Literature related to the Holocaust
A collection of resources for the English/Language Arts classroom
Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl
Resources for teaching the novel, the play, and historical background.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Lesson plans and resources.
The Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Lesson plans for both novel and film.
Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston
The injustice done to Japanese-Americans during World War II does not reach the level of horror of the Holocaust. However, a teacher looking for reading material related to this time period might wish to include this title.
Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland
Links to lesson plans and activities.
Hana's Suitcase by Karen Levine
Scroll down on the page for activities related to this story.
I Have Lived a Thousand Years by Livia Bitton-Jackson
Summary, 12 discussion questions, and related titles.
In My Hands by Irene Gut Opdyke with Jennifer Armstrong
A reading group guide and a teacher guide.
In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer by Irene Opdyke as told to Jennifer Armstrong
This teacher's guide includes a summary, a variety of teaching ideas and interdisciplinary connections, vocabulary, and related links.
Maus by Art Spiegelman
Lesson plans and teaching resources for Maus I and Maus II.
Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli
Lesson plans and teaching resources.
Night by Elie Wisel
Historical background and resources for teaching the novel.
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story by Ken Mochizuki
Several literacy skills are addressed by the resources here.
"Refugee Blues" by W. H. Auden
This lesson plan is part of a unit commemorating the Holocaust. It includes background information, questions, related visuals, and answers. It does not include a copy of the poem.
The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss
Something Remains by Inge Barth-Grözinger
Booktalk, prereading, discussion questions, and suggestions for crosscurricular projects.
Terrible Things: an Allegory of the Holocaust by Eve Bunting
This book can be used with young readers and with high school students. Resources are available to support all grade levels.
Upon the Head of the Goat: A Childhood in Hungary, 1939–1944 and Grace in the Wilderness: After the Liberation, 1945–1948 by Aranka Siegal
Questions to help students understand their reading in historical and cultural context. Scroll down to find questions comparing the two books and an author interview. This 8-page document requires Adobe Reader or compatible application for access.
The Wave by Todd Strasser
Summary, media connections, related titles, links to teaching about the Holocaust. Scroll to the bottom for teaching ideas for this book.