The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe


At fourteen years old, Dita is trying to adjust to life in Auschwitz as a Nazi prisoner when she’s approached by Fredy Hirsch. He is in possession of eight books, smuggled into the camp. To have them is illegal, and he wants Dita to be in charge of taking care of them. It puts her […]

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne


At nine years old, Bruno’s world is turned upside down when his father gets promoted. He has to leave his home, his friends, and his grandparents and move to some place called Out-With. There is no one but soldiers for miles around, except for the people on the other side of the long, high fence. […]

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The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron


Desperate for a distraction after being jilted at the alter, gallery owner Sera James becomes obsessed with finding a painting she once saw as a child. She is determined to track down the original painting. Her search brings her to William Hanover, a wealthy man whose grandfather’s estate could hold the answers she seeks. Together, they try to unravel […]

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Elie Wiesel -Always Remember


Wiesel’s book, Night, is one that I believe everyone should read. I will never forget the work he did to make sure that the Holocaust was not forgotten, or his work to spread peace and hope. He will be missed.

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Black Earth by Timothy Snyder


     For America, and likely much of Western Europe, most of what we know about World War II and the Holocaust comes from the Western perspective, and the battles fought on Germany’s western front. In Black Earth, Timothy Snyder tells of the events in Eastern Europe that led to the destruction of smaller state governments, […]

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Night by Elie Wiesel


     The picture to the left is the cover of a 3-in-1 collection of Elie Wiesel’s Night Trilogy. Night, the first of the trilogy, is a memoir. Elie Wiesel, a holocaust survivor, tells of his time at Auschwitz. From his home, to the ghetto, to the camps and the separation of his family… he and his […]

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Holocaust Remembrance Day 2011


Today is a day of remembrance, so that we never forget the horrible events of the Holocaust. “Fascination” is probably the wrong word, but I’ve always been drawn to this piece of history. It raises up so much anger and sadness in me. But I can’t turn away from it. One of the most notable Holocaust […]

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Song-lyrics Sunday 5/1/11


Today is also Holocaust Remembrance Day. So I decided to look for a song that covers not only the Christian faith, but the Jewish faith as well. I decided on Barlow Girl’s “Never Alone”. The song, which reads like a lament from the book of Psalms, is a cry to God when we feel like […]

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