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1. The Hiding Place

Author: by Corrie Ten Boom
0800794052
Chosen Books
English

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Corrie ten Boom was a woman admired the world over for her courage, her forgiveness, and her memorable faith. In World War II, she and her family risked their lives to help Jews escape the Nazis, and their reward was a trip to Hitler’s concentration camps.

But she survived and was released-as a result of a clerical error-and now shares the story of how faith triumphs over evil. For thirty-five years Corrie’s dramatic life story, full of timeless virtues, has prepared readers to face their own futures with faith, relying on God’s love to overcome, heal, and restore.

Now releasing in a thirty-fifth anniversary edition for a new generation of readers, The Hiding Place tells the riveting story of how a middle-aged Dutch watchmaker became a heroine of the Resistance, a survivor of Hitler’s death camps, and one of the most remarkable evangelists of the twentieth century.


2. The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition

Author: by Anne Frank
Bantam
English
400 pages

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Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has since become a world classica powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit. In 1942, with Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding.

For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, they and another family lived cloistered in the Secret Annex of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death.

In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period. By turns thoughtful, moving, and amusing, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short.


3. The Happiest Man on Earth: The Beautiful Life of an Auschwitz Survivor

Author: by Eddie Jaku
Harper
English
208 pages

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A New York Times BestsellerIn this uplifting memoir in the vein of The Last Lecture and Man’s Search for Meaning, a Holocaust survivor pays tribute to those who were lost by telling his story, sharing his wisdom, and living his best possible life.

Born in Leipzig, Germany, into a Jewish family, Eddie Jaku was a teenager when his world was turned upside-down. On November 9, 1938, during the terrifying violence of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, Eddie was beaten by SS thugs, arrested, and sent to a concentration camp with thousands of other Jews across Germany.

Every day of the next seven years of his life, Eddie faced unimaginable horrors in Buchenwald, Auschwitz, and finally on a forced death march during the Third Reich’s final days. The Nazis took everything from Eddiehis family, his friends, and his country.

But they did not break his spirit. Against unbelievable odds, Eddie found the will to survive. Overwhelming grateful, he made a promise: he would smile every day in thanks for the precious gift he was given and to honor the six million Jews murdered by Hitler.


4. Mein Kampf

Author: by Adolf Hitler
English
694 pages
0395925037

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Proceeds donated to Jewish Charities & Organizations In the pages of Mein Kampf Hitler presented the world with his dark vision for the future. Years would pass before he attained the power to realize that vision, but Mein Kampf’s existence denies the free world the excuse of ignorance.

We dismissed him as a madman and we ignored his wretched book; the result was a tragedy of unprecedented proportions. This is yet another lesson to take from Mein Kampf: the lesson of vigilance and responsibility, of not closing our eyes to the evil around us.

From the introduction by Abraham Foxman


5. All But My Life

Author: by Gerda Klein
Hill and Wang
English
272 pages

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All But My Life is the unforgettable story of Gerda Weissmann Klein’s six-year ordeal as a victim of Nazi cruelty. From her comfortable home in Bielitz (present-day Bielsko) in Poland to her miraculous survival and her liberation by American troops-including the man who was to become her husband-in Volary, Czechoslovakia, in 1945, Gerda takes the reader on a terrifying journey.

Gerda’s serene and idyllic childhood is shattered when Nazis march into Poland on September 3, 1939. Although the Weissmanns were permitted to live for a while in the basement of their home, they were eventually separated and sent to German labor camps.

Over the next few years Gerda experienced the slow, inexorable stripping away of “all but her life.” By the end of the war she had lost her parents, brother, home, possessions, and community; even the dear friends she made in the labor camps, with whom she had shared so many hardships, were dead.

Despite her horrifying experiences, Klein conveys great strength of spirit and faith in humanity. In the darkness of the camps, Gerda and her young friends manage to create a community of friendship and love. Although stripped of the essence of life, they were able to survive the barbarity of their captors.


6. Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History

Author: by Art Spiegelman
Pantheon (August 12, 1986)
English
159 pages

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The first installment of the Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel acclaimed as the most affecting and successful narrative ever done about the Holocaust (Wall Street Journal) and the first masterpiece in comic book history (The New Yorker). A brutally moving work of artwidely hailed as the greatest graphic novel ever writtenMaus recounts the chilling experiences of the author’s father during the Holocaust, with Jews drawn as wide-eyed mice and Nazis as menacing cats.

Maus is a haunting tale within a tale, weaving the author’s account of his tortured relationship with his aging father into an astonishing retelling of one of history’s most unspeakable tragedies. It is an unforgettable story of survival and a disarming look at the legacy of trauma.


7. Journey to the Edge of Reason: The Life of Kurt Gödel

Author: by Stephen Budiansky
English
368 pages
1324005440

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The first major biography written for a general audience of the logician and mathematician whose Incompleteness Theorems helped launch a modern scientific revolution. Nearly a hundred years after its publication, Kurt Gdel’s famous proof that every mathematical system must contain propositions that are trueyet never provablecontinues to unsettle mathematics, philosophy, and computer science.

Yet unlike Einstein, with whom he formed a warm and abiding friendship, Gdel has long escaped all but the most casual scrutiny of his life. Stephen Budiansky’s Journey to the Edge of Reason is the first biography to fully draw upon Gdel’s voluminous letters and writingsincluding a never-before-transcribed shorthand diary of his most intimate thoughtsto explore Gdel’s profound intellectual friendships, his moving relationship with his mother, his troubled yet devoted marriage, and the debilitating bouts of paranoia that ultimately took his life.

It also offers an intimate portrait of the scientific and intellectual circles in prewar Vienna, a haunting account of Gdel’s and Jewish intellectuals’ flight from Austria and Germany at the start of the Second World War, and a vivid re-creation of the early days of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, where Gdel and Einstein both worked.


8. The Hiding Place: The Triumphant True Story of Corrie Ten Boom

Author: by Corrie Ten Boom
Bantam Books
English

‎ 242 pages

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I pray that God forgive them… Corrie Ten Boom stood naked with her older sister Betsie, watching a concentration camp matron beating a prisoner. Oh, the poor woman, Corrie cried.Yes. May God forgive her, Betsie replied. And, once again, Corrie realized that it was for the souls of the brutal Nazi guards that her sister prayed.

Both woman had been sent to the camp for helping the Jews. Christ’s Spirit and words were their guide; it was His persecuted people they tried to saveat the risk of their own lives; it was His strength that sustained them through times of profound horror.

Here is a book aglow with the glory of God and the courage of a quiet Christian spinster whose life was transformed by it. A story of Christ’s message and the courage woman who listened and lived to pass it alongwith joy and triumph!


9. In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

Author: by Erik Larson

B004HFRJM6
Crown
May 10, 2011

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Erik Larson, New York Times bestselling author of Devil in the White City, delivers a remarkable story set during Hitler’s rise to power. The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Nazi Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history.

A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence.

Enamored of the New Germany, she has one affair after another, including with the suprisingly honorable first chief of the Gestapo, Rudolf Diels. But as evidence of Jewish persecution mounts, confirmed by chilling first-person testimony, her father telegraphs his concerns to a largely indifferent State Department back home.

Dodd watches with alarm as Jews are attacked, the press is censored, and drafts of frightening new laws begin to circulate. As that first year unfolds and the shadows deepen, the Dodds experience days full of excitement, intrigue, romanceand ultimately, horror, when a climactic spasm of violence and murder reveals Hitler’s true character and ruthless ambition.

10. The Warburgs: The Twentieth-Century Odyssey of a Remarkable Jewish Family

Author: by Ron Chernow

B006Q1SRFC
Vintage
January 18, 2012

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From the Pulitzer Prizewinning bestselling author of Alexander Hamilton, the inspiration for the hit Broadway musical, comes this definitive biography of the Warburgs, one of the great German-Jewish banking families of the twentieth century. Bankers, philanthropists, scholars, socialites, artists, and politicians, the Warburgs stood at the pinnacle of German (and, later, of German-American) Jewry.

They forged economic dynasties, built mansions and estates, assembled libraries, endowed charities, and advised a German kaiser and two American presidents. But their very success made the Warburgs lightning rods for anti-Semitism, and their sense of patriotism became increasingly dangerous in a Germany that had declared Jews the enemy.

Ron Chernow’s hugely fascinating history is a group portrait of a clan whose members were renowned for their brilliance, culture, and personal energy yet tragically vulnerable to the dark and irrational currents of the twentieth century.

11. A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II

Author: by Adam Makos
Dutton Caliber
English
400 pages

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THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER: Beautifully told. CNN A remarkable story… Worth retelling and celebrating. USA Today Oh, it’s a good one! Fox News A beautiful story of a brotherhood between enemies emerges from the horrors of World War II in this New York Times bestseller by the author of Spearhead.

December, 1943: A badly damaged American bomber struggles to fly over wartime Germany. At the controls is twenty-one-year-old Second Lieutenant Charlie Brown. Half his crew lay wounded or dead on this, their first mission. Suddenly, a Messerschmitt fighter pulls up on the bomber’s tail.

The pilot is German ace Franz Stiglerand he can destroy the young American crew with the squeeze of a trigger… What happened next would defy imagination and later be called the most incredible encounter between enemies in World War II.The U.S.

8th Air Force would later classify what happened between them as top secret. It was an act that Franz could never mention for fear of facing a firing squad. It was the encounter that would haunt both Charlie and Franz for forty years until, as old men, they would search the world for each other, a last mission that could change their lives forever.

12. The Nine: The True Story of a Band of Women Who Survived the Worst of Nazi Germany

Author: by Gwen Strauss
English
336 pages
125023929X

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“[A] narrative of unfathomable courage… Ms. Strauss does her readersand her subjectsa worthy service by returning to this appalling history of the courage of women caught up in a time of rapacity and war.” Wall Street Journal”Utterly gripping.” Anne Sebba, author of Les Parisiennes “A compelling, beautifully written story of resilience, friendship and survival.

The story of Women’s resistance during World War II needs to be told and The Nine accomplishes this in spades.” Heather Morris, New York Times bestselling author of Cilka’s JourneyThe Nine follows the true story of the author’s great aunt Hlne Podliasky, who led a band of nine female resistance fighters as they escaped a German forced labor camp and made a ten-day journey across the front lines of WWII from Germany back to Paris.

The nine women were all under thirty when they joined the resistance. They smuggled arms through Europe, harbored parachuting agents, coordinated communications between regional sectors, trekked escape routes to Spain and hid Jewish children in scattered apartments. They were arrested by French police, interrogated and tortured by the Gestapo.

13. Maus I & II Paperback Box Set

Author: by Art Spiegelman
0679748407
Pantheon
English

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The paperback boxed set of the Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel in its original two-volume format, re-released to include a sixteen-page booklet designed by the artist. Acclaimed as the most affecting and successful narrative ever done about the Holocaust (Wall Street Journal), Maus is considered the first masterpiece in comic book history (The New Yorker).

A brutally moving work of artwidely hailed as the greatest graphic novel ever writtenMaus recounts the chilling experiences of the author’s father during the Holocaust, with Jews drawn as wide-eyed mice and Nazis as menacing cats. Maus is a haunting tale within a tale, weaving the author’s account of his tortured relationship with his aging father into an astonishing retelling of one of history’s most unspeakable tragedies.

It is an unforgettable story of survival and a disarming look at the legacy of trauma.

14. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

Author: by Eric Metaxas
B003GY0K48
August 29, 2011
English

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WHO BETTER TO FACE THE GREATEST EVIL OF THE 20TH CENTURY THAN A HUMBLE MAN OF FAITH? As Adolf Hitler and the Nazis seduced a nation, bullied a continent, and attempted to exterminate the Jews of Europe, a small number of dissidents and saboteurs worked to dismantle the Third Reich from the inside.

One of these was Dietrich Bonhoeffera pastor and author. In this New York Times best-selling biography, Eric Metaxas takes both strands of Bonhoeffer’s lifethe theologian and the spyand draws them together to tell a searing story of incredible moral courage in the face of monstrous evil.

Metaxas presents the fullest accounting of Bonhoeffer’s heart-wrenching decision to leave the safe haven of America to return to Hitler’s Germany, and sheds new light on Bonhoeffer’s involvement in the famous Valkyrie plot and in Operation 7, the effort to smuggle Jews into neutral Switzerland.

In a deeply moving narrative, Metaxas uses previously unavailable documents? Including personal letters, detailed journal entries, and firsthand personal accounts? To reveal dimensions of Bonhoeffer’s life and theology never before seen.”Bonhoeffer is the story of a life framed by a passion for truth and a commitment to justice on behalf of those who face implacable evil.

15. Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began (Pantheon Graphic Library)

Author: by Art Spiegelman
Pantheon
English
144 pages

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The second installment of the Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel acclaimed as the most affecting and successful narrative ever done about the Holocaust (Wall Street Journal) and the first masterpiece in comic book history (The New Yorker). A brutally moving work of artwidely hailed as the greatest graphic novel ever writtenMaus recounts the chilling experiences of the author’s father during the Holocaust, with Jews drawn as wide-eyed mice and Nazis as menacing cats.

Maus is a haunting tale within a tale, weaving the author’s account of his tortured relationship with his aging father into an astonishing retelling of one of history’s most unspeakable tragedies. It is an unforgettable story of survival and a disarming look at the legacy of trauma.

16. Papillon (P.S.)

Author: by Henri Charriere
0061120669
English
576 pages

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A modern classic of courage and excitement. The New Yorker Soon to be a Major Motion Picture Starring Charlie Hunnam and Rami MalekHenri Charrire, nicknamed “Papillon,” for the butterfly tattoo on his chest, was convicted in Paris in 1931 of a murder he did not commit.

Sentenced to life imprisonment in the penal colony of French Guiana, he became obsessed with one goal: escape. After planning and executing a series of treacherous yet failed attempts over many years, he was eventually sent to the notorious prison, Devil’s Island, a place from which no one had ever escaped …Until Papillon.

His flight to freedom remains one of the most incredible feats of human cunning, will, and endurance ever undertaken. Charrire’s astonishing autobiography, Papillon, was first published in France to instant acclaim in 1968, more than twenty years after his final escape.

Since then, it has become a treasured classic-the gripping, shocking, ultimately uplifting odyssey of an innocent man who would not be defeated. A first-class adventure story. New York Review of Books