Holocaust Fiction (Grades 4-6)

Bishop, Claire Huchet.  Twenty and Ten.  J PB B 
Twenty school children hide ten Jewish children from the Nazis occupying France during World War II.

Dahlberg, Maurine F.  Play to the Angel.  J FIC Dahlberg.  
In Vienna in 1938, in the shadow of an increasingly dangerous Nazi Germany, twelve-year-old Greta pursues her dream of becoming a concert pianist like her dead brother Kurt, despite a lack of support from her widowed mother.

Denenberg, Barry.  One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping: the Diary of Julie.  J FIC Dear America
During the Nazi persecution of the Jews in Austria, twelve-year-old Julie escapes to America to live with her relatives in New York City.

Drucker, Malka.  Jacob’s Rescue: a Holocaust Story.  J FIC Drucker
In answer to his daughter’s questions, a man recalls the terrifying years of his childhood when a brave Polish couple, Alex and Mela Roslan, hid him and other Jewish children from the Nazis. Based on a true story.

Glatshteyn, Yankev.  Emil and Karl.  J FIC Glatstein
In Vienna, Austria, in 1940, two nine-year-old boys, one Jewish and one Aryan, are classmates and best friends when events of the Nazi occupation draw them even closer together as they fight to survive and escape together.

Hoestlandt, Jo.  Star of Fear, Star of Hope.  [OLDER] E Hoestlandt
Nine-year-old Helen is confused by the disappearance of her Jewish friend during the German occupation of Paris.

Lowry, Lois.   Number the Stars.  J FIC Lowry
In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis.

McKay, Sharon.  End of the Line.  J FIC McKay
When tram conductor, Hans, and ticket collector, Lars, claim that Beatrice, is their niece they save her from the same fate of her mother, but open themselves up to the dangers of hiding a Jewish child in 1940’s Amsterdam.

McSwigan, Marie.  Snow Treasure.  JPB M
Twelve year old Peter Lundstrom and his friends help his Uncle Victor with a plan to protect the bank’s gold bullion from the invading Nazis.

Meyer, Susan.  Black Radishes.  J FIC Meyer
Gustave, having been forced to move from Paris to the countryside after his parents decided it was not safe for Jews to live in the city during World War II, meets a Catholic girl named Nicole, whose family is part of the French Resistance, and together they devise a plan to rescue his friend and family members from the Nazi occupied territory.

Nerlove, Miriam.  Flowers on the Wall.  J FIC Nerlove
Rachel, a young Jewish girl living in Nazi-occupied Warsaw, struggles to survive with her family and maintains hope by painting colorful flowers on her dingy apartment walls.

Orlev, Uri.  The Island on Bird Street.  JPB O
During World War II a Jewish boy is left on his own for months in a ruined house in the Warsaw Ghetto, where he must learn all the tricks of survival under constantly life-threatening conditions.

Orlev, Uri.  The Man from the Other Side.  Y FIC Orlev
Living on the outskirts of the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II, fourteen-year-old Marek and his grandparents shelter a Jewish man in the days before the Jewish uprising.

Propp, Vera W.  When the Soldiers Were Gone.  J FIC Propp
After the German occupation of the Netherlands, Benjamin leaves the Christian family with whom he had been living and reunites with his real parents who returned from hiding.

Pryor, Bonnie.  Simon’s Escape: A Story of the Holocaust.  J FIC Pryor
Simon, a young Polish Jew, and his family are forced by Nazis to leave their home for the fifth and hunger of the Warsaw ghetto then, when his family is all taken away, he escapes to fight for survival in the countryside.

Roy, Jennifer.  Yellow Star.  J FIC Roy
From 1939, when Syvia is four and a half years old, to 1945 when she has just turned ten, a Jewish girl and her family struggle to survive in Poland’s Lodz ghetto during the Nazi occupation.

Schroder, Monika.  The Dog in the Wood.  J FIC Schroder
As World War II draws to an end, Russian soldiers occupy Schwartz, Germany, bringing both friendship and hardship to the family of ten-year-old Fritz, whose grandfather was a Nazi sympathizer, eventually forcing them to leave their farm, then arresting Fritz’s mother and her hired hand.

Stuchner, Joan Betty.  Honey Cake.  J FIC Stuchner
David and his family live in Denmark during the Nazi occupation, until September 1943 when their neighbors help smuggle them to Sweden to escape Hitler’s orders to send the Danish Jews to concentration camps. Includes a recipe for honey cake, typically made to celebrate the Jewish New Year.

Treseder, Terry W.  Hear o Israel: A Story of the Warsaw Ghetto.  J FIC Treseder
A Jewish boy describes life in the Warsaw ghetto and his family’s ultimate transference to and decimation in the camp of Treblinka.

Vos, Ida.  Anna Is Still Here.  J FIC Vos
hirteen-year-old Anna, who was a “hidden child” in Nazi-occupied Holland during World War II, gradually learns to deal with the realities of being a survivor.

Vos, Ida.  Hide and Seek.  J FIC Vos
A young Jewish girl living in Holland tells of her experiences during the Nazi occupation, her years in hiding, and the aftershock when the war finally ends.

Wiviott, Meg.  Benno and the Night of Broken Glass.  [OLDER] E Wiviott
In 1938 Berlin, Germany, a cat sees Rosenstrasse change from a peaceful neighborhood of Jews and Gentiles to an unfriendly place where, one November night, men in brown shirts destroy Jewish-owned businesses and arrest or kill Jewish people. Includes facts about Kristallnacht and a list of related books and web resources.

Yolen, Jane.  The Devil’s Arithmetic.  J FIC Yolen
Hannah resents the traditions of her Jewish heritage until time travel places her in the middle of a small Jewish village in Nazi-occupied Poland.

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