There is a wealth of material available covering the many different aspects of the Holocaust, genocide and discrimination.  Listed here are a few of the books – including fact, fiction, drama and poetry – that we think are helpful for those interested in finding out more about the issues raised by Holocaust Memorial Day. 

The majority of these books are available on commonly used bookselling websites – books which are not have contact details for where you can purchase them.

On our website we have a number of book reviews based on many of the books below. 

You can download a copy of the Bibliography here.


The Holocaust & Nazi Persecution

A House Next Door to Trauma: Learning from Holocaust Survivors How to Respond to Atrocity – Judith Hassan

A Social History of the Third Reich – Richard Grunberger

Address Unknown – Kressman Taylor

After Daybreak: The Liberation of Belsen 1945 – Ben Shephard

After Such Knowledge – Eva Hoffman

After the Holocaust: Jewish Survivors in Germany after 1945 – Eva Kolinsky

Aimee & Jaguar – Erica Fischer

Auschwitz: A History – Sybille Steinbacher

Austerlitz – W.G. Sebald

British Jewry and the Holocaust – Richard Bolchover

By Trust Betrayed: Patients, Physicians and the License to kill in the

Children with a Star: Jewish Youth in Nazi Europe – Deborah Dwork

Confronting the ‘Good Death’: Nazi Euthanasia on Trial, 1945 – 1953’ – Michael S. Bryan

Deaf People in Hitler’s Europe – Donna F. Ryan

Disturbance of the Inner Ear – Joyce Hackett
Forgotten Crimes: The Holocaust and People with Disabilities – Suzanne Evans

From Prejudice to Genocide: Learning about the Holocaust – Carrie Supple

Fugitive Pieces – Anne Michaels

Hitler’s Black Victims: The Historical Experience of Afro-Germans, European Blacks, Africans and African Americans in the Nazi Era – Clarence Lusane

Holocaust Poetry – Hilda Schiff – available from

In the Shadow of the Holocaust: The Second Generation – Aaron Hass

Jehovah’s Witnesses: Stand Firm against Nazi Assault –available from

Maus – Art Spiegelman

My Enemy’s Cradle – Sara Young

Neighbours: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland – Jan T. Gross

Nicholas Winton and the Rescued Generation – Muriel Emmanuel & Vera Gissing

Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland – Christopher R Browning

Perpetrators, Victims and Bystanders – Raul Hilberg

Refusal – Soazig Aaron

Righteous Gentiles of the Holocaust: Genocide and Moral Obligation – David P. Gushee

Schindler’s Ark – Thomas Keneally

Settela – Aad Wagenaar

Settela’s Last Road – Janna Eliot

Shared Sorrow: A Gypsy Family Remembers the Holocaust – Toby Sonnemann

Sophie’s Choice – William Styron

Suite Francaise – Irene Nemirovsky

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

The Boys: Triumph over Adversity – Martin Gilbert

The Children of Freedom – Mark Levy

The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank

The Gypsies during the Second World War: From ‘Race Science’ to the Camps – Henriette Asseo et al.

The Hitler Emigres: The Cultural Impact on Britain of Refugees from Nazism – Daniel Snowman

The Holocaust: The Jewish Tragedy – Martin Gilbert

The Internment of Aliens – Francois Lafitte

The Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Nazis: Persecution, Deportation and Murder, 1933-1945 – Michel Reynaud

The Luminous Life of Lilly Nellie Aphrodite – Beatrice Colin

The Nazi Persecution of Gypsies – Guenter Lewy

The Nazis: A Warning from History – Laurence Rees

The Origins of Nazi Genocide: From Euthanasia to the Final Solution – Henry Friedlander

The Other Schindlers – Agnes Grunwald-Spier

The Pianist – Wladyslaw Szpilman

The Reader – Bernhard Schlink

The Righteous: The Unsung Heroes of the Holocaust – Martin Gilbert

The Secret Purposes – David Baddiel

The Seventh Gate – Richard Zimler

The Unwritten Order: Hitler’s Role in the Final Solution – Peter Longerich

War Story – Gwen Edelman

Whitehall and the Jews, 1933-1948: British Immigration Policy, Jewish Refugees and the Holocaust – Louise London

Winter Time – Walter Winter

Zoli – Colum Mcann


Survivors and Personal Testimony

A Square of Sky: A Jewish Childhood in Wartime Poland – Janina David

A Time to Speak – Helen Lewis

An Englishman at Auschwitz – Leon Greenman

An Underground Life: Memoirs of a Gay Jew in Nazi Berlin – Gad Beck

Black Dog of Fate: An American Son Uncovers His Armenian Past – Peter Balakian

Chasing Shadows – Hugo Gryn & Naomi Gryn

Child of our Time: A Young Girl’s Flight from the Holocaust – Ruth David

Children in the Holocaust and World War II: Their Secret Diaries – Laurel Holliday

Diaries – Victor Klemperer

Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank

Did you ever meet Hitler, Miss: A Holocaust Survivor Talks to Young People – Trude Levi

Facing the Lion: Memoirs of a Young Girl in Nazi Europe – Simone Arnold Liebster

Fateless – Imre Kertesz

From Belsen to Buckingham Palace – Paul Oppenheimer – available from

From the Ashes of Sobibor: A Story of Survival (Jewish Lives) – Thomas Toivo Blatt

Ghetto Diary – Janusz Korczak

Have you Seen My Little Sister?  – Janina Fischler-Martinho

Holocaust by Bullets – Father Patrick Debois

I Light a Candle – Gena Turgel

I, Pierre Seel, Deported Homosexual – Pierre Seel

If this is a Man – The Truce – Primo Levi

Imagination: Blessed Be, Cursed Be – Batsheva Dagan – available from

Inherit the Truth 1939-1945: The Documented Experiences of a Survivor of Auschwitz and Belsen – Anita Lasker-Wallfisch

Life in Two Countries  John Hajdu 

Losing the Dead – Lisa Appignanesi

Lost in Translation: A Life in a New Language – Eva Hoffman

Memorial Candles: Children of the Holocaust – Diana Wardi

My German Question: Growing up in Nazi Berlin – Peter Gay

Night – Elie Wiesel

Pearls of Childhood: A Unigue Childhood Memoir of Life in Wartime Britain in the Shadow of the Holocaust – Vera Gissing

Return to Auschwitz – Kitty Hart-Moxon – available from

Salvaged Pages – Alexanda Zapruder

Surrender on Demand – Varian Fry

Survival: Holocaust survivors tell their story – Wendy Whitworth – available from

Surviving in Silence – Eleanor C. Dunai

Survivor Stories: Forgotten Voices of the Holocaust – Lyn Smith

The Nazi Officer’s Wife: How one Jewish Woman survived the Holocaust – Edith Hahn Beer

The Tiger in the Attic: Memories of the Kindertransport and Growing Up English – Edith Milton

The Woman without a Number – Iby Knill

Winter in the Morning: Young Girl’s Life in the Warsaw Ghetto and Beyond – Janina Bauman

Words to Outlive Us: Eyewitness Accounts from the Warsaw Ghetto – Ed. Michael Grynberg



A People Betrayed: The Role of the West in Rwanda’s Genocide – Linda Melvern

A Shameful Act: The Armenian Genocide and the Question of Turkish Responsibility - Taner Açkam

A Time for Machetes: The Rwandan Genocide – The Killers Speak – Jean Hatzfeld & Linda Coverdale

Bluebird – Vesna Maric

Conspiracy to Murder: The Rwandan Genocide and the International Community – Linda Melvern

Darfur: A Short History of a Long War – Julie Flint

Darfur: The Ambiguous Genocide – Gerard Prunier

My Name is Bosnia – Madeleine Gagnon

Postcards from the Grave – Emir Suljagic

Genocide: Its Political Use in the Twentieth Century – Leo Kuper

Into the Quick of Life: The Rwanda Genocide – Jean Hatzfeld

Raw Memory – Isabelle Wesselingh & Arnaud Vaulerin

Season of Blood: A Rwandan Journey – Fergal Keane

Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda – Romeo Dallaire

Something is Going to Fall like Rain – Ros Wynne-Jones

Survival Against the Odds – available from

Survival in the Killing Fields – Haing Ngor with Roger Warner

Tears of the Desert – Halima Bashir

The Cellist of Sarajevo – Steven Galloway

The Disappeared – Kim Echlin

The Oxford Handbook of Genocide Studies - Donald Bloxham and A. Dirk Moses

The Pol Pot Regime: Race, Power and Genocide in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge, 1975-79 – Ben Kiernan

The Media and the Rwanda Genocide – Kofi Annan & Allan Thompson

To The End of Hell – Denise Affonco

We Survived: Genocide in Rwanda – Wendy Whitworth - available from

We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families – Philip Gourevitch

Zlata’s Diary: A Child’s Life in Sarajevo – Zlata Flipovic



Bent – Martin Sherman

I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady from Rwanda - Sonja Linden

Kindertransport - Diane Samuels

Leaving Berehevo – David Ian Neville

Playing for Time - Arthur Miller

The Holocaust Trilogy - Julia Pascal

The Jewish Wife – Bertolt Brecht

The Overwhelming: A Play – J. T. Rogers

The Play of the Diary of Anne Frank – Frances Goodrich & Albert Hacket


Books for Young People

A Song for Cambodia – Lord, Michelle and Shino Arihara

And Tango Makes Three – Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

And the Violins Stopped Playing - Alexander Ramati

Escaping Into the Night - D. Dina Friedman

Hitler’s Canary – Sandi Toksvig

Kommandant’s Girl - Pam Jenoff

Malka - Mirjam Pressler

Number the Stars – Lois Lowry

One Last Summer - Catrin Collier

Once – Morris Gleitzman

Put Out the Light – Terry Deary

Refugee Boy - Benjamin Zephaniah

Rose Blanche – Robert Innocenti

Susan Laughs – Jeanne Wilson and Tony Ross

The Colour of Home - Mary Hoffman & Karin Littlewood

The English German Girl – Jake Wallis Simons

The Lily Cupboard - Shulamith Levey Oppenheim

The Little Boy Star: An Allegory of the Holocaust – Rachel Hausfater

The Mozart Question - Michael Morpurgo

The Search - Eric Heuvel, Ruud Van Der Rol & Lies Schippers

The Silver Sword – Ian Serraillier

The Suitcase: Refugee Voices from Bosnia and Croatia - Julie Mertus, Jasmina Tesanovic, Habiba Metikos and Rada Boric

Then – Morris Gleitzman

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit – Judith Kerr