Nonfiction Books about the Holocaust

by James M Deem


The Prisoners of Breendonk:

Personal Histories from a World War II Concentration Camp

"A sobering study of man’s inhumanity to man, and an important book that demands serious consideration and discussion." (Booklist, starred review)

"The thoroughness here is an act of testimony and also a recognition of complexities—that Jewish Zugführers, heads of the barracks rooms, tortured and abused other Jews, that gentile resistance fighters were sometimes also anti-Semites, that some thieves were heroes—and Deem follows those who figure large in the Breendonk story to the sometimes savagely bitter end, chronicling the destinies of transports carrying Breendonk prisoners. The result is startlingly illuminating: the relevant factors and factions are all clearly laid out in context, and the tight focus on Breendonk means the horror remains at a comprehensible scale while still being part of a cataclysmic larger whole." (BCCB)



Auschwitz: Voices from the Death Camp

"The narrative, which is nonjudgmental and non-sensationalized, includes true accounts from prisoners of the camp . . . What sets Auschwitz by Deem apart from other titles is the view it provides in looking at this unspeakable horror through the eyes of survivors who had to watch those around them suffer and perish." (Christian Library Journal)



Kristallnacht: The Nazi Terror That Began the Holocaust

"Through first hand accounts, the first terrible night of violence against Jews in Nazi Germany is recounted. ...what makes this book exceptional is that it is written for the tween student in the voice of the subjects about whom the book is about." (TriState Reviews)