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The Inextinguishable Symphony: A True Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany
by Martin Goldsmith
Writing this book must have required enormous courage; reading it is overwhelming, especially for anyone personally connected to the events it describes. Martin Goldsmith, best known as the host of NPR's Performance Today, is the American-born son of two German-Jewish musicians who escaped the Holocaust. He anchors the Holocaust to the story of his own family, whom he never knew because most of them perished in Hitler's death camps. Goldsmith accompanies them through their lives in Nazi Germany, with its ever-tightening persecution and repression of the Jews, and on their nightmarish journey to the gas chambers. He follows his parents through their early musical training, their blossoming love, courtship, and marriage--making them seem like a normal, happy young couple--to their miraculous rescue and escape to America. Edith Eisler - Amazon.com
Paperback - 346 pages 1 edition (August 17, )
John Wiley & Sons; ISBN: 0471078646
 

Etty Hillesum: An Interrupted Life the Diaries, 1941-1943 and Letters from Westerbork
Etty Hillesum: An Interrupted Life the Diaries, 1941-1943 and Letters from Westerbork
by Etty Hillesum, Eva Hoffman
Paperback from Henry Holt & Company, Inc.
 
A Hero of Our Own : The Story of Varian Fry
by Sheila Isenberg
Varian Fry helped thousands of Jewish refugees including such well-known figures such as Marc Chagall, Andre Breton and Hannah Arendt escape from Vichy France.
Hardcover - 368 pages (October 30, )
Random House; ISBN: 0375502211

IBM and the Holocaust: The Strategic Alliance between Nazi Germany and America's Most Powerful Corporation
by Edwin Black
Was IBM, "The Solutions Company," partly responsible for the Final Solution? That's the question raised by Edwin Black's IBM and the Holocaust, the most controversial book on the subject since Daniel Jonah Goldhagen's Hitler's Willing Executioners. Black, a son of Holocaust survivors, is less tendentiously simplistic than Goldhagen, but his thesis is no less provocative: he argues that IBM founder Thomas Watson deserved the Merit Cross (Germany's second-highest honor) awarded him by Hitler, his second-biggest customer on earth. "IBM, primarily through its German subsidiary, made Hitler's program of Jewish destruction a technologic mission the company pursued with chilling success," writes Black. "IBM had almost single-handedly brought modern warfare into the information age [and] virtually put the 'blitz' in the krieg." 

The crucial technology was a precursor to the computer, the IBM Hollerith punch card machine, which Black glimpsed on exhibit at the U.S. Holocaust Museum, inspiring his five-year, top-secret book project. The Hollerith was used to tabulate and alphabetize census data. Black says the Hollerith and its punch card data ("hole 3 signified homosexual ... hole 8 designated a Jew") was indispensable in rounding up prisoners, keeping the trains fully packed and on time, tallying the deaths, and organizing the entire war effort. Hitler's regime was fantastically, suicidally chaotic; could IBM have been the cause of its sole competence: mass-murdering civilians? Better scholars than I must sift through and appraise Black's mountainous evidence, but clearly the assessment is overdue. 

The moral argument turns on one question: How much did IBM New York know about IBM Germany's work, and when? Black documents a scary game of brinksmanship orchestrated by IBM chief Watson, who walked a fine line between enraging U.S. officials and infuriating Hitler. He shamefully delayed returning the Nazi medal until forced to--and when he did return it, the Nazis almost kicked IBM and its crucial machines out of Germany. (Hitler was prone to self-defeating decisions, as demonstrated in How Hitler Could Have Won World War II.)

Black has created a must-read work of history. But it's also a fascinating business book examining the colliding influences of personality, morality, and cold strategic calculation. --Tim Appelo - Amazon.com
Hardcover - 519 pages (February 12, )
Crown Pub; ISBN: 0609607995

Anne Frank : The Diary of a Young Girl
by Anne Frank
Listed under Children of the Holocaust
 

The Nazi Officer's Wife : How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust
by Edith Hahn Beer, Susan Dworkin (Contributor)
Paperback - 305 pages (November )
Harperperennial Library; ISBN: 068817776X
 
The Boys : The Untold Story of 732 Young Concentration Camp Survivors
by Martin Gilbert

Listed under Children of the Holocaust

Between Two Streams : A Diary from Bergen-Belsen
by Abel J. Herzberg, Jack Santcross (Translator)
Hardcover - 256 pages
St Martins Pr (Short); ISBN: 1860641210

The Buchenwald Report
Translated by David A. Hackett
One of the most remarkable and important documents to emerge from the Holocaust and World War II, The Buchenwald Report is a deposition against the monstrous crimes of the Nazis--damning testimony provided by their victims in a final act of defiance. Shockingly, not long after the war ended The Buchenwald Report was almost lost forever. Only selected portions were entered as evidence at the Nuremberg trials. Professor Eugen Kogon, a prisoner at Buchenwald who assisted the Army specialists in conducting their interviews and writing the report, made use of the material gathered as a background source for his classic book, The Theory and Practice of Hell, but subsequently his copy was accidently destroyed. Thus the complete report was never published, and both the original document and a precious handful of copies gradually disappeared. Recently - more than four decades later - a single, faded carbon copy was discovered, apparently the only one still in existence. It is translated from German and presented here in book form for the first time.
Paperback: 424 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.27 x 9.05 x 6.01 
Publisher: Westview Press; ;
ISBN: 0813333636

After Long Silence : A Memoir
by Helen Fremont
Helen Fremont was raised as a Roman Catholic. It wasn't until she was an adult, practicing law in Boston, that she discovered her parents were Jewish--Holocaust survivors living invented lives. Not even their names were their own. In this powerful memoir, Helen Fremont delves into the secrets that held her family in a bond of silence for more than four decades, recounting with heartbreaking clarity a remarkable tale of survival.
Paperback - 349 pages
Delta; ISBN: 0385333706

Death Dealer : The Memoirs of the SS Kommandant at Auschwitz
Rudolf Hoss
Listed under Auschwitz
 

The Destruction of the European Jews (Third Edition)
The Destruction of the European Jews
by Raul Hilberg

Book Description:
The Destruction of the European Jews is widely considered the landmark study of the Holocaust. First published in 1961, Raul Hilberg's comprehensive account of how Germany annihilated the Jewish community of Europe spurred discussion, galvanized further research, and shaped the entire field of Holocaust studies. This revised and expanded edition of Hilberg's classic work extends the scope of his study and includes 80,000 words of new material, particularly from recently opened archives in eastern Europe, added over a lifetime of research. It is the definitive work of a scholar who has devoted more than fifty years to exploring and analyzing the realities of the Holocaust. 
Spanning the twelve-year period of anti-Jewish actions from 1933 to 1945, Hilberg's study encompasses Germany and all the territories under German rule or influence. Its principal focus is on the large number of perpetrators -- civil servants, military personnel, Nazi party functionaries, SS men, and representatives of private enterprises -- in the machinery of death.
Hardcover from Yale University Press

The Destruction of the European Jews
by Raul Hilberg
Paperback Student ed edition (September 1985)
Holmes & Meier Publishing, Inc.; ISBN: 0841909105
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Dictionary of the Holocaust
Biographic, Geographic, and Terminology Reference
by Eric Joseph Epstein and Philip Rosen
Covers all aspects of the Holocaust--people, places, and events, with nearly 2,000 entries arranged alphabetically.
 
Europa, Europa
by Solomon Perel
Listed under Polish Holocaust books

Holocaust Journey : Travelling in Search of the Past
by Martin Gilbert
Hardcover - 288 pages (November )
Columbia Univ Pr; ISBN: 0231109644
 

The Holocaust : A History of the Jews of Europe During the Second World War
by Martin Gilbert
A compelling book on an ugly subject, The Holocaust may be the finest book available for those who want a general understanding of how the rise of the Nazis in Germany impacted the Jewish people--as well as those who want to learn exactly what was at stake in the Second World War. When The Holocaust was first published in 1986, Elie Wiesel gave it a glowing review, writing, "This book must be read and reread." It occasionally seems like a numbing catalog of unspeakable horrors, but how else does one write a comprehensive history of such a great tragedy? Gilbert is an accomplished author with a frighteningly long list of books to his credit; this is among his best. Amazon.com
A definitive history of the Jews of Europe during World War II. "He weaves the cold facts with the nightmarish oral histories into a masterly chronological narrative."--Peter Hay, Los Angeles Times Book Review.

Paperback: ; Dimensions (in inches): 2.05 x 8.96 x 6.00 
Publisher: Henry Holt (Paper); ; Reprint edition (May 1987)
ISBN: 0805003487
 
I Never Saw Another Butterfly
Children's Drawings and Poems from Terezin Concentration Camp, 1942-1944
Listed under Children of the Holocaust

The Holocaust in Latvia, 1941-1944 : The Missing Center
by Andrew Ezergailis
Listed under Latvia
 

The Holocaust Chronicle
The Holocaust Chronicle
by John Roth Ph.D.
Hardcover from Publications International
 
Can It Happen Again?: Chronicles of the Holocaust
Can It Happen Again?: Chronicles of the Holocaust

Paperback from Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers

 
Holocaust Chronicles: Individualizing the Holocaust Through Diaries and Other Contemporaneous Personal Accounts

Hardcover from Ktav Publishing House

 
Hitler and the Holocaust (Modern Library Chronicles)
Hitler and the Holocaust (Modern Library Chronicles)
by Robert Solomon Wistrich
Paperback from Modern Library
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I Will Bear Witness : A Diary of the Nazi Years 1933-1941
by Victor Klemperer, Martin Chalmers (Translator)
Like Anne Frank, but with a more adult understanding of political fanaticism and human weakness, he makes the abstract horror of genocidal persecution very intimate, very personal, and very real. --Wendy Smith, Amazon.com

Paperback - 519 pages Vol 1
Modern Library; ISBN: 0375753788

I Will Bear Witness 1941-1945: A Diary of the Nazi Years, Vol. 2
by Victor Klemperer, Martin Chalmers (Translator)
The diaries of a Jewish intellectual who lived through all of the sufferings inflicted by the Nazi regime. He escaped with his Aryan wife from Dresden during the chaos which followed the allied bombing raids of Dresden. Dropbears.com
Paperback: 576 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.28 x 8.10 x 5.23 
Publisher: Modern Library; ; (April 3, )
ISBN: 0375756973 

Journey into Terror: Story of the Riga Ghetto
by Gertrude Schneider
Listed under Latvia

The Nazi Doctors Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide
by Robert Jay Lifton
Listed under Nazi Medicine
 

Night
by Elie Wiesel
Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel's wrenching attempt to find meaning in the horror of the Holocaust is technically a novel, but it's based so closely on his own experiences in Birkenau, Auschwitz, and Buchenwald that it's generally--and not inaccurately--read as an autobiography.

Paperback: 109 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.37 x 6.88 x 4.15 
Publisher: Bantam Books; ; Reissue edition (April 1, 1982)
ISBN: 0553272535
 
Perpetrators Victims Bystanders : The Jewish Catastrophe 1933-1945
by Raul Hilberg
Paperback - 352 pages
Harperperennial Library; ISBN: 0060995076

The Holocaust : The Fate of European Jewry, 1932-1945
(Studies in Jewish History)
by Leni Yahil
Paperback Reprint edition (October 1991)
Oxford Univ Pr (Trade); ISBN: 0195045238
 

The War Against the Jews : 1933-1945
by Lucy S. Dawidowicz
Paperback Reissue edition (February 1991)
Bantam Doubleday Dell Pub (Trd Pap); ISBN: 055334532X
 
The Reawakening
by Primo Levi
Paperback Reprint edition
Collier Books; ISBN: 0684826356

The Path to Genocide : Essays on Launching the Final Solution
by Christopher R. Browning
Paperback Reprint edition
Cambridge Univ Pr (Trd); ISBN: 0521558786
 

The Drowned and the Saved
by Primo Levi
Paperback - 203 pages Rep edition (April 1989)
Vintage Books; ISBN: 067972186X
 

 
Schindler's List (Schindler's Ark)
by Thomas Keneally
Winner of the Booker Prize

As a fellow Australian I am perhaps biased, but of the many books I have read on the subject I consider this the best. Db
 
Schindler's Legacy : True Stories of the List Survivors
by Elinor J. Brecher
Jill Freedman (Photographer)
Paperback (November )
Plume; ISBN: 0452273536

Women in the Holocaust
by Dalia Ofer (Editor), Lenore J. Weitzman (Editor)
Hardcover - 384 pages
Yale Univ Pr; ISBN: 0300073542

Ideology of Death : Why the Holocaust Happened in Germany
by John Weiss
Paperback - 444 pages 1st elepha edition
Ivan R Dee, Inc.; ISBN: 1566631742

The Origins of Nazi Genocide : From Euthanasia to the Final Solution
by Henry Friedlander
Paperback - 448 pages Reprint edition
Univ of North Carolina Pr; ISBN: 0807846759

Facing the Extreme : Moral Life in the Concentration Camps
by Tzvetan Todorov
Abigail Pollak (Translator), Arthur Denner (Translator)
Paperback - 320 pages Reprint edition (April )
Henry Holt
(Paper); ISBN: 0805042644

The Jews of Lithuania: A History of a Remarkable Community 1316-1945
by Masha Greenbaum

Karski : How One Man Tried to Stop the Holocaust
by E. Thomas Wood
Listed under Polish Holocaust books

Into That Darkness : An Examination of Conscience
Gitta Sereny
Paperback / Published 1983
Based on 70 hours of interviews with Franz Stangl, commandant of Treblinka (the largest of the extermination camps), this book bares the soul of a man who continually found ways to rationalize his role in Hitler's final solution.

The Warsaw Ghetto : A Christian's Testimony
by Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, Stainslaw Lem
Listed under Polish Holocaust books

The End of Days : A Story of Tolerance, Tyranny, and the Expulsion of the Jews from Spain
by Erna Paris
Hardcover: 327 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.28 x 9.36 x 6.36 
Publisher: Prometheus Books; ;
ISBN: 1573920177
 

Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka: The Operation Reinhard Death Camps
by Yitzhak Arad
Paperback - 448 pages (February 1, )
Indiana Univ Pr; ISBN: 0253213053
 
Number the Stars
by Lois Lowry
The evacuation of Jews from Nazi-held Denmark is one of the great untold stories of World War II. On September 29, 1943, word got out in Denmark that Jews were to be detained and then sent to the death camps. Within hours the Danish resistance, population and police arranged a small flotilla to herd 7,000 Jews to Sweden. Lois Lowry fictionalizes a true-story account to bring this courageous tale to life. She brings the experience to life through the eyes of 10-year-old Annemarie Johannesen, whose family harbors her best friend, Ellen Rosen, on the eve of the round-up and helps smuggles Ellen's family out of the country. Number the Stars won the 1990 Newbery Medal. Amazon.com
Listed under Children's Books
 
Between Dignity and Despair : Jewish Life in Nazi Germany
(Studies in Jewish History)
by Marion A. Kaplan
Kaplan's sensitive narrative, supported by a host of letters, memoirs, and interviews, aims to give a balanced account of German Jewry under the Nazi regime. Amazon.com
Hardcover - 288 pages
Oxford Univ Pr (Trade); ISBN: 0195115317
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Stalin's Secret Pogrom : The Postwar Inquisition of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee (Annals of Communism)
by Joshua Rubenstein
The 1952 secret trial and execution of a group of Soviet Jews who had protested Nazi atrocities on Soviet soil.
Hardcover - 527 pages (May 1, )
Yale Univ Pr; ISBN: 0300084862
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The Fragility of Goodness : Why Bulgaria's Jews Survived the Holocaust
by Tzvetan Todorov, Arthur Denner (Translator)
With the exception of Denmark, Bulgaria was the only country allied with Nazi Germany that did not annihilate or turn over its Jewish population. Here a prominent French intellectual with Bulgarian roots accounts for this singularity. Amazon.com
Hardcover - 224 pages (May 1, )
Princeton Univ Pr; ISBN: 0691088322

The Jews and the Poles in World War II
by Stefan Korbonski
Listed under Polish Holocaust books

The German Army and Genocide: Crimes Against War Prisoners, Jews, and other Civilians in the East, 1939-1944
Omer Bartov, Hamburg Institute
Listed under Eastern Front

Atlas of the Holocaust
by Martin Gilbert
Providing a complete study of the repression and horrific suffering of the Jews throughout Europe in the 1930s and 1940s, this atlas is a vital and important record to set against the growing trend of neo-Nazism. In a series of 316 maps, together with photographs, the author shows the harrowing history of the Nazi attempt to annihilate the Jews of Europe during World War II.
Hardcover - 282 pages Rep edition (May 1993)
William Morrow & Company; ISBN: 0688123643
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Righteous Gentile : The Story of Raoul Wallenberg, Missing Hero of the Holocaust
John Bierman
Paperback
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The Politics of Memory : The Journey of a Holocaust Historian
by Raul Hilberg
Hardcover - 208 pages
Ivan R Dee, Inc.; ISBN: 1566631165
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Hidden History of the Kovno Ghetto
by United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
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Historical Atlas of the Holocaust : The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
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The Theory and Practice of Hell
The German Concentration Camps and the System Behind Them
by Eugen Kogon

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