- The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe
- Night by Elie Wiesel (Biography 921/Wiesel)
- Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wien
- An American Heroine in the French Resistance: The Diary and Memoir of Virginia d'Albert-Lake by Virginia d'Albert-Lake (Biography 921/D'Albert-Lake)
The New York Times Bestseller by Heather Morris is a touching true story of a young man from Slovakia who volunteers to go to what he is told is a work camp to work for the Germans because he is told that this will keep his family safe. In April 1942, Lale Sokolov is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners. At great risk to himself, he manages to use money and jewels passed to him from the belongs of murdered jews to get extra food and medicine for his fellow prisoners.
If you are interested in life in the Nazi concentration camp, try these books from the Turner Ashby Library collections;
The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe is based on the experiences of real-life Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraous. This is the incredible story of a girl who risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during ehe Holocaust.
Fourteen-year-old Dita is one of the many imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Taken, along with her mother and father, from the Terezín ghetto in Prague, Dita is adjusting to the constant terror that is life in the camp. When Jewish leader Freddy Hirsch asks Dita to take charge of the eight precious volumes the prisoners have managed to sneak past the guards, she agrees. And so Dita becomes the librarian of Auschwitz.
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If you are interested in other books about the Holocaust, try these titles from the Turner Ashby Library:
Refugee by Alan Gratz tackles topics both timely and timeless: courage, survival, and the quest for a safe home.
The story is told by three youngsters in alternating chapter. Josef is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for Cuba only to be turned away once they arrive. Isabel is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft, hoping to find safety in America. Mahmoud is a Syrian boy in 2015. With his homeland torn apart by violence and destruction, he and his family begin a long trek toward Europe. All three kids go on harrowing journeys in search of refuge. All will face unimaginable dangers -- from drownings to bombings to betrayals. But there is always the hope of tomorrow. Although Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud are separated by continents and decades, shocking connections will tie their stories together in the end.
This is the first novel I have read by Alan Gratz, but it will not be the last. You might be interested in these other books by Alan Gratz which are part the TA Library collection.
We Were the Lucky Ones: A Novel by Georgia Hunter is the remarkable story of the Kurc family who, against all odds, survived the Holocaust intact.
In 1939, increasing hardships threatens Jews in their hometown of Radom, Poland. Soon the horrors overtaking Europe became inescapable. The Kurcs found themselves flung to the far corners of the world, each desperately trying to navigate his or her own path to safety. Eventually, the entire found their ways back together again.
If you like this type of book, check out other similar reads available in the TAHS library.
I am a former high school English teacher and now a high school librarian.