Best Holocaust Biographies Books
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1. Surviving The Forest
Author: by Adiva Geffen
Published at: Independently published (February 6, 2019)
Five shots on Saturday morning change their fate foreverShurka is a happy young woman who lives a fairy tale life with her beloved husband and their two young children, in a pretty house in a village in Poland. She believes that nothing can hurt them.
Or so she thinksThen, World War II breaks out and the happy family quickly understands that their happiness has come to a brutal end. The family is forced to flee their house and find shelter in a neighboring ghetto, where they come to realized that the Gestapo is taking Jews away on trucks every night, never to be seen again.
The family makes a brave and difficult choice to flee to the dark forest. There, surrounded by animals, they know that this is their only chance of escaping the real beasts. They have no idea what will await them, but they know that doing nothing is not an option if they wish to survive.
Surviving the Forest is the second book in the “World War II Brave Women” series
Author: by Amira Keidar
Published at: Independently published (October 6, 2019)
A little girl is smuggled out of a Ghetto. Two courageous women. And an inspirational story of survival. In 1941, the height of World War II, in a Polish ghetto a baby girl named Rachel was born. Her parents, Jacob and Zippa, were willing to do anything to keep her alive.
They nicknamed her Lalechka. Just before Lalechka’s first birthday, the Nazis began to systematically murder everyone in the ghetto. Her father, understood that staying in the ghetto would mean certain death for his child. In a desperate but hope-filled move, Lalechka’s parents decided to save their daughter, no matter at what cost.
Jacob smuggled them outside the boundaries of the ghetto where Zippa’s Polish friends, Irena and Sophia, were waiting. She entrusted her beloved Lalechka to them and returned to the ghetto to remain with her husband and parents unaware of the fate that awaited her.
Irena and Sophia took on the burden of caring for Lalechka during the war, pretending that she was part of their family despite the grave danger of being discovered and executed. Lalechka is based on the unique journal written by the young mother during the annihilation of the ghetto, as well as on interviews with key figures in the story, rare documents, and authentic letters.
3. Man's Search for Meaning (OLD EDITION/OUT OF PRINT)
Author: by Viktor E. Frankl
Published at: Beacon Press; 1st edition (June 1, 2006)
THIS EDITION IS NO LONGER IN PRINT. Please get the regular edition ISBN: 9780807014271. This edition is no longer in print. Please check ISBN: 9780807014271 for the most recent edition. Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival.
Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose.
Frankl’s theory-known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos (“meaning”)-holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful. At the time of Frankl’s death in 1997, Man’s Search for Meaning had sold more than 10 million copies in twenty-four languages.
4. I Only Wanted to Live (A WW2 Jewish Boy Holocaust Survival True Story (World War II Memoir))
Author: by Arie Tamir
Published at: Independently published (September 26, 2019)
Three mass deportations.A death sentence. One remarkable story of survival. When Leosz was only six, his life changed unimaginably. World War II broke out in 1939, sweeping the young boy into the whirlwind of the Holocaust. For six long torturous years, Leosz witnessed and experienced every imaginable suffering: myriads of overcrowded transports headed for concentration camps, life on the streets of occupied Poland as an abandoned child, hiding from cruel Nazis, forced labor under conditions of starvation and the constant threat of death.
Only one thing kept him safehis unwavering will to go on living. This is the incredible and inspiring story of a little Jewish boy who managed to survive all possible levels of hell by clinging on to life.
5. Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project
Author: by Jack Mayer
Published at: Long Trail Press; 2nd Revised ed. edition (March 28, 2011)
During World War II, Irena Sendler, a Polish Catholic social worker, organized a rescue network of fellow social workers to save 2,500 Jewish children from certain death in the Warsaw ghetto. Incredibly, after the war her heroism, like that of many others, was suppressed by communist Poland and remained virtually unknown for 60 years.
Unknown, that is, until three high school girls from an economically depressed, rural school district in southeast Kansas stumbled upon a tantalizing reference to Sendler’s rescues, which they fashioned into a history project, a play they called Life in a Jar.
Their innocent drama was first seen in Kansas, then the Midwest, then New York, Los Angeles, Montreal, and finally Poland, where they elevated Irena Sendler to a national hero, championing her legacy of tolerance and respect for all people. Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project is a Holocaust history and more.
It is the inspirational story of Protestant students from Kansas, each carrying her own painful burden, each called in her own complex way to the history of a Catholic woman who knocked on Jewish doors in the Warsaw ghetto and, in Sendler’s own words, “tried to talk the mothers out of their children.” Inspired by Irena Sendler, they are living examples of the power of one person to change the world and models for young people everywhere.
6. My Name Is Vittoria
Author: by Dafna Vitale Ben Bassat
Published at: Independently published (December 29, 2019)
The fate of her entire family lies on her shoulders. Vittoria is a noble Jewish woman living in Northern Italy. With the onset of World War II, her life changes completely. When the Nazis invade her quiet town, Vittoria’s entire family is forced to flee and cross the border to Switzerland under fake identities.
But not everything goes according to plan. One of her children is not allowed to cross the border with the rest of the family and must be left behind. Now, Vittoria must make a critical decision that could scar her and her family forever.
This is the story of one unforgettable woman acting under impossible conditions, and that of the entire Italian Jewish community in the face of the Holocaust. It is a drama based on thorough research, interviews and original historical manuscripts about loss and despair, survival and human triumph.
This book will stay with you long after you put it down. My Name is Vittoria is the first book in the “World War II Brave Women” series.
7. The Jewish Spy
Author: by Hayuta Katzenelson
Published at: Independently published (February 4, 2020)
The chance to save many lives could cost her the loss of her own family.Poland, 1938. Eve of World War II. Rivka sends her husband and three beloved children to the United States, where they will find safe shelter from the war.
She tells everyone that she is staying behind to care for her aging parents, but her true motive is entirely different. For beyond her work as librarian, Rivka serves as a spy for the Jewish underground, a critical role in the changing reality in Europe.
Even when she receives letters describing her family’s desperate situation, her sense of commitment leaves her no choice. She understands that her brave decision may come at a painful price – losing her own family. The Jewish Spy is a historical drama; the story of a brave woman with remarkable determination and strength that will leave you breathless and inspired.
8. If I Survive: Nazi Germany and the Jews: 100-Year Old Lena Goldstein's Miracle Story (Faces of Eve)
Author: by Barbara Miller
Published at: Barbara Miller Books (January 11, 2019)
If I Survive.This thought haunted Lena. Her loved ones were cruelly forced from her arms in the Warsaw Ghetto in Poland and perished in Treblinka Death Camp. This is a true story of Holocaust survival. In ww2 books, it is a searing story of human rights abuses and genocide.
The story of Nazi Germany and the Jews is a story of anti-Semitism, Nazi concentration camps, gas chambers and World War 11 (wwii). The Warsaw ghetto where the Nazis had imprisoned the Jews was being emptied as Hitler’s Final Solution to murder all of European Jewry was put into action.
Lena kept thinking, It’s my turn next. As some Jews escaped Treblinka and exposed it as being a death camp not a labour camp, young men and women in the ghetto decided to make a stand. Lena helped in the resistance which became the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising by gathering light bulbs from empty houses which could be used for Molotov cocktails.
By a miracle, she escaped the ghetto before it became an inferno. But where could she hide? When it was over and she could walk free, the tears she had held back flooded out because she was all alone and there was no one to care that she had survived and no one to go to.
9. My Family's Survival: The true story of how the Shwartz family escaped the Nazis and survived the Holocaust
Author: by Aviva Gat
Published at: Independently published (January 21, 2019)
For the Shwartz family, survival was the only option. Their will to live, and a bit of luck, kept the family safe during the Holocaust, bringing them across Eastern Europe all the way to Israel. In 1937, the Shwartz family lived a calm life in their small village in Poland.
Fifteen-year-old Rachel liked to sing and go out dancing at a local night club, while her older brother David was busy running a farm and raising a family with his wife Hinda. But all that changed when the war reached Butla.
First, the Russians came and kicked them out of their house. Then, the Nazis came to cart them off. But the Shwartz family resisted. David decided that no matter what, his family would not be taken captive. Instead, he snuck his family out of their village, through a large forest, and into Hungary, a place that was supposed to be safe.
But that didn’t last long. Again the Shwartz family found themselves on the run, escaping prison, Nazis, and bombings. My Family’s Survival is the incredible true story of how the Shwartz family survived the Holocaust. It is a powerful tale of one family’s triumph during history’s darkest moments.
10. The Upside of Hunger: A True Tale
Author: by Roxi Harms
Published at: Bluebullseye LLC; 1st edition (July 7, 2018)
He fled his village in eastern Hungary to escape his father’s iron fist. But now, fighting for the SS, he’s facing starvation on the Eastern Front and the deluge of enemy fire from the Russian army is coming closer every hour.
The Upside of Hunger is the powerful story of Adam Baumann’s coming of age in the midst of WW2 and his journey toward manhood, from the rarely told perspective of a Hungarian-born German. EASTERN HUNGARY, 1941 desperate to escape his father’s iron fist, 12-year-old Adam fled.
But when his father traced him to the mountain village where he was living under the guise of an orphan, Adam knew he’d have to go farther next time. The military recruitment station in Vienna seemed like the perfect solution, and the age of their recruits no longer mattered to the Germans.
As autumn turned to winter and Adam lay terrified and starving in a frozen foxhole on the Eastern Front, he knew he’d made a horrible and deadly mistake. In front of him, enemy fire rained down from the approaching Russians.
11. Raking Light from Ashes (A WW2 Jewish Girl's Holocaust Survival True Story (World War II Memoir))
Author: by Relli Robinson
Published at: Independently published (September 4, 2019)
A young girl holding a false identity.Two families. And an incredible tale of survivalWhen Relli Robinson was just a baby, the Nazis occupied Poland and she, together with her parents, were imprisoned in the Warsaw Ghetto, a final stop before death.
Her parents correctly assessed the new situation and decided to commit a heroic act to save their only child’s life. They succesfully smuggled her out of the ghetto and entrusted her to a Gentile Polish couple who agreed to hide her for the duration of the war under a false identity.
Overnight, Relli became Lala. Yet hope did not remain alive for long. Destruction and devastation engulfed Poland and soon little Lala was forced to escape and hide along with her new parents, struggling to survive. This is the amazing story of Relli Robinson, who, thanks to kindhearted, courageous people and a tenacious capacity for survival, was able to get through the most difficult times in the history of humankind.
An orphan girl, she is the sole survivor of her entire family.
12. When She Came Back (A WW2 Historical Novel, Based on a True Story)
Author: by Yaron Reshef
Published at: Another Planet Publishing (July 21, 2020)
Would you risk everything to be home again?Poland, 1935. When Syma a young doctor, an independent woman with a mind of her own, decides to leave home and embark on an adventure in a strange land, she cannot imagine the powerful emotional whirlpool she’ll find herself in.
Daily life in Palestine is far from comfortable, replete with obstacles. The conflict between the lure of civilized, bourgeois life in Europe and the option of living the Zionist dream while embarking on a love affair is agonizing. She chooses to leave everything behind, and sails back home, to Poland.
When WWII breaks out and the situation of Europe’s Jews goes from bad to worse, Syma’s choice turns out to be unfortunate.November, 1942. In the midst of a harsh winter in Poland, Syma stands waiting at the railway station, on the same platform she was so familiar with in her previous life, a bygone reality.
As the train approaches the station, Syma grasps that this voyage will be different. Where is she headed now?
13. A Hungarian Portrait
Author: by Orly Krauss-Winer
Published at: Independently published (November 5, 2020)
What would you risk to save your little sister’s life?Hungary, 1944. Yoshke’s life is thrown into disarray. His wife Martha’s friend, a Nazi recruit, makes a split-second decision to send him to Mauthausen Concentration Camp, a decision that may seal his fate.
Martha, stunned and hurt, refuses to forget.Israel, present. The sudden illness of Noa, the Schwartz family’s youngest daughter, forces them to attain a significant sum of money for an urgent operation, and they are at a loss. Daria, the eldest sister, is the only one in the family who believes that the not so distant past of the intricate Hungarian family holds an old secret that could lead the way to saving her little sister’s life.
Armed with great determination, Daria embarks on a cross-continent journey to investigate the Schwartz dynasty’s origins. Slowly and patiently she manages to piece together this historical puzzle, while exposing her family’s extraordinary and chilling survival story during the World War II Holocaust, a story containing at its very core a dangerous romance of passion and betrayal between enemies who were once lovers.
14. Hitler: 1936-1945 Nemesis
Author: by Ian Kershaw
Published at: W W Norton & Co Inc (November 1, 2000)
Draws on previously unused sources, including Joseph Goebbel’s diaries, to encompass the the period beginning with the Nazi dictator’s attaining absolute power within Germany, through the second World War, to Hitler’s suicide.
15. The Secret Holocaust Diaries: The Untold Story of Nonna Bannister
Author: by Denise George
Published at: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; Illustrated edition (April 1, 2010)
Nonna Bannister carried a secret almost to her Tennessee grave: the diaries she had kept as a young girl experiencing the horrors of the Holocaust. This book reveals that story. Nonna’s childhood writings, revisited in her late adulthood, tell the remarkable tale of how a Russian girl from a family that had known wealth and privilege, then exposed to German labor camps, learned the value of human life and the importance of forgiveness.
This story of loss, of love, and of forgiveness is one you will not forget.
16. Together: A Journey for Survival
Author: by Ann S. Arnold
Published at: Avalerion Books (May 5, 2016)
The only way they would survive, was if they stayed TOGETHERSala Schonwetter lived the perfect life. Married to the man of her dreams, mother to two beautiful children, and a member of one of the most respected families in town; she had it all.
The year was 1939, and the world was about to change. In a heartbreaking instant, she traded her secure life, for one of unspeakable hardship, and danger. Nothing more than hunted prey, she relied on her inner strength and indomitable will to keep her children alive.
But would it be enough? One thing she knew for sure, she and her children would live or die .TOGETHER. Manek was six years old when his world collapsed. At first, he failed to see it but reality came into focus when his loving mother was forced to beat him to save his life.
Suddenly thrust into a new role as man of the house, would he be able to keep his family safe? He knew only one thing, they would survive if they could stay TOGETHER. In Together: A Journey for Survival, Ann Arnold shares her family’s journey through Poland’s countryside as a war of nations thunders around them.