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Fiction books in the Senior Library
Many of these books are about children and their experiences during the Holocaust.
I am David by
Call Number: F HOL
David's entire life has been spent in a grisly concentration camp in Eastern Europe. he knows nothing of the outside world but when he is given the chance to escape, he seizes it. Sensing his enemies are hot on his heels, David struggles to cope with this strange new world where his only resources are a compass, a few bread crumbs, his two aching feet and some vague advice to seek refuge in Denmark. Is that enough to survive?
Call Number: F SPI
He's a boy called Jew. Gypsy. Stopthief. Runt. Happy. Fast. Filthy son of Abraham. He's a boy who lives in the streets of Warsaw. Who steals food for himself and the orphans. Who believes in bread and mothers and angels. He's a boy who wants to be a Nazi someday, with tall, shiny jackboots and a gleaming eagle hat of his own. Until the day that suddenly makes him change his mind. And when the trains come to empty the Jews from the ghetto of the damned, he's a boy who realizes it's safest of all to be nobody
Run, Boy, Run by
Call Number: F ORL
And so, at only eight years old, Srulik Frydman says goodbye to his father for the last time and becomes Jurek Staniak, an orphan on the run in the Polish countryside at the height of the Holocaust. With the danger of capture by German soldiers ever-present, Jurek must fight against starvation, the punishing Polish winters, and widespread anti-Semitism as he desperately searches for refuge. Told with the unflinching honesty and unique perspective of such a young child, Run, Boy, Run is the extraordinary account of one boy's struggle to stay alive in the face of almost insurmountable odds;a story all the more incredible because it is true.
The Devil's Arithmetic by
Call Number: F YOL
Hannah thinks tonight's Passover Seder will be the same as always; Little does she know that this year she will be mysteriously transported into the past where only she knows the horrors that await.
The storm to come by
Call Number: F GLA
Yesterday, everything was normal. Today, they’ve taken your parents. Even your school isn’t safe. Who can you trust? As the Holocaust begins to unfold from a brutal plan into a nightmare reality, two boys, one German, one Jewish, find themselves living in a hell-on-earth. Children come home from school to find their parents gone, and no-one, but no-one can be trusted…
Call Number: F CRO
In this gripping graphic novel, artist Pascal Croci tells the horrifying story of the World War II concentration camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Based on extensive interviews with concentration camp survivors, the fictional story of a couple who lose a daughter at the camp and barely survive themselves is told with the immediacy and reality of actual historical events.
Non-fiction books in the Senior Library
The story of the Holocaust by
Call Number: 940.5318
Examines the events of the Holocaust within the context of World War II and Germany's economic and political history, while highlighting the main figures of the time
Hana's suitcase by
Call Number: 920 BRA
In March 2000, a suitcase arrived at a children's Holocaust education centre in Tokyo, Japan. Painted on the outside in white, were the words `Hana Brady, May 16, 1931' and `Waisenkind' - the German word for orphan. Everyone was desperate to discover the story of Hana - Who was she? What had happened to her? Keen to find out for herself, Fumiko Ishioka, the museum's curator, set off on a journey of discovery through three continents, and back to the darkest times of war torn Europe. This is the true story she gradually uncovered of Hana and her family, whose happy life in a small Czech town was turned upside down by the invasion of the Nazis
Adolf Hitler by
Call Number: 920 HIT
How did an unremarkable boy from rural Austria become the dictator who led Germany into a bloody world war? Follow Hitler's rise to power, through failure as a student to success as a speaker, and discover how his bitter determination led ultimately to destruction.
Call Number: 940.5317
This book tells the story of Auschwitz in a way that children and young people will understand. It gives a straightforward account of what actually happened behind the barbed wire
Under fire by
Call Number: 920 UND
Using taped interviews from the Imperial War Museum's Sound Archive, the author has gathered together this collection of accounts from people who grew up during the Second World War. As well as the British children's stories of evacuation and the Blitz, this book also includes memories from survivors of the Holocaust in Europe and from Germans who as children witnessed the near-total destruction of their country.
Call Number: 920 SPI
Maus I: A Survivor's Tale and Maus II - the complete story of Vladek Spiegelman and his wife, living and surviving in Hitler's Europe. By addressing the horror of the Holocaust through cartoons, the author captures the everyday reality of fear and is able to explore the guilt, relief and extraordinary sensation of survival - and how the children of survivors are in their own way affected by the trials of their parents.