Holocaust Bibliography

"The Eternal Shame of Mankind" - Andrew Roberts, The Storm of War

The books in BOLD are recommended for everyone seriously studying of the Holocaust. The first six are essential.

  1. A Brief History of the Third Reich by Martyn Whittock
  2. Life and Death in the Third Reich - by Peter Fritzsche
  3. The Coming of the Third Reich - by Richard Evans
  4. The Third Reich in Power - by Richard Evans
  5. The Third Reich at War - by Richard Evans
  6. KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps By Nikolaus Wachsmann
  7. The Holocaust - by Martin Gilbert
  8. The Dark Heart of Hitler's Europe: Nazi Rule in Poland under the General Government by Martin Winstone
  9. Marching into Darkness: The Wehrmacht and the Holocaust in Belarus by Waitman Wade Beorn
  10. Nazi Empire Building: The Ukrainian Holocaust - by Wendy Lower
  11. We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust by Ellen Cassedy
  12. Masters of Death: The SS-Einsatzgruppen and the Invention of the Holocaust by Richard Rhodes
  13. Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland by Christopher R. Browning
  14. A World Without Jews: The Nazi Imagination from Persecution to Genocide by Alon Confino
  15. The Origins of Nazi Genocide: From Euthanasia to the Final Solution by Henry Friedlander
  16. Nazi Germany and the Jews (2 volumes) by Saul Friedländer
  17. The Jewish Enemy: Nazi Propaganda during World War II and the Holocaust by Jeffrey Herf
  18. Hitler's Beneficiaries: Plunder, Racial War, and the Nazi Welfare State by Jefferson Chase and Götz Aly
  19. Backing Hitler: Consent and Coercion in Nazi Germany by Robert Gellately
  20. An Army of Evil - by Adrian Weale
  21. The Gestapo: Power and Terror in the Third Reich by Carsten Dams
  22. Nazi Terror - by Eric Johnson
  23. What We Knew: Terror, Mass Murder, and Everyday Life in Nazi Germany by Eric A. Johnson
  24. Why the Germans? Why the Jews?: Envy, Race Hatred, and the Prehistory of the Holocaust by Götz Aly
  25. Sexual Violence against Jewish Women during the Holocaust by Sonja M. Hedgepeth and Rochelle G. Saidel
  26. The Final Solution: A Genocide by Donald Bloxham
  27. Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields by Wendy Lower
  28. Hitler's Prisons by Nikolaus Wachsmann
  29. The Order of the Death's Head: The Story of Hitler's SS by Heinz Zollin Höhne and Richard Barry
  30. War of Annihilation: Combat and Genocide on the Eastern Front by Geoffrey P. Megargee
  31. Holy Hatred: Christianity, Antisemitism, and the Holocaust by Robert Michael
  32. The Book of the Just: The Silent Heroes Who Saved Jews from Hitler by Eric Silver
  33. Re-Examining the Holocaust Through Literature by Aukje Kluge
  34. Reading the Holocaust by Inga Clendinnen
  35. War Against the Weak: Eugenics and America's Campaign to Create a Master Race by Edwin Black
  36. Nazi Nexus: America's Corporate Connections to Hitler's Holocaust by Edwin Black
  37. IBM and the Holocaust: The Strategic Alliance Between Nazi Germany and America's Most Powerful Corporation by Edwin Black
  38. Henry Ford and the Jews: The Mass Production Of Hate by Neil Baldwin
  39. The American Axis: Henry Ford, Charles Lindbergh, and the Rise of the Third Reich by Max Wallace
  40. FDR and the Jews by Richard Breitman
  41. The Holocaust, the French, and the Jews by Susan Zuccotti
  42. A Conspiracy Of Decency: The Rescue Of The Danish Jews During World War II by Emmy E. Werner
  43. The Envoy: The Epic Rescue of the Last Jews of Europe in the Desperate Closing Months of World War II by Alex Kershaw
  44. The Unwritten Order: Hitler's Role in the Final Solution by Peter Longerich
  45. Death and Deliverance: Euthanasia in Germany, 1900 to 1945 by Michael Burleigh
  46. The Originas of the Final Solution by Christopher Browning
  47. Hitler, the Germans and the Final Solution by Ian Kershaw
  48. Holocaust: The Nazi Persecution and Murder of the Jews by Peter Longerich
  49. The Theory and Practice of Hell: The German Concentration Camps and the System Behind Them by Eugen Kogon
  50. Cleansing the Fatherland: Nazi Medicine and Racial Hygiene by Götz Aly, Peter Chroust, Christian Pross
  51. Doctors From Hell: The Horrific Account of Nazi Experiments on Humans by Vivien Spitz
  52. Jewish Forced Labor Under the Nazis: Economic Needs and Racial Aims, 1938-1944 by Wolf Gruner
  53. The Holocaust, the French, and the Jews by Susan Zuccotti
  54. Vichy France and the Jews by Michael Marrus and Robert Paxton
  55. The Italians and the Holocaust: Persecution, Rescue, and Survival by Susan Zuccotti
  56. The Jews in Mussolini's Italy: From Equality to Persecution by Michele Sarfatti
  57. The Jewish Enemy: Nazi Propaganda during World War II and the Holocaust by Jeffrey Herf
  58. State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda by Susan Bachrach and Steven Luckert
  59. Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World by Jeffrey Herf
  60. Nazis, Islamists, and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Barry Rubin and Wolfgang G. Schwanitz
  61. Islam and Nazi Germany's War by David Motadel
  62. The Third Reich: Politics and Propaganda by David Welch
  63. Responses to Nazism in Britain, 1933-1939: Before War and Holocaust by Dan Stone
  64. Villa The Lake The Meeting: Wannsee And The Final Solution by Mark Roseman
  65. The Catholic Church and the Holocaust, 1930-1965 by Michael Phayer
  66. The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide by Robert Jay Lifton
  67. Racial Hygiene: Medicine Under the Nazis by Robert Proctor
  68. Doctors Under Hitler by Michael H. Kater
  69. The Path to Genocide: Essays on Launching the Final Solution by Christopher R. Browning
  70. The Holocaust and the Germanization of Ukraine by Eric C. Steinhart
  71. The Massacre of the Jews of Lithuania by Karen Sutton
  72. Hunt for the Jews: Betrayal and Murder in German-Occupied Poland by Jan Grabowski
  73. The Holocaust in Latvia 1941-1944: The Missing Center by Andrew Ezergailis 
  74. Amidst Latvians During the Holocaust by Edward Anders
  75. The 'Final Solution' in Riga: Exploitation and Annihilation, 1941-1944 by Andrej Angrick and Peter Klein
  76. The Unknown Black Book: The Holocaust in the German-Occupied Soviet Territories by Joshua Rubenstein and Ilya Altman (Editors)
  77. The Massacre of the Jews of Lithuania by Karen Sutton
  78. The Racial State: Germany 1933-1945 by Michael Burleigh
  79. Industry and Ideology: I. G. Farben in the Nazi Era by Peter Hayes
  80. Witnesses of War: Children's Lives Under the Nazis by Nicholas Stargardt
  81. Cruel World: The Children of Europe in the Nazi Web by Lynn H. Nicholas
  82. My Father's Keeper: Children of Nazi Leaders by Stephan Lebert and Norbert Lebert
  83. Children with a Star: Jewish Youth in Nazi Europe by Deborah Dwork
  84. Between Nazis and Soviets: Occupation Politics in Poland, 1939-1947 by Marek Jan Chodakiewicz

    Works related to specific camps, ghettos and places

    The books in bold are highly recommended


  86. Rising '44: The Battle for Warsaw by Norman Davies
  87. Auschwitz: A New History by Laurence Rees
  88. Warsaw 1944: Hitler, Himmler, and the Warsaw Uprising by Alexandra Richie
  89. Dachau: The Harrowing of Hell by Marcus J. Smith
  90. The Society of Terror: Inside the Dachau and Buchenwald Concentration Camps by Paul Neurath
  91. Ravensbruck: Life and Death in Hitler's Concentration Camp for Women by Sarah Helm
  92. There Is A Place On Earth: A Woman In Birkenau by Giuliana Tedeschi Brunelli
  93. Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka: The Operation Reinhard Death Camps by Yitzhak Arad
  94. Lodz Ghetto: A History by Isaiah Trunk
  95. Chelmno and the Holocaust: The History of Hitler's First Death Camp by Patrick Montague
  96. The Buchenwald Trilogy by Flint Whitlock
  97. Anatomy of the Auschwitz Death Camp by Yisrael Gutman
  98. Sobibor: A History of a Nazi Death Camp by Jules Schelvis
  99. The Riddle Of Babi Yar: The True Story Told by a Survivor of the Mass Murders in Kiev, 1941-1943 by Ziama Trubakov
  100. Notes from the Warsaw Ghetto by Emmanuel Ringelblum and Jacob Sloan
  101. Before Auschwitz: Jewish Prisoners in the Prewar Concentration Camps by Kim Wünschmann
  102. Kristallnacht 1938 by Alan E. Steinweis
  103. The Avengers: A Jewish War Story by Rich Cohen

    Books Focused on the non-Jewish victims of the Holocaust

    The books in bold are highly recommended


  105. Branded by the Pink Triangle by Ken Setterington
  106. I, Pierre Seel, Deported Homosexual: A Memoir of Nazi Terror by Pierre Seel
  107. The Pink Triangle: The Nazi War Against Homosexuals by Richard Plant
  108. Persecution and Resistance of Jehovah's Witnesses During the Nazi Regime: 1933-1945 by Hans Hesse
  109. The Jehovah's Witnesses and the Nazis: Persecution, Deportation, and Murder, 1933-1945 by Michel Reynaud
  110. Between Resistance and Martyrdom: Jehovah's Witnesses in the Third Reich by Detlef Garbe
  111. The Nazi Persecution of the Gypsies by Guenter Lewy
  112. Crying Hands: Eugenics and Deaf People in Nazi Germany by Horst Biesold

    Books Focused on German Colonial Genocide

  114. Genocide in German South-West Africa: The Colonial War of 1904-1908 and Its Aftermath by Jurgen Zimmerer and Joachim Zeller
  115. The Kaiser's Holocaust: Germany's Forgotten Genocide and the Colonial Roots of Nazism by David Olusoga and Casper W. Erichsen

    Holocaust Memoirs, Personal and Community Histories

    The books in bold are highly recommended


  117. Survival In Auschwitz by Primo Levi
  118. Night Trilogy by Elie Wiesel 
  119. I Will Bear Witness: A Diary of the Nazi Years by Victor Klemperer
  120. An Underground Life: Memoirs of a Gay Jew in Nazi Berlin by Gad Beck and Frank Heibert
  121. All But My Life by Gerda Weissmann Klein
  122. Because of Romek: A Holocaust Survivor's Memoir by David Faber
  123. The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis Built a Village in the Forest and Saved 1200 Jews by Peter Duffy
  124. The Chronicle of the Lodz Ghetto 1941-1944 by Lucjan Dobroszycki
  125. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  126. The Diary of Mary Berg: Growing Up in the Warsaw Ghetto by Mary Berg
  127. Edith's Story: Courage Love and Survival during World War II by Edith Van Hessen Velmans
  128. Five Chimneys: The Story of Auschwitz by Olga Lengyel
  129. Forgotten Voices of the Holocaust by Lyn Smith
  130. Fragments of Memory: From Kolin to Jerusalem by Hana Greenfield
  131. From Ashes to Life: My Memories of the Holocaust by Lucille Eichengreen
  132. In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer by Irene Gut Opdyke
  133. Love In A World Of Sorrow: A Teenage Girl's Holocaust Memoirs by Fanya Gottesfeld Heller
  134. No Time to Mourn: The True Story of a Jewish Partisan Fighter by Leon Kahn
  135. Rutka's Notebook: A Voice from the Holocaust edited by Kelly Knauer
  136. Salvaged Pages: Young Writers' Diaries of the Holocaust edited by Alexandra Zapruder
  137. Scroll of Agony: The Warsaw Diary of Chaim A Kaplan by Chaim Aron Kaplan
  138. Survival In Auschwitz by Primo Levi
  139. To Survive Sobibor by Dov Freiberg
  140. Tovarisch I Am Not Dead by Garri S Urban
  141. Until We Meet Again: A True Story of Love and Survival in the Holocaust by Michael Korenblit and Kathleen Janger
  142. The Warriors: My Life As A Jewish Soviet Partisan by Harold Zissman
  143. The Warsaw Diary of Adam Czerniakow: Prelude to Doom by Adam Hilberg
  144. Who Will Write Our History? Emanuel Ringelblum the Warsaw Ghetto and the Oyneg Shabes Archive by Samuel D Kassow
  145. William & Rosalie: A Holocaust Testimony by William and Rosalie Schiff
  146. One Step Ahead - A Mother of Seven Escaping Hitler's Claws by Avraham Azrieli
  147. Blood and Fury: A Historical Memoir of the 1919 Pogroms in Ukraine, Russia by Hannah Weiner and Sheba E. Sweet (Editor)

    Holocaust Perpetrators Related Biographies

    The books in bold are highly recommended


  149. Heinrich Himmler: A Life by Peter Longerich
  150. Adolf Hitler - by Ian Kershaw
  151. Odilo Globocnik, Hitler's Man in the East by Joseph Poprzeczny
  152. Karl Brandt: The Nazi Doctor: Medicine and Power in the Third Reich by Ulf Schmidt
  153. Goebbels: A Biography by Peter Longerich
  154. Hitler's Hangman: The Life of Heydrich by Robert Gerwarth
  155. Mengele: The Complete Story by Gerald L. Posner and John Ware
  156. Eichmann Before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer by Bettina Stangneth

    General Books related to Nazi Germany

    The books in bold are highly recommended


  158. The Third Reich in History and Memory by Richard J. Evans
  159. The Coming of the Third Reich - by Richard Evans
  160. The Third Reich in Power - by Richard Evans
  161. The Third Reich at War - by Richard Evans
  162. The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy by Adam Tooze
  163. Hitler and the Power of Aesthetics by Frederic Spotts
  164. The German War: A Nation Under Arms, 1939–1945 by Nicholas Stargardt
  165. Nazism, Fascism and the Working Class by Timothy W. Mason
  166. War and Economy in the Third Reich by R. J. Overy
  167. A Brief History of the Third Reich by Martyn Whittock
  168. Hitler's Beneficiaries: Plunder, Racial War, and the Nazi Welfare State by Götz Aly
  169. The Jewish Enemy: Nazi Propaganda during World War II and the Holocaust by Jeffrey Herf
  170. Weimar Culture: The Outsider as Insider by Peter Gay
  171. The Nazi Voter: The Social Foundations of Fascism in Germany, 1919-1933 by Thomas Childers
  172. The Social Bases of Nazism, 1919-1933 by Detlef Mühlberger
  173. Hitler's Voice - The Völkischer Beobachter (Two Volumes) by Detlef Mühlberger
  174. The Nazi Connection: Eugenics, American Racism, and German National Socialism by Stefan Kuhl
  175. The Farhud: Roots of the Arab-Nazi Alliance in the Holocaust by Edwin Black


    Books on World War II in Europe

    The books in bold are highly recommended


  1. The Storm of War - by Andrew Roberts
  2. The Second World War - by Antony Beevor
  3. The Second World War - by Martin Gilbert
  4. The Story of World War II - bt Donald Miller
  5. Inferno - by Max Hastings
  6. The Second World War by John Keegan


    Historiography and Other Works

    The books in bold are highly recommended


  1. Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning by Timothy Snyder
  2. The Third Reich in History and Memory by Richard J. Evans
  3. The Holocaust and Historical Methodology by Dan Stone
  4. The Historiography of Genocide by Dan Stone
  5. The Historiography of the Holocaust by Dan Stone
  6. Holocaust Historiography in Context: Emergence, Challenges, Polemics and Achievements by David Bankier and Dan Michman (Editors)
  7. Holocaust Representations in History: An Introduction by Daniel H. Magilow and Lisa Silverman

    Genocide Studies

    The books in bold are highly recommended


  9. A Century of Genocide: Utopias of Race and Nation by Eric D. Weitz
  10. Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction by Adam Jones 
  11. New Directions in Genocide Research by Adam Jones (Editor)
  12. In God's Name: Genocide and Religion in the Twentieth Century by Omer Bartov (Editor), Phyllis MacK (Editor)
  13. The Specter of Genocide: Mass Murder in Historical Perspective by Robert Gellately (Editor), Ben Kiernan  (Editor)
  14. Fires of Hatred: Ethnic Cleansing in Twentieth-Century Europe by Norman M. Naimark 
  15. Moral Combat: Good and Evil in World War II by Michael Burleigh
  16. Human Smoke - by Nicholson Baker
  17. "A Problem From Hell": America and the Age of Genocide by Samantha Power 
  18. Blood and Soil: A World History of Genocide and Extermination from Sparta to Darfur by Ben Kiernan 
  19. Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing by James Waller
  20. Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa by Jason Stearns
  21. Denial of Violence: Ottoman Past, Turkish Present, and Collective Violence against the Armenians, 1789-2009 by Fatma Muge Gocek
  22. They Can Live in the Desert but Nowhere Else: A History of the Armenian Genocide by Ronald Grigor Suny
  23. We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda by Philip Gourevitch
  24. First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by Loung Ung 
  25. Stalin's Genocides by Norman M. Naimark
  26. The Pol Pot Regime: Race, Power, and Genocide in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge, 1975-79 by Ben Kiernan 
  27. American Holocaust: The Conquest of the New World by David E. Stannard
  28. The Earth Shall Weep: A History of Native America by James Wilson
  29. Murder State: California's Native American Genocide, 1846-1873 by Brendan C. Lindsay
  30. An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873 by Benjamin Madley
  31. The American West and the Nazi East: A Comparative and Interpretive Perspective by C. Kakel
  32. Rivers of Blood, Rivers of Gold: Europe's Conquest of Indigenous Peoples by Mark Cocker
  33. A Poisonous Affair: America, Iraq, and the Gassing of Halabja by Joost R. Hiltermann
  34. Final Solutions: Mass Killing and Genocide in the 20th Century by Benjamin A. Valentino 
  35. Dark Continent: Europe's Twentieth Century by Mark Mazower
  36. Gulag: A History by Anne Applebaum 
  37. Execution by Hunger: The Hidden Holocaust by Miron Dolot
  38. The Making of the Rape of Nanking: History and Memory in Japan, China, and the United States by Takashi Yoshida
  39. Men to Devils, Devils to Men: Japanese War Crimes and Chinese Justice by Barak Kushner
  40. The Tragedy of Liberation: A History of the Chinese Revolution 1945-1957 by Frank Dikötter 
  41. Mao's Great Famine: The History of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-1962 by Frank Dikötter
  42. Tombstone: The Great Chinese Famine, 1958-1962 by Yang Jisheng


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