Essential Books on the Holocaust

Books you MUST read if you want to learn about the Holocaust.

Holocaust denial will not be tolerated on this list; if you vote for books that support such misinformation, they will be removed.
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173 books · 180 voters · list created January 26th, 2010 by Meaghan (votes) .
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message 1: by Ashani (new)

Ashani I am a vivid Holocaust fan. Thanks for this list.!!!


message 2: by Meaghan (new)

Meaghan Ashie wrote: "I am a vivid Holocaust fan. Thanks for this list.!!!"

Check out my "Holocaust" shelf in my books for hundreds more.


message 3: by Greta G (new)

Greta G Hi Meaghan, a GR member with the name “N” voted for 11 controversial books that are now in your list. I’m sure number 145, The Six Million, and number 148, The Holocaust Hoax Exposed, are Holocaust denial and anti-semitic books. I haven’t checked the other 9 books (https://www.goodreads.com/list/user_v...).


message 4: by Roman (last edited Apr 29, 2020 09:26PM) (new)

Roman Stadtler #96 is also a Holocaust hoax book, though apparently a well enough written one that it gives a good example of the pernicious evil of Holocaust denial and deniers. Even so, it's an insult to leave such books on a list of "Essential" Holocaust books. The Shoah happened, denying it is a lie, a moral crime in itself, an insult spitting on the ghostly faces of millions. There is no other side in the "debate," because there is no debate. Claiming that the Holocaust didn't happen or wasn't all that bad is alarmingly wrong, and representing that vile idea in an Essential list is wrong. Let deniers make their own list, as pathetic as it would be.


message 5: by Roman (new)

Roman Stadtler Greta wrote: "Hi Meaghan, a GR member with the name “N” voted for 11 controversial books that are now in your list. I’m sure number 145, The Six Million, and number 148, The Holocaust Hoax Exposed, are Holocaust..."

Is there a way to have books removed from a list?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Yeah, a GR librarian can do it.

Which book at 96 is the hoax? There are several at that position.


message 7: by Roman (new)

Roman Stadtler This one: The Hoax of the Twentieth Century: The Case Against the Presumed Extermination of European Jewry, by Butz.


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