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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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.
View this book trailer about The Book Thief 

by Art Spiegelman
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. This graphic novel format portrays Jews as mice and Nazis as cats.
Listen to an interview with Spiegelman about Maus
View a book trailer about Maus 

The Wave by Todd Strasser 
A story based upon actual events that took place as the result of a History class experiment in a California high school in 1969. Ben Ross, a high school history teacher, begins his usual unit on World War II with a film strip depicting the horrors that occurred in Nazi concentration camps. His students have mixed reactions to the film. Among them, Laurie, a popular student, raises questions that the teacher cannot answer and states that this type of event could never happen again. The teacher concocts an experiment to illustrate to his students just how this type of blind following can easily happen, even in their own school.

Watch the movie trailer here.


    One Survivor Remembers

    Video Resources


    • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    • Visas for Life
      Chiune "Sempo" Sugihara was the Japanese Consul General in Kovno, Lithuania, in 1939 and 1940. Visit this virtual exhibit from the Simon Wiesenthal Center to read about how Sugihara courageously issued visas that saved the lives of approximately 6,000 Polish Jews.

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    • When General Grant Expelled the Jews
      Excerpt from the book by Jonathan Sarna, which details the controversial order given by General Ulysses Grant during the Civil War to expel all Jews as a race in an attempt to curb the black market.

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