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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Remembering the Holocaust: Book List



" Fear makes you weak, anger makes you strong."
Irena Sendler

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The Holocaust, which was a genocide of Jews and anyone not considered of their "pure Aryan race"; officially began on January 30, 1933, when Adolf Hilter became Chancellor of Germany.
For the next twelve years Nazis and their supporters, humiliated, tortured, and killed over 6 million Jews and almost 5 million others. Gypsies, Jewish supporters, handicapped, homosexuals, and anyone they feared were not like them.

VE Day, May 8, 1945 officially marks the end of WWII by the formal surrender by German Forces.

January 30, 1933- May 8, 1945



While, I understand dates, statistics, and facts are a huge part of learning history, and figuring out the who done what, when, where and why; I want this post to be more about the actual people.
I have always been intrigued by the history of the Holocaust. For me it is one of the most fascinating and tragic wars ever. 
The first time I ever heard of it was probably around grade 5 or 6. Yes, reading The Diary of Anne Frank. While I didn't have the mentality to fully grasp the severity, nor the horror of these events; I was captured by her! I truly believe my learning of Anne Frank and hearing her story is where I began my love of reading and being fascinated by people. Real people who have shared their stories, their truths, their lives with the world.
I am always in awe of the things people endure. The strength that we as humans have. Not just physically, but emotionally, and mostly spiritually.
How amazing their lives are.
That is what I want to share with you.

I want to pass on some of these wonderful books. I want you to learn who the people were, not just the events. These are real life people who lived through trials, tragedies, turmoils, and came out triumphant!
They are sharing their own lives with us. Whether it be to educate, to cleanse themselves, or just for a chance to be heard. 
This is their story!

Here is a list of some of the books I have read personally.
You can click here to read more about each one: 20 Memoirs of the Holocaust

1. The Diary of Anne Frank- Anne Frank
2. Behind the Secret Window- Nelly S. Toll
3. The Secret Holocaust Diaries- Nonna Bannister
4. Sarah's Key-Tatiana De Rosnay
5. The Nazi Officer's Wife-Edith Hahn Beer
6. Thanks for My Journey- Erica Miller
7. The Seamstress- Sara Tuvel Bernstein
8. A Lucky Child- Thomas Buergenthal
9. Witnesses to War- Michael Leapman
10. The Last Train- Rona Arato
11. Irena's Children- Mary Cronk Farrell
12. The Hiding Place- Corrie Ten Boom
13. Don't Forget To Write- Pam Hobbs

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These books below are considered Historical Fiction. I still highly recommend them!

14. One eye laughing, the Other Weeping(Dear America)- Barry Denenberg
15. A Faraway Island-Annika Thor
16. The True Story of Hansel and Gretel- Louise Murphy
17. Block 11- Piero Degli Antoni
18. While We're far Apart- Lynn Austin
19. Between Shades of Grey- Ruta Sepetys
20.The Lily Pond- Annika Thor

These books are by far some of my favorites of all the books I have read.
Be sure to also check out A Novel Experience my blog dedicated to all things I love about books!

I also wanted to list a few people that I recommend learning about. Some of the "heroes or heroines" of the Holocaust

Corrie Ten Boom

Irena Sendler

Oskar Schindler

Nancy Wake

"You see a man drowning, you must try to save him. Even if you cannot swim."
Irena Sendler

I hope you enjoy this list and will read as many as you wish!
What are your favorite stories/books?
I would love to know and add to my own list!
Please Share!!

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