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Call Number: PQ 2661 J3 D413
In this novel which takes place in France, the Moslem son of a murdered prostitute is cared for by a retired Jewish prostitute who has survived the Holocaust. The novel is a moving look at the need individuals have for love.
Gotz and Meyer by
Call Number: PG1419.1.L335 G413
A Serbian college professor, himself the surviving child of Jewish Holocaust victims, attempts to imagine the banality of the men who drove the trucks that gassed 5.000 Serbian Jews
Blooms of Darkness by
Call Number: PJ5054.A755 P5713
In this haunting, heartbreaking story of love and loss, the ghetto in which the Jews have been confined is being liquidated by the Nazis, and Hugo is brought by his mother to the local brothel, where Mariana, one of the prostitutes, has agreed to hide him. As their lives spiral downward, Mariana reaches out for consolation to the boy who is on the cusp of manhood
Badenheim 1939 by
Call Number: PJ 5054 A755 B3413
A group of wealthy Jews spend one last summer at a German spa in 1939, and refuse to recognize that they have become prisoners soon to be sent to concentration camps in Eastern Europe.
Tzili, the story of a life by
Call Number: PJ 5054 A755 K813
A simple Jewish girl somehow survives on her own during the Holocaust, possibly because she is so simple.
The Age of Wonders by
Call Number: PJ 5054 A755 T613
A survivor of the Holocaust returns to the Austrian town of his birth and meditates on his intellectual father's total disintegration during the Nazi years.
Hedwig and Berti by
Call Number: PS3551.R44 H43 2006
This novel follows the fortunes of Hedwig and Berti Kessler; Jewish refugees from Germany, who arrive in London on the eve of World War II. They have a daughter who is a piano prodigy; they are forced to face the loss of their entire family in Germany; and eventually they end up in Kansas City. This is a quirky portrait of people for whom family status at first means more than anything, who must face the reality of people behaving monstrously.
One Hundred Twenty-One Days by
Call Number: PQ2661.U3215 C4613 2016
Publication Date: 2016
This a rare and unusual novelistic telling of the lives of French mathematicians during the Twentieth Century, ranging from World War I, World War II, and the Holocaust to the present day. Not an easy book, but a wonderful one.
Tales of Grabowski by
Call Number: PR 6051 U4 T35
A young Jewish intellectual transforms himself into a Polish sailor during World War II in order to survive. The book contains a long novella and some short stories. The author was largely unknown and unpublished in his lifetime.
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis by
Call Number: PQ4807.A79 G513
As fascism takes over Italy, a family of aristocratic Italian Jews lives inside the walls of villa trying to ignore the inevitable. At the same time the daughter of the family and a young man from the community begin a doomed romance.
Jacob the Liar by
Call Number: PT 2662 E294 J313
During the worst days of the Holocaust, Jacob keeps the hopes of his neighbors in the ghetto alive by pretending he has a radio reporting the victories of a mythical approaching Russian army. He hates his lies, but cannot escape his role.
Too Many Men by
Call Number: PR 9619.3 B693 T6
A successful woman executive travels to Poland with her father where they explore his past as a survivor of the Holocaust.
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by
Call Number: PS 3553 H15 A82
The story of the golden age of superhero comics is told through the stories of two young men who drew them. This novel sets the story of the comics against the threat of Hitler and World War II.
Baumgartner's Bombay by
Call Number: PR 9499.3 D465 B38
A German-Jewish refugee from the Holocaust ends up in India. There he is no more at home as a foreigner in India than he was as a Jew in Germany.
Day After Night by
Call Number: Johnson County Library fiction
Four women from different backgrounds who survived the Holocaust in different manners all part of a group of illegal immigrants to Israel who have been interned by the British. The novel describes their experiences during the war and their attempts to put the past behind and make new lives for themselves.
Fires in the Dark by
Call Number: PR 6054 O795 F57
As the Germans march through Europe, a Gypsy family in Czechoslovakia sees their way of life destroyed as they become part of the Nazis' "Final Solution."
For the Relief of Unbearable Urges by
Call Number: PS 3555 N424 F67
Short stories about the condition of the Jews in the twentieth century, ranging in topics from the destruction of Yiddish writers in the Soviet Union and a community struggling to survive the Holocaust to the sadness of an Orthodox wigmaker in Brooklyn.
Aunt Rachel's Fur by
Call Number: PS 3556 E25 A95
An out-of-work writer carries on an extended monologue with an unnamed listener in a Parisian cafe. The subject is the author's life, his work and his unreliability as a narrator. The story is different in each retelling, but the substance remains the same, that the narrator is a Holocaust survivor who has been unable to reconcile his life with his survival.
Everything is Illuminated by
Call Number: PS 3606 O38 E84
A young American man, tracing the history of his grandfather in Russia, hires a Russian guide to help him locate a now destroyed shtetl. In the search the young men discover that they share a previously unknown bond.
Mr. Theodore Mundstock by
Call Number: PG5039.16.U38 P3513
As the Czech deportations of Jews to concentration camps become more and more common, Mr. Theodore Mundstock prepares for the receipt of his deportation letter and tries in little but significant ways to help his neighbors. This is the story of one ordinary man in extraordinary times trying to be the best person he can be.
See Under--Love by
Call Number: PJ 5054 G728 A9713
This complex book with several interlocking stories chronicles the life of a young boy, Momik, the troubled son of Holocaust survivors, who must learn about the unimaginable cruelty of which men are capable.
Snow in August by
Call Number: PS 3558 A423 S66
Michael Devlin, the Irish-Catholic son of a widow, befriends a Rabbi who is a survivor of the Holocaust living in his Brooklyn neighborhood. Michael becomes the Rabbi's Shabbos Goy, performing tasks for the Rabbi that Jews are forbidden to perform on the Sabbath. When an anti-Semitic gang of hoodlums, terrorizes the Rabbi and the young boy and his mother, Michael strikes back, creating a Golem like the ones the Rabbi told him about, with predictable results.
We Are on our Own by
Call Number: DS135.H93 K38
In this very moving graphic memoir, the artist relives her experiences as a three-year-old child during the Holocaust in Hungary. In the countryside, she and her mother posed as a peasant and her illegitimate child, in order to escape deportation to a concentration camp.
Comedy in a Minor Key by
Call Number: PT2621.E24 K613
Publication Date: 2010
When a young Dutch couple agree to hide a Jewish fugitive during World War II, what they least expect is that the gentleman for whom they have developed a fondness will sicken and die, leaving them with a dangerous mission. Get rid of the corpse.
Schindler's List by
Call Number: PR 9619.3 K46 S3
A wealthy German industrialist saves hundreds of Jews during World War II, placing himself at great risk. This novel is based on real events and was made into an award-winning movie.
Call Number: Johnson County Library
Publication Date: 2009
During World War II, a Hungarian-Jewish family is rescued by the chance meeting of one of its members with Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who was responsible for rescuing many Hungarian Jews. This novel won the National Jewish Book Award
Call Number: PH 3281 K3815 S6713
This novel describes the fate of a young Hungarian Jewish boy who is deported to a concentration camp. The author is the 2002 Nobel Laureate in literature, selected for his unblinking narratives about the fate of the Jews during World War II.
Death in Rome by
Call Number: PT 2621 O46 T613
An inadvertent family reunion occurs in Rome in the early 50's when a young German composer's symphony is to be premiered. His rabid unrepentant Nazi uncle, his politician father, a cousin studying for the priesthood, a mad aunt, and his law student brother convene in a brutal look at post-war Germany and its Nazi past.
The Painted Bird by
Call Number: PS 3561 O8 P3
Separated from his parents during World War II, a young Polish boy wanders through the countryside enduring unimaginable cruelty at the hands of the peasants who assume he is Jewish because of his dark coloring.
If Not Now, When by
Call Number: PQ 4872 E8 S413
A group of Holocaust survivors make their way across a war-devastated Europe, trying to get home.
Moments of Reprieve by
Call Number: PQ 4872 E8 Z4713
These short stories from the Auschwitz Concentration Camp describe moments in which individuals acted with kindness.
Indecent Dreams by
Call Number: PG 5038 L85 A2
In these three long short stories, three women in Prague observe the Nazi horror as the war is drawing to a close.
The Property by
Call Number: Young Adult PN6790.I73 M6313 2013
Publication Date: 2013
A young woman accompanies her grandmother to Warsaw, supposedly to recover her family's apartment, lost during the Holocaust. The grandmother actually has a different agenda.
Night in Shanghai by
Call Number: PS3563.O519 N55 2014
Publication Date: 2014
An African-American pianist recruited to lead a jazz band in Shanghai in the 1930's falls in love with a young Chinese woman, befriends the Jews in the Shanghai ghetto and observes the split between the Nationalists and the Communists on the eve of World War II. The novel is a accurate portrayal of cosmopolitan Shanghai on the eve of war
The True Story of Hansel and Gretel by
Call Number: PS 3563 U7446 T78
In a reversal of the fairy tale, two Jewish children are abandoned by their stepparents and try to survive the Holocaust using the assumed names, Hansel and Gretel.
The Shawl by
Call Number: PS 3565 Z5 S5
To a survivor of the Holocaust living in the United States, a shawl symbolizes all that was lost.
Far Above Rubies by
Call Number: PS3616.O55 F37
This is the true story of a Dutch woman who voluntarily went to Auschwitz with her six Jewish step-daughters. It is a story of remarkable courage in the face of pure evil.
Among the Living by
Call Number: PS3568.A215 A83 2016
Publication Date: 2016
A holocaust survivor tries to make a new life in Savannah, Georgia where he must deal with Jim Crow behavior, prejudice among various Jewish groups and mob-run longshoreman's unions.
Max and the Cats by
Call Number: PQ 9698.29 C54 M3313
A young man flees political persecution in Nazi Germany, only to end up shipwrecked on a lifeboat with a jaguar as his only companion. The award-winning novel The Life of Pi was inspired by this novella.
Call Number: PT 2681 E18 A9513
A young man, who was rescued from the Holocaust, searches Europe for his lost memories of childhood and his lost family. This is a challenging metafiction about how much European intellectuals as well as ordinary people lost during the debacle of World War II.
The Rosendorf Quartet by
Call Number: PJ 5054 S3 R4813
Four Jewish musicians, who are fleeing persecution in Nazi Germany, form a brilliant quartet in Israel during the late 30's. The book is written in the form of a quartet with each member relating his or her story.
In the Land of Armadillos by
Call Number: PS3619.H35474 A6 2016
Publication Date: 2016
This is a series of linked stories about the experiences of the Jewish community in the Polish town of Wlodowa during World War II.
Suggested stories: "In the Land of Armadillos" "A Decent Man"
Call Number: PN6727.S6 Z465 2011
Publication Date: 2011
The author of Maus describes the process of creating the graphic work. He discusses his parents' experiences during the Holocaust, his research,, the history of his experiences with graphic novels and explains how he created the work, frame by frame.
Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began by
Call Number: Young Adult D804.3 .S66 1991
This is part two of a graphic novel about the artist/author's parents and their experiences as Jews caught up in the Holocaust. It is a chilling rendition of their indescribable experiences and how it affected their subsequent lives in the United States.
Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History by
Call Number: Young Adult D804.3 .S65 1986
This is part one of a graphic novel about the artist/author's parents and their experiences as Jews caught up in the Holocaust. It is a chilling rendition of their indescribable experiences and how it affected their subsequent lives in the United States.
The night trilogy by
Call Number: PQ2683.I32 Z467 1987
These are three novellas of the Holocaust written by a survivor of Auschwitz.