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Holocaust Memorial Day 2023

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05 January 2023

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 2023 is Ordinary People. Genocide is facilitated by ordinary people. Ordinary people turn a blind eye, believe propaganda, join murderous regimes. And those who are persecuted, oppressed and murdered in genocide aren’t persecuted because of crimes they’ve committed – they are persecuted simply because they are ordinary people who belong to a particular group (eg, Roma, Jewish community, Tutsi). You can 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.

Adult books

Reserve The just: how six unlikely heroes saved thousands of Jews from the Holocaust, by Jan Brokken

Reserve I want you to know we're still here: my family, the Holocaust and my search for truth, by Esther Safran Foer

Reserve Always remember your name: the children of Auschwitz, by Andra Bucci

Reserve In the midst of civilized Europe: the pogroms of 1918–1921 and the onset of the Holocaust, by Jeffrey Veidlinger

Reserve The Nazis knew my name: a remarkable story of survival and courage in Auschwitz, by Magda Hellinger

Reserve The happiest man on Earth, by Eddie Jaku

Reserve The last survivor, by Frank Krake

Reserve Lily's promise: how I survived Auschwitz and found the strength to live, by Lily Ebert

Reserve The dressmakers of Auschwitz: the true story of the women who sewed to survive, by Lucy Adlington

Reserve How to be a refugee: the gripping true story of how one family hid their Jewish origins to survive the Nazis, by Simon May

Reserve The betrayal of Anne Frank: a cold case investigation, by Rosemary Sullivan

Reserve The boy who drew Auschwitz, by Thomas Geve

Reserve Three sisters, by Heather Morris

Reserve The Nine: how a band of daring Resistance women escaped from Nazi Germany - the powerful true story, by Gwen Strauss

Reserve The barefoot woman, by Scholastique Mukasonga

Reserve Do not disturb, by Michela Wrong

Reserve The journey: the boy who lost everything... and the horses who saved him, by Abdul Musa Adam

Reserve No escape: the true story of China’s genocide of the Uyghurs, by Nury Turkel

Reserve The chief witness: escape from China's modern-day concentration camps, by Sayragul Sauytbay

Books for children and young adults

Reserve My survival: a girl on Schindler's list: a memoir, by Rena Finder

Reserve Anne Frank, by Stephen Krensky

Reserve On the move: poems about migration, by Michael Rosen

Reserve Anne Frank: the girl heard around the world, by Linda Elovitz Marshall

Reserve They went left, by Monica Hesse

Reserve Soon, by Morris Gleitzman

Reserve After the war, by Tom Palmer

Reserve Anna at war, by Helen Peters

Reserve When Hitler stole Pink Rabbit, by Judith Kerr

Reserve War games: two stories, by Terry Deary