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Holocaust Memorial Day 2022

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31 December 2021

Holocaust Memorial Day takes place each year on 27 January. This date marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. It's a day to remember the millions of people murdered in the Holocaust, under Nazi persecution, and in other genocides, such as in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur.

The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2022 is One Day. This theme can be interpreted in multiple ways. For example, it is One Day that we put aside to learn about the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and the genocides that followed, in the hope that there may be One Day in the future with no genocide. You find out more information about the theme, on the Holocaust Memorial Day Website.

You can explore this theme with the stories of bravery and resistance in our booklist. Reserve them now to collect at your local library.

Holocaust Memorial Day 2022 Booklist.

Children and Young Adults: 

The Red Ribbon, Lucy Adlington (Young Adult)


As 14-year-old Ella begins her first day at work she steps into a world of silks, seams, scissors, pins, hems and trimmings. She is a dressmaker, but this is no ordinary sewing workshop. Hers are no ordinary clients. Ella has joined the seamstresses of Birkenau-Auschwitz. Every dress she makes could mean the difference between life and death. And this place is all about survival. Ella seeks refuge from this reality, and from haunting memories, in her work and in the world of fashion and fabrics. She is faced with painful decisions about how far she is prepared to go to survive. Is her love of clothes and creativity nothing more than collaboration with her captors, or is it a means of staying alive?

Reserve The Red Ribbon on the Essex Libraries catalogue.

Borrow/Reserve the e-book of The Red Ribbon.

Peter in Peril: Courage and Hope in World War Two, Helen Bate (Children’s Fiction - Picture Book for Older Readers)

Peter is just an ordinary boy, who loves playing football with his friends and eating cake - until war comes to his city and the whole family have to go into hiding. This moving, true story of the Second World War, set in Budapest, Hungary, shows in vivid words and pictures how Peter, his cousin Eva and his mum and dad bravely struggle to survive in a city torn apart by warfare.

Reserve Peter in Peril on the Essex Libraries catalogue.

Hedy's Journey: the True Story of a Hungarian Girl Fleeing the Holocaust, Michelle Bisson (Children’s Non Fiction)

It is 1941. Hedy and her family are Jewish, and the Jew-hating Nazi Party is rising. Hedy's family is no longer safe in their home in Hungary. They decide to flee to America, but because of their circumstances, 16-year-old Hedy must make her way through Europe alone. Will luck be with her? Will she be brave? Join Hedy on her journey - where she encounters good fortune and misfortune, a kind helper and cruel soldiers, a reunion and a tragedy - and discover how Hedy is both lucky and brave.

Reserve Hedy’s Journey on the Essex Libraries catalogue.

Fight for Survival: the Story of the Holocaust, Jessica Freeburg (Children’s Non Fiction)

World leaders had watched Adolf Hitler rise to power in the years following World War I. But they were not fully prepared for war and did not know that Hitler's Nazi government would commit one of the worst atrocities in history. In an immersive, exciting narrative nonfiction format, this powerful book follows a selection of people who experienced the events of the Holocaust.

Reserve Fight for Survival on the Essex Libraries catalogue.

Saving Hanno: a Refugee Boy and His Dog, Miriam Halahmy (Children’s Fiction)

Nine-year-old Rudi has a chance to leave the dangers of Nazi Germany on a Kindertransport to England. However, he cannot bring Hanno, his wonderful dachshund. Luckily, his family finds a way to smuggle Hanno to London. But with England on the brink of war, Hanno is still not safe. As a German invasion of England becomes imminent, many people decide their pets will suffer as well as drain limited resources, and thousands of animals are put to sleep. Rudi joins a group of children who vow to save their pets and he and his new friends set out on a dangerous adventure. Will Rudi find a safe haven for Hanno?

Reserve Saving Hanno on the Essex Libraries catalogue.

When The World Was Ours, Liz Kessler (Young Adult)

A powerful, heart-breaking, ultimately redemptive novel about three childhood friends in 1930s Vienna whose fates are closely intertwined, even when their lives take very different courses.

Reserve When the World Was Ours on the Essex Libraries catalogue.

Borrow/Reserve the e-book of When the World Was Ours.

Anne Frank: the Girl Heard Around the WorldLinda Elovitz Marshall (Children’s Non Fiction)

All her life, Anne Frank wanted to be heard. Really, truly heard. Linda Elovitz Marshall introduces readers to the story of Anne Frank in this powerful book about family, war and the importance of finding your voice. During her two years in hiding from the Nazis, Anne Frank poured her soul into a red plaid diary named Kitty. She wrote honestly of the reality of Nazi occupation, of daily life in the annex, and of her longing to be heard. More than anything, Anne spoke the truth, and her words have echoed throughout history. Gorgeous prose and striking art deliver Anne's ever-relevant story with poignancy and grace, while robust back matter - including biographical information, an author's note, and a timeline - makes this the perfect book for history curriculums.

Reserve Anne Frank: the girl heard around the world on the Essex Libraries catalogue.

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, Judith Kerr (Children’s Fiction)

Partly autobiographical, this is first of the internationally acclaimed trilogy by Judith Kerr telling the unforgettable story of a Jewish family fleeing from Germany at the start of the Second World War.

Reserve When Hitler Stole the Pink Rabbit on the Essex Libraries catalogue.

Borrow/Reserve the e-book of When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit.

Waiting for Anya, Michael Morpurgo (Children’s Fiction)

Jo finds out that Jewish children are being smuggled away from the Nazis over the mountains near his village. All goes to plan until German soldiers start patrolling the mountains, and Jo realises the children are trapped. Jo's slightest mistake could have devastating consequences.

Reserve Waiting for Anya on the Essex Libraries catalogue.

The Mozart Question, Michael Morpurgo (Children’s Fiction).

When cub reporter Lesley is sent to Venice to interview a world-renowned violinist, the journalist is told she can ask Paolo Levi anything about his life and career as a musician, but on no account must she ask him the Mozart question. Paolo has finally realised he must reveal the truth.

Reserve The Mozart Question on the Essex Libraries catalogue.

Anne Frank: Get to Know the Girl Beyond Her DiaryKassandra Radomski (Children’s Non Fiction)

Shortly after her 13th birthday, Anne Frank and her family were forced into hiding. It was World War II, and the German Nazis were rounding up Jewish people and either killing them or sending them to work in concentration camps. During her time in hiding, Anne wrote about her experiences in her diary. What was the fate of Anne and her family? What became of her diary? Find the answers to these questions and more in this fascinating biography.

Reserve Anne Frank: get to know the girl beyond her diary on the Essex Libraries catalogue.

The Missing: the True Story of My Family in World War II, Michael Rosen (Children’s Non Fiction)

By turns charming, shocking, and heart-breaking, this is the true story of Michael Rosen's search for his relatives who 'went missing' during the Second World War - told through prose, poetry, and pictures. When Michael was growing up, stories often hung in the air about his great-uncles: one was a clock-mender and the other a dentist. They were there before the war, his dad would say, and weren't after. Over many years, Michael tried to find out exactly what happened: he interviewed family members, scoured the Internet, pored over books and travelled to America and France. The story he uncovered was one of terrible persecution - and it has inspired his poetry for years since. Here, poems old and new are balanced against an immensely readable narrative; both an extraordinary account and a powerful tool for talking to children about the Holocaust.

Reserve The Missing on the Essex Libraries catalogue.

Borrow/Reserve the e-book of The Missing.

Jars of hope: How One Woman Helped Save 2,500 Children During the Holocaust, Jennifer Roy (Children’s Non Fiction)

Amid the horrors of World War II, Irena Sendler was an unlikely and unsung hero. While many people lived in fear of the Nazis, Irena defied them, even though it could have meant her life. She kept records of the children she helped smuggle away from the Nazis' grasp, and when she feared her work might be discovered, she buried her lists in jars, hoping to someday recover them and reunite children with their parents. This gripping true story of a woman who took it upon herself to help save 2500 children from the Warsaw Ghetto during the Holocaust is not only inspirational; it's unforgettable.

Reserve Jars of Hope on the Essex Libraries catalogue.

The Horror of the Holocaust, Claire Throp (Children’s Non Fiction)

Explore the history of the Holocaust, from causes and effects to what made this period of history so deadly.

Reserve The Horror of the Holocaust on the Essex Libraries catalogue.

Hitler's Canary, Sandi Toksvig (Children’s Fiction)

12-year-old Bamse is ordered by his father to keep his head down and stay out of trouble. But Bamse and his daring friend Anton can't resist playing the occasional practical joke on the invading soldiers. When it becomes clear that the trouble isn't just going to pass them by, the people of Denmark decide to take action and Bamse and his eccentric family are about to take part in one of history's most dramatic rescues - smuggling Denmark's Jewish population, across the water to Sweden, and safety. Many of the characters are based on Sandi's own family, including her father, Bamse, and the book was inspired by the stories her told to her.

Borrow/Reserve the e-audio of Hitler’s Canary

Adult Booklist.

I Want You to Know We’re Still Here: My Family, the Holocaust and My Search for Truth, Esther Safran Foer

Reserve I Want to Know We're Still Here on Essex Libraries catalogue.

Heroes of the Holocaust: Ordinary Britons who Risked Their Lives to Make a Difference, Lyn Smith

Reserve Heroes of the Holocaust on Essex Libraries catalogue.

Cilka’s Journey, Heather Morris

Reserve Cilka's Journey on Essex Libraries catalogue.

House of Glass, Hadley Freeman

Reserve House of Glass on Essex Libraries catalogue.

The Auschwitz Photographer, Lucca Crippa

Reserve The Auschwitz Photographer on Essex Libraries catalogue.

Franci’s War: One Woman’s Story of Hope, Franci Rabinek Epstein

Reserve Franci's War on Essex Libraries catalogue.

The Boy who Drew Auschwitz, Geve Thomas

Reserve The Boy Who Drew Auschwitz on Essex Libraries catalogue.

The Happiest Man on Earth: the Beautiful Life of an Auschwitz Survivor, Eddie Jaku

Reserve The Happiest Man on Earth on Essex Libraries catalogue.

The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz, Jeremy Dronfield

Reserve The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz on Essex Libraries catalogue.

Always Remember Your Name: The Children of Auschwitz, Andra and Tatiana Bucci

Reserve Always Remember Your Name on Essex Libraries catalogue.

The Music Maker of Auschwitz, Jaci Byrne

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Women’s Experiences in the Holocaust: In Their Own Words, Agnes Grunwald-Spier

Reserve Women's Experiences in the Holocaust on Essex Libraries catalogue.