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World War II & the Holocaust

 Primary Dewey Decimal numbers for World War II & the Holocaust:

B + Last Name = Biography

296.4 = Judaism

341.6 = Nuremberg Trials

623.4 = Atomic bomb

808.8 = Holocaust literature

940.53 = Holocaust & World War II, including Holocaust-related biographies

940.54 = World War II battles

943.086 = Germany




Research Topics

Voyage of the St. Louis
Nuremberg Laws

Jewish Life before the Holocaust
Shtetl life
History of anti-Semitism

Interwar Period
Treaty of Versailles - repercussions
Rise of Hitler and the Nazi party
Mussolini's rise to power
Hitler Youth
Evian Conference

Other victims (gypsies, homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses...)
Medical experiments
Wannsee Conference

U.S./World Response
Catholic Church
Voyage of the St. Louis
Lend-Lease Program
Rationing programs
Japanese internment camps

The Final Solution
Conditions in the camps:

Ghetto uprisings
The White Rose
Warsaw Uprising
French Underground

Le Chambon
Danish rescue
Underground rescue organizations

Battle of Britain, aka The Blitz
Operation Barbarossa
Battle of Midway
Battle of the Coral Sea
Operation Overlord, aka D-Day (Invasion of Normandy)
Battle of Dunkirk
Pearl Harbor
Bataan Death March

Nuremberg Trials
Creation of Israel









Just a few of the Hoffman Library's books about World War II & the Holocaust

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The life and death of Adolf Hitler - James Cross Giblin
Call Number: B HITLER
ISBN: 0395903718
Publication Date: 2002
Chronicles the life of Adolf Hitler and describes the consequences his quest for German dominance and his hatred of the Jews brought upon the entire world.

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Where the action was : women war correspondents in World War II - Penny Colman
Call Number: 070.4 COL
ISBN: 0517800756
Publication Date: 2002
Describes the work of women war correspondents who covered all theaters of World War II from its beginnings in the 1930s to the surrender of Germany and Japan in 1945.

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Anti-Semitism : from its European roots to the Holocaust - Roberto Finzi
Call Number: 305.892 FIN
ISBN: 1566562988
Publication Date: 1999
An illustrated history of anti-Semitism, looking at the religious origins of prejudice against the Jewish people, and examining some of the most significant expressions of modern anti-Semitism from the mid-nineteenth to the late twentieth century.

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Denied, detained, deported : stories from the dark side of American immigration - Ann Bausum
Call Number: 325.73 BAU
ISBN: 1426303327
Publication Date: 2009
Discusses cases from the history of immigration in the U.S. in which immigrants are denied, such as the people aboard "The St. Louis" who were sent back to Nazi Germany during the Holocaust, the detained, such as Japanese Americans during WWII, and the deported, such as Emma Goldman, who was sent back to Russia in 1919 after living in the U.S. for thirty years.

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The Nuremberg Nazi War Crimes Trials : a headline court case - Harvey Fireside
Call Number: 341.6 FIR
ISBN: 0766013847
Publication Date: 2000
Discusses the Nuremberg Nazi war crimes trial in which Nazi leaders, including Hermann Goering, Rudolf Hess, and Wilhelm Keitel, were tried for their roles in the Holocaust.

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The Nuremberg Interviews - conducted by Leon Goldensohn; edited by Robert Gellately
Call Number: 341.6 GOL
ISBN: 037541469X
Publication Date: 2004
Presents U.S. Army psychiatrist Leon Goldensohn's interviews with nineteen of the defendants in the Nuremberg trials, including Hermann Goering, Rudolf Hess, Joachim von Ribbentrop, and Albert Speer, as well as fourteen of the defense and prosecution witnesses, and includes background on each individual's life.

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Bomb : the race to build and steal the world's most dangerous weapon - Steve Sheinkin
Call Number: 623.4 SHE
ISBN: 1596434872
Publication Date: 2012
Examines the history of the atomic bomb, discussing the discovery of the behavior of uranium when placed next to radioactive material, the race to build a bomb, and the impact of the weapon on societies around the world.

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Tapestry of hope : Holocaust writing for young people - compiled by Lillian Boraks-Nemetz & Irene N. Watts.
Call Number: 808.8 TAP
ISBN: 0887766382
Publication Date: 2003
An anthology of first person accounts and published writings which reveal the heartbreak, courage, and hope that defined the Holocaust.

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Parallel journeys - Eleanor H. Ayer with Helen Waterford and Alfons Heck
Call Number: 940.53 AYE
ISBN: 0689318308
Publication Date: 1995
An account of World War II in Germany as told from the viewpoints of a former Nazi soldier and a Jewish Holocaust survivor.

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In the ghettos : teens who survived the ghettos of the Holocaust - Eleanor H. Ayer
Call Number: 940.53 AYE
ISBN: 0823928454
Publication Date: 1999
Chronicles the deportation of Jews into ghettos during Hitler's Third Reich and presents the narratives of three individuals who, as teenagers, lived in the ghettos of Lodz, Theresienstadt, and Warsaw and survived physical deprivations, abuse, and deportation to the death camps.

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The Japanese American internment : civil liberties denied - Michael Burgan
Call Number: 940.53 BUR
ISBN: 0756524539
Publication Date: 2007
Profiles the removal of Japanese Americans to relocation centers and internment camps during World War II.

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Causes of World War II - Jim Corrigan
Call Number: 940.53 COR
ISBN: 1595560041
Publication Date: 2005
Examines the causes of World War Two and the events leading up to it discussing the effects of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, the rise of militarism in Germany, Italy, and Japan, and appeasement policies of British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain.

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Ten thousand children : true stories told by children who escaped the Holocaust on the Kindertransport - Anne L. Fox; Eva Abraham-Podietz
Call Number: 940.53 FOX
ISBN: 0874416485
Publication Date: 1999
Tells the true stories of children who escaped Nazi Germany on the Kindertransport, a rescue mission led by concerned British to save Jewish children from the Holocaust.

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Vive la France : the French Resistance during World War II - Robert Greene
Call Number: 940.53 GRE
ISBN: 0531201929
Publication Date: 1995
Describes the history of the underground movement in France during World War II.

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Holocaust memories: speaking the truth - compiled and introduced by Elaine Landau.
Call Number: 940.53 HOL
ISBN: 0531117421
Publication Date: 2001
Contains personal narratives in which eight concentration camp survivors discuss their experiences in Germany under the Nazi regime during World War II.

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I have lived a thousand years : growing up in the Holocaust - Livia Bitton-Jackson
Call Number: 940.53 JAC
ISBN: 0689823959
Publication Date: 1999
A memoir of Elli Friedmann in which she tells about her experiences at Auschwitz concentration camp where she was taken at the age of thirteen in 1944 when the Nazis invaded her native Hungary.

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Surviving the Angel of Death : the story of a Mengele twin in Auschwitz - Eva Mozes Kor, Lisa Rojany Buccieri, and Susan Goldman Rubin
Call Number: 940.53 KOR
ISBN: 1933718285
Publication Date: 2009
Eva Mozes Kor details the experiences she shared with her twin sister Miriam when they were sent to Auschwitz as children and were forced to endure medical experiments and other horrors under the care of Josef Mengele.

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Lost childhood : my life in a Japanese prison camp during World War II : a memoir - by Annelex Hofstra Layson with Herman J. Viola
Call Number: 940.53 LAY
ISBN: 1426303211
Publication Date: 2008
The author reveals a first-hand account of her and her family's experiences when they and other Dutch residents on the island of Java, were captured by the Japanese in 1942 and taken to a prison camp where they spent over three years.

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The Home Front in World War II - Pat Levy
Call Number: 940.53 LEV
ISBN: 0739860658
Publication Date: 2004
Explores life in various countries during World War II for the ordinary citizens who contributed to war efforts in factories and other venues and who, in come cases, experienced the horrors of war firsthand.

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Darkness over Denmark : the Danish resistance and the rescue of the Jews - Ellen Levine
Call Number: 940.53 LEV
ISBN: 0823414477
Publication Date: 2000
An account of people in Denmark who risked their lives to protect and rescue their Jewish neighbors from the Nazis during World War II.

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Hidden child - Isaac Millman
Call Number: 940.53 MIL
ISBN: 0374330719
Publication Date: 2005
The author details his difficult experiences as a young Jewish child living in Nazi-occupied France during the 1940s.

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Remember World War II : kids who survived tell their stories - edited by Dorinda Makanaonalani Nicholson
Call Number: 940.53 REM
ISBN: 0792271912
Publication Date: 2005
Presents a collection of stories from World War II, culled from eyewitness accounts, archival images, detailed maps, and a timeline of key events that paint a vivid picture of daily life in wartime as experienced by children who lived through it.

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Smoke and ashes : the story of the Holocaust - Barbara Rogasky
Call Number: 940.53 ROG
ISBN: 0823416127
Publication Date: 2002
Tells the story of the Holocaust, tracing the origins of Nazi anti-Semitism; following the development of plans for the extermination of the Jews, with discussion of the ghettos, the final solution, deportations, the camps, resistance, rescuers, and other topics; and including responses to claims that the Holocaust never happened.

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Causes and consequences of World War II - Stewart Ross
Call Number: 940.53 ROS
ISBN: 0817240500
Publication Date: 1996
Examines the events leading up to World War II, looking at the different motives of each country involved, and how the conflict resulted in the Cold War between the United States and the Soviets, and the development of the United Nations.

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The Grand Mosque of Paris : a story of how Muslims saved Jews during the Holocaust - Karen Gray Ruelle; Deborah Durland DeSaix (Illustrator)
Call Number: 940.53 RUE
ISBN: 0823421597
Publication Date: 2009
An illustrated picture book that tells of how Muslims helped to hide escaped prisoners of war and Jews of all ages in the complex of the Grand Mosque of Paris during World War II.

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Maus : a survivor's tale - Art Spiegelman
Call Number: 940.53 SPI
ISBN: 0394747232
Publication Date: 1986
A memoir about Vladek Spiegleman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler's Europe, and about his son, a cartoonist who tries to come to terms with his father, his story, and with history itself. Cartoon format portrays Jews as mice and Nazis as cats.

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Double victory : a multicultural history of America in World War II - Ronald T. Takaki; Terry Adams (Editor)
Call Number: 940.53 TAK
ISBN: 0316831565
Publication Date: 2001
Tells the story of ethnically diverse Americans during the Second World War, addressing their contributions to the war effort, and the dark side of American policy, including Japanese-American internment camps, the Roosevelt administration's initial neglect of Jewish refugees, the Jim Crow army, and other related topics

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Terezin : voices from the Holocaust - Ruth Thomson
Call Number: 940.53 THO
ISBN: 0763649635
Publication Date: 2011
Provides firsthand accounts and artwork from the Jewish people who were forced to live in Terezin, the Czechoslovakian town that was turned into a ghetto and later a transit camp by the Nazis during World War II.

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Children of Topaz : the story of a Japanese American internment camp : based on a classroom diary - Michael O. Tunnell; George W. Chilcoat
Call Number: 940.53 TUN
ISBN: 0823412393
Publication Date: 1996
The diary of a third-grade class of Japanese-American children being held with their families in an internment camp during World War II.

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After the darkness : reflections on the Holocaust - Elie Wiesel
Call Number: 940.53 WIE
ISBN: 0805241825
Publication Date: 2002

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The attack on Pearl Harbor : U.S. entry into World War II - Michael Burgan
Call Number: 940.54 BUR
ISBN: 1608704483
Publication Date: 2011

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The Battle of Midway : the destruction of the Japanese fleet - Steve White; Richard Elson (Illustrator)
Call Number: 940.54 WHI
ISBN: 140420783X
Publication Date: 2007-07-01
Tells the story of the Battle of Midway in graphic novel format, also providing introductory information on the important commanders, Japan's plan of attack, and the U.S.'s aircraft carriers.

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Hitler Youth - Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Call Number: 943.086 BAR
ISBN: 0439353793
Publication Date: 2005
A photo-illustrated look at the youth organizations Adolf Hitler founded and used to meet his sociopolitical and military ends; includes profiles of individual Hitler Youth members as well as young people who opposed the Nazis, such as Hans and Sophie Scholl.

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Raising the flag : how a photograph gave a nation hope in wartime - Michael Burgan
Call Number: 940.54 BUR
ISBN: 0756543959
Publication Date: 2011
Explores and analyzes the historical context and significance of Joe Rosenthal's iconic photograph of Marines raising an American flag on Japanese soil.

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Dear Miss Breed: true stories of the Japanese American incarceration during World War II and a librarian who made a difference - Joanne F. Oppenheim; Elizabeth Kikuchi Yamada (Foreword by); Snowden Becker (Afterword by)
Call Number: 940.53 OPP
ISBN: 0439569923
Publication Date: 2006
The true-life story of Clara Breed, a librarian whose outreach efforts helped a group of Japanese-American children survive the persecutions of the American government during World War II.

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    Historical fiction about World War II & the Holocaust

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    The boy in the striped pajamas : a fable - John Boyne
    Call Number: F BOY (Teen Read)
    ISBN: 0385751060
    Publication Date: 2006
    Bored and lonely after his family moves from Berlin to a place called "Out-With" in 1942, Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind a wire fence.

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    Annexed - Sharon Dogar
    Call Number: F DOG (Teen Read)
    ISBN: 0547501951
    Publication Date: 2010
    A fictional account of life with Anne Frank hidden in the secret annex from Peter's point-of-view, following as he becomes closer with Anne, begins to question his own religion, and is forced to suppress his own desires to join the fight.

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    Thin wood walls - David Patneaude
    Call Number: F PAT
    ISBN: 0618342907
    Publication Date: 2004
    Joe Hamada and his family face growing prejudice in their Seattle community after the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor, and are eventually torn away from their home and sent to a relocation camp in California, even as his older brother joins the U.S. Army to fight in World War II.

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    Yellow star - Jennifer Rozines Roy
    Call Number: F ROY
    ISBN: 076145277X
    Publication Date: 2006
    From 1939, when Syvia is four and a half years old, to 1945 when she has just turned ten, a Jewish girl and her family struggle to survive in Poland's Lodz ghetto during the Nazi occupation.

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    Eyes of the emperor - Graham Salisbury
    Call Number: F SAL
    ISBN: 0385729715
    Publication Date: 2005
    Following orders from the United States Army, several young Japanese American men train K-9 units to hunt Asians during World War II.

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    Mara's stories : glimmers in the darkness - Gary D. Schmidt
    Call Number: F SCH
    ISBN: 0805067949
    Publication Date: 2001
    Each evening, in one of the barracks of a Nazi death camp, a woman shares stories that push back the darkness, cold, and fear, bringing hope to the women and children who listen.

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    The Berlin Boxing Club - Robert Sharenow
    Call Number: F SHA (Teen Read)
    ISBN: 0061579688
    Publication Date: 2011
    In 1936 Berlin, fourteen-year-old Karl Stern, considered Jewish despite a non-religious upbringing, learns to box from the legendary Max Schmeling while struggling with the realities of the Holocaust.

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    Hitler's Canary - Sandi Toksvig
    Call Number: F TOK
    ISBN: 1596432470
    Publication Date: 2007
    Based upon the true experiences of the author's father, tells the fictional story of ten-year-old Bamse and his Jewish friend, Anton, who participated in the Danish Resistance during World War II.

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    My Family for the War - Anne G. Voorhoere ; translated by Tammi Reichel.
    Call Number: F VOO
    ISBN: 0803733607
    Publication Date: 2012
    Ten-year-old Franziska Mangold escapes Nazi Germany on the kindertransport she boards in Berlin, and when she arrives in London, she takes on the name Frances and struggles with her identity as she pieces together a new life without her family.

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    Code name Verity - Elizabeth Wein
    Call Number: F WEI (Teen Read)
    ISBN: 9781423152194
    Publication Date: 2012
    In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must do to survive while keeping secret all that she can.

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    The book thief - Markus Zusak
    Call Number: F ZUS (Teen Read)
    ISBN: 0375831002
    Publication Date: 2006
    Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

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    Rod Serling's The twilight zone : Deaths-Head revisited - Mark Kneece; Rod Serling; Chris Lie (Illustrator)
    Call Number: 741.5 KNE
    ISBN: 0802797237
    Publication Date: 2009
    A former Nazi concentration camp guard returns to Dachau to relive his memories of the war and finds himself haunted and tortured by the prisoners who died at his hands.


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