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Holocaust Memorial Day (teens)


To mark Holocaust Memorial Day and the liberation of Auschwitz, here is a poignant booklist that should hopefully help explain and inform teenage readers about the events surrounding the Holocaust.

See our list for older children

  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

    Author: John Boyne
    Publisher: Random House

    Bruno is exploring his new home at 'Out-With' when he meets Shmuel, who lives on the other side of a fence which surrounds a large camp in the grounds.

  • Maus

    Author: Art Spiegelman
    Publisher: Penguin

    This is the complete story of Vladek Spiegelman and his wife, living and surviving in Hitler's Europe.

  • Annexed

    Author: Sharon Dogar
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    This fictionalised account of Peter (a teenage Dutch Jew, hiding from the Nazis with his family and their friends, the Franks) is a meditation on the power of written testimony and the nature of evil.

  • A Berlin Love Song

    Publisher: Troika Books

    Lili Petalo is a trapeze artist in her family's circus. Max Hartmann is a member of the Hitler Youth, about to be recruited into the German Army.

  • The Red Ribbon

    Author: Lucy Adlington
    Publisher: Hotkey

    It’s Ella’s job in the camp, where everyone must either work or be killed, to make beautiful clothes for the wives of Nazi officers and female guards. The Red Ribbon is a moving story of friendship, kindness and heroism under impossible circumstances.

  • Hidden

    Author: Marianne Curley
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Ebony has never understood why her parents are so overprotective. But sneaking out to a night club with friends has consequences more frightening than she could ever imagine.

  • The Earth is Singing

    Publisher: Usborne

    Based on true events, this first-person narrative tells the story of the Jews of Riga during World War II. Engaging, harrowing and thought-provoking, this is a story that should not be forgotten.

  • The Book Thief

    Author: Markus Zusak
    Publisher: Black Swan

    A powerful story narrated by Death, about: a girl, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist fighter, and quite a lot of thievery

  • Milkweed

    Author: Jerry Spinelli
    Publisher: Laurel Leaf Library

    This incredible book explores a horrific area of recent history in a totally unsentimental way. A masterpiece!