5 Books for International Holocaust Remembrance Day

5 Books for International Holocaust Remembrance Day

On January 27, 1945, the gates of Auschwitz-Birkenau were opened by the Soldiers of the 60th Army of the First Ukrainian Front, and approximately 7,000 people were liberated. 79 years later, we commemorate the lives lost during the Holocaust and consider the ongoing impact of this generational trauma.

Cover of We Remember with Reverence and Love: American Jews and the Myth of Silence after the Holocaust, 1945-1962
by Hasia Diner

We Remember With Reverence and Love

American Jews and the Myth of Silence After the Holocaust

By Hasia R. Diner

Winner of the 2009 National Jewish Book Award in American Jewish Studies

Recipient of the 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship in Humanities-Intellectual & Cultural History

“Diner hurls a passionate, well-delineated attack on the conventional view that postwar Jews and survivors wanted to forget the Holocaust rather than memorialize the tragedy. … A work of towering research and conviction that will surely enliven academic debates for years to come.” ~Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

Cover of A Mortuary of Books: The Rescue of Jewish Culture after the Holocaust by Elisabeth Gallas,Translated by Alex Skinner

A Mortuary of Books

The Rescue of Jewish Culture after the Holocaust

By Elisabeth Gallas

Translated by Alex Skinner

The astonishing story of the efforts of scholars and activists to rescue Jewish cultural treasures after the Holocaust

“In this remarkable tale of a little-studied aspect of the Holocaust, Gallas reckons with what the attempted Nazi erasure of Jewish intellectual and cultural heritage means for a people whose identity is tied to a tradition of books and learning.” ~Library Journal Review

“A fresh, significant contribution to Jewish history.” ~Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

Cover of Postcards from Auschwitz: Holocaust Tourism and the Meaning of Remembrance by Daniel P. Reynolds

Postcards from Auschwitz

Holocaust Tourism and the Meaning of Remembrance

By Daniel P. Reynolds

The uneasy link between tourism and collective memory at Holocaust museums and memorials

“Incisively scrutinizes the intersection of tourism and Holocaust remembrance . . . raises important questions about history, tourism, and genocide.” ~Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“This should be required reading for anyone contemplating a trip to places of remembrance, such as the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum or the Auschwitz and Dachau death camps in Europe. Reynolds effectively tells how history and tourism intersect.” ~Library Journal

Forgotten Trials of the Holocaust

By Michael J. Bazyler and Frank M. Tuerkheimer

Demonstrates the impact of the Holocaust by analyzing ten underreported Nazi trials

“Tell[s] us an enormous amount about the crimes of the Nazis and remind us once more of the moral depths to which they sank.” ~The New York Review of Books

“An indispensable account of ten forgotten trials of the Holocaust.” ~Jewish Book Council

After the Holocaust: Human Rights and Genocide Education in the Approaching Post-Witness Era, Edited by Charlotte Schallié, Helga Thorson and Andrea van Noord

After the Holocaust

Human Rights and Genocide Education in the Approaching Post-Witness Era

Edited by Charlotte Schallié, Helga Thorson and Andrea van Noord

Published by University of Regina Press

Brings together scholarship, activism, poetry, and personal narratives from some of the last living survivors of the Holocaust to tackle the changing face of Holocaust and human rights education in the 21st century

“Tell[s] us an enormous amount about the crimes of the Nazis and remind us once more of the moral depths to which they sank.” ~The New York Review of Books

“An indispensable account of ten forgotten trials of the Holocaust.” ~Jewish Book Council

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