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           The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission has been working diligently to put together a unique set of resources for educators classroom use. Included are poems, essays, short stories, film clips, and excerpts from novels and memoirs. Many of these sources have strong Texas connections. Educators can gain access to this free password-protected resource library by attending one of the THGC workshops.  For more information, please visit:  http://thgc.texas.gov/resources-for-education/resource/online-digital-library

 
 

Recommended Readings

 

Memoirs and Diaries

  • All But My Life. Gerda Weissman Klein.
  • At the Mind’s Limits: Contemplations by a Survivor on Auschwitz and its Realities. Jean Améry.
  • Auschwitz and After. Charlotte Delbo.
  • Auschwitz: True Tales from a Grotesque Land. Sara Nomberg-Przytyk.
  • Dry Tears: Memories of a Lost Childhood. Nechama Tec.
  • Eyewitness Auschwitz: Three Years in the Gas Chambers. Filip Müller.
  • Five Chimneys. Olga Lengyel.
  • Fragments of Isabella. Isabella Leitner.
  • I Was a Doctor in Auschwitz. Gisella Perl.
  • Night. Elie Wiesel.
  • Playing for Time. Fania Fénelon.
  • Shivitti: A Vision. Ka-Tzetnik 135633.
  • Survival in Auschwitz. Primo Levi.
  • The Drowned and the Saved. Primo Levi.
  • The Periodic Table. Primo Levi.
  • The Reawakening. Primo Levi.
  • Upon the Head of the Goat: A Childhood in Hungary, 1939-1944. Aranka Siegal.
  • When the Danube Ran Red. Zsuzsanna Ozsvath.

 

Histories, Area Studies, and Biographies

  • A History of the Holocaust. Yehuda Bauer.
  • Atlas of the Holocaust. Martin Gilbert.
  • Auschwitz, 1270 to the Present. Debóra Dwork and Robert Jan van Pelt.
  • Hitler in History. Eberhard Jäckel.
  • Kristallnacht: Prelude to Destruction. Martin Gilbert.
  • Nazi Empire Building and the Holocaust in the Ukraine. Wendy Lower.
  • Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland. Jan Gross.
  • Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland. Christopher Browning.
  • The Destruction of the European Jews. Raul Hilberg.
  • The Holocaust in Historical Context. Steven Katz.
  • The Origins of the Final Solution: The Evolution of Nazi Jewish Policy, September 1939-March 1942. Christopher Browning.
  • The War Against the Jews. Lucy Dawidowicz.
  • The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945. Saul Friedländer.
  • Under His Very Windows: The Vatican and the Holocaust in Italy. Susan Zuccotti.

 

Books on Antisemitism

  • A Genealogy of Evil: Anti-Semitism from Nazism to Islamic Jihad. David Patterson.
  • Anti-Semitism and its Metaphysical Origins. David Patterson.
  • If I Am Not for Myself: The Liberal Betrayal of the Jews. Ruth Wisse.
  • The Anguish of the Jews. Edward H. Flannery.
  • The Crucifixion of the Jews: The Failure of Christians to Understand the Jewish Experience. Franklin H. Littell.
  • The Devil and the Jews: The Medieval Conception of the Jew and Its Relation to Modern Anti-Semitism. Joshua Trachtenberg.
  • The History of Anti-Semitism. Léon Poliakov.
  • The Jew’s Body. Sander Gilman.
  • The Satanizing of the Jews: Origin and Development of Mystical Anti-Semitism. Joel Carmichael.
  • Why the Jews? The Reason for Antisemitism, the Most Accurate Predictor of Human Evil.
  • Dennis Prager and Joseph Telushkin.

 

Essays and Essay Collections

  • A Double Dying: Reflections on Holocaust Literature. Alvin Rosenfeld.
  • Art Out of Agony: The Holocaust Theme in Literature, Sculpture, and Film. Stephen Lewis.
  • Indelible Shadows: Film and the Holocaust. Annette Insdorf.
  • Man’s Search for Meaning. Victor E. Frankl.
  • One Generation After. Elie Wiesel.
  • Preempting the Holocaust. Lawrence Langer.
  • Sun Turned to Darkness: Memory and Recovery in the Holocaust Memoir. David Patterson.
  • The End of the Holocaust. Alvin Rosenfeld.
  • The Sunflower. Simon Wiesenthal.
  • Using and Abusing the Holocaust. Lawrence Langer.
  • Versions of Survival. Lawrence Langer.
  • “Who Owns Anne Frank?” Cynthia Ozick.

 

Novels

  • Friedrich. Hans Peter Richter.
  • Jakob the Liar. Jurek Becker.
  • Mendelssohn is on the Roof. Jiri Weil.
  • The Last of the Just. André Schwartz-Bart.

 

Short Stories

  • “A Scrap of Time.” Ida Fink.
  • “Badenheim 1939.” Aharon Appelfeld.
  • “The Shawl.” Cynthia Ozick.
  • “The Supper.” Tadeusz Borowski.
  • “This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen.” Tadeusz Borowski.

 

Plays

  • Incident at Vichy. Arthur Miller.
  • Playing for Time. Arthur Miller.
  • The Deputy. Rolf Hochhuth.
  • The Trial of God. Elie Wiesel.

 

Graphic Novels and Picture Books

  • Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale, My Father Bleeds History. Art Spiegelman.
  • Maus II: A Survivor’s Tale, And Here My Troubles Began. Art Spiegelman.
  • Terrible Things. Eve Bunting.
  • The Secret of Priest’s Grotto. Peter Lane Taylor.
  • X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills. Chris Claremont.

 

Poets

  • Paul Celan
  • Charlotte Delbo
  • Dan Pagis
  • Miklós Radnóti
  • Nelly Sacks
  • Hannah Senesz
 

Recommended Films  

 

Feature Films

  • Au revoir les enfants [Goodbye, Children] (1987) – Jewish boys live in hiding at a school during the Holocaust.
  • Conspiracy (2001) – Nazi leaders meet at the Wansee Conference to plan the Final Solution.
  • Europa, Europa – A Jewish teenager assumes various false identities to survive the Holocaust.
  • Jakob der Lügner [Jacob the Liar] (1974) – A Jewish man tries to foster hope in a ghetto.
  • Jeux interdits [Forbidden Games] (1952) – In occupied, rural France, a young Jewish girl and her Christian friend do their best to make sense of brutality.
  • Korczak (1990) – The famous educator cares for 200 orphans in the Warsaw Ghetto.
  • Obchod na korze [The Shop on Main Street] (1965) – An elderly Jewish woman in Czechoslovakia is confused when antisemitic policies take away her business.
  • Playing for Time (1980) – A woman wrestles with ethical dilemmas when she is chosen to be lead vocalist for the women’s orchestra at Auschwitz.
  • Saul fia [Son of Saul] (2015) – A Jewish man works as a member of the Sonderkommando at Auschwitz.
  • Schindler’s List (1993) – A member of the Nazi Party secretly attempts to protect some of Kraków’s Jews during the Holocaust.
  • Sorstalanság [Fateless] (2005) – A Jewish teenager from Hungary is sent to Nazi camps. 
  • The Pianist (2002) – A Jewish pianist in Poland struggles to survive in hiding.

 

Documentary Films

  • Bogdan’s Journey (2016) – A firestorm erupts when a non-Jew seeks to commemorate the notorious Kielce Pogrom of 1946.
  • Caring Corrupted (2017) – Interviews explore the involvement of nurses in the Nazis’ murderous T4 program; former commissioner on the THGC, Dr. Anna Steinberger, is featured.
  • I Have Never Forgotten You: the Life and Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal (2007) – A Jewish man lives to see liberation from Nazi camps and goes on to author books and hunt Nazis.
  • Imaginary Witness (2004) – Hollywood grapples with issues of artistic license, commercialism, and ethics as it looks for ways to portray the Holocaust on the screen.
  •  Miejsce urodzenia [Birthplace] (1992) – Decades after his father and baby brother went missing during the Holocaust, a Jewish man returns to Poland to solve the mysteries.
  • Nuit et brouillard [Night and Fog] (1956) – Archival footage and contemporary filming examine Auschwitz and Majdanek.
  • No Place on Earth (2012) – Decades after surviving the Holocaust, a Jewish family returns to visit the caverns where they hid in Ukraine.
  • One Survivor Remembers (1995) – A Jewish woman recounts her experiences in concentration camps and on a death march.
  • Shoah (1985) – Numerous interviews feature Holocaust survivors, bystanders, and perpetrators.
  • Sister Rose’s Passion (2004) – An American nun successfully crusades to change the Catholic Church’s longstanding Teaching of Contempt for Jews and Judaism.
  • Watchers of the Sky (2014) – Holocaust refugee, Rafael Lemkin, coins and defines genocide, and then campaigns for the United Nations to outlaw it.