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Holocaust Books: A Selective Bibliography

Benz, Wolfgang. The Holocaust: A German Historian Examines the Genocide. New York: Columbia UP, 1999.
D804.3 .B45413 1999
A brief introduction to the Holocaust written by a recognized authority. It begins with the discriminatory legislation of the 1930's and ends by examining what the German people really knew about the Genocide.

Berenbaum, Michael, and Abraham J. Peck, eds. The Holocaust and History: The Known, the Unknown, the Disputed, and the Reexamined. Bloomington, IN: Indiana UP and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 1998. D804.18 .H66 1998
An anthology of the authoritative scholarship about the Holocaust over the past 50 years. Research overviews about anti-Semitism, "The Allies and the Holocaust," and the role of various churches are described.

Bolkosky, Sidney. Searching for Meaning in the Holocaust. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2002.
D804.3 .B655 2002
The author challenges trite conclusions about the meaning of the Holocaust to substantiate his claim that more studies of the Holocaust are needed.

Browning, Christopher R. Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland. New York: HarperCollins, 1992.
D804.3 .B77 1992
Reserve Police Battalions were composed of men too old for regular military service. Members of Battalion 101 was given a chance to not participate in killings, without fear of punishment, but only a small percentage did so. Perhaps, then, obedience to authority and peer pressure explains their actions, rather than their belief in Nazi ideology.

Fleming, Gerald. Hitler and the Final Solution. Berkeley: U California P, 1994. D810.J4 F5413 1994
Demonstrates from research that Hitler was aware of and monitored the program of extermination of the Jews.

Friedlander, Albert H., ed. Out of the Whirlwind: A Reader of Holocaust Literature. New York: UAHC Press, 1999.
D804.3 .O87 1999
An Anthology of testimonies of prominent historians and writers who experienced and survived the Holocaust.

Friedländer, Saul. Nazi Germany and the Jews. New York: HarperCollins, 1997.
DS135.G3315 F75 1997 v.1
This book explains what happened to the half-million Jews who lived in Germany when Hitler came to power and examines why more Jews didn't leave Germany. The author spent his early years in Nazi-occupied Europe and is regarded as a distinguished historian.

Gross, Jan Tomasz. Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland. Princeton: Princeton UP, 2001.
DS135.P62 J444 2001
A professor from New York University has written this brief but shocking account of Polish-Jewish relations that examine responsibility and ethics in a new light.

Grossman, Mendel, Zvi Szner, and Alexander Sened eds. With a Camera in the Ghetto. New York: Schocken, 1977.
DS135.P62 L643513 1977
Photographs taken by one of the members of the Lodz ghetto that document the starvation and conditions before Grossman was evacuated to the work camps. He died shortly before the German surrender, at age 32.

Hamburg Institure for Social Research, ed. The German Army and Genocide: Crimes Against War Prisoners, Jews and Other Civilians in the East, 1939-1944. New York: New, 1999.
D757 .V4413 1999
Actual photographs taken by the soldiers documenting their own atrocities during the war on the Eastern front. The book is based on a German touring exhibition that opened in 1995 on the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II.

Hilberg, Raul. Perpetrators Victims Bystanders: The Jewish Catastrophe 1933-1945. New York: HarperPerennial, 1992.
D804 .3 .H56 1992
Hilberg is regarded as one of the foremost scholars of the Holocaust.

Klee, Ernst, Willi Dressen, and Volker Riess eds. "The Good Old Days": The Holocaust as seen by its Perpetrators and Bystanders. New York: Free, 1991. D804.3 .S3613 1991
Documents, letters, excerpts from diaries and confidential reports written by soldiers and witnesses to the Holocaust.

Korczak, Janusz. Ghetto Diary. New Haven: Yale UP, 2003.
DS135.P62 W272 2003
Korczak was a pediatrician and author who devoted his time in the Warsaw Ghetto to caring for orphans. He accompanied them to the gas chambers. The diary was written during his last 3 months in the Ghetto.

Kraft, Robert N. Memory Perceived: Recalling the Holocaust. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2002.
D804.195 .k73 2002
Otterbein Professor Robert Kraft's analysis of oral testimony from 129 survivors of the Holocaust that contributes to our understanding of traumatic memory and the lasting effects of such horrors.

Langer, Lawrence L. Admitting the Holocaust: Collected Essays. New York: Oxford UP, 1995.
D804.3 .L358 1995
A book that challenges the reader to reconsider accounts of the Holocaust from literature, history, film and theology, and to see the Holocaust as it really was.

---. Holocaust Testimonies: The Ruins of Memory. New Haven: Yale UP, 1991.
D804.3 .L36 1991
Langer studied the the oral video tapes from the Holocaust Testimonies archived in the Fotunoff collection and developed a technique to interpret memories which he divides into Deep Memory, Anguished Memory, Humiliated Memory, Tainted Memory and Unheroic Memory.

Laqueur, Walter, and Richard Breitman. Breaking the Silence. New York: Simon, 1986.
D810.J4 L276 1986
An investigation into the identity of the unidentified German industrialist who courageously revealed to the world the plans to exterminate the Jews.

Lindwer, Willy. The Last Seven Months of Anne Frank. New York: Pantheon, 1991.
DS135.N6 F734413 1991
Six women who survived the death camps provide eyewitness accounts of events leading to Anne Frank's death.

Lipstadt, Deborah E. Beyond Belief: The American Press and the Coming of the Holocaust, 1933-1945. New York: Free, 1986.
DS135.G33 L57
An extensively documented work written to reply to a student's challenge to the author, "I can't believe people could have read about all this in their daily papers.".

Marshall, Robert. In the Sewers of Lvov: A Heroic Story of Survival from the Holocaust. New York; Scribner's, 1991.
DS135.R93 L8955 1991
This is the history of a group of Jews who avoided capture by the Nazi's in Lvov, Poland - now Ukraine. They hid in the sewers and were given food and drinking water by a few Poles. It is an incredible story based on a manuscript of one of the survivors.

Newborn, Jud, and Annette Dumbach. Sophie Scholl and the White Rose. Oxford: Oneworld, 2006.
DD256 .3 .D85 2006
In the spring of 1942, 21 year-old Sophie Scholl left home to join her brother in Munich to study at the university. Nine months later, both had been killed as traitors.

Niewyk, Donald L., ed. The Holocaust: Problems and Perspectives of Interpretation. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1997.
D804.3 .H648 1997
A collection of writings by prominent scholars on topics such as "The Abandonment of the Jews" and "The Failure to Comprehend.".

Ofer, Dalia, and Lenore J. Weitzman, eds. Women in the Holocaust. New Haven, CT: Yale UP, 1998.
D804.47 .W66 1998
A collection of essays by women Holocaust survivors, historians, sociologists, a literature professor and other scholars that look at the vulnerability of women as bearers of the next generation of Jews, but also their role in Jewish society, and even those who were educated in Christian schools and better able to pass as gentiles.

Paxton, Robert O. The Anatomy of Fascism. New York: Knopf, 2004.
JC481 .P39 2004
Defines Fascism by the actions taken by a government or group, and recognizes that it can be attractive to Western Democracies.

Postone, Moishe, and Eric Santner, eds. Catastrophe and Meaning: The Holocust and the Twentieth Century. Chicago: U Chicago P, 2003.
D804 .3 .C376 2003
A compilation of 12 essays discuss current views of: History, Antisemitism and the Holocaust; The Holocaust and the Twentieth Century; Annihilation, Victimhood, Identity; and Trauma and the Limits of Representation.

Sierakowiak, Dawid. The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak: Five Notebooks from the Lódz Ghetto. Ed. Alan Adelson. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996. DS135.P62 L64434 1996
A translation of a diary of a young man whose diary began in 1939 just before his 15th birthday and ended in 1943, just before he turned 19. He died of tuberculosis, exhaustion and starvation.

Smith, Helmut Walser, ed. The Holocaust and Other Genocides: History, Representation, Ethics. Nashville TN: Vanderbilt UP, 2002.
D804.33 .H65 2002
This book is designed as a resource for Holocaust and information (documents, timeline, glossary) that continues to the genocides in Armenia, Bosnia and Rwanda. It provides a curriculum designed to further reflection on our history. Chapters also cover Literature, monuments, photographs, film discussion.

Spiegelman, Art. Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History. New York: Pantheon, 1991.
D810.J4 S643 1991
A shocking graphic novel in which Jews are portrayed as mice, and Germans as cats, but actually about the experience of the author's parents during the Holocaust, and his own coming to terms with his father.

---. Maus II: A Survivor's Tale : And here My Troubles Began. New York: Pantheon, 1991. D810.J4 S644 1991
A graphic novel and sequel to Maus I continuing the story of the relationship between Art Spiegelman and his father, a survivor of the Holocaust.

Tec, Nechama. When Light Pierced the Darkness: Christian Rescue of Jews in Nazi-Occupied Poland. New York: Oxford UP, 1986.
DS135.P6 T29 1986
The author survived the Holocaust in Poland by living with a Christian family and assuming the identity of a Christian. The book is based on the case histories of 500 "righteous Christians" who heroically sheltered Jews.

Yahil, Leni. The Holocaust: The Fate of European Jewry, 1932-1945. New York: Oxford UP, 1990.
D804.3 .Y3413 1990
Probably the most comprehensive history to date. It won the Shazar Prize for Jewish history, Israel's equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize.

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