January 27th was International Holocaust Remembrance Day. A lot has happened since then, most notably a winter storm that left millions of people in Texas, including my family and me, without electricity, heat, and water for more than 100 hours in sub-freezing temperatures. In the days running up to the storm, I had been grappling with how little attention I have given the Holocaust in my scholarship and teaching, and I was intending to gather some resources to post here—mostly for my own reference, but also for the benefit of others—when my plans were derailed by the utilities failure. I did, however, manage to re-read the few works of Holocaust Literature that I own, including both volumes of Art Spiegelman’s Maus and Elie Wiesel’s The Night Trilogy, which includes the novels Night, Dawn, and The Accident. These are important works, but they are also among the most widely read accounts of the Holocaust, second only to Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl, and I’m a little embarrassed that these are the only works of Holocaust Literature that I’ve read.
I know there is a massive body of Holocaust Literature, including many published and unpublished survivors’ accounts. When I worked as an intern at Stockton University’s Sara & Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center, I saw full-time staff members help Holocaust survivors record their experiences living under European fascism, and I recall frequent discussions about the importance memoirs, novels, and other literary texts to the remembrance of the Holocaust. Stockton launched its Holocaust & Genocide Studies program just a few years before my internship, so I was also well aware that Holocaust Literature fit within a clearly delineated field of academic study. But my interests at the time were in creative writing, so I didn’t explore what the university had to offer by way of Holocaust Studies as much as I now wish that I had. Fortunately, there are some great online resources, including some good bibliographies of Holocaust Literature, that point the way toward further independent study.
Many of the works in the following bibliography are taken from bibliographies published by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Jewish Women’s Archive, though I have also added a fair number of titles that I discovered through my own research. Additionally, I used WORLDCAT to correct and complete the citations. This bibliography is not comprehensive and only includes books available in English. It also excludes individual stories, poems, and articles, of which there are many. If there are book-length works missing from the list, please leave a note in the comments and I will add them. I will also expand the list as I become aware of additional titles.
Note: The following bibliography is under construction. New titles are added daily.
Aarons, Victoria, and Phyllis Lassner, eds. The Palgrave Handbook of Holocaust Literature and Culture. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021.
Aichinger, Ilse. Herod’s Children. 1960. Translated by Cornelia Schaeffer. New York: Atheneum, 1964.
Aizenberg, Edna. On the Edge of the Holocaust: The Shoah in Latin American Literature and Culture. Waltham, MA: Brandeis University Press, 2015.
Alexander, Edward. The Resonance of Dust: Essays on Holocaust Literature and Jewish Fate. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1979.
Apitz, Bruno. Naked Among Wolves. 1958. Translated by Edith Anderson. Berlin: Seven Seas Books, 1960.
Appelfeld, Aharon. Badenheim 1939. 1975. Translated by Dalya Bilu. Boston: D.R. Godine, 2009.
Appelfeld, Aharon. The Immortal Bartfuss. 1988. Translated by Jeffrey M. Green. New York: Grove Press, 1994.
Arieti, Silvano. The Parnas: A Scene from the Holocaust. 1979. Philadelphia: Paul Dry Books, 2000.
Becker, Jurek. Bronstein’s Children. 1986. Translated by Leila Vennewitz. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999.
Becker, Jurek. Jacob the Liar. 1969. Translated by Leila Vennewitz. New York: W.W. Norton, 2020.
Begley, Louis. Wartime Lies. 1991. Ballantine Books, 2004.
Berger, Alan L., and Gloria L. Cronin, editors. Jewish American and Holocaust Literature: Representation in the Postmodern World. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2004.
Bigsby, Christopher. Remembering and Imagining the Holocaust: The Chain of Memory. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
Bloom, Harold, ed. Literature of the Holocaust. Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 2004.
Borowski, Tadeusz. This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen. 1946. Translated by Barbara Vedder. New York: Penguin, 1976.
Bos, Pascale R. German-Jewish Literature in the Wake of the Holocaust: Grete Weil, Ruth Kluger, and the Politics of Address. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2005.
Brown, Jean C., Elaine C. Stephens, and Janet R. Rubin, eds. Images from the Holocaust: A Literary Anthology. Lincolnwood, IL: NTC Publishing Group, 1997.
Bryks, Rachmil. A Cat in the Ghetto: Four Novelettes. 1952. Translated by S. Morris Engel. New York: Perseus Books, 2008.
Epstein, Leslie. King of the Jews: A Novel of the Holocaust. New York: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, 1979.
Ezrahi, Sidra DeKoven. By Words Alone: The Holocaust in Literature. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1982.
Friedlander, Albert H., ed. Out of the Whirlwind: A Reader of Holocaust Literature. 1976. New York: UAHC Press, 1999.
Friedman, Saul S., ed. Holocaust Literature: A Handbook of Critical, Historical, and Literary Writings. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1993.
Fink, Ida. The Journey. 1990. Translated by Joanna Weschler and Francine Prose. London: Penguin, 1994.
Fink, Ida. A Scrap of Time and Other Stories. 1983. Translated by Madeline Levine and Francine Prose. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1998.
Fink, Ida. Traces. 1996. Translated by Philip Boehm and Francine Prose. New York: Henry Holt, 1998.
Friedman, Carl. Nightfather. 1991. Translated by Arnold Pomerans and Erica Pomerans. New York: Perseus Books, 2004.
Fuks, Ladislav. Mr. Theodore Mundstock. 1963. Translated by Iris Urwin. London: Jonathan Cape, 1969.
Gouri, Haim. The Chocolate Deal. 1964. Translated by Seymour Simckes. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1999.
Grynberg, Henryk. Child of the Shadows. 1965. Translated by Celina Winiewska. London: Vellentine Mitchell, 1969.
Habe, Hans. The Mission. 1965. Translated by Michael Bullock. London: Panther Books, 1967.
Hersey, John. The Wall. 1950. New York: Vintage, 1988.
Hilsenrath, Edgar. Night. 1964. Translated by Michael Roloff. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1966.
Hilsenrath, Edgar. The Nazi Who Lived as a Jew. 1971. Translated by Andrew White. New York: Manor Books, 1977.
Hungerford, Amy. The Holocaust of Texts: Genocide, Literature, and Personification. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003.
Halperin, Irving. Messengers from the Dead: Literature of the Holocaust. London: Westminster Press, 1970.
Horowitz, Sara R. Voicing the Void: Muteness and Memory in Holocaust Fiction. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1997.
Ka-tzetnik 135633. House of Dolls. 1953. Translated by Moshe M. Kohn. London: Senate Publishing, 1997.
Ka-tzetnik 135633. Atrocity. 1961. Translated by Moshe M. Kohn. New York: Lyle Stuart, 1963.
Ka-tzetnik 135633. Star Eternal. 1966. Translated by Nina DeNur. London: W.H. Allen, 1972.
Ka-tzetnik 135633. Sunrise Over Hell. 1977. Translated by Nina DeNur. London: Corgi Books, 1978.
Kaniuk, Yoram. Adam Resurrected. 1969. Translated by Seymour Simckes. New York: Grove Atlantic, 2008.
Katz, Steven T., and Alan Rosen, eds. Elie Wiesel: Jewish, Literary, and Moral Perspectives. Bloomington: University of Indiana Press, 2013.
Keneally, Thomas. Schindler’s List. 1982. New York: Washington Square Press/Atria, 2020.
Kertész, Imre. Fateless. 1975. Translated by Tim Wilkinson. New York: Vintage International, 2004.
Kosinski, Jerzy. The Painted Bird. 1965. New York: Bantam Book, 1998.
Kosinski, Jerzy. Steps. 1968. New York: Grove Atlantic, 1999.
Kremer, S. Lillian. Witness Through the Imagination: Ozick, Elman, Cohen, Potok, Singer, Epstein, Bellow, Steiner, Wallant, Malamud: Jewish-American Holocaust Literature. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1989.
Kremer, S. Lillian, editor. Holocaust Literature: An Encyclopedia of Writers and Their Work. New York: Routledge, 2003.
Krimmer, Elisabeth. German Women’s Life Writing and the Holocaust: Complicity and Gender in the Second World War. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020.
Kuznetsov, A. Anatoli. Babi Yar: A Document in the Form of a Novel. 1967. Translated by David Floyd. New York: Farra, Straus and Giroux, 1990.
Lang, Berel, editor. Writing and the Holocaust. New York: Holmes & Meier, 1988.
Langer, Lawrence L. The Holocaust the and Literary Imagination. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1975.
Langer, Lawrence L. Admitting the Holocaust: Collected Essays. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.
Langer, Lawrence L., editor. Art from the Ashes: A Holocaust Anthology. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.
Leak, Andrew, and George Paizis, editors. The Holocaust and the Text: Speaking the Unspeakable. St. Martin’s Press, 2000.
Levi, Primo. If Not Now, When? 1982. Translated by William Weaver. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2017.
Levin, Meyer. Eva: A Novel of the Holocaust. 1959. New York: Behrman House, 1979.
Lewitt, Maria. Come Spring: An Autobiographical Novel. 1980. Melbourne: Scribe Publications, 2002.
Lustig, Arnošt. Diamonds of the Night. 1958. Translated by Jeanne Nĕmcová. London: Quartet Books, 1989.
Lustig, Arnošt. A Prayer for Katerina Horovitzova. 1964. Translated by Jeanne Nĕmcová. London: Quartet Books, 1990.
Lustig, Arnošt. Night and Hope. 1958. Translated by George Theiner. London: Quartet Books, 1989.
Lustig, Arnošt. Darkness Casts No Shadow. 1976. Translated by Jeanne Nĕmcová. London: Quartet Books, 1989.
Lustig, Arnošt. The Unloved: From the Diary of Perla S. 1979. Translated by Vera Kalina-Levine. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2006.
McGlothlin, Erin. Second-Generation Holocaust Literature: Legacies of Survival and Perpetration. Camden House, 2006.
Minco, Marga. Bitter Herbs: A Little Chronicle. 1957. Translated by Roy Edwards. New York: Penguin, 1991.
Modiano, Patrick. Ring Roads. 1972. Translated by Caroline Hillier. London: Bloomsbury, 2015.
Modiano, Patrick. Night Rounds. 1969. Translated by Caroline Hillier. London: Bloomsbury, 2015.
Modiano, Patrick. La Place de l’Etoile. 1968. Translated by Caroline Hillier. London, Bloomsbury, 2016.
Morgan, Glyn. Imagining the Unimaginable: Speculative Fiction and the Holocaust. Bloomsbury Academic, 2020.
Patterson, David. The Shriek of Silence: A Phenomenology of the Holocaust Novel. University Press of Kentucky, 1992.
Patterson, David, Alan L. Berger, and Sarita Cargas, editors. Encyclopedia of Holocaust Literature. Oryx Press, 2002.
Popescu, Diana, and Tanja Schult, eds. Revisiting Holocaust Representation in the Post-Witness Era. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
Raphael, Linda Schermer, and Marc Lee Raphael, editors. When Night Fell: An Anthology of Holocaust Short Stories. Rutgers University Press, 1999.
Riggs, Thomas, editor. Reference Guide to Holocaust Literature. St. James Press, 2002.
Rittner, Carol, and John K. Roth, eds. Different Voices: Women and the Holocaust. New York: Paragon House, 1993.
Rochman, Hazel, and Darlene Z. McCampbell, eds. Bearing Witness: Stories of the Holocaust. New York: Orchard Books, 1995.
Rosen, Philip, and Nina Apfelbaum, editors. Bearing Witness: A Resource Guide to Literature, Poetry, Art, Music, and Videos by Holocaust Victims and Survivors. Greenwood Press, 2002.
Rosenfeld, Alvin H. A Double Dying: Reflections on Holocaust Literature. Indiana University Press, 1988.
Schiff, Hilda, ed. Holocaust Poetry. New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 1995.
Schlant, Ernestine. The Language of Silence: West German Literature and the Holocaust. Routledge, 1999.
Schwarz, Daniel R. Imagining the Holocaust. St. Martin’s Press, 1999.
Sherman, Joseph. Writers in Yiddish. Thomson Gale, 2007.
Sicher, Efraim, editor. Breaking Crystal: Writing and Memory after Auschwitz. University of Illinois Press, 1998.
Sicher, Efraim, editor. Holocaust Novelists. Gale, 2004.
Sicher, Efraim. The Holocaust Novel. Routledge, 2005.
Teichman, Milton, and Sharon Leder, editors. Truth and Lamentations: Stories and Poems on the Holocaust. University of Illinois Press, 1994.
Vice, Sue. Holocaust Fiction. Routledge, 2000.
Wilhelm, Thorsten. Holocaust Narratives: Trauma, Memory and Identity Across Generations. New York: Routledge, 2020.
Young, James E. Writing and Rewriting the Holocaust: Narrative and the Consequences of Interpretation. Indiana University Press, 1988.
Yudkin, Leon L., editor. Hebrew Literature in the Wake of the Holocaust. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1993.
Yudkin, Leon L. Literature in the Wake of the Holocaust. Suger Press, 2003.