My grandfather’s family came from Mariampole, Lithuania. We assume that the relatives left behind in World War II were all killed in the Holocaust. You can read the other side of the postcard that my grandfather sent in 1928 on this post.
As today is Holocaust Day or Yom HaShoa, here is a list of books I read that have the Holocaust as a theme:
- Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
- They Called me Mayer July: Painted Memories of a Jewish Childhood in Poland Before the Holocaust by Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett (true stories with artwork)
- Stronger Than Iron: The Destruction of Vilna Jewry 1941 1945: An Eyewitness Account by Mendel Balberyszski
- Maus I: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman (graphic novel)
- Gertruda’s Oath: A Child, a Promise, and a Heroic Escape During World War II
by Ram Oren, Barbara Harshav (Translation)
- The Violin of Auschwitz: A Novel
by Maria Àngels Anglada, Martha Tennent (Translator)
- Badenheim 1939
by Aharon Appelfeld, Dalya Bilu (translator) (I would recommend any book by Aharon Appelfeld, but this is one of his best known works. And it’s short, a novella).
- The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco (loosely related to the Holocaust – it is a strange historical novel about The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. One of the themes of this novel is modern antisemitism).
I used GoodReads to keep track of the books I read; feel free to friend me there. Have you read any Holocaust books that you want to share?
Many of the survivors of the Holocaust have since died; even some of the child survivors are no longer alive. It is up to us who have heard their tales to carry on their stories.