Literature, with its various genres, is an invaluable teaching tool. The experience of reading heightens awareness in several ways, primarily by either conveying factual information or by evoking empathetic or sympathetic responses. An inherent value of literature is its ability to transport readers to different times, distant places, and unique circumstances. Through literature, readers can not only learn the facts about the Third Reich and World War II, but they can also make personal connections with those characters, real and fictional, who lived and died during the Holocaust. An enormous amount and variety of Holocaust literature is available today for study. This section is intended as a brief overview for teachers, students, and researchers who desire to comprehend the dimensions of the Holocaust as represented in literature. Works are summarized, and suggested grade designations are provided for each work.

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A Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust
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