For the Holocaust Unit, you will choose to read one of the following novels:
All But My Life by Gerda Weissman Klein
A classic of Holocaust literature, Gerda Weissman Klein’s celebrated memoir tells the moving story of a young woman’s three frightful years as a slave laborer of the Nazis and her miraculous liberation. From a small town on the Polish-German border, Gerda goes on a forced journey to multiple work camps after being separated from her family. Still, she encounters both friendship and love while struggling for survival. She survives a brutal death march designed to kill her and then meets her future husband under the most unusual circumstances. All But My Life stands as the ultimate lesson in humanity, hope, and friendship.
If I Should Die Before I Wake by Han Nolan (This is the only fictional book and has some graphic language.)
Hilary hates Jews. As part of a neo-Nazi gang in her town, she’s finally found a sense of belonging. But when she’s critically injured in an accident, everything changes. Lying near death in a Jewish hospital, Hilary finds herself bombarded by memories of a life in Poland. A life she never lived. Somehow, Hilary has become Chana, a Jewish girl fighting for her own life in World War II. Forced from their home by the Nazis, Chana and her family struggle in the terrible Lodz ghetto, where starvation drives people to desperate acts and the streets are smeared with filth. Those strong enough to survive are shipped out---to the slaughterhouse of Auschwitz. How can Chana—or Hilary—survive?
Parallel Journeys by Eleanor Ayer (Not many copies are available for check out)
She was a young German Jew. He was an ardent member of the Hitler Youth. This is the story of their parallel journey through World War II. Helen Waterford and Alfons Heck were born just a few miles from each other in the German Rhineland. But their lives took radically different courses: Helen’s to the Auschwitz extermination camp: Alfons to a high rank in the Hitler Youth. While Helen was hiding in Amsterdam, Alfons was a fanatic believer in Hitler’s “master race.” While she was crammed in a cattle car bound for the death camp Auschwitz, he was a teenage commander of frontline troops, ready to fight and die for the glory of Hitler and the Fatherland. This book tells both of their stories, side-by-side, in an overwhelming account of the nightmare that was WWII. The riveting stories of these two remarkable people must stand as a powerful lesson to us all.
The Pianist by Wladyslaw Szpilman
On September 23, 1939, Wladyslaw Szpilman played Chopin’s Nocturne in C-sharp Minor live on the radio as shells exploded outside—so loudly that he couldn’t hear his piano. It was the last live music broadcast from Warsaw: That day, a German bomb hit the station and Polish radio went off the air. Though he lost his entire family, Szpilman survived in hiding. In the end, his life was saved by a German officer who heard him play the same Chopin nocturne on a piano found among the rubble. Written immediately after the war and suppressed for decades, The Pianist is a testament to astonishing human endurance and healing through compassion.
Other tiles that may interest you (in our library)
I have Lived a Thousand Years
Alicia- My Story
Four Perfect Pebbles
I am a Star
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Thanks to My Mother
Behind the Secret Window
The Lady with the Hat
Your Name: ___________________________________________ Class Period: ____________
Which book did you choose to read? ____________________________________________________________
Will you be checking the book out from us, or will you be buying your own copy? _______________________
YOU CANNOT CHANGE YOUR MIND AFTER YOU TURN THIS SHEET IN.
YOUR BOOK CHOICE IS DUE ON April 21, 2011.