NSU is the first university in South Florida to permanently dedicate a Holocaust resource room on its campus, located on the second floor if the Alvin Sherman Library. The Craig and Barbara Weiner Holocaust Reflection and Resource Center offers Nova Southeastern University students and the general public a place to learn about, and to contemplate, the horrendous acts that result from intolerance and hate. See the list below for recommended fiction and non-fiction titles for teen audiences.

Florida middle and high school students, with the support of their teachers and parents, are invited to participate in the annual Holocaust Reflection Contest sponsored by the Holocaust Learning and Education Fund, Inc. and hosted by Nova Southeastern University. Students begin by selecting a quotation or survivor’s story that inspires them, then submit their reflection in the form of an original essay, a poem, a short film, or an art piece. Find more information at http://www.nova.edu/holocaustcontest.

  • The Book Thief
    Marcus Zusak

    Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
    John Boyne

    Berlin, 1942: When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move to a new house far, far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different from his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.

  • Orphan Monster Spy
    Matt Killeen

    A Jewish girl-turned-spy must infiltrate an elite Nazi boarding school in this highly commercial, relentlessly nail-biting World War II drama! After her mother is shot at a checkpoint, fifteen-year-ol d Sarah—blonde, blue-eyed, and Jewish—finds herself on the run from a government that wants to see every person like her dead. Then Sarah meets a mysterious man with an ambiguous accent, a suspiciously bare apartment, and a lockbox full of weapons. He's a spy, and he needs Sarah to become one, too, to pull off a mission he can't attempt on his own: infiltrate a boarding school attended by the daughters of top Nazi brass, befriend the daughter of a key scientist, and steal the blueprints to a bomb that could destroy the cities of Western Europe.

  • Mapping the Bones
    Jane Yolen

    In Poland in the 1940s, the lives of twins Chaim and Gittel feel like a fairy tale torn apart as they must rely on each other to endure life in a ghetto and the horrors of a concentration camp where t hey lose everything but each other.

  • The librarian of Auschwitz
    Antonio Iturbe

    Based on the experience of real-life Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus, this is the incredible story of a girl who risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during the Holocaust. Fourteen-year-old Dita is one of the many imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Taken, along with her mother and father, from the Terezín ghetto in Prague, Dita is adjusting to the constant terror that is life in the camp. When Jewish leader Freddy Hirsch asks Dita to take charge of the eight precious volumes the prisoners have managed to sneak past the guards, she agrees. And so Dita becomes the librarian of Auschwitz.

  • The Devil's Arithmetic
    Jane 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.

  • Once
    Morris Gleitzman

    After living in an Catholic orphanage for nearly four years, a naive Jewish boy runs away and embarks on a journey across Nazi-occupied Poland to find his parents.

  • If I Should Die Before I Wake
    Han Nolan

    As Hilary, a Neo-Nazi initiate, lies in a coma, she is transported back to Poland at the onset of World War II into the life of a Jewish teenager.

  • Maus: A Survivor's Tale
    Art Spiegelman

    By addressing the horror of the Holocaust through cartoons, the author captures the everyday reality of fear and is able to explore the guilt, relief and extraordinary sensation of survival - and how the children of survivors are in their own way affected by the trials of their parents.

  • I Have Lived a Thousand Years: Growing Up in the Holocaust
    Livia Bitton-Jackson

    What is death all about? What is life all about? So wonders thirteen-year-old- Elli Friedmann, just one of the many innocent Holocaust victims, as she fights for her life in a concentration camp. I Have Lived a Thousand Years is a story of cruelty and suffering, but at the same time a story of hope, faith, perseverance and love.

  • Did You Ever Meet Hitler, Miss? A Holocaust Survivor Talks to Young People
    Trude Levi

    Trude tells her story with little comment, allowing the terrible facts to speak for themselves. She describes without sentiment her experiences in Hungary under the Nazis, the horrors of Auschwitz-Birkenau and Buchenwald and, finally, the death-march, during which she collapsed on her twenty-first birthday and was left for dead. This account provides the context for the main part of the book in which the author sets out some of the many questions she has been asked by schoolchildren and university students from both Germany and England.

  • Himmler's Jewish Tailor: the Story of Holocaust Survivor Jacob Frank
    Jacob Frank

    The only survivor of his sixty-four-member family, Frank provides the only firsthand account in English of Lublin and the destruction of its Jewish quarter. Amid the horrors and everyday minutia of life under the Nazis, he reflects on the role of faith, the will to live, and the temptation of suicide. Frank also examines survivor guilt, Jewish identity, the psychology of victims and perpetrators, and the role of memory.

  • The Diary of a Young Girl
    Anne Frank

    Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank's remarkable diary has since become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit.

  • The Defiant: A True Story of Escape, Survival & Resistance
    Shalom Yoran

    While recuperating in a hospital after World War II, a Polish refugee wrote at length about his remarkable experiences in war-torn Europe. The Defiant, his memoir, is the account of a young man who refused to yield to the German onslaught and chose instead to become a Jewish resistance fighter. Chronicling the bravery of a small group of men and women who carried on a forest war, this extraordinary book sheds light on events that few know of in this country.

  • The Hiding Place
    Corrie ten Boom

    Corrie ten Boom and her family became leaders in the Dutch Underground, hiding Jewish people in their home in a specially built room and aiding their escape from the Nazis. For their help, all but Corrie found death in a concentration camp. The Hiding Place is their story.

  • The Lost Cellos of Lev Aronson
    Frances Brent

    A lyrical, epic chronicle of the life and fate of Lev Aronson, the world-renowned cellist, Holocaust survivor, and teacher, whose prized Amati cello was confiscated in Riga in 1941.

  • Writers of the Holocaust
    Sherri Lederman Mandell

    Profiles ten men and women who have written about or whose writings were influenced by their experiences during the Holocaust.