Holocaust (1933-1945)

The Entertainer and the Dybbuk

By Sid Fleischman

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A struggling American ventriloquist in post-World War II Europe is possessed by the mischievous spirit of a young Jewish boy killed in the Holocaust. 

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The Devil's Arithmetic

By Jane Yolen

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Hannah resents stories of her Jewish heritage and of the past until, when opening the door during a Passover Seder, she finds herself in Poland during World War II where she experiences the horrors of a concentration camp, and learns why she-- and we--need to remember the past.

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The Boy Who Dared: A Novel Based on the True Story of a Hitler Youth

By Susan Campbell Bartoletti

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As 17-year-old Helmuth Hubener awaits the executioner, he recalls the actions that led to his death sentence: listening to English language radio and spreading pamphlets in Nazi Germany in the early 1940s. 

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Hana's Suitcase: A True Story

By Karen Levine

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A biography of a Czech girl who died in the Holocaust, told in alternating chapters with an account of how the curator of a Japanese Holocaust center learned about her life after Hana's suitcase was sent to her.

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A Childhood at War: The Stories of Uri Orlev

Imagine: the roads to your neighborhood are blocked by armed guards. You cannot leave without risking being shot. You have neighborhood stores, neighborhood meetings, and for a while, things go along in a scary way, and you get to the point where it seems almost normal. But people do disappear, a few at a time.

Every morning you follow your Dad into the rope factory where he and all the other men have been told to work. When your mother doesn’t come back home from visiting another walled off neighborhood, you don’t ask too many questions. She may come home, but she probably won’t. It’s better not to ask.