As you probably know by now, our current temporary exhibit, Every Child Has a Name, is focused on the children of the Holocaust. Their games, drawings, and toys tell their story in a powerful way that make history come alive–especially to our younger visitors. As children tour the exhibit, they take in the idea that other children, often younger than themselves, lived and died during the Holocaust. While this moment may be difficult for some, it is a moment that we hope will allow the students to make a real connection with the Holocaust and the lessons of tolerance and understanding.
For those students who are interested in learning more about the Holocaust, there are many wonderful books available. Here is a brief selection of these books, selected for their quality and the power of the stories told within their pages.
The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank
We Are Witnesses: Five Diaries of Teenagers who Died in the Holocaust, Jacob Boas
I Will Plant You a Lilac Tree, Laura Hillman
Number the Stars, Lois Lowry
Let us know if you have a favorite that isn’t listed, or if you have read and loved any of our picks.