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The Best Books About The Holocaust 

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List of best books about the Holocaust, including jacket cover images when available. All these popular books on the Holocaust are sorted by popularity, so the highest rated books are at the top of the list. This well-researched Holocaust bibliography includes out-of-print titles and generally contains the most popular, famous, or otherwise notable books - fiction or non-fiction - about the Holocaust. If you're looking for a list of top books on the Holocaust then you're in the right place.

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This greatest Holocaust book list contains various bits of information, such as the author's names and what genre the books fall under. Most of these Holocaust books can be bought on Amazon with one easy click.

The Holocaust is a topic that both William Styron and Saul Friedländer have written books about, as have other fantastic authors.

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Night is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Books About The Holocaust
Elie Wiesel

First Published: 1955

Subjects: Literary, Entertainment, Poland, Modern history, World War II, + more

Genres (Book): Children's literature, Biography, Fiction, Autobiography, Novel, + more

Original Language: Yiddish Language

Night is a work by Elie Wiesel about his experience with his father in the Nazi German concentration camps at Auschwitz and Buchenwald in 1944–45, at the height of the Holocaust toward the end ...more

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#171 of 314 The Top Must-Read Books of All Time #3 of 127 The Best Autobiographies Ever Writtenlisted on The Best Selling Books of All Time

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The Diary of a Young Gir... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Books About The Holocaust
Anne Frank

First Published: 1947

Subjects: Netherlands in World War II, Otto Frank, World War II, Hannah Pik-Goslar, Sol Kimel, + more

Genres (Book): Children's literature, Biography, Autobiography, High fantasy

Original Language: Dutch Language

The Diary of a Young Girl is a book of the writings from the Dutch language diary kept by Anne Frank while she was in hiding for two years with her family during the Nazi occupation of the ...more

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#35 of 314 The Top Must-Read Books of All Time #1 of 127 The Best Autobiographies Ever Writtenlisted on The Best Selling Books of All Time

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Angel at the Fence is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Books About The Holocaust
Herman Rosenblat

Subjects: Romance novel, Memoir, The Holocaust

Original Language: American English

Angel at the Fence: The True Story of a Love That Survived, written by Herman Rosenblat, was a fictitious Holocaust memoir purporting to tell the true story of the author's reunion with, and ...more
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The Book Thief is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Books About The Holocaust
dreapress added Markus Zusak

First Published: 2006-03

Subjects: Storytelling, Death, History, Germany

Genres (Book): Historical fiction, Fiction, Young adult literature, Novel

Original Language: English Language, German Language

The Book Thief is a novel by Australian author Markus Zusak. First published in 2005, the book has won numerous awards and was listed on The New York Times Best Seller list for over 230 weeks.

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#91 of 314 The Top Must-Read Books of All Time #94 of 1,294 The Best Novels Ever Written #17 of 41 The Best Young Adult Adventure Books

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Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Books About The Holocaust
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Born Survivors: Three Yo... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Books About The Holocaust
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The Hiding Place is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Books About The Holocaust
LauraNewburg added Corrie ten Boom

First Published: 1971-11

Subjects: Corrie ten Boom

Genres (Book): Non-fiction, Autobiography

Original Language: English Language

The Hiding Place is a 1971 book on the life of Corrie ten Boom, written by ten Boom together with John and Elizabeth Sherrill. The idea of a book on ten Boom's life began as John and Elizabeth ...more
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The Zookeeper's Wife is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Books About The Holocaust
Diane Ackerman

First Published: 2007-09-04

Subjects: The Holocaust

Genres (Book): Non-fiction, Biography, History

Original Language: English Language

The Zookeeper's Wife is a non-fiction book written by the poet and naturalist Diane Ackerman. Drawing on the unpublished diary of Antonina Żabińska, it recounts the true story of how she and her ...more
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Maus is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Books About The Holocaust
Art Spiegelman

First Published: 1986-01-01

Subjects: Literary, Europe, Poland, Vladek Spiegelman, Modern history, + more

Genres (Book): Biography, Autobiography

The Complete Maus is a book written by Art Spiegelman.

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#15 of 159 The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions #310 of 826 Books That Changed Your Life #2 of 14 The Best Graphic Novels Not About Superheroes

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The Night Trilogy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Books About The Holocaust
Elie Wiesel

Subjects: Literary, Europe, Literature, Classics, Modern history, + more

Genres (Book): Biography, Fiction

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Survival In Auschwitz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Books About The Holocaust
Primo Levi

First Published: 1956

Subjects: Literary, Poland, Judaism, Italy, Modern history, + more

Genres (Book): Autobiographical novel, Memoir

Original Language: Italian Language

If This Is a Man is a work by the Italian Jewish writer Primo Levi. It describes his arrest as a member of the Italian anti-fascist resistance during the Second World War, and his incarceration ...more
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The Journal of Hé... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Books About The Holocaust
dreapress added Hélène Berr
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Holocaust memoirs is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Books About The Holocaust
recommendebook added Gabriella Kovac

First Published: June 11, 2014

Genres (Book): Holocaust

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Hitler's Willing Executi... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Books About The Holocaust
Daniel Goldhagen

First Published: 1996

Subjects: The Holocaust

Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust is a 1996 book by American writer Daniel Goldhagen, in which he argues that the vast majority of ordinary Germans were ...more
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In My Hands is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Books About The Holocaust
Jennifer Armstrong

Subjects: Europe, Poland, Women, The Holocaust, History

Genres (Book): Children's literature, Biography

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A Lucky Child is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Books About The Holocaust
Thomas Buergenthal

Subjects: The Holocaust

A Lucky Child is a memoir written by Thomas Buergenthal, in the vein of Night by Elie Wiesel or My Brother’s Voice by Stephen Nasser, in which he recounts the astounding story of his surviving ...more
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Sonia's Song is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Books About The Holocaust
Trivia Wiz added Sonia Korn-Grimani

First Published: 2012

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Babi Yar is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Books About The Holocaust
Anatoly Kuznetsov
Babi Yar: A Document in the Form of a Novel is an internationally acclaimed documentary novel by Anatoly Kuznetsov about the Babi Yar massacre. The two-day murder of 33,771 Jewish civilians on ...more
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The Years of Exterminati... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Books About The Holocaust
Saul Friedländer

First Published: 2007-04-10

Subjects: Military history, Final Solution, The Holocaust

Genres (Book): Non-fiction

Original Language: German Language

The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945 is the second volume of Saul Friedländer's history of Nazi Germany and the Jews. It describes the German extermination ...more
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Sophie's Choice is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Books About The Holocaust
William Styron

First Published: 1979

Subjects: The Holocaust, Survivor guilt

Genres (Book): Novel

Original Language: English Language

Sophie's Choice is a 1979 novel by American author William Styron. It concerns the relation between three people sharing a boarding house in Brooklyn: Stingo, a young aspiring writer from the ...more

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#62 of 183 The Greatest American Novels #166 of 1,294 The Best Novels Ever Written #243 of 826 Books That Changed Your Life

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Thanks to My Mother is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Books About The Holocaust

Subjects: The Holocaust

Thanks to My Mother is the memoir of Schoschana Rabinovici, née Susanne Weksler, a young Jewish girl from Vilnius, Lithuania. The book gives a rare, detailed view of Jewish life in ...more
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Neighbors: The Destructi... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Books About The Holocaust
Jan T. Gross

First Published: 2001

Subjects: Jedwabne pogrom, The Holocaust

Genres (Book): Non-fiction

Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland is a 2001 book by Princeton University historian Jan T. Gross exploring the July 1941 Jedwabne massacre committed against ...more
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The Last of the Just is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Books About The Holocaust
Andre Schwarz-Bart

First Published: 1960

Subjects: France, Final Solution, The Holocaust

Genres (Book): Novel

The Last of the Just is a book by Andre Schwarz-Bart.
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The Boys is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Books About The Holocaust
Martin Gilbert

Subjects: Poland, World, Modern history, World War II, Hungary, + more

Genres (Book): Biography, Autobiography

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Voyage of the Damned is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Books About The Holocaust
Voyage of the Damned is a 1976 drama film written by Gordon Thomas, Max Morgan Witts and Steve Shagan and directed by Stuart Rosenberg.