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Books in this category address a wide range of historical and current forms of bigotry, prejudice that is both intentional and systemic and prejudice that is unintentional, but just as hurtful. In some books prejudice is the primary focus of the story; in others it is part of the fabric of the book but not its central theme.
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1.   After the Holocaust
Written by
Howard Greenfield
Eight Jewish men and women who survived the Holocaust as children, tell about their experiences immediately following their liberation. The book uses archival photographs.
[Grade Level: 6 & Up]
 
2.   Always Remember Me: How One Family Survived World War II
Written and Illustrated by
Marisabina Russo
Rachel's Oma (grandmother) has two picture albums. In one the photographs show only happy times -- from after World War II, when she and her daughters had come to America. But the other album includes much sadder times from before -- when their life in Germany was destroyed by the Nazis' rise to power. For as long as Rachel can remember, Oma has closed the other album when she's gotten to the sad part. But today Oma will share it all. Today Rachel will hear about what her grandmother, her mother, and her aunts endured. And she'll see how the power of this Jewish family's love for one another gave them the strength to survive.
[Grade Level: 2 - 4]
 
3.   Books for Children of the World: The Story of Jella Lepman
Sydelle Pearl (Author), Danlyn Iantorno (Illustrator)
After World War II, Jella Lepman returned to her home country of Germany and realized that in addition to clothing, shelter and food, the children hungered for books. In order to fulfill her dream of using books as a way to promote peace and hope, Lepman solicited donations from publishers around the world and created an exhibition of children's books that traveled throughout Germany. Lepman went on to estbalish the International Youth Library in Munich, which today contains over 500,000 children's books in 130 langauges.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
 
4.   Chernowitz!
Written by
Fran Arrick
The story of a Jewish boy who is routinely taunted and teased by a school bully whose anti-Semitic antics escalate.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
5.   Darkness over Denmark: The Danish Resistance and Rescue of the Jews
Written by
Ellen Levine
An account of Denmark's resistance against the Nazis, culminating in the Rosh Hashanah boatlift when most of Denmark's Jews were ferried to safety in Sweden.
[Grade Level: 5 & Up]
 
6.   Fireflies in the Dark: The Story of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis and the Children of Terezin
Written by
Susan Goldman Rubin
The story of Friedel Dicker, a Jewish woman from Prague, who taught art to children at the Terezin concentration camp.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
7.   Forgotten Victims of the Holocaust
Written by
Linda Jacobs Altman
Altman explores the expansion of Nazi Germany and the effect it had on the people of the countries that were invaded, including Poles, Russians, Gypsies, Homosexuals and others. She uses memories of survivors to discuss the experiences of those who were tortured and killed by the Nazis.
[Grade Level: 5 - 9]
 
8.   Hana's Suitcase
Written by
Karen Levine
Biography of Hana, a Czech girl, who died in the Holocaust, told in alternating chapters that describe how the curator of a Japanese Holocaust center worked to learn about the girl's life after Hana's suitcase was sent to the Center.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
9.   Hero and the Holocaust: The Story of Janusz Korczak and His Children
David A. Adler (Author), Bill Farnsworth (Illustrator)
Janusz Korczak—called “Old Doctor” by the orphans who loved him—was a doctor and promoter of children's rights, who ran a Jewish orphanage in Warsaw, Poland during the years of the Nazi’s rise to power. Korczak bravely sheltered his children from the brutality of the Warsaw Ghetto until the Nazis forced him to lead the orphans to the Treblinka death camp. When a Nazi soldier at Treblinka offered to spare Korczak from extermination, he refused and remained with his children until the end.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
 
10.   Hiding from the Nazis
David A. Adler (Author), Karen Ritz (Illustrator)
The true story of Lore Baer, a four-year-old Jewish child placed with a Christian family in the Dutch farm country to avoid persecution by the Nazis.
[Grade Level: 2 - 4]
 
11.   Joseph and Me: In the Days of the Holocaust
Lili Cassel-Wronker (Illustrator), Judy Hoffman (Author)
The author describes her experiences as a Jewish child living in hiding with a Dutch family during WW II; additional text and photographs provide details of Nazi persecution of Jews and the fate of those who survived.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
12.   Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass: Igniting the Nazi War Against Jews
Written by
Stephanie Fitzgerald
For one horrific night in November 1938, the streets of Germany and Austria were overrun with people bent on destruction. Members of the Nazi Party and their supporters destroyed close to 8,000 Jewish-owned businesses and homes. Hundreds of synagogues were burned to the ground, and more than 100 Jews were killed. This book describes the "night of broken glass" and also presents the historical events that led to the rise of Hitler, the Nazi Party's beliefs about race, and the horrible aftereffects of Kristallnacht.
[Grade Level: 5 & Up]
 
13.   Molly's Pilgrim/Molly Y Los Peregrinos
Barbara Cohen (Author), Michael J. Deraney (Illustrator)
A story about a young girl who is not accepted by her classmates.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
14.   My Brother's Keeper: The Holocaust through the Eyes of an Artist
Written by
Israel Bernbaum
An artist describes the Holocaust and explains how he tries to tell the story of that catastrophe through his art.
[Grade Level: 5 & Up]
 
15.   Number the Stars
Written by
Lois Lowry
Two young girls grow up in Copenhagen in 1943 with the constant presence of Nazi soldiers.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
 
16.   Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story
Dom Lee (Illustrator), Ken Mochizuki (Author)
The story of a Japanese diplomat living in Lithuania who issued thousands of visas to Jewish refugees - against the orders of his government.
[Grade Level: 2 - 4]
 
17.   Speed of Light
Cliff Nielsen (Illustrator), Sybil Rosen (Author)
A young girl living in the South during the 1950s struggles with the anti-Semitism and racism which pervade her small community.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
18.   Survivors: True Stories Of Children In The Holocaust
Mara Bovsun (Author), Allan Zullo (Author)
These are the true-life accounts of nine Jewish boys and girls whose lives spiraled into danger and fear as the Holocaust overtook Europe. In a time of great horror, these children each found a way to make it through the nightmare of war. Some made daring escapes into the unknown, others disguised their true identities, and many witnessed unimaginable horrors. But what they all shared was the unshakable belief in—and hope for—survival.
[Grade Level: 5 & Up]
 
19.   The Butterfly
Written and Illustrated by
Patricia Polacco
A young French girl living in Nazi Europe discovers that her mother has been hiding a Jewish family in their home; the story of the author's aunt's childhood in WW II France.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
20.   The Cats in Krasinski Square
Karen Hesse (Author), Wendy Watson (Illustrator)
When Karen Hesse came upon a short article about cats out-foxing the Gestapo at the train station in Warsaw during WWII, she couldn't get the story out of her mind. The result is this account of two Jewish sisters, escapees of the infamous Warsaw ghetto, who devise a plan to thwart an attempt by the Gestapo to intercept food bound for starving people behind the dark Wall.
[Grade Level: 2 - 5]
 
21.   The Christmas Menorahs: How a Town Fought Hate
Janice Cohn (Author), Bill Farnsworth (Illustrator)
The true story describing how the people of Billings, Montana worked together to fight a series of hate crimes.
 
22.   The Devil's Arithmetic
Written by
Jane Yolen
A young girl resents the traditions of her Jewish heritage until time travel places her in the middle of a small village in Nazi-occupied Poland.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
23.   The Grey Striped Shirt
Mike Cressy (Illustrator), Jacqueline Jules (Author)
A young girl discovers a grey striped shirt in grandparents' cellar that leads to the unraveling of the horrible facts of their imprisonment in a Nazi concentration camp.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
 
24.   The Lily Cupboard
Written by
Shulamith Levey Oppenheim
A young Jewish girl is forced to leave her parents and hide with strangers during the German occupation of Holland.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
25.   The Yellow Star: The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark
Carmen Agra Deedy (Author), Sorensen (Illustrator)
Retells the story of King Christian X of Denmark and Danish resistance to Nazis during WW II.
[Grade Level: 2 - 4]
 
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