – and controversial – activist on behalf of forgiveness.  Her book tells the gripping story of how she freed herself from the burden of hatred.  Not everyone will agree with her stance, but everyone will be challenged and moved by it.


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Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

By Timothy Snyder

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

Why this book?

Bloodlands is an original and profoundly humanist history. It takes you intimately into the lives of ordinary people in Eastern and Central Europe – the region Snyder terms “the bloodlands” – during the years of the Nazi and Stalinist regimes. Read this book to deepen your commitment to creating the conditions under which people can stand up, not just stand by. 


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Good Neighbors, Bad Times Revisited: New Echoes of My Father's German Village

By Mimi Schwartz

Good Neighbors, Bad Times Revisited: New Echoes of My Father's German Village

Why this book?

Mimi Schwartz’s Jewish father grew up in a German town where Jews and gentiles got along – until the Nazi era put extraordinary strains on their ability to coexist peaceably.  Schwartz explores how people who were not unusually brave managed to perform small acts of kindness and defiance. Her book offers important lessons for our time.


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The Crooked Mirror: A Memoir of Polish-Jewish Reconciliation

By Louise Steinman

The Crooked Mirror: A Memoir of Polish-Jewish Reconciliation

Why this book?

Steinman reaches out across a cultural divide to seek out Poles who are pursuing the truth about the past, however painful, and recovering the history of their lost Jewish neighbors. She brings to life the ultimately healing process of Polish-Jewish reconciliation. Her journey changed her, and it will change you.


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