The best novels about World War 2

The Books I Picked & Why

The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos

By Judy Batalion

The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos

Why this book?

This well-researched and well-written book describes the heroism of Jewish women in Poland during the killing of Jews by the Nazis. Usually, the women get overlooked in war, but in Poland, their bravery and deception along with the men sabotaged the Nazis, and saved Jewish people and families because of incredible sacrifices. Even though the story is non-fiction, it reads as a fast-paced novel. The information was taken from old diaries and out of print books in Yiddish which shed light on the unbelievable war in Poland.


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Last Train To London

By Meg Waite Clayton

Last Train To London

Why this book?

While this book is considered historical fiction, the author and her vast research put you in the times and places prior to the fighting in World War 2. Well-written and thoroughly researched, this page turning true story is based on real life hero Truus Wijsmuller, a Dutch woman who saved the lives of 10,000 Jewish children. The book shows her bravery and reminds you how one person can make a difference.


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The Nightingale

By Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale

Why this book?

An international bestseller and a movie to be released shortly. I have read it three times. It’s about life in occupied France centered around two sisters that take different paths to survive the Nazis. One sister stays at home to care for her daughter and assumes responsibility for a Jewish friend’s daughter so she wouldn’t be killed. The second sister has a wild streak and avoids the Gestapo while she escorts downed British and American pilots over the Pyrenees mountains to Spain. I cried at the end as I admired the spirit of these two as they deal with death every day.


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A Fighter Pilot in Buchenwald: The Joe Moser Story

By Joseph F. Moser, Gerald R. Baron

A Fighter Pilot in Buchenwald: The Joe Moser Story

Why this book?

During August 1944, Joe Mower’s P-38 was shot down, and Nazi forces sent him to Buchenwald—the infamous work camp where tens of thousands died of cruelty, medical experiments, and starvation. It’s a story of survival in the worst of situations.


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Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent, 1934-1941

By William L. Shirer

Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent, 1934-1941

Why this book?

This book was a best seller in 1941 and is still popular today. William Saffire was Edward R. Murrow’s counterpart in Germany where he reported on the radio about the build-up of the Nazis from 1934 to 1940 and set the stage for World War 2. This riveting book is for those who love history and freedom.


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