Suggested Reading

Dear friends, if you would like to learn more about Jewish history, the history of the Holocaust, and the Arab-Israeli conflict, this is a good starting place. To be sure, thousands of books have been written on all of these subjects; these are just some of the books that we read as we wrote The True Adventures of Gidon Lev and as we navigate our way on Tiktok, where questions about all of these topics flow to us daily.


A fascinating, in-depth overview of Jewish history in all of its facets. 
Jews, God & History
, Max Dimont.

Understanding the history of the Holocaust
The Holocaust: The Jewish Tragedy, Martin Gilbert
The Holocaust: A New History, Laurence Rees

Understanding fascism
The Passenger, Ulricht Alexander Boschwitz
The Oppermanns, Lion Feuchtwanger
On Tyranny, Graphic Edition, Timothy Snyder

Books about Theresienstadt
Triumph of Hope: From Theresienstadt and Auschwitz to Israel, Ruth Elias
I Never Saw Another Butterfly: Children's Drawings & Poems From Theresienstadt
Life With a Star,
Jiri Weil

Deep dives into German antisemitism
Why the Germans, Why the Jews, Götz Aly

Ordinary Men, Christopher R. Browning

The Jewish-Polish experience
Shtetl, Eva Hoffman

The history of WWII in the Middle East
War of Shadows: Codebreakers, Spies and the Secret Struggle to Drive the Nazis from the Middle East, Gershon Gorenberg

Understanding the Holocaust from personal points of view:
Lily's Promise, Lily Ebert & Dov Forman
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne & Otto Frank
Daughter of Auschwitz, Tova Friedman and Malcolm Brabant
Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaptation,  Ari Folman
Man's Search for Meaning, Victor Frankl
Survival in Auschwitz, Primo Levi
The Drowned & the Saved, Primo Levi
Night, Elie Weisel
Maus, Volumes I & II, Art Spiegelman
The Last Days: Steven Spielberg and Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation

Understanding Psychology & Holocaust Trauma

After Such Knowledge: Memory, History & The Legacy of the HolocaustEva Hoffman

Fascinating takes on the legacy of Anne Frank:
People Love Dead Jews: Reports From a Haunted Present, Dara Horn

Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, The Afterlife, Francine Prose

Books about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
The Arab-Israeli Conflict: Its History in Maps, Martin Gilbert
How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less, Sarah Glidden
The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, Gershon Gorenberg
Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor, Yossi Klein Halevi
Contested Land, Contested Memory, Jo Roberts
The Lemon Tree, Sandy Tolan
Israel: A Simple Guide to the Most Misunderstood Country on Earth, Noa Tishby


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