Books on Holocaust

I’ve read quite a few books on Holocaust, so I’m making a round-up of them, with a few details about each one and links to the reviews.

Books on Holocaust

In this round-up I included all the books I’ve read on Holocaust and I will update this post when I’ll read more relevant books. Some are new, some books were written many years ago, and one is controversial. I wasn’t sure if I should include it or not. I’m, obviously, talking about Mein Kampf. In the end I’ve decided to include it because it is important and relevant to see one of the ways this horrible ethnic cleansing started. I also think that Mein Kampf is an important book, as a primary source. So, I’ll start with it, also because it was the first book I’ve reviewed on this blog. The reviews are linked in the name of the book.

Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler

Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler

My rating: 3/5 Stars
Genre(s): Autobiography
Pages: 620

The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman

The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman
This is one of the older books, first edition being published in 2008. I’ve loved the book. It is so emotional and lovely and their courage is inspiring. It is a must read.

My rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre(s): Non-fiction. Biography
Pages: 368

A Crime in the Family by Sacha Batthyany

A Crime in the Family by Sacha Batthyany
Batthyany is a Swiss journalist with a Hungarian heritage. His parents were part of the aristocracy and this makes the book very interesting. His style is a bit different and it makes the book fascinating.

My rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre(s): Memoirs
Pages: 213

Swimming Across A Memoir by Andrew S. Grove

Swimming Across: A Memoir by Andrew S. Grove
Grove was a Hungarian Jew that lived through Holocaust, only to be forced to leave the country to escape the communists. He published his memoir in 2001. If you don’t know who he is, well, he was one of the most important people at Intel and, in part, is due to him that we all enjoy our laptops with that “Intel inside” stickers on them.
The book is lovely and interesting and shows how bad both extreme ideologies are.

My rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre(s): Memoir
Pages: 304

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
This book was published last year. It is the story of Lale and his memories of what happened in Auschwitz. It is an emotional read, as all the books about what happened in the concentration camps are. I’ve enjoyed it a lot and there are lovely moments in the book as well, for example, when he meets his future wife.

My rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre(s): Historical fiction
Pages: 277

The Cut Out Girl by Bart van Es

The Cut Out Girl by Bart van Es
This book won The Costa Book of the Year in 2018 and it’s obvious why. The book is well researched and van Es discloses some rather delicate aspects, despite being about someone from his own family. His situation is unusual, as his grandparents were the ones that helped the little girl he writes about. I also learned a few things about what happened in the Netherlands at that time, with 80% of Jews dying there, compared with the rest of the western world.

My rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre(s): Biography
Pages: 281

The boy who followed his father into Auschwitz by Jeremy Dronfield
The true story of Gustav and his son Fritz, imprisoned by SS in concentration camps from 1939 and until the end of the WWII. It is such a remarkable story, and written in a great manner. Dronfield did extensive research and checked all the facts. Also, this book is quite descriptive and it can be hard to read at times, but that makes it even more amazing in my mind.

My rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre(s): History
Pages: 416

The librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe
The librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe
A book about Dita Kraus, a teenager that played an important part in the children’s block at Auschwitz, she was a librarian. It is a good book, maybe not as good at others, but still worth reading.
My rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Genre(s): Fiction
Pages: 416



1 thought on “Books on Holocaust”

  • I like that you’ve made a place to link these all together. I’ve only read The Zookeeper’s Wife, but do have The Tattooist of Auschwitz on my wish list. Some of these others look very interesting, too.
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