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Holocaust

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Berenbaum, Michael (ed.). Witness to the Holocaust. HarperCollins. 1997. AISN/ISBN: 0062701088.

Here is a selection offering an understanding of the human tale--the anguish of the victims, the courage of the resisters, the morality of the rescuers and the depravity of the perpetrators. This is accomplished in an illustrated documentary format with material culled from primary sources presented in chronological order.

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Edelheit, Abraham J. and Hershel Edelheit. History of the Holocaust. Westview Press. 1994. AISN/ISBN: 0813322405.

The Edelheit's two-volume series offers an overview of European Jewish history and the Holocaust. The narrative is followed by a dictionary of related terms gathered from many lands and languages.

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Hilberg, Raul. The Destruction of European Jews. Holmes and Meier. 1985. AISN/ISBN: 0841909105.

A leading title in this category, the book gives the historical foundations and background of the administrative effort of and German bureaucracy by which ordinary citizens and bureaucrats participated in the Holocaust. It includes a discussion of the passivity of the Jews.

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Schwarz-Bart, Andre. The Last of the Just. Library of the Holocaust. 1996. AISN/ISBN: 1585670162.

This seminal work of fiction is partially based on the Jewish belief that there are thirty-six righteous Jews (lamed-vavniks) in every generation. Here is the story of the last of those just people at the hands of the Nazis. The story explores the history of the Holocaust told through the eyes of a young boy.

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Spiegelman, Art. Maus: A Survivor's Tale: Vols. I and II. Pantheon. 1991. AISN/ISBN: 0679748407.

Spiegelman gives a unique presentation of the Holocaust through a non-fiction story in comic-strip format in which the Nazis are portrayed as cats and the Jews as mice. The first volume tells the story of his parents' survival and the second focuses on the author's attempt to come to terms with his father's ordeal. It is not only a story about the Holocaust;it also tells about a son's relationship with his father.

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Wiesel, Elie. Dawn. Bantam. 1982. AISN/ISBN: 0553225367.

For adults and teens 16 and up. These are the Nobel Prize winner's earliest works, which set a standard for others. They are both devastating and illuminating in a trilogy of unrelenting power and emotion. In Night, published in 1958, Wiesel voiced his lamentation about the experiences in Auschwitz and Buchenwald. The fictionalized memoirs are the most recommended books on the Holocaust by a survivor.

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Wiesel, Elie. The Night Trilogy. Hill and Wang. 1987. AISN/ISBN: 0374521409.

For adults and teens 16 and up. These are the Nobel Prize winner's earliest works, which set a standard for others. They are both devastating and illuminating in a trilogy of unrelenting power and emotion. In Night, published in 1958, Wiesel voiced his lamentation about the experiences in Auschwitz and Buchenwald. The fictionalized memoirs are the most recommended books on the Holocaust by a survivor.

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Wiesel, Elie. Night. Bantam. 1982. AISN/ISBN: 0553272535.

For adults and teens 16 and up. These are the Nobel Prize winner's earliest works, which set a standard for others. They are both devastating and illuminating in a trilogy of unrelenting power and emotion. In Night, published in 1958, Wiesel voiced his lamentation about the experiences in Auschwitz and Buchenwald. The fictionalized memoirs are the most recommended books on the Holocaust by a survivor.





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