Books and movies about Holocaust

I recently finished “The book thief” since the movie is coming out in November this year. I was not very much impressed with the book.

I know it is a very tragic topic but I read about holocaust only because I want to learn more about the history behind it. I hated history when I was in school but not anymore. Now it is one of my favourite topics.

For those who are not sure what I am talking about, check the wiki link. “Of the nine million Jews who had resided in Europe before the Holocaust, approximately two-thirds were killed”.

My review of “The book thief“:

It was a good book. This book showed a different perspective – that not all Germans admired Hitler and that not all Germans hated Jews. The writing was brilliant. But still it fell short somewhere. For some unknown reasons, I was not very impressed. Probably it was the execution. The pace was too slow for a person like me. 

Quote: The Germans in basement were pitiable, surely, but at least they had a chance. That basement was not a washroom. They were not sent there for a shower. For those people, life was still achievable.

The other books that are based on Holocaust – “The diary of a young girl“. I first heard about this book when it was part of our English textbook in school. Anne Frank and her family were in hiding and her diary was published later as a book.

Quote: “There are many who wait for death”

Maus was probably the best book I have read about the holocaust. It won Pulitzer prize for non-fiction. My review of the book is here. Maus gave me nightmares, reading how badly people were treated for no fault of theirs. If you really want to know what happened, read Maus. A couple who were actually put into concentration camp narrate the story as witnessed by them. You could not get a more authentic recount of the horror.


I own the book “Night” by Elie Wiesel, which again gives a first hand account of the atrocities to Jews. I plan to read the book soon. I also want to read “The boy in the striped pyjamas“. I have heard many good reviews about the book.


There are some great movies which show the holocaust, gas chamber and the tortures that Jews underwent during those days. Schindler’s list which I already reviewed here, Life is beautiful and The Pianist are few of the movies that I have watched on this topic. All the three movies were heart touching and tear jerking. If you are weak of heart, then I would suggest you to skip Schindler’s list. Life is beautiful is probably one of the best movies I have ever seen. It is simply brilliant and it is about a family which ends up in a concentration camp. The Pianist is about a man’s struggle to survive, owing to the fact that he is a Jew. All of them are based on true stories. The Pianist and Schindler’s list were based on books with the same name.

Are there any other good books or movies on Holocaust that you have read or seen? Let me know in the comments.

Quote from Schindler’s list:

Amon Goeth: Today is history. Today will be remembered. Years from now the young will ask with wonder about this day. Today is history and you are part of it. Six hundred years ago when elsewhere they were footing the blame for the Black Death, Casimir the Great – so called – told the Jews they could come to Krakow. They came. They trundled their belongings into the city. They settled. They took hold. They prospered in business, science, education, the arts. With nothing they came and with nothing they flourished. For six centuries there has been a Jewish Krakow. By this evening those six centuries will be a rumor. They never happened. Today is history.

Quote from Life is beautiful:

Giosué Orefice: “No Jews or Dogs Allowed.” Why do all the shops say, “No Jews Allowed”?
Guido: Oh, that. “Not Allowed” signs are the latest trend! The other day, I was in a shop with my friend the kangaroo, but their sign said, “No Kangaroos Allowed,” and I said to my friend, “Well, what can I do? They don’t allow kangaroos.”
Giosué Orefice: Why doesn’t our shop have a “Not Allowed” sign?
Guido: Well, tomorrow, we’ll put one up. We won’t let in anything we don’t like. What don’t you like?
Giosué Orefice: Spiders.
Guido: Good. I don’t like Visigoths. Tomorrow, we’ll get sign: “No Spiders or Visigoths Allowed.”

Quotes courtesy: IMDB

Oh by the way, I am now among the top 1% of reviewers on Goodreads. I got this email in July, but I am posting it now on the blog.


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  1. Once upon a time, I read so much about second world war. The best book I read was, ‘The rise and fall of third Reich’ by William Shirer. I am yet to read the diary of a young girl and yet to see Life is good. Will do these two shortly, thanks for the remainder.

    Destination Infinity


  2. It was an insane nightmare of suffering and cruelty. Schindler’s List explains all we need to know. Dogs were treated better than jews.

    I like the new look of your blog.


    1. Thanks SG. I was bored of the old theme so thought will change it for sometime.
      Very true. Everytime I watch that movie, I end up crying. I find it hard to believe humans could treat other humans so badly.


  3. I wanted to watch Life is beautiful. Have heard so many good reviews it. When I was a kid, I hated history too. You know, just beacuse it was imposed on us. But, now that I realize the value of it, I love it too. It is fascinating reallly. I do need to take some time off netflix and do some reading. Your lovely blog reminds me of this each time. 🙂


  4. Everyone conveniently talks of Hitler. Germans even today feel the guilt: even though it was their grandfather or someone who was involved (or even not involved) and not them directly. The guilt is for the fact that they (as a community) stood & let this happen.

    But if one looks at the crimes of the British empire across Asia & Africa (which is conveniently forgotten), they have killed more people than Hitler-Stalin-Mussolini etc, all combined! I hope the time comes when they at least acknowledge to that!


    1. Yeah actually “The book thief” book talks about this side of the story.. it says that not all Germans supported Hitler and many actually helped Jews to escape/survive too. I can understand how it must be for those who were not responsible for this. This is more like a scar they have to bear forever.


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