From his early years with his loving Jewish family to the horrors of Auschwitz to his life as a Nobel Prize-winning novelist, Elie Wiesel tells his story.
Biography/Autobiography: Historical - Holocaust - Religion (Random House/Schocken Books)
The Pianist by Wladyslaw Szpilman (1945)
Written immediately after WWII, Szpilman's extraordinary true story of how he survived during the war in Warsaw, Poland, during the German occupation was also turned into an Academy Award-winning movie starring Adrien Brody.
Biography/Autobiography: Historical - Holocaust (Picador)
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl (1946)
The chilling, yet inspirational, story of Frankl's struggle to hold on to hope during his three years as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps.
Biography/Autobiography: Historical - Holocaust (Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster)
Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi (1947)
Levi's haunting account of his 10 months in the German death camp Auschwitz is a chronicle of systematic cruelty and miraculous survival.
Biography/Autobiography: Historical - Holocaust (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster)
Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William Shirer (1990)
The complete story of Hitler's empire, written by a famed foreign correspondent and historian.
History - World War (Simon &38; Schuster)
On Burning Ground by Michael Skakun (1999)
At the eve of the Nazi purging of Poland, Michael Skakun's father, Joseph, not only assumed a dangerous array of identities to disguise his Jewish heritage, posing first as a Christian and then joining the Nazi SS.
Biography: Holocaust (St. Martin's Griffin)