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Read these stories in conjunction with your studies on World War II and the Holocaust.



Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Lesson Plans by Becky Harvey

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, is a realistic historical fiction that portrays a young Danish girl, Annemarie, during the Nazi occupation. Annemarie’s best friend Ellen and her family are Jewish, and as such, are being hunted by the Nazis. Annemarie’s entire family works tirelessly and at their own peril to save Ellen’s family, as well as many others unknown to them. Many, many Danish people secretly rebelled against the unwelcome invasion of their country. As a result, the Danish Resistance formed and members found ways to undermine the Nazis.



Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

Lesson Plans by Anna Warfield

The Holocaust is one of the blackest periods in world history. Extraordinary racism and hatred led to millions of needless deaths. Anne Frank was a Jewish girl whose family tried to escape persecution and imprisonment by hiding in secret rooms. Anne kept a diary of her experience in the “Secret Annexe” that shows the difficulties the Franks faced, as well as courage, wisdom, and hope in the face of adversity.


The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

Lesson Plans by Becky Harvey

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is the story of an innocent and ignorant boy whose father is the commandant of the concentration/death camp Auschwitz in Nazi-controlled Poland during World War II. Though the book is written in third person/omniscient point of view, the author has Bruno use his unknowing voice, calling Auschwitz “Out-with”, and the Fuhrer (Adolf Hilter) “the Fury”, to show his true misunderstanding of all that is actually happening around him.



The Sunflower by Simon Wiesenthal

Lesson Plans by Rebecca Ray

The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness by Simon Wiesenthal combines a memoir and a symposium on an event that occurred while he was held captive in a Nazi concentration camp.


Night by Elie Wiesel

Lesson Plans by Rebecca Ray

Night by Elie Wiesel is an autobiographical story, told by Wiesel, depicting his life and journey through the Holocaust as a young boy. In his memoir, he discusses growing up as a devout Jewish boy, and continues the novel through his time spent in Auschwitz, a notorious Nazi concentration camp. The novel ends with his liberation and briefly touches upon his life at the end of WWII.



The History of the Holocaust

Lesson Plans by Richard Cleggett, Matt Campbell, and John Gillis

The Holocaust was a 20th century genocide of staggering proportions. Over the course of twelve years, the Nazi Party brutally and systematically killed nearly six million Jews and five million other victims. It remains a profoundly tragic chapter of world history. It also remains an important part of history for students to study in order to better understand World War 2 and even current events.


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