Every year, on June 6th, we remember D-Day, the day in 1944 when Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy and began one of the largest amphibious mission in U.S. military history. Remembering D-Day is important even more so as the years pass and remembering the horrors of World War II becomes more of an education effort. You can read more about D-Day’s history and importance here:
This year, we wanted to take a look at the reason why D-Day was so important, as it played a role int he end of World War II and ultimately the end of the Holocaust. It still blows my mind that there are people out there who don’t think it’s important we still learn about the Holocaust and its horrors, both in memory but in order to never repeat that history.
I function almost entirely through books and novels, so I wanted to talk about six books about the Holocaust that will show you its horrors through a few different perspectives and not only tear at your heart but remind you of why we must remember events like D-Day.
Night by Elie WieselThis is probably one of the most-talked about Holocaust books of all time, and a great read. This is autobiographical but extremely well-written and recounts Wiesel’s time at a death camp. It’s also got a lot of philosophical insight into our futures.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John BoyneYou’ve likely seen the movie, or at least heard of this, but I highly recommend this story of two boys living very different lives who connect through their experiences while one is held at a concentration camp. It’s a riveting read and absolutely heartbreaking.
The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio IturbeSet in the infamous Auschwitz Concentration Camp, this book tells the story of young people finding themselves and their voice in such horrific conditions. Plus, it’s about the importance of books and memory, so how could I not recommend it?
The Storyteller by Jodi PicoultThis isn’t your typical Holocaust book,and I don’t want to spoil anything, but Iit lingers with you for weeks to come. What would you do if you knew someone had done horrible things? What was it like to be on the other side?
Number the Stars by Lois LowryThis story of heroism in the face of the threat of death and extermination is a heart-wrenching book designed for young adults that should be read by everyone.