Survival in Auschwitz
Primo Levi
Touchstone. Reprint Edition. 1995

Diary of Bergen Belsen, Hanna Levy-Hass, Haymarket Books 2009

I Will Bear Witness: A Diary of the Nazi Years 1933-1941, Victor Klemperer, Modern Library 1999

The Destruction of the European Jews, Raul Hilberg, Yale University Press 2003

The Drowned and the Saved
Primo Levi
(Levi in 1985, looking back at his time in Auschwitz.)
Vintage. Reprint Edition. 1989

An Interrupted Life and Letters From Westerbork
Etty Hillesum
(A young Dutch woman’s diaries and letters. She died in Auschwitz.)
Henry Holt and Company, Inc. New York. 1996

Five Chimneys: The Story of Auschwitz
Olga Lengyel
(A woman doctor’s experience in Auschwitz.)
Ziff-Davis Publishing Co. New York. 1983

Under Two Dictators
Margarete Buber
(German woman who was held in camps in the Soviet Union and then handed over the Nazi’s when Stalin and Hitler made their pact.)
Victor Gollancz Ltd, London, 1950

The German Catastrophe, Friedrich Meinecke, Beacon 1963

Europe and the Soviet Union in the 1930’s and 1940’s

The Invisible Writing
Arthur Koestler
(The first book to give me a good understanding of how Europe was so inter-related and why people from many countries went to fight in the Spanish Civil War.)
The Macmillan Company, New York, 1954

Conspiracy of Silence
(A German who, persuaded by the ideal of Communism, had immigrated to the Soviet Union in the 1930’s. The book describes his experience of being held in a Soviet Prison. Weissberg was also handed over to the Nazis.)
Hamish Hamilton, London. 1952

Mein Kampf
Adolf Hitler
Mariner Books; Reissue Edition. 1998

Commandant of Auschwitz
Rudolf Hoss
Pan Macmillan. 1980


Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury
(Novel about a Totalitarian State. Originally published in 1951. Also made into a movie.)
Simon and Schuster, New York, 2003

George Orwell
(Novel about a Totalitarian State.)
Signet Book, reissue edition. 1990


Maus: A Survivors Tale, Parts 1 and 2, Art Speigelman, Pantheon Books 1993