Best Teen & Young Adult Holocaust History Books

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1. The Diary of a Young Girl. Anne Frank

Author: by Anne Frank
Puffin Books

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A thrilling spy mission, a moving Holocaust story, and a first-class work of narrative nonfiction. This Sydney Taylor Book Award- and YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award-winning story of Eichmann’s capture is now a major motion picture starring Oscar Isaac and Ben Kingsley, Operation Finale!

In 1945, at the end of World War II, Adolf Eichmann, the head of operations for the Nazis’ Final Solution, walked into the mountains of Germany and vanished from view. Sixteen years later, an elite team of spies captured him at a bus stop in Argentina and smuggled him to Israel, resulting in one of the century’s most important trials – one that cemented the Holocaust in the public imagination.

This is the thrilling and fascinating story of what happened between these two events. Illustrated with powerful photos throughout, impeccably researched, and told with powerful precision, THE NAZI HUNTERS is a can’t-miss work of narrative nonfiction for middle-grade and YA readers.

3. Four Perfect Pebbles: A True Story of the Holocaust

Author: by Lila Perl
Greenwillow Books
160 pages

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The twentieth-anniversary edition of Marion Blumenthal Lazan’s acclaimed Holocaust memoir features new material by the author, a reading group guide, a map, and additional photographs. The writing is direct, devastating, with no rhetoric or exploitation. The truth is in what’s said and in what is left out.

ALA Booklist (starred review) Marion Blumenthal Lazan’s unforgettable and acclaimed memoir recalls the devastating years that shaped her childhood. Following Hitler’s rise to power, the Blumenthal familyfather, mother, Marion, and her brother, Albertwere trapped in Nazi Germany. They managed eventually to get to Holland, but soon thereafter it was occupied by the Nazis.

For the next six and a half years the Blumenthals were forced to live in refugee, transit, and prison camps, including Westerbork in Holland and Bergen-Belsen in Germany, before finally making it to the United States. Their story is one of horror and hardship, but it is also a story of courage, hope, and the will to survive.

4. The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia

Author: by Esther Hautzig
256 pages

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This is the remarkable true story of a family during one of the bleakest periods in history, a story that “radiates optimism and the resilience of the human spirit” (Washington Post). In June 1941, the Rudomin family is arrested by the Russians.

They are accused of being capitalists, enemies of the people. Forced from their home and friends in Vilna, Poland, they are herded into crowded cattle cars. Their destination: the endless steppe of Siberia. For five years, Esther and her family live in exile, weeding potato fields, working in the mines, and struggling to stay alive.

But in the middle of hardship and oppression, the strength of their small family sustains them and gives them hope for the future. The first winner of the Sydney Taylor Awards was Esther Hautzig’s The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia, and 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of this powerful classic.

NOTE:Now with new cover

5. Man's Search for Meaning: Young Adult Edition: Young Adult Edition

Author: by Viktor E. Frankl
Beacon Press

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A young adult edition of the best-selling classic about the Holocaust and finding meaning in suffering, with a photo insert, a glossary of terms, a chronology of Frankl’s life, and supplementary letters and speechesViktor E. Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning is a classic work of Holocaust literature that has riveted generations of readers.

Like Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl and Elie Wiesel’s Night, Frankl’s masterpiece is a timeless examination of life in the Nazi death camps. At the same time, Frankl’s universal lessons for coping with suffering and finding one’s purpose in life offer an unforgettable message for readers seeking solace and guidance.

This young adult edition features the entirety of Frankl’s Holocaust memoir and an abridged version of his writing on psychology, supplemented with photographs, a map of the concentration camps, a glossary of terms, a selection of Frankl’s letters and speeches, and a timeline of his life and of important events in the Holocaust.

6. World War II History for Teens: Understanding the Major Battles, Military Strategy, and Arc of War (History for Teens series)

Author: by Benjamin Mack-Jackson
168 pages

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Explore WWII from the front lines in this teen history book Help history come alive in a way that’s easy for teens to connect with and enjoy. World War II History for Teens dives deep into the major battles, providing a core, compelling framework that allows teens to better understand what really happened during the war.

From the conquest of Europe all the way through the end of the Pacific Theater, they’ll get an up-close look at the course of the Second World War and learn how it created the world they live in today. World War II History for Teens includes: Key WWII battlesRead through detailed accounts of the most important battles, the moments that decided their outcomes, and how these results shaped the war.

Critical thinkingAn exciting narrative engages readers while also providing the information they need to draw their own conclusions about the impact of WWII. Closer looksWorld War II History for Teens helps readers go even deeper with special features on military technology, how many of the war’s key decisions were made, and more.

7. Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow (Scholastic Focus)

Author: by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
384 pages

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A Newbery and Sibert Honor Book! A riveting and often chilling story of Germany’s powerful Hitler Youth. A PB edition in an accessible new novel-sized reformat for Scholastic Focus! In this Newbery Honor and Sibert Honor award-winning book, Susan Campbell Bartoletti explores the riveting and often chilling story of Germany’s powerful Hitler Youth groups.

By the time Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in 1933, 3. 5 million children belonged to the Hitler Youth. It would become the largest youth group in history. Susan Campbell Bartoletti explores how Hitler gained the loyalty, trust, and passion of so many of Germany’s young people.

Her research includes telling interviews with surviving Hitler Youth members.”I begin with the young. We older ones are used up … But my magnificent youngsters! Look at these men and boys!What material! With them, I can create a new world.” – Adolf Hitler, Nuremberg 1933

8. Games of Deception: The True Story of the First U.S. Olympic Basketball Team at the 1936 Olympics in Hitler's Germany

Author: by Andrew Maraniss
256 pages

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“Rivaling the nonfiction works of Steve Sheinkin and Daniel James Brown’s The Boys in the Boat…. Even readers who don’t appreciate sports will find this story a page-turner.” -School Library Connection, starred review*”A must for all library collections.” -Booklist, starred reviewWinner of the 2020 AJL Sydney Taylor Honor!

From the New York Times bestselling author of Strong Inside comes the remarkable true story of the birth of Olympic basketball at the 1936 Summer Games in Hitler’s Germany. Perfect for fans of The Boys in the Boat and Unbroken. On a scorching hot day in July 1936, thousands of people cheered as the U.S.

Olympic teams boarded the S.S. Manhattan, bound for Berlin. Among the athletes were the 14 players representing the first-ever U.S. Olympic basketball team. As thousands of supporters waved American flags on the docks, it was easy to miss the one courageous man holding a BOYCOTT NAZI GERMANY sign.

But it was too late for a boycott now; the ship had already left the harbor. 1936 was a turbulent time in world history. Adolf Hitler had gained power in Germany three years earlier. Jewish people and political opponents of the Nazis were the targets of vicious mistreatment, yet were unaware of the horrors that awaited them in the coming years.

9. I Have Lived A Thousand Years: Growing Up In The Holocaust

Author: by Livia Bitton-Jackson
234 pages

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What is death all about? What is life all about? So wonders thirteen-year-old Elli Friedmann as she fights for her life in a Nazi concentration camp. A remarkable memoir, I Have Lived a Thousand Years is a story of cruelty and suffering, but at the same time a story of hope, faith, perseverance, and love.

It wasn’t long ago that Elli led a normal life that included family, friends, school, and thoughts about boys. A life in which Elli could lie and daydream for hours that she was a beautiful and elegant celebrated poet. But these adolescent daydreams quickly darken in March 1944, when the Nazis invade Hungary.

First Elli can no longer attend school, have possessions, or talk to her neighbors. Then she and her family are forced to leave their house behind to move into a crowded ghetto, where privacy becomes a luxury of the past and food becomes a scarcity.

Her strong will and faith allow Elli to manage and adjust, but what she doesn’t know is that this is only the beginning. The worst is yet to come…

10. Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz

Author: by Michael Bornstein
Square Fish
368 pages

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The New York Times-bestselling incredible true story of Michael Bornsteinwho at age 4 was one of the youngest children to be liberated from the Auschwitz concentration campand of his familyBoth moving and memorable, combining the emotional resolve of a memoir with the rhythm of a novel.

New York Times Book ReviewIn 1945, in a now-famous piece of World War II archival footage, four-year-old Michael Bornstein was filmed by Soviet soldiers as he was carried out of Auschwitz in his grandmother’s arms. Survivors Club tells the unforgettable story of how a father’s courageous wit, a mother’s fierce love, and one perfectly timed illness saved his life, and how others in his family from Zarki, Poland, dodged death at the hands of the Nazis time and again with incredible deftness.

Working from his own recollections as well as extensive interviews with relatives and survivors who knew the family, Michael relates his inspirational Holocaust survival story with the help of his daughter, Debbie Bornstein Holinstat. Shocking, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting, this narrative nonfiction offers an indelible depiction of what happened to one Polish village in the wake of the WWII German invasion in 1939.

11. In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer

Author: by Irene Gut Opdyke
288 pages

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“No matter how many Holocaust stories one has read, this one is a must, for its impact is so powerful.”-School Library Journal, starredI did not ask myself, “Should I do this?” but “How will I do this?”Through this intimate and compelling memoir, we are witness to the growth of a hero.

Much like The Diary of Anne Frank, In My Hands has become a profound testament to individual courage. You must understand that I did not become a resistance fighter, a smuggler of Jews, a defierof the SS and the Nazis, all at once.

When the war began, Irene Gut was just seventeen: a student nurse, a Polish patriot, a good Catholic girl. Forced to work in a German officiers’ dining hall, she learns how to fight back. One’s first steps are always small: I had begun by hiding food under a fence.

Irene eavesdropped on the German’s plans. She smuggled people out of the work camp. And she hid twelve Jews in the basement of a Nazi major’s home. To deliver her friends from evil, this young woman did whatever it took-even the impossible.

12. Surviving the Angel of Death: The True Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz

Author: by Eva Mozes Kor
215 pages

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Eva Mozes Kor was just ten years old when she arrived in Auschwitz. While her parents and two older sisters were taken to the gas chambers, she and her twin, Miriam, were herded into the care of the man known as the Angel of Death, Dr. Josef Mengele.

Subjected to sadistic medical experiments, she was forced to fight daily for her and her twin’s survival. In this incredible true story written for young adults, readers learn of a child’s endurance and survival in the face of truly extraordinary evil and Eva’s recovery and her controversial but often misunderstood decision to publicly forgive the Nazis.

Readers will learn of how she triumphed over unfathomable pain and suffering into a life-long work for peace, human rights, and Holocaust education. The new edition provides interesting details and important context to the events related in the original story.

A new Afterword by publisher Peggy Porter Tierney offers a richer portrayal of Eva as a person, the truth behind the controversies, and the eventful last ten years of her life.

13. Unlikely Warrior

Author: by Georg Rauch
Square Fish
348 pages

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As a young adult in wartime Vienna, Georg Rauch helped his mother hide dozens of Jews from the Gestapo behind false walls in their top-floor apartment and arrange for their safe transport out of the country. His family was among the few who worked underground to resist Nazi rule.

Then came the day he was drafted into Hitler’s army and shipped out to fight on the Eastern front as part of the German infantryin spite of his having confessed his own Jewish ancestry. Thus begins the incredible journey of a nineteen year old thrust unwillingly into an unjust war, who must use his smarts, skills, and bare-knuckled determination to stay alive in the trenches, avoid starvation and exposure during the brutal Russian winter, survive more than one Soviet labor camp, and somehow find his way back home.

Unlikely Warrior is Rauch’s true account of this extraordinary adventure.

14. Somewhere There Is Still a Sun: A Memoir of the Holocaust

Author: by Michael Gruenbaum
384 pages

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Resilience shines throughout Michael Gruenbaum’s riveting memoir (Publishers Weekly, starred review) about his time in the Terezin concentration camp during the Holocaust, in this National Jewish Book award finalist and Parents Choice Gold Medal Awardwinning title, an ideal companion to the bestselling Boy on the Wooden Box.

Michael Misha Gruenbaum enjoyed a carefree childhood playing games and taking walks through Prague with his beloved father. All of that changed forever when the Nazis invaded Prague. The Gruenbaum family was forced to move into the Jewish Ghetto in Prague.

Then, after a devastating loss, Michael, his mother and sister were deported to the Terezin concentration camp. At Terezin, Misha roomed with forty other boys who became like brothers to him. Life in Terezin was a bizarre, surreal balancesome days were filled with friendship and soccer matches, while others brought mortal terror as the boys waited to hear the names on each new list of who was being sent to the East.

15. Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl (Turtleback Binding Edition)

Author: by Anne Frank
304 pages

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A young girl’s journal records her family’s struggles during two years of hiding from the Nazis in war-torn Holland. The well-known story of Anne Frank has been translated into 70 languages, been made into a movie, and continues to be famous throughout the world.

Turtleback binding is a highly durable alternative to a hardcover or paperback book. The comprehensive cover reinforcement process will drastically combat wear and tear, keeping your favorite books in great condition for years to come! Turtleback books are ideal for any reader, or for use in schools or libraries.

16. We Are Witnesses: Five Diaries Of Teenagers Who Died In The Holocaust

Author: by Jacob Boas
Square Fish
208 pages

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The five diarists in this book did not survive the war. But their words did. Each diary reveals one voice, one teenager coping with the impossible. We see David Rubinowicz struggling against fear and terror. Yitzhak Rudashevski shows us how Jews clung to culture, to learning, and to hope, until there was no hope at all.

Moshe Ze’ev Flinker is the voice of religion, constantly seeking answers from God for relentless tragedy. Eva Heyman demonstrates the unquenchable hunger for life that sustained her until the very last moment. And finally, Anne Frank reveals the largest truth they all left for us: Hitler could kill millions, but he could not destroy the human spirit.

These stark accounts of how five young people faced the worst of human evil are a testament, and an inspiration, to the best of the human soul.