Friday, October 18, 2019

Books about the Holocaust

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There are, of course, many books on (or related to) the Holocaust. Here are some nonfiction works that I'd recommend checking out:


  1. The Terrible Secret: Suppression of the Truth about Hitler's "Final Solution" by Walter Laqueur
  2. The Path to Genocide by Christopher R. Browning
  3. Hitler's Bureaucrats: The Nazi Security Police and the Banality of Evil by Yaacov Lozowick
  4. Accounting for Genocide: National Responses and Jewish Victimization during the Holocaust by Helen Fein
  5. Night: A Memoir by Elie Wiesel
  6. The Holocaust: A New History by Laurence Rees
  7. Why? Explaining the Holocaust by Peter Hayes
  8. Legislating the Holocaust: The Bernhard Loesener Memoirs and Supporting Documents, edited by Karl A. Schleunes
  9. The Origins of The Final Solution: The Evolution of Nazi Jewish Policy, September 1939-March 1942 by Christopher R. Browning
  10. The Drowned and The Saved by Primo Levi
  11. Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi
  12. Facing the Extreme: Moral Life in the Concentration Camps by Tzvetan Todorov
  13. Becoming Eichmann: Rethinking the Life, Crimes, and Trial of a "Desk Murderer" by David Cesarani
  14. Interrogations: The Nazi Elite in Allied Hands, 1945 by Richard Overy
  15. The Nazi Conscience by Claudia Koonz
  16. Eichmann Before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer by Bettina Stangneth
  17. Moments of Reprieve: A Memoir of Auschwitz by Primo Levi
  18. The Psychology of Dictatorship by G.M. Gilbert
  19. Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland by Christopher R. Browning
  20. Fathoming the Holocaust: A Social Problems Approach by Ronald J. Berger
  21. Anatomy of Malice: The Enigma of the Nazi War Criminals by Joel E. Dimsdale
  22. The Holocaust: The Jewish Tragedy by Martin Gilbert
  23. Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder
  24. Eichmann in Jerusalem by Hannah Arendt
  25. Reflections on a Ravaged Century by Robert Conquest
  26. KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps by Nikolaus Wachsmann
  27. Into That Darkness: An Examination of Conscience by Gitta Sereny
  28. Shoah: An Oral History of the Holocaust by Claude Lanzmann
Some novels to consider:
  • The Wall by John Hersey
  • Treblinka by Jean-Fran├žois Steiner
  • Life with a Star by Jiri Weil
  • Mendelssohn is on the Roof by Jiri Weil
  • Mila 18 by Leon Uris
  • A Meal in Winter by Hubert Mingarelli
Updated with addition of A Meal in Winter and Shoah.]

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