The Holocaust and National Socialism Study and Reading List

Reading List For The National Socialism And The Holocaust Study Group

I have tried to include books with a broad scope and have tried to order them in a meaningful way and disperse the subjects.

The Study Group Reading List

  1. The History of the Third Reich by Richard J. Evans (3 vols)
    The Coming of the Third Reich 
    The Third Reich in Power 
    The Third Reich at War 
  2. The History of Europe in the Interwar Years by Zara Steiner (2 vols)
    The Lights that Failed 
    The Triumph of the Dark 
  3. Nazi Germany and the Jews by Saul Friedlander (2 vols)
    The Years of Persecution 1933-1939

    The Years of Extermination, 1939-1945
  4. I Will Bear Witness by Victor Klemperer (2 vols)
    Volume 1: A Diary of the Nazi Years: 1933-1941 

    Volume 2: A Diary of the Nazi Years: 1942-1945
  5. Hitler: A Biography by Ian Kershaw (2 vols)
    Volume 1: Hubris
    Volume 2: Nemesis
  6. KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps by Nikolaus Wachsmann
  7. Hitler’s Beneficiaries: Plunder, Racial War, and the Nazi Welfare State by Götz Aly
  8. Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder
  9. The German War: A Nation Under Arms, 1939–1945 by Nicholas Stargardt
  10. The Jewish Enemy: Nazi Propaganda during World War II and the Holocaust by Jeffrey Herf
  11. Backing Hitler: Consent and Coercion in Nazi Germany by Robert Gellately
  12. The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy by Adam Tooze
  13. The Dark Heart of Hitler’s Europe: Nazi Rule in Poland under the General Government by Martin Winstone
  14. Masters of Death: The SS-Einsatzgruppen and the Invention of the Holocaust by Richard Rhodes
  15. Marching into Darkness: The Wehrmacht and the Holocaust in Belarus by Waitman Wade Beorn
  16. Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning by Timothy Snyder
  17. The Third Reich in History and Memory by Richard J. Evans
  18. Germans into Jews: Remaking the Jewish Social Body in the Weimar Republic by Sharon Gillerman
  19. Dachau and the SS: A Schooling in Violence by Christopher Dillon
  20. Networks of Nazi Persecution: Bureaucracy, Business and the Organization of the Holocaust by Gerald D. Feldman
  21. Ravensbruck: Life and Death in Hitler’s Concentration Camp for Women by Sarah Helm
  22. Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields by Wendy Lower
  23. Chełmno and the Holocaust: The History of Hitler’s First Death Camp by Patrick Montague
  24. Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland by Christopher R. Browning
  25. Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka: The Operation Reinhard Death Camps by Yitzhak Arad
  26. Hitler’s Compromises: Coercion and Consensus in Nazi Germany by Nathan Stoltzfus
  27. Auschwitz: A New History by Laurence Rees
  28. Nazi Policy on the Eastern Front, 1941: Total War, Genocide, and Radicalization by Alex J. Kay, Jeff Rutherford and David Stahel
  29. Nazi Hunger Politics: A History of Food in the Third Reich by Gesine Gerhard
  30. Combat and Genocide on the Eastern Front: The German Infantry’s War, 1941-1944 by Jeff Rutherford
  31. Hitler’s Ostkrieg and the Indian Wars: Comparing Genocide and Conquest by Edward B. Westermann
  32. Hitler’s Geographies: The Spatialities of the Third Reich by Paolo Giaccaria (Editor), Claudio Minca (Editor)
  33. Holocaust City: The Making of a Jewish Ghetto by Tim Cole
  34. Holocaust Landscapes by Tim Cole
  35. Geographies of the Holocaust by Anne Kelly Knowles (Editor), Tim Cole (Editor), Alberto Giordano (Editor)
  36. The American West and the Nazi East: A Comparative and Interpretive Perspective by Carroll Kakel
  37. Between Dignity and Despair: Jewish Life in Nazi Germany by Marion A. Kaplan
  38. The Order of Terror by Wolfgang Sofsky
  39. The Nazi Party 1919-1945: A Complete History by Dietrich Orlow
  40. Jewish Forced Labor Under the Nazis: Economic Needs and Racial Aims, 1938–1944 by Wolf Gruner
  41. The Third Reich: Politics and Propaganda by David Welch
  42. Female SS Guards and Workaday Violence: The Majdanek Concentration Camp, 1942-1944 by Elissa Mailänder
  43. The Deutsche Bank and the Nazi Economic War against the Jews: The Expropriation of Jewish-Owned Property by Harold James

Select Bibliography on National Socialism and the Holocaust

The first books listed below should be considered the essential recent scholarship on the Holocaust. These books should be the first you read on the subject and these books I have placed in the order I believe they are best read.

  • The first two books by Whittock and Fritzsche provide background and an overview of the Third Reich and the Holocaust
  • Richard Evans works provides an excellent in depth study of Nazi Germany and overview of the Holocaust.
  • The works by Wachsmann and Gilbert provides an excellent study specifically of the Holocaust as an event.
  • The works by Gellately and Koonz provide a good German social history of the Holocaust.
  • The four works by Weale, Beorn, Rhodes and Delarus provide a study of the main agents of the Holocaust.
  • The final works by Longerich and Kershaw are biographies of the principle persons responsible for developing and implementing the Holocaust.

Recommended Books For Those Starting Holocaust Study

  1. A Brief History of the Third Reich by Martyn Whittock
  2. Life and Death in the Third Reich by Peter Fritzsche
  3. The Coming of the Third Reich by Richard Evans
  4. The Third Reich in Power by Richard Evans
  5. The Third Reich at War by Richard Evans
  6. KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps By Nikolaus Wachsmann
  7. The Holocaust by Martin Gilbert
  8. Backing Hitler: Consent and Coercion in Nazi Germany by Robert Gellately
  9. The Nazi Conscience by Claudia Koonz
  10. An Army of Evil by Adrian Weale
  11. Ravensbruck: Life and Death in Hitler’s Concentration Camp for Women by Sarah Helm
  12. Marching into Darkness: The Wehrmacht and the Holocaust in Belarus by Waitman Wade Beorn
  13. Masters of Death: The SS-Einsatzgruppen and the Invention of the Holocaust by Richard Rhodes
  14. Heinrich Himmler: A Life by Peter Longerich
  15. Adolf Hitler by Ian Kershaw

Recommended Books For American History Students About The United States And The Holocaust

  1. The Nazi Connection: Eugenics, American Racism, and German National Socialism by Stefan Kuhl
  2. The American West and the Nazi East: A Comparative and Interpretive Perspective by Carol Kakel
  3. Hitler’s Ostkrieg and the Indian Wars: Comparing Genocide and Conquest by Edward B. Westermann
  4. The American Axis: Henry Ford, Charles Lindbergh, and the Rise of the Third Reich by Max Wallace
  5. Henry Ford’s War on Jews and the Legal Battle Against Hate Speech by Victoria Woeste
  6. Henry Ford and the Jews: The Mass Production Of Hate by Neil Baldwin
  7. FDR and the Jews by Richard Breitman
  8. Nazi Nexus: America’s Corporate Connections to Hitler’s Holocaust by Edwin Black
  9. IBM and the Holocaust: The Strategic Alliance Between Nazi Germany and America’s Most Powerful Corporation by Edwin Black
  10. General Motors and the Nazis: The Struggle for Control of Opel, Europe’s Biggest Carmaker by Henry Ashby Turner Jr.
  11. Roosevelt and the Holocaust by Robert L. Beir and Brian Josepher

The Holocaust and the Muslim World

  1. Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World by Jeffrey Herf
  2. Nazis, Islamists, and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Barry Rubin and Wolfgang G. Schwanitz
  3. Islam and Nazi Germany’s War by David Motadel
  4. Besa: Muslims Who Saved Jews WW II by Norman Gershman

Holocaust Historiography, Methodology and Memory Studies

  1. The Holocaust and Historical Methodology by Dan Stone
  2. The Historiography of Genocide by Dan Stone
  3. History, Memory and Mass Atrocity: Essays on the Holocaust and Genocide by Dan Stone
  4. The Holocaust, Fascism and Memory: Essays in the History of Ideas by Dan Stone
  5. The Historiography of the Holocaust by Dan Stone (Editor)
  6. Histories of the Holocaust by Dan Stone
  7. The Third Reich in History and Memory by Richard J. Evans
  8. Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning by Timothy Snyder
  9. Holocaust Historiography in Context: Emergence, Challenges, Polemics and Achievements by David Bankier and Dan Michman (Editors)
  10. Holocaust Representations in History: An Introduction by Daniel H. Magilow and Lisa Silverman

Historical Atlases and Visual Aids

General Bibliography On The Holocaust and National Socialism

  1. 1938: Hitler’s Gamble by Giles MacDonogh
  2. A Brief History of the Third Reich by Martyn Whittock
  3. A Century of Genocide: Utopias of Race and Nation by Eric D. Weitz
  4. A Conspiracy Of Decency: The Rescue Of The Danish Jews During World War II by Emmy E. Werner
  5. Adolf Hitler: The Definitive Biography by John Toland
  6. A French Slave in Nazi Germany: A Testimony by Elie Poulard and Jean V. Poulard
  7. A Guest at the Shooters’ Banquet: My Grandfather’s SS Past, My Jewish Family, A Search for the Truth by Rita Gabis
  8. A Hitler Youth in Poland: The Nazi Children’s Evacuation Program During World War II by Jost Hermand
  9. A Moral Reckoning: The Role of the Church in the Holocaust and Its Unfulfilled Duty of Repair by Daniel Goldhagen
  10. Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz by Omer Bartov
  11. A Small Town Near Auschwitz: Ordinary Nazis and the Holocaust by Mary Fulbrook
  12. A World Without Jews: The Nazi Imagination from Persecution to Genocide by Alon Confino
  13. Adolf Hitler by Ian Kershaw
  14. A Small Town Near Auschwitz: Ordinary Nazis and the Holocaust by Mary Fulbrook
  15. After the Reich by Giles MacDonogh
  16. Albert Speer: His Battle With Truth by Gitta Sereny
  17. Amidst Latvians During the Holocaust by Edward Anders
  18. An Army of Evil by Adrian Weale
  19. An Uncompromising Generation: The Nazi Leadership of the Reich Security Main Office by Michael Wildt
  20. An Underground Life: Memoirs of a Gay Jew in Nazi Berlin by Gad Beck and Frank Heibert
  21. Anatomy of the Auschwitz Death Camp by Yisrael Gutman
  22. Art As Politics in the Third Reich by Jonathan Petropoulos
  23. Art, Ideology, and Economics in Nazi Germany: The Reich Chambers of Music, Theater, and the Visual Arts by Alan E. Steinweis
  24. Artists Under Hitler: Collaboration and Survival in Nazi Germany by Jonathan Petropoulos
  25. Atlas of Nazi Germany by Michael Freeman, Jayne Lewin and Tim Mason
  26. Auschwitz: A New History by Laurence Rees
  27. Auschwitz and the Allies: How the Allies Responded to the News of Hitler’s Final Solution by Martin Gilbert
  28. Backing Hitler: Consent and Coercion in Nazi Germany by Robert Gellately
  29. Before Auschwitz: Jewish Prisoners in the Prewar Concentration Camps by Kim Wünschmann
  30. Believe and Destroy: Intellectuals in the SS War Machine by Christian Ingrao
  31. Belonging and Genocide by Thomas Kühne
  32. Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka: The Operation Reinhard Death Camps by Yitzhak Arad
  33. Berlin at War by Roger Moorhouse
  34. Berlin Games: How the Nazis Stole the Olympic Dream by Guy Walters
  35. Besa: Muslims Who Saved Jews WW II by Norman Gershman
  36. Between Dignity and Despair: Jewish Life in Nazi Germany by Marion A. Kaplan
  37. Between Nazis and Soviets: Occupation Politics in Poland, 1939-1947 by Marek Jan Chodakiewicz
  38. Between Resistance and Martyrdom: Jehovah’s Witnesses in the Third Reich by Detlef Garbe
  39. Between Two Evils: The World War II Memoir of a Girl in Occupied Warsaw and a Nazi Labor Camp by Lucyna B. Radlo
  40. Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning by Timothy Snyder
  41. The Belzec Death Camp: History, Biographies, Remembrance by Chris Webb Matthew Feldman (Foreword)
  42. Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder
  43. Branded by the Pink Triangle by Ken Setterington
  44. Business and Industry in Nazi Germany by Francis R. Nicosia and Jonathan Huener
  45. By Chance Alone: A Remarkable True Story of Courage and Survival at Auschwitz by Max Eisen
  46. Bystanders to the Holocaust: A Re-evaluation David Cesarani and Paul A. Levine
  47. Chasing Gold: The Incredible Story of How the Nazis Stole Europe’s Bullion by George M. Taber
  48. Chełmno and the Holocaust: The History of Hitler’s First Death Camp by Patrick Montague
  49. Child of Hitler: Germany in the Days When God Wore a Swastika by Alfons Heck
  50. Growing Up Under the Third Reich by Horst Christian
    1. Children To A Degree – Growing Up Under the Third Reich by Horst Christian
    2. Loyal To A Degree by Horst Christian
    3. Trust To A Degree by Horst Christian
  51. Children of the Flames: Dr. Josef Mengele and the Untold Story of the Twins of Auschwitz by Lucette Matalon Lagnado and Sheila Cohn Dekel
  52. Children with a Star: Jewish Youth in Nazi Europe by Deborah Dwork
  53. Cleansing the Fatherland: Nazi Medicine and Racial Hygiene by Götz Aly, Peter Chroust, Christian Pross
  54. Colonialism and Genocide by Dirk Moses
  55. Combat and Genocide on the Eastern Front: The German Infantry’s War, 1941-1944 by Jeff Rutherford
  56. Concentration Camps in Nazi Germany: The New Histories by Nikolaus Wachsmann (Editor), Jane Caplan (Editor)
  57. Country of Ash: A Jewish Doctor in Poland, 1939–-1945 by Edward Reicher
  58. Countrymen by Bo Lidegaard
  59. Creating the Nazi Marketplace: Commerce and Consumption in the Third Reich by S. Jonathan Wiesen
  60. Cruel World: The Children of Europe in the Nazi Web by Lynn H. Nicholas
  61. Crying Hands: Eugenics and Deaf People in Nazi Germany by Horst Biesold
  62. Dachau and the SS: A Schooling in Violence by Christopher Dillon
  63. Dachau: The Harrowing of Hell by Marcus J. Smith
  64. Death and Deliverance: Euthanasia in Germany, 1900 to 1945 by Michael Burleigh
  65. Disobeying Hitler: German Resistance After Valkyrie by Randall Hansen
  66. Doctors From Hell: The Horrific Account of Nazi Experiments on Humans by Vivien Spitz
  67. Doctors Under Hitler by Michael H. Kater
  68. The Downfall of Money: Germany’s Hyperinflation and the Destruction of the Middle Class by Frederick Taylor
  69. Economies under Occupation: The hegemony of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan in World War II by Marcel Boldorf (Editor), Tetsuji Okazaki (Editor)
  70. Empire, Colony, Genocide: Conquest, Occupation, and Subaltern Resistance in World History by A. Dirk Moses (Editor)
  71. Escape from Sobibor by Richard Rashke
  72. Explaining Hitler: The Search for the Origins of His Evil by Ron Rosenbaum
  73. Eyewitness Auschwitz: Three Years in the Gas Chambers by Filip Muller
  74. FDR and the Jews by Richard Breitman
  75. Feeding the German Eagle: Soviet Economic Aid to Nazi Germany, 1933-1941 by Edward E. Ericson
  76. Female SS Guards and Workaday Violence: The Majdanek Concentration Camp, 1942-1944 by Elissa Mailänder and Patricia Szobar
  77. Final Solution: The Fate of the Jews 1933-1949 by David Cesarani
  78. Final Solutions: Mass Killing and Genocide in the 20th Century by Benjamin A. Valentino
  79. Fighters in the Shadows: A New History of the French Resistance by Robert Gildea
  80. Forgotten Holocaust: The Poles Under German Occupation 1939-1944 by Richard C. Lukas
  81. Forgotten Trials of the Holocaust by Michael J. Bazyler and Frank M. Tuerkheimer
  82. Foundations of the Nazi Police State: The Formation of Sipo and SD by George Browder
  83. General Motors and the Nazis: The Struggle for Control of Opel, Europe’s Biggest Carmaker by Henry Ashby Turner Jr.
  84. Genocide in German South-West Africa: The Colonial War of 1904-1908 and Its Aftermath by Jurgen Zimmerer and Joachim Zeller
  85. Genocide: A World History by Norman M. Naimark
  86. Genocide: A Reader by Jens Meierhenrich
  87. Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction by Adam Jones
  88. Geographies of the Holocaust by Anne Kelly Knowles (Editor), Tim Cole (Editor), Alberto Giordano (Editor)
  89. German Colonialism: Race, the Holocaust, and Postwar Germany by Volker Langbehn and Mohammad Salama (Editors)
  90. German History in Modern Times: Four Lives of the Nation by William W. Hagen
  91. Germans into Jews: Remaking the Jewish Social Body in the Weimar Republic by Sharon Gillerman
  92. Germans into Nazis by Peter Fritzsche
  93. Germany, Hitler, and World War II: Essays in Modern German and World History by Gerhard L. Weinberg
  94. Harvest of Despair: Life and Death in Ukraine under Nazi Rule by Karel C. Berkhoff
  95. Harmful and Undesirable: Book Censorship in Nazi Germany by Guenter Lewy
  96. Heinrich Himmler: A Life by Peter Longerich
  97. Heinrich Himmler: The Sinister Life of the Head of the SS and Gestapo by Roger Manvell and Heinrich Fraenkel
  98. Himmler by Peter Padfield
  99. Himmler’s Crusade: The Nazi Expedition to Find the Origins of the Aryan Race by Christopher Hale
  100. Hell’s Cartel: IG Farben and the Making of Hitler’s War Machine by Diarmuid Jeffreys
  101. Henry Ford and the Jews: The Mass Production Of Hate by Neil Baldwin
  102. Henry Ford’s War on Jews and the Legal Battle Against Hate Speech by Victoria Woeste
  103. Histories of the Holocaust by Dan Stone
  104. History, Memory and Mass Atrocity: Essays on the Holocaust and Genocide by Dan Stone
  105. Hitler by Ian Kershaw (Abridged single volume or two full volumes)
  106. Hitler and the Nazi Cult of Film and Fame by Michael Munn
  107. Hitler and the Power of Aesthetics by Frederic Spotts
  108. Hitler Youth by Michael H. Kater
  109. Hitler, the Germans and the Final Solution by Ian Kershaw
  110. Hitler, the Germans and the Final Solution by Ian Kershaw
  111. Hitler’s Army: Soldiers, Nazis, and War in the Third Reich by Omer Bartov
  112. Hitler’s Beneficiaries: Plunder, Racial War, and the Nazi Welfare State by Jefferson Chase and Götz Aly
  113. Hitler’s Charisma: Leading Millions into the Abyss by Laurence Rees
  114. Hitler’s Compromises: Coercion and Consensus in Nazi Germany by Nathan Stoltzfus
  115. Hitler’s Elite: The SS 1939-45 by Chris McNab
  116. Hitler’s Empire: How the Nazis Ruled Europe by Mark Mazower
  117. Hitler’s Engineers: Fritz Todt And Albert Speer – Master Builders Of The Third Reich By Blaine Taylor
  118. Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields by Wendy Lower
  119. Hitler’s Geographies: The Spatialities of the Third Reich by Paolo Giaccaria (Editor), Claudio Minca (Editor)
  120. Hitler’s Hangman: The Life of Heydrich by Robert Gerwarth
  121. Hitler’s Rise to Power: The Nazi Movement in Bavaria, 1923-1933 by Pridham Geoffrey
  122. Hitler’s Spy Chief: The Wilhelm Canaris Betrayal: The Intelligence Campaign Against Adolf Hitler by Richard Bassett
  123. Hitler’s Ostkrieg and the Indian Wars: Comparing Genocide and Conquest by Edward B. Westermann
  124. Hitler’s Prisons by Nikolaus Wachsmann
  125. Hitler’s Rise to Power: The Nazi Movement in Bavaria 1923-33 by Geoffrey Pridham
  126. Hitler’s Shadow Empire: Nazi Economics and the Spanish Civil War by Pierpaolo Barbieri
  127. Hitler’s Thirty Days to Power: January 1933 by Henry Ashby Turner Jr.
  128. Hitler’s Voice The Völkischer Beobachter (Two Volumes) by Detlef Mühlberger
  129. Hitler’s Volksgemeinschaft and the Dynamics of Racial Exclusion: Violence Against Jews in Provincial Germany by Michael Wildt and Bernard Heise
  130. Hitler’s Warrior: The Life and Wars of SS Colonel Jochen Peiper by Danny S. Parker
  131. Holocaust City: The Making of a Jewish Ghetto by Tim Cole
  132. Holocaust Historiography in Context: Emergence, Challenges, Polemics and Achievements by David Bankier and Dan Michman (Editors)
  133. Holocaust Landscapes by Tim Cole
  134. Holocaust Representations in History: An Introduction by Daniel H. Magilow and Lisa Silverman
  135. Holocaust: The Nazi Persecution and Murder of the Jews by Peter Longerich
  136. Holocaust versus Wehrmacht: How Hitler’s “Final Solution” Undermined the German War Efforby Yaron Pasher
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  138. Holy Hatred: Christianity, Antisemitism, and the Holocaust by Robert Michael
  139. How Could This Happen: Explaining the Holocaust by Dan McMillan
  140. Human Smoke by Nicholson Baker
  141. Hunt for the Jews: Betrayal and Murder in German-Occupied Poland by Jan Grabowski
  142. I, Pierre Seel, Deported Homosexual: A Memoir of Nazi Terror by Pierre Seel
  143. IBM and the Holocaust: The Strategic Alliance Between Nazi Germany and America’s Most Powerful Corporation by Edwin Black
  144. IBM and the Holocaust: The Strategic Alliance Between Nazi Germany and America’s Most Powerful Corporation by Edwin Black
  145. I Have Lived A Thousand Years: Growing Up In The Holocaust by Livia Bitton-Jackson
  146. Industry and Ideology: I. G. Farben in the Nazi Era by Peter Hayes
  147. Inside Hitler’s High Command by Geoffrey P. Megargee
  148. Inside Nazi Germany: Conformity, Opposition, and Racism in Everyday Life by Detlev J. K. Peukert
  149. Inside the Gas Chambers: Eight Months in the Sonderkommando of Auschwitz by Shlomo Venezia
  150. Into That Darkness: An Examination of Conscience by Gitta Sereny
  151. I Will Bear Witness by Victor Klemperer (2 vols)

    1. Volume 1: A Diary of the Nazi Years: 1933-1941 
    2. Volume 2: A Diary of the Nazi Years: 1942-1945
  152. In Broad Daylight: The Secret Procedures behind the Holocaust by Bullets by Father Patrick Desbois
  153. In Deadly Combat: A German Soldier’s Memoir of the Eastern Front by Gottlob Herbert Bidermann
  154. In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer by Irene Gut Opdyke
  155. Inhumanities: Nazi Interpretations of Western Culture by David B. Dennis
  156. Inside the Gas Chambers: Eight Months in the Sonderkommando of Auschwitz by Shlomo Venezia
  157. Into That Darkness: An Examination of Conscience by Gitta Sereny
  158. Islam and Nazi Germany’s War by David Motadel
  159. Jewish Forced Labor Under the Nazis: Economic Needs and Racial Aims, 1938-1944 by Wolf Gruner
  160. Jewish Life in Nazi Germany: Dilemmas and Responses by Francis R. Nicosia and David Scrase
  161. Julius Streicher: Nazi Editor of the Notorious Anti-semitic Newspaper Der Sturmer by Randall L. Bytwerk
  162. Karl Brandt: The Nazi Doctor: Medicine and Power in the Third Reich by Ulf Schmidt
  163. Karl Brandt: The Nazi Doctor: Medicine and Power in the Third Reich by Ulf Schmidt
  164. KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps by Nikolaus Wachsmann
  165. Kristallnacht 1938 by Alan E. Steinweis
  166. Krupp: A History of the Legendary German Firm by Harold James
  167. Krysia: A Polish Girl’s Stolen Childhood During World War II by Krystyna Mihulka
  168. Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed by Philip Paul Hallie
  169. Life and Death in the Third Reich by Peter Fritzsche
  170. Lodz Ghetto: A History by Isaiah Trunk
  171. Marching into Darkness: The Wehrmacht and the Holocaust in Belarus by Waitman Wade Beorn
  172. Masters of Death: The SS-Einsatzgruppen and the Invention of the Holocaust by Richard Rhodes
  173. Medicine and Medical Ethics in Nazi Germany: Origins, Practices, Legacies by Francis R. Nicosia and Jonathan Huener
  174. Mengele: The Complete Story by Gerald L. Posner and John Ware
  175. Moral Combat: Good and Evil in World War II by Michael Burleigh
  176. My Father’s Keeper: Children of Nazi Leaders by Stephan Lebert and Norbert Lebert
  177. Nazi Empire Building: The Ukrainian Holocaust by Wendy Lower
  178. Nazi Empire: German Colonialism and Imperialism from Bismarck to Hitler by Shelley Baranowski
  179. Nazi Foreign Policy, 1933-1941: The Road to Global War by Christian Leitz
  180. Nazi Games: The Olympics of 1936 by David Clay Large
  181. Nazi Germany and the Jews by Saul Friedländer
  182. Nazi Hunger Politics: A History of Food in the Third Reich by Gesine Gerhard
  183. Nazi Nexus: America’s Corporate Connections to Hitler’s Holocaust by Edwin Black
  184. Nazi Policy on the Eastern Front, 1941: Total War, Genocide, and Radicalization by Alex J. Kay, Jeff Rutherford and David Stahel
  185. Nazi Policy, Jewish Workers, German Killers by Christopher R. Browning
  186. Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World by Jeffrey Herf
  187. Nazi Terror by Eric Johnson
  188. Nazis, Islamists, and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Barry Rubin and Wolfgang G. Schwanitz
  189. Nazism and German Society, 1933-1945 by David Crew (Editor)
  190. Nazism by Neil Gregor (Editor)
  191. Nazism, Fascism and the Working Class by Timothy W. Mason
  192. Nazism and War by Richard Bessel
  193. Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland by Jan T. Gross
  194. Networks of Nazi Persecution: Bureaucracy, Business and the Organization of the Holocaust Gerald D. Feldman (Editor), Wolfgang Seibel (Editor)
  195. The Night Trilogy by Elie Wiesel
  196. Notes from the Warsaw Ghetto by Emmanuel Ringelblum and Jacob Sloan
  197. Occupied Economies: An Economic History of Nazi-Occupied Europe, 1939-1945 by Hein A.M. Klemann and Sergei Kudryashov
  198. Odilo Globocnik, Hitler’s Man in the East by Joseph Poprzeczny
  199. Official Secrets: What the Nazis Planned, What the British and Americans Knew by Richard Breitman
  200. Of Men, Monsters and Mazel: Surviving the “Final Solution” in Belgium by Marcel Tenenbaum
  201. Opting for Oil: The Political Economy of Technological Change in the West German Industry, 1945-1961 by Raymond G. Stokes
  202. Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland by Christopher R. Browning
  203. Organisation Todt from Autobahns to Atlantic Wall: Building the Third Reich by John Christopher
  204. Ostkrieg: Hitler’s War of Extermination in the East by Stephen G. Fritz
  205. Out on a Ledge: Enduring the Lodz Ghetto, Auschwitz, and Beyond by Eva Libitzky
  206. The Oxford Handbook of Genocide Studies by Donald Bloxham and A. Dirk Moses
  207. Persecution and Resistance of Jehovah’s Witnesses During the Nazi Regime: 1933-1945 by Hans Hesse
  208. Preaching in Hitler’s Shadow: Sermons of Resistance in the Third Reich by Dean G. Stroud
  209. Roosevelt and the Holocaust by Robert L. Beir and Brian Josepher
  210. Poland Betrayed: The Nazi-Soviet Invasions of 1939 by David G. Williamson
  211. The Political Diary of Alfred Rosenberg and the Onset of the Holocaust by Jürgen Matthäus and Frank Bajohr
  212. Racial Hygiene: Medicine Under the Nazis by Robert Proctor
  213. Ravensbruck: Life and Death in Hitler’s Concentration Camp for Women by Sarah Helm
  214. Reading the Holocaust by Inga Clendinnen
  215. Re-Examining the Holocaust Through Literature by Aukje Kluge
  216. Refuge Denied: The St. Louis Passengers and the Holocaust by Sarah A. Ogilvie
  217. Remembering Survival: Inside a Nazi Slave-Labor Camp by Christopher R. Browning
  218. Rescuing Da Vinci: Hitler and the Nazis Stole Europe’s Great Art by Robert M. Edsel
  219. Resistance: Jews and Christians Who Defied the Nazi Terror by Nechama Tec
  220. Responses to Nazism in Britain, 1933-1939: Before War and Holocaust by Dan Stone
  221. Rising ’44: The Battle for Warsaw by Norman Davies
  222. Robbing the Jews: The Confiscation of Jewish Property in the Holocaust, 1933-1945 by Martin Dean
  223. Selling under the Swastika: Advertising and Commercial Culture in Nazi Germany by Pamela Swett
  224. Sexual Violence against Jewish Women during the Holocaust by Sonja M. Hedgepeth (Author, Editor), Rochelle G. Saidel (Author, Editor)
  225. Shanghai Refuge: A Memoir of the World War II Jewish Ghetto by Ernest G. Heppner
  226. Sobibor: A History of a Nazi Death Camp by Jules Schelvis
  227. Social Policy in the Third Reich: The Working Class and the ‘National Community’, 1918-1939 by Tim Mason
  228. Soldiers of Destruction: The SS by Charles W. Sydnor Jr.
  229. State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda by Susan Bachrach and Steven Luckert
  230. Stephan Bandera: The Life and Afterlife of a Ukrainian Fascist: Facism, Genocide, and Cult by Grzegorz Rossolinski-Liebe
  231. Stormtroopers (RLE Nazi Germany & Holocaust): A Social, Economic and Ideological Analysis 1929-35 by Conan Fischer
  232. Strength through Joy: Consumerism and Mass Tourism in the Third Reich by Shelley Baranowski
  233. Survival In Auschwitz by Primo Levi
  234. The ‘Final Solution’ in Riga: Exploitation and Annihilation, 1941-1944 by Andrej Angrick and Peter Klein
  235. The American Axis: Henry Ford, Charles Lindbergh, and the Rise of the Third Reich by Max Wallace
  236. The American West and the Nazi East: A Comparative and Interpretive Perspective by Carol Kakel
  237. The Architect of Genocide: Himmler and the Final Solution by Richard Breitman
  238. The Architecture of Oppression: The SS, Forced Labor and the Nazi Monumental Building Economy by Paul B. Jaskot
  239. The Arms of Krupp: The Rise and Fall of the Industrial Dynasty That Armed Germany at War by William Manchester
  240. The Arts in Nazi Germany: Continuity, Conformity, Change by Jonathan Huener
  241. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
  242. The Buchenwald Trilogy by Flint Whitlock
  243. The Butcher’s Tale: Murder and Anti-Semitism in a German Town by Helmut Walser Smith
  244. The Catholic Church and the Holocaust, 1930-1965 by Michael Phayer
  245. The Coming of the Third Reich by Richard Evans
  246. The Crime and the Silence: Confronting the Massacre of Jews in Wartime Jedwabne by Anna Bikont
  247. The Dark Heart of Hitler’s Europe: Nazi Rule in Poland under the General Government by Martin Winstone
  248. The Death of Democracy: Hitler’s Rise to Power and the Downfall of the Weimar Republic by Benjamin Carter Hett
  249. The Deutsche Bank and the Nazi Economic War against the Jews: The Expropriation of Jewish-Owned Property by Harold James
  250. The Devil’s Disciples: Hitler’s Inner Circle by Anthony Read
  251. The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak: Five Notebooks from the Lodz Ghetto by Dawid Sierakowiak
  252. The Dictators: Hitler’s Germany, Stalin’s Russia by Richard Overy
  253. The Envoy: The Epic Rescue of the Last Jews of Europe in the Desperate Closing Months of World War II by Alex Kershaw
  254. The Face Of The Third Reich: Portraits Of The Nazi Leadership by Joachim E. Fest
  255. The Farhud: Roots of the Arab-Nazi Alliance in the Holocaust by Edwin Black
  256. The Fateful Alliance: German Conservatives and Nazis in 1933: The Machtergreifung in a New Light by Hermann Beck
  257. The Faustian Bargain: The Art World in Nazi Germany by Jonathan Petropoulos
  258. The Final Solution: A Genocide by Donald Bloxham
  259. The Final Solution: Origins and Implementation by David Cesarani
  260. The German War: A Nation Under Arms, 19391945 by Nicholas Stargardt
  261. The Germans and the Holocaust: Popular Responses to the Persecution and Murder of the Jews by Susanna Schrafstetter and Alan E. Steinweis
  262. The Gestapo and German Society: Enforcing Racial Policy 1933-1945 by Robert Gellately
  263. The Gestapo by Jacques Delarus
  264. The Gestapo: The Myth and Reality of Hitler’s Secret Police by Frank McDonough
  265. The Gestapo: Power and Terror in the Third Reich by Carsten Dams
  266. The Good Old Days: The Holocaust as Seen by Its Perpetrators and Bystanders by Ernst Klee (Editor)
  267. The Historiography of Genocide by Dan Stone
  268. The Historiography of the Holocaust by Dan Stone (Editor)
  269. The Hitler Youth: Origins and Development 1922-1945 by H. W. Koch
  270. The Holocaust and Historical Methodology by Dan Stone
  271. The Holocaust and the Germanization of Ukraine by Eric C. Steinhart
  272. The Holocaust by Martin Gilbert
  273. The Holocaust in Latvia 1941-1944: The Missing Center by Andrew Ezergailis
  274. The Holocaust, Fascism and Memory: Essays in the History of Ideas by Dan Stone
  275. The Holocaust, the French, and the Jews by Susan Zuccotti
  276. The Holy Reich: Nazi Conceptions of Christianity by Richard Steigmann-Gall
  277. The Italians and the Holocaust: Persecution, Rescue, and Survival by Susan Zuccotti
  278. The Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Nazis: Persecution, Deportation, and Murder, 1933-1945 by Michel Reynaud
  279. The Jewish Enemy: Nazi Propaganda during World War II and the Holocaust by Jeffrey Herf
  280. The Jews in Mussolini’s Italy: From Equality to Persecution by Michele Sarfatti
  281. The Kaiser’s Holocaust: Germany’s Forgotten Genocide and the Colonial Roots of Nazism by David Olusoga and Casper W. Erichsen
  282. The Law in Nazi Germany: Ideology, Opportunism, and the Perversion of Justice by Alan E. Steinweis and Robert D. Rachlin
  283. The Liberation of the Camps: The End of the Holocaust and Its Aftermath by Dan Stone
  284. The Long Night: A True Story by Ernst Israel Bornstein
  285. The Massacre of the Jews of Lithuania by Karen Sutton
  286. The Master Plan: Himmler’s Scholars and the Holocaust by Heather Pringle
  287. The Ministry of Illusion: Nazi Cinema and Its Afterlife by Eric Rentschler
  288. The Nazi Connection: Eugenics, American Racism, and German National Socialism by Stefan Kuhl
  289. The Nazi Conscience by Claudia Koonz
  290. The Nazi Dictatorship and the Deutsche Bank by Harold James
  291. The Nazi Dictatorship: Problems and Perspectives of Interpretation by Ian Kershaw
  292. The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide by Robert Jay Lifton
  293. The Nazi Economic Recovery 1932-1938 by R. J. Overy
  294. The Nazi Germany Sourcebook: An Anthology of Texts by Roderick Stackelberg, Sally A. Winkle (Editors)
  295. The Nazi Party 1919-1945: A Complete History by Dietrich Orlow
  296. The Nazi Party: A Social Profile of Members and Leaders 1919-1945 by Michael H Kater
  297. The Nazi Persecution of the Gypsies by Guenter Lewy
  298. The Nazi Seizure of Power: The Experience of a Single German Town, 1922-1945 by William Sheridan Allen
  299. The Nazi Voter: The Social Foundations of Fascism in Germany, 1919-1933 by Thomas Childers
  300. The Nuremberg Trial by Ann Tulsa
  301. The Order of Terror by Wolfgang Sofsky
  302. The Order of the Death’s Head: The Story of Hitler’s SS by Heinz Zollin Höhne and Richard Barry
  303. The Origins of Nazi Genocide: From Euthanasia to the Final Solution by Henry Friedlander
  304. The Origins of the Final Solution by Christopher Browning
  305. The Path to Genocide: Essays on Launching the Final Solution by Christopher R. Browning
  306. The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Third Reich by Richard Overy
  307. The Pink Triangle: The Nazi War Against Homosexuals by Richard Plant
  308. The Polish Deportees of World War II by Tadeusz Piotrowski
  309. The Politics of Industrial Collaboration during World War II: Ford France, Vichy and Nazi Germany by Martin Horn and Talbot Imlay
  310. The Racial State: Germany 1933-1945 by Michael Burleigh and Wolfgang Wippermann
  311. The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe’s Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War by Lynn H. Nicholas
  312. The Riddle Of Babi Yar: The True Story Told by a Survivor of the Mass Murders in Kiev, 1941-1943 by Ziama Trubakov
  313. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer
  314. The Scourge of the Swastika: A History of Nazi War Crimes During World War II by Lord Russell of Liverpool
  315. The Setting of the Pearl: Vienna under Hitler by Thomas Weyr
  316. The Social Bases of Nazism, 1919-1933 by Detlef Mühlberger
  317. The Society of Terror: Inside the Dachau and Buchenwald Concentration Camps by Paul Neurath
  318. The SS: A History 1919 to 1945 by Robert Koehl
  319. Taste of War: World War II and the Battle for Food by Lizzie Collingham
  320. The Theory and Practice of Hell: The German Concentration Camps and the System Behind Them by Eugen Kogon and Heinz Norden
  321. The Third Reich at War by Richard Evans
  322. The Third Reich in History and Memory by Richard J. Evans
  323. The Third Reich in Power by Richard Evans
  324. The Third Reich Sourcebook by Anson Rabinbach and Sander L. Gilman
  325. The Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany by Thomas Childers
  326. The Third Reich: A New History by Michael Burleigh
  327. The Third Reich: Charisma and Community by Martin Kitchen
  328. The Third Reich: Politics and Propaganda by David Welch
  329. The Unknown Black Book: The Holocaust in the German-Occupied Soviet Territories by Joshua Rubenstein and Ilya Altman (Editors)
  330. The Unwritten Order: Hitler’s Role in the Final Solution by Peter Longerich
  331. The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy by Adam Tooze
  332. The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler’s Atomic Bomb by Neal Bascomb
  333. They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933–45 by Milton Mayer and Richard J. Evans
  334. There Is A Place On Earth: A Woman In Birkenau by Giuliana Tedeschi Brunelli
  335. To Hell and Back: Europe 1914-1949 by Ian Kershaw
  336. Top Nazi SS General Karl Wolff: The Man Between Hitler and Himmler by Jochen von Lang
  337. To Walk with the Devil: Slovene Collaboration and Axis Occupation, 1941-1945 by Gregor J. Kranjc
  338. Twisted Cross: The German Christian Movement in the Third Reich by Doris L. Bergen
  339. Under the Bombs: The German Home Front, 1942-1945 by Earl R. Beck
  340. Understanding the Holocaust: An Introduction by Dan Cohn-Sherbok
  341. Vichy France and the Jews by Michael Marrus and Robert Paxton
  342. Villa The Lake The Meeting: Wannsee And The Final Solution by Mark Roseman
  343. Waiting for Anya by Michael Morpurgo
  344. War and Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust by Doris L. Bergen
  345. War Against the Weak: Eugenics and America’s Campaign to Create a Master Race by Edwin Black
  346. War and Economy in the Third Reich by R. J. Overy
  347. War of Annihilation: Combat and Genocide on the Eastern Front by Geoffrey P. Megargee
  348. Warsaw 1944: Hitler, Himmler, and the Warsaw Uprising by Alexandra Richie
  349. We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust by Ellen Cassedy
  350. West German Industry and the Challenge of the Nazi Past, 1945-1955 by S. Jonathan Wiesen
  351. What We Knew: Terror, Mass Murder, and Everyday Life in Nazi Germany by Eric A. Johnson
  352. When Courage Was Stronger Than Fear: Remarkable Stories of Christians and Muslims Who Saved Jews from the Holocaust by Peter Hellman
  353. Why the Germans? Why the Jews?: Envy, Race Hatred, and the Prehistory of the Holocaust by Götz Aly
  354. Witnesses of War: Children’s Lives Under the Nazis by Nicholas Stargardt
  355. Why?: Explaining the Holocaust by Peter Hayes
  356. Women in Nazi Germany by Jill Stephenson
  357. Hitler’s Social Revolution by David Schoenbaum

The Holocaust is one of the most thoroughly documented events in human history. The physical evidence, documentary evidence, eye witness accounts and the confessions of many of the perpetrators leave absolutely no doubt that it occurred and that Hitler and the Nazis intentionally and methodically were responsible for it. The Holocaust as a fact of history in which Nazis attempted the complete genocide of the Jewish people and the mass murder of millions of others. This is beyond dispute. I will not respond to information or communication that denies, excuses or disputes the Holocaust.

What we know today about the details of Holocaust is much greater than what was known in previous generations. This is due to the diligent and painful research of historians and archaeologists and access to documents and sites that became available with the fall of the German Democratic Republic. The inclusion of older books here that have some inaccuracies due to a lack of information should not be viewed as an endorsement of those inaccuracies. A diligent student should be cautious of using older books understanding the context of the time they were written.

Since the definition of terms is important and sometimes uncertain I offer the follow explanation of how I use certain terms:

  • The definition of the word “Holocaust” is a subject of serious discussion. For the purpose of this site the Holocaust is broadly defined as encompassing the victims of the Nazi euthanasia program, victims of the various Nazi and Nazi allied pogroms, the murder or attempted murder of civilians in occupied nations, political and religious opponents of the Nazis, individuals labeled by the Nazis as “life unworthy of life” or “anti-socials”, homosexuals, prisoners of war, the victims of the 1945 death marches and the genocide of the Jewish, Roma and Sinti people, regardless of the time, method or location of the murder or attempt.
  • I use the phrase “attempted genocide” not to minimize genocide, but in recognition of the survivors of genocide.
  • A more narrow definition of the Holocaust as referring solely to the Jewish genocide is widely used but I do not feel it is accurate. This is because the broader campaign of dehumanization and mass murder of individuals and groups by the Nazis created the necessary psychological and physical preparation (foundation) for the Jewish genocide. The Holocaust was an event but it is important to remember it was also a process driven by both choices and circumstances which eventually reached a climax and whose echo continues today.
  • Using the broader definition is not intended in any way to diminish or minimize the attempted Jewish genocide.
  • When specifically referencing the Jewish Holocaust I will use the term “Shoah”. When referring to the different processes of the Shoah I will use the terms “Shoah by Bullets”, “Shoah by Slave Labor” or “Shoah by Gas”. Please see Yad Vashem for additional information.
  • The term “concentration camp” is used as the generic term for the system of Nazi KL (KZ) slave labor camps, prison camps, punishment and torture centers. While brutality and murder was widespread and intentional in these camps, immediate murder was not the primary purpose of these camps. Victims here could survive for months or even years.
  • The terms “extermination camp” or “killing centers” is used to denote the Nazi facilities where the primary purpose was immediate murder, and slave-labor was a secondary purpose. Victims here would normally survive for a day or less. These are Chelmno, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Treblinka, Sobibor, Belzec, and Majdanek in occupied Poland and the Aktion T4 killing centers at Bernburg, Brandenburg, Grafeneck, Hadamar, Hartheim, and Sonnenstein.
  • The term “sub camp” is used to denote an auxiliary facility to one of the main facilities.
  • The term “transit camp” is used to denote a temporary prison camp used to house victims during transportation to a final destination.
  • The term “ghetto” is used to denote a physically or legally defined area within an urban region where specific populations were segregated usually preliminary to deportation to concentration or extermination camps.