From the list on coming-of-age that take place during the Holocaust.
Who am I?
As the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, this subject has always been close to my heart. I devoured any book I could on the Holocaust growing up and pursued an education with a focus on Judaic studies and Holocaust Literature in college. One day when I was in my twenties, I sat down with my grandmother and an 8mm camera and recorded her life story. It is this account that I wrote about in What She Lost. Today, I feel the need for these accounts is of utmost importance because of the rise in antisemitism and the fact that so many of the survivors are no longer with us. May we never forget.
Melissa's book list on coming-of-age that take place during the Holocaust
Discover why each book is one of Melissa's favorite books.
Why did Melissa love this book?
This list would not be complete without Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. I immediately fell in love with Anne when I read this classic book at a young age. Perhaps the quintessential story of a young girl coming-of-age during the Holocaust, the story unfolds through the letters 13-year-old Anne writes to her diary, whom she has named “Kitty.” Despite being hidden away from the world during her most formative years because she is Jewish, Anne experiences all the normal feelings and emotions of any teenage girl. Living in dire conditions and in constant danger of being discovered, Anne dreams of her future, is moody and temperamental, experiences young love, and dares to hold onto hope. It is a timeless story that shows that no matter our background, ethnicity, religion, or race, we are more alike than different. It also highlights the strength of familial bonds and…
Why should I read it?
9 authors picked Anne Frank as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.
What is this book about?
With 30 per cent more material than previous editions, this new contemporary and fully anglicized translation gives the reader a deeper insight into Anne's world. Publication of the unabridged Definitive Edition on Penguin Audiobook, read by Helena Bonham-Carter, coincides.