Reads for International Holocaust Remembrance Day

The United Nations General Assembly designated January 27—the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau—as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.  It is a day to honor the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other victims of Nazism. Here are some recent books on the subject available to borrow with your library card,  including inspirational survivor narratives and biographies to help commemorate the observance. (Note: All Descriptions are taken from the publishers) America And The Holocaust : A Documentary History by Rafael Medoff The first comprehensive volume to teach about America’s response to the Holocaust through visual media, America and the Holocaust: A Documentary History explores the complex subject through the lens of 100 important documents that help illuminate and amplify key episodes and issues. The Auschwitz Photographer : The Forgotten Story Of The WWII Prisoner Who Documented Thousands Of Lost Souls by Luca Crippa A hauntingly true story of a man who made sure the world couldn’t turn a blind eye to the Holocaust– Wilhelm Brasse, the photographer, who immortalized the horrific atrocities we should, and must, never forget. The Betrayal Of Anne Frank : A Cold Case Investigation by Rosemary Sullivan Using a new technology, recently discovered documents, and sophisticated investigative techniques, a retired FBI agent and a cold case team painstakingly pieced together the months leading to the infamous arrest of Anne Frank and her family–and came to a shocking conclusion. The Boy Who Drew Auschwitz : A Powerful True Story Of Hope And Survival by Thomas Geve In this unique living testimony, illustrated with nearly 80 color illustrations, a Holocaust survivor shares his experiences to honor the millions, including his friends, whose voices were silenced during the dark days of World War II. Come To This Court & Cry : How The Holocaust Ends by Linda Kinstler Investigating the death of Herberts Cukurs, a fugitive Nazi from Latvia who had served in her grandfather’s unit, and modern efforts to exonerate him for his past actions, the author explores both her family story and the legacy of the post-Holocaust era in Europe, and how that legacy extends into the present. The Daughter Of Auschwitz : My Story Of Resilience, Survival And Hope  by Tova Friedman and Malcolm Brabant  A powerful memoir by one of the youngest survivors of Auschwitz, Tova Friedman, following her childhood growing up during the Holocaust and surviving a string of near-death experiences in a Jewish ghetto, a Nazi labor camp, and Auschwitz. The Dressmakers Of Auschwitz : The True Story Of The Women Who Sewed To Survive by Lucy Adlington Drawing on a vast array of sources, including interviews with the last surviving seamstress, this powerful book tells the story of the brave women who used their sewing skills to survive the Holocaust, exposing the greed, cruelty and hypocrisy of the Third Reich. The Escape Artist : The Man Who Broke Out Of Auschwitz To Warn The World by Jonathan Freedland Freedland tells the incredible story of Rudolf Vrba–the first Jew to break out of Auschwitz, a man determined to warn the world and pass on a truth too few were willing to hear–elevating him to his rightful place in the annals of World War II alongside Anne Frank, Primo Levi, and Oskar Schindler and casting a new light on the Holocaust and its aftermath. Escape From The Ghetto : A Story Of Survival And Resilience In World War II by Chaim Herszman (as told to his son, John Carr) In early 1940 Chaim Herszman was locked into the Lódz Ghetto in Poland. Hungry, fearless, and determined, Chaim goes on scavenging missions outside the wire fence–where one day he is forced to kill a Nazi guard to protect his secret. That moment changes the course of his life and sets him on an unbelievable adventure across enemy lines. The Happiest Man On Earth : The Beautiful Life Of An Auschwitz Survivor by Eddie Jaku In this uplifting memoir, a Holocaust survivor pays tribute to those who were lost by telling his story, sharing his wisdom, and living his best possible life. Into The Forest : A Holocaust Story Of Survival, Triumph, and Love by Rebecca Frankel During the first ghetto massacre, Miriam Rabinowitz rescued a young boy named Philip by pretending he was her son. Nearly a decade later, a chance encounter at a wedding in Brooklyn would lead Philip to find the woman who saved him. And to discover her daughter Ruth was the love of his life. From a little-known chapter of Holocaust history, one family’s inspiring true story. Lily’s Promise : Holding On To Hope Through Auschwitz And Beyond–A Story For All Generations by Lily Ebert A ninety-eight-year-old Holocaust survivor–and TikTok sensation thanks to her great-grandson–relays the details of her harrowing experiences at Auschwitz and how, after losing so much, she was able to build a new life for her family and herself. One Hundred Saturdays : Stella Levi And The Search For A Lost World by Michael Frank The remarkable story of ninety-nine-year-old Stella Levi whose conversations with the writer Michael Frank over the course of six years bring to life the vibrant world of Jewish Rhodes, the deportation to Auschwitz that extinguished ninety percent of her community, and the resilience and wisdom of the woman who lived to tell the tale. The School That Escaped The Nazis : The True Story Of The Schoolteacher Who Defied Hitler by Deborah Cadbury Featuring moving firsthand testimony from surviving pupils, and drawing from letters, diaries, and present-day interviews, The School that Escaped the Nazis is a dramatic human tale that offers a unique perspective on Nazi persecution and the Holocaust. It is also the story of one woman’s refusal to allow her belief in a better world to be overtaken by hatred and violence. Shmuel’s Bridge : Following The Tracks To Auschwitz With My Survivor Father by Jason Sommer A memoir recounting the author’s trip with his survivor father to Eastern Europe to locate the bridge where his uncle was killed