Monday, November 6, 2023

4 Nonfiction Books to Read During Holocaust Education Week

Night by Elie Wiesel
Night is Elie Wiesel's masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. But Night offers much more than a litany of the daily terrors, everyday perversions, and rampant sadism at Auschwitz and Buchenwald; it also eloquently addresses many of the philosophical as well as personal questions implicit in any serious consideration of what the Holocaust was, what it meant, and what its legacy is and will be.” -Amazon

None Is Too Many: Canada and the Jews of Europe, 1933-1948 by Irving Abella, Harold Troper, et al.
“Today, we think of Canada as a compassionate, open country to which refugees from other countries have always been welcome. However, between the years 1933 and 1948, when the Jews of Europe were looking for a place of refuge from Nazi persecution, Canada refused to offer aid, let alone sanctuary, to those in fear for their lives.” -Amazon

The Cage by Ruth Minsky Sender
“A teenage girl recounts the suffering and persecution of her family under the Nazis, in a Polish ghetto, during deportation, and in a concentration camp.” - WorldCat

The Holocaust: Jews, Germany, and the National Socialists by James Norton
“The annihilation of Jews during WWII is perhaps the most widely known genocide in world history. (In fact, the term “genocide” was coined in the early 194s as a result of the systematic killings of Jews during WWII.) This book takes a close look at this particular period of history, from Hitler’s rise to power and the growth of anti-Semitism to the deportation and extermination of the Jews. It also discusses the end of the war, the Nuremberg trials, difficulties that survivors faced, and how the Holocaust continues to affect us today.” -Amazon