Recommended Resources

New at the Ekstein Resource Library for 2017:

Not in My Family: German memory and responsibility after the Holocaust by Roger Frie, 2017.

Roger Frie explores what it means to discover his family's legacy of a Nazi past. Using the narrative of his grandfather as a starting point, he shows how the transfer of memory from one German generation to the next keeps the forbidding reality of the Holocaust at bay.

Spies, Lies, and Citizenship: The hunt for Nazi criminals by Mary Kathryn Barbie, 2017.

This book exposes scandalous new information about infamous Nazi perpetrators, including Andrija Artuckovic, Klaus Barbie, and Arthur Rudolph, who were sheltered and protected in the United States and beyond, and the ongoing attempts to bring the remaining Nazis, such as Josef Mengele, to justice.

The Rise and Fall of Comradeship : Hitler's soldiers, male bonding and mass violence in the twentieth century by Thomas Kühne, Clark University, 2017.

This is an innovative account of how the concept of comradeship shaped the actions, emotions and ideas of ordinary German soldiers across the two world wars and during the Holocaust. Comradeship fuelled the soldiers' fighting morale. It also propelled these soldiers forward into war crimes and acts of mass murders. Yet, by practicing comradeship, the soldiers could maintain the myth that they were morally sacrosanct.

A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert, 2017.

Rachel Seiffert's prose rich with a rare compassion, courage, and emotional depth, an unflinching story is told: of survival, of conflicting senses of duty, of the oppressive power of fear and the possibility of courage in the face of terror.

One Long Night: A global history of concentration camps by Andrea Pitzer, 2017.

For over 100 years, at least one concentration camp has existed somewhere on Earth. Drawing from exclusive testimony, landmark historical scholarship, and stunning research, Andrea Pitzer unearths the roots of this appalling phenomenon, exploring and exposing the staggering toll of the camps: our greatest atrocities, the extraordinary survivors, and even the intimate, quiet moments that have also been part of camp life during the past century.

The Girl Who Wouldn't Die by Randall Platt, 2017.

It is 1939 in Poland, and Arab knows that standing up for anyone -- especially her Jewish family -- only paints a target on her back. So she plans to survive the Nazi occupation the way she always has: disguise herself as an Aryan boy, lead her street gang, and sell whatever she can steal.


Understanding and Teaching Holocaust Education by Paula Cowan & Henry Maitles, 2017.

The Holocaust is a controversial and difficult teaching topic that needs to be approached sensitively and with an awareness of the complex and emotive issues involved. This book offers pragmatic pedagogical and classroom-based guidance for teachers and trainee teachers on how to intelligently teach Holocaust education in a meaningful and age-appropriate way.

New at the Ekstein Resource Library for April 2016:

Lessons of the Holocaust by Michael R. Marrus, 2016.

Lessons of the Holocaust is the perfect guide for the general reader to the historical and moral controversies which infuse the interpretation of the Holocaust and its significance.

The archive thief: the man who salvaged French Jewish history in the wake of the Holocaust by Lisa Moses Leff, 2015.

In the aftermath of the Holocaust, Jewish historian Zosa Szajkowski stole tens of thousands of documents from France and sold them to libraries in the United States.

In the land of armadillos: stories by Helen Maryles Shankman, 2016

A radiant debut collection of linked stories from a two-time Pushcart nominee set in the German-occupied town of Wlodawa, Poland, where mythic tales of Jewish folklore meet the real-life monsters of the Nazi invasion.

New at the Ekstein Resource Library for Feburary 2016:

Anna library“Born survivors : three young mothers and their extraordinary story of courage, defiance, and hope” by Wendy Holden, 2015.

Relates the true account of three pregnant women who met in Auschwitz, where they concealed their pregnancies from infamous Nazi doctor Josef Mengele and fought for their survival as well as the survival of their newborns as they embarked on a treacherous journey to freedom.

“The Little Third Reich on Lake Superior : a history of Canadian Internment Camp R” by Ernest Robert Zimmermann, 2015.

For 18 months during World War II, the Canadian military interned 1,145 prisoners of war in Red Rock, Ontario (about 100 kilometers northeast of Thunder Bay) that held a German prisoners: Nazis, anti-Nazis, Jews, soldiers, merchant seamen, and refugees whom Britain feared might comprise Hitler's rumoured "fifth column" of alien enemies residing within the Commonwealth.

“Fugitive Colors : a novel”, by Lisa Barr, 2013.

Julian Klein, a young American artist, whose journey takes him and his friends from Paris to Berlin, where the Nazis are embarking on a relentless mission to destroy the avant-garde, particularly German Expressionism. Julian – an artist turned unlikely spy – is suddenly faced with ultimate challenge: how far would he go to protect art?