Books About the Holocaust

During World War II, Adolf Hitler and the Nazis attempted to exterminate European Jews by forcing them into concentration camps, where both children and adults were sent to their deaths in gas chambers. Many books have chronicled the courage and suffering of the Holocaust victims, from fictional stories to first-person accounts by survivors to diaries written at the time. The books on our list are some of the best for kids and teens about this period. For more reading about the past, check out our lists of World War II Books for Kids and Historical Fiction.

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The War I Finally Won Book Poster Image
Ada shows courage in riveting English wartime sequel.
By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
(2017)
(2017)
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Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl Book Poster Image
Inspiring wartime journal reveals teen's inner life.
By Anne Frank
(2011)
(1947)
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The Boy on the Wooden Box Book Poster Image
Moving memoir of boy Holocaust survivor on Schindler's list.
By Leon Leyson, Leon Leyson, Marilyn J. Harran
(2013)
(2013)
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Milkweed Book Poster Image
Disturbing book on Holocaust provokes discussion.
By Jerry Spinelli
(2003)
(2003)
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Book Poster Image
Intense, powerful Holocaust book offers unique perspective.
By John Boyne
(2006)
(2006)
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The Children of Willesden Lane Book Poster Image
Inspiring story of teen pianist who escaped Nazis in WWII.
By Mona Golabek, Lee Cohen
(2012)
(2003)
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The Devil's Arithmetic Book Poster Image
Intense Holocaust story makes history real.
By Jane Yolen
(2003)
(1988)
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Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz Book Poster Image
Unforgettable true story of boy sent to death camp at age 4.
By Michael Bornstein, Debbie Bornstein Holinstat
(2017)
(2017)
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What the Night Sings Book Poster Image
Powerful story of teen girl's life after the Holocaust.
By Vesper Stamper
(2018)
(2018)
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The Librarian of Auschwitz Book Poster Image
Unforgettable story of a teen heroine of the Holocaust.
By Antonio Iturbe
(2017)
(2017)
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Mapping the Bones Book Poster Image
Twins' lives are torn apart in haunting Holocaust book.
By Jane Yolen
(2018)
(2018)
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Night Book Poster Image
Unforgettable memoir of teen who survived the Holocaust.
By Elie Wiesel
(2016)
(1956)
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We Are Witnesses: Five Teenagers Who Died in the Holocaust Book Poster Image
Powerful stories from young Holocaust victims.
By Jacob Boas
(2004)
(1995)
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Deep Sea Book Poster Image
Tender summer tale is 3rd in saga of Jewish girl in WWII.
By Annika Thor
(2015)
(2014)
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