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Readings for Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today marks Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, memorializing the 6 million Jews who died in World War II. The Holocaust has been a rich vein for authors to mine -- tales of deceit and terror, rescue and redemption. And it has powerful symbols, including the yellow star that Jews were forced to wear -- Jude in German, Juif in French. Unfortunately, the era has also been tarnished by faked memoirs in recent years. Here are four classics; do you have other recommendations?

Night, Elie Wiesel's autobiographical tale about his survival as a boy in a concentration camp, and his philosophical musings on the Holocaust.

Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally. The story of an industrialist who saved hundreds of Polish Jews from the death camps by keeping them as a work force in his factory.

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Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. The heart-breaking tale of a Dutch girl who tries to make sense of the world as her family hides from evil in an Amsterdam attic.

Maus by Art Spiegelman. A graphic novel that describes the horrors in terms of evil cats and besieged mice.

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The Sunflower by Simon Wiesenthal. This collection of essays by Holocaust survivor Wiesenthal, the Dalai Lama, Theodore Hesburgh and other religious leaders examines the possibility for forgiveness.

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