Holocaust Literature for Adults

I went through a phase in my teens and early twenties when I could not read enough about WWII and the Holocaust. I simply could not understand how it had happened. How did the German people let happen and how did the world let it happen?

This quest to understand man’s inhumanity to man has continued on into my adult reading life. Below are some of the ones I’ve read or would like to read one day.

  • Albert Speer: His Battle With Truth by Gitta Sereny  (R)
  • All That I Am by Anna Funder
  • Austerlitz by Sebald  (R)
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak  (R)
  • The Boy: A Holocaust Story by Dan Porat
  • The Dark Room by Rachel Seiffert  (R)
  • Day After Day by Anita Diamant
  • Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil by Hannah Arendt
  • Exodus by Leon Uris  (R)
  • The Fiftieth Gate by Mark Raphael Baker  (R)
  • Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels  (R)
  • The Hidden LIfe of Otto Frank by Carol Ann Lee
  • If Not Now, When by Primo Levi  (R)
  • Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor E Frankl
  • Maus by Art Spiegelman
  • Mila 18 by Leon Uris  (R)
  • Night by Elie Wiesel  (R)
  • The Pianist by Wladyslaw Szpilman
  • Ravensbrück by Germaine Tillion (with thanks to Nancy @ ipsofactodotme)
  • The Reader by Bernhard Schlink  (R)
  • Reading the Holocaust by Inga Clendenning  (R)
  • Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
  • Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Kenneally  (R)
  • Sophie’s Choice by William Styron  (R)
  • Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky  (R)
  • Too Many Men by Lily Brett  (R)
  • World of My Past by Biderman

(R) read pre-blog

This list is by no means comprehensive. If you know of any other books that I should add, please leave a comment (and a link to your review if you have one) and let me know.

Please also check out my posts for Holocaust Literature for Teens and for Younger Readers.

2 thoughts on “Holocaust Literature for Adults

  1. Hmm, I've meant to read a lot of these books. Indeed I have a copy of Night sitting in a drawer next to my bed, somehow it never seems the right time to start it.


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