Top Ten Tuesday: Books that Should be Required Reading About the Holocaust (says me)

Posted August 22, 2017 by meezcarrie in Christian, historical, Top Ten Tuesday / 44 Comments

Considering the recent events here in the United States, I felt like I should take this Back to School freebie week on Top Ten Tuesday to put forth some books about the Holocaust (both novels and nonfiction) I feel should be required reading for everyone. High schoolers, college students, new adults, older adults – everyone who is old enough to understand the atrocities that occurred when one man led a campaign to rid the world of anyone he deemed ‘inferior’.  In recognizing the red flags that preceded this horrible blight on history, may we prevent it from ever happening again.





For younger readers:


And my favorite – and possibly the most important – nonfiction book about the Holocaust:

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” ~ George Santayana



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44 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Books that Should be Required Reading About the Holocaust (says me)

  1. Megan Hamsher

    The Liberation series by Tricia Goyer … Night Song & From Dust and Ashes – both involve concentration camps

  2. thank you for this post! I have been using the quote about remembering history all week. And I have read most of the books you listed and they are fabulous reads. I have always wanted to read corrie ten book’s book but I haven’t yet.

  3. I recently read a great YA book about the Danish resistance during WWII – Bright Candles by Nathan Benchley. It took a little work to get a copy – either used or interlibrary loan – but well worth it.

  4. Great list, Carrie! I’d add Number the Stars by Lois Lowry for younger readers and All the Light We Cannot See for adults. Best book I read in 2016–though it barely edged out Nightingale.

  5. Rebecca Maney

    Great list. I have read most of them and have access to the others. I heard Corrie Ten Boom speak when I was in college and I count it a blessing.

    Thanks for remembering.

  6. Good list. I just watched ‘Walking with the Enemy’ which was about the Hungarian holocaust the other day.
    I would still like to see or read something on the Armenian genocide though, as it’s something which is little known and even less mentioned, but also, I think should not be ignored.

  7. Marie B

    Thank you for the list. I have read three of them; THE HIDING PLACE, THE GIRL FROM THE TRAIN, and THE BUTTERFLY AND THE VIOLIN. They all touched me deeply and give me a glimpse of what it was like during that dark period.

    I will be adding some of the above to my TBR list.

  8. What a stunning post! Thank you, for your intentional spreading of love — for for continuing the conversation of the Holocaust. I’m so moved to have had books included. <3, K~

  9. Bonnie Roof

    Amen!! I have read several of them, also visited the Holocaust Museum, and have seen the movie of the Holocaust musicians – all such moving forms of remembrance which I definitely will never forget!!

  10. Valerie S

    Yours is a powerful list, Carrie. Thanks for addressing this topic. In addition to your titles, I’d add The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman, and The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes.

    • Carrie

      I couldn’t get into The Book Thief (I think maybe i need to give it another try?) but those other two are on my TBR list for sure!

  11. Julie Waldron

    I just recently read We Were The Lucky One’s by Georgia Hunter. It was the first book I’ve read about the holocaust and it was so good, I didn’t want to put it down. Your’s is a great list, I will have to check in to some of them. I’ve seen the DVD Return to the Hiding Place, I imagine it’s similar to the book you mentioned.

  12. carylkane

    Spot on post, Carrie! A few years ago I was able to participate in a March of Remembrance. It was a sobering and humbling event.

  13. Karen

    One of the few books that my husband and I have both read is The Mascot by Mark Kurzem. (We have very different taste in literature so rarely share books.) It is such an unbelievable yet true account of a Jewish boy who survived among the Latvian army during the war. There are so many little-known events from WWII, and this is one of them.

    Another book that came to mind is Night is Elie Wiesel. I haven’t read it in decades, but I do remember the book being very fascinating.

  14. I think this is definitely a good topic to promote in reading. I so very much agree. Even middle school students should read about the Holocaust. Number the Stars is the sixth-grade summer reading assignment across our district. There is a paired reading selection in our textbook where one of them is also about the Japenese internment camps in the US. We do a mini history lesson on it and the times and the ties to the Holocaust. The kids are astounded. I am currently listening to The Hiding Place. Corrie’s trial has just taken place.

    • Carrie

      I thought about including the Japanese internment camps too – and The House on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. I need to check out the audiobook for The Hiding Place!

  15. Thank you for sharing this list!!
    I have a copy of The Butterfly and the Violin & A Sparrow in Terezin and love them both!! I would add The Boy in Striped Pajamas by John Boyne.

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