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Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission

Approved Literary/Print Materials for the Classroom

SB 1828 assigns the THGAAC the task of approving resources that can be used in the classroom. The following resources are approved. SB 1828 allows each Texas school district to decide which THGAAC-approved materials are age-appropriate for their students. The THGAAC includes an age recommendation for each approved book.

Educators should screen in advance anything shown to students to ensure appropriateness.

Readings on the THGAAC Antisemitism page, the THGAAC Texas Connections page, and the THGAAC ODLE are also approved for classroom use during Holocaust Remembrance Week.

Introductory Readings
Approved for Classroom Instruction

Life Writing (Memoirs, Diaries, Biographies)
Approved for Classroom Instruction

The following titles are arranged alphabetically by author. Please click on each image to find a brief description and age recommendation.

Bitton Jackson I Have Lived a Thousand Years

Auschwitz and After by Charlotte Delbo

Pillar of Salt by Anna Salton Eisen and Aaron Eisen

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

All But My Life by Gerda Weissmann Klein

Inherit the Truth (1939-1945) by Anita Lasker-Wallfisch

Fragments of Isabella by Isabella Leitner

Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi

The Reawakening by Primo Levi

The Boy on the Wooden Box

The Lost: A Search for Six Million by Daniel Mendelsohn

Eyewitness Auschwitz: Three Years in the Gas Chambers by Filip Müller

Auschwitz: True Tales from a Grotesque Land by Sarah Nomberg-Przytyk

In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer by Irene Gut Opdyke

When the Danube Ran Red by Zsuzsanna Ozsváth

Her Life and Diary, The First Complete Edition by Hannah Senesh

Upon the Head of the Goat: A Childhood in Hungary 1939-1944 by Aranka Siegal

Maus by Art Spiegelman

Maus II by Art Spiegelman

Tec Dry Tears The Story of a Lost Childhood

Night by Elie Wiesel

Salvaged Pages by Alexandra Zapruder

History and Miscellaneous Nonfiction
Approved for Classroom Instruction

The following titles are arranged alphabetically by author. Please click on each image to find a brief description and age recommendation.

A History of the Holocaust by Yehuda Bauer

Ordinary Men: Reserve Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland by Christopher Browning

The Origins of the Final Solution: The Evolution of Nazi Jewish Policy, September 1939-March 1942 by Christopher Browning

The War Against the Jews by Lucy Dawidowicz

Nazi Germany and the Jews 1939-1945: The Years of Extermination by Saul Friedländer

Atlas of the Holocaust by Martin Gilbert

The Children of Willesden Lane by Mona Golabek & Lee Cohen

Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne by Jan T. Gross

Why? Explaining the Holocaust by Peter Hayes

The Destruction of the European Jews, Student Edition by Raul Hilberg

Sources of the Holocaust by Steve Hochstadt

Nazi Empire-Building and the Holocaust in Ukraine by Wendy Lower

The Secret of Priest's Grotto: A Holocaust Survival Story by Peter Lane Taylor with Christos Nicola

When Light Pierced the Darkness by Nechama Tec

Hitler and the Holocaust by Robert Wistrich

Essays
Approved for Classroom Instruction

The following titles are arranged alphabetically by author. Please click on each image to find a brief description and age recommendation.

Man's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl

"Who Owns Anne Frank?" by Cynthia Ozick

The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness by Simon Wiesenthal

Novels
Approved for Classroom Instruction

The following titles are arranged alphabetically by author. Please click on each image to find a brief description and age recommendation.

Jacob the Liar by Jurek Becker

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Friedrich by Hans Peter Richter

The Last of the Just by André Schwarz-Bart

Mendelssohn Is on the Roof by Jiří Weil

Short Stories
Approved for Classroom Instruction

The following titles are arranged alphabetically by author. Please click on each image to find a brief description and age recommendation.

Badenheim 1939 by Aharon Appelfeld

This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen by Tadeusz Borowski

A Scrap of Time and Other Stories by Ida Fink

The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick

Poetry
Approved for Classroom Instruction

The following titles are arranged alphabetically by author. Please click on each image to find a brief description and age recommendation. Educators are not required to use the editions below. Other translations by these poets are acceptable, and several can be accessed through the ODLE or elsewhere online via a Google search. 

Selected Poem and Prose of Paul Celan by Paul Celan

The Selected Poetry of Dan Pagis by Dan Pagis

Foamy Sky: The Major Poems of Miklós Radnóti, A Bilingual Edition by Miklós Radnóti

Collected Poems 1944-1949 by Nelly Sachs

Her Life and Diary, The First Complete Edition by Hannah Senesh

Nazi Propaganda
Approved for Classroom Instruction

The following titles are arranged alphabetically by author. Please click on each image to find a brief description and age recommendation.

The Poisonous Mushroom by Ernst Hiemer