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Books are listed in order of year of publication - newest titles are at the top. There are 34 books in this booklist

  • Cover image of book Reclaiming Judaism from Zionism: Stories of Personal Transformation by Carolyn L. Karcher
    Reclaiming Judaism from Zionism: Stories of Personal Transformation - by Carolyn L. Karcher

    £15.99   paperback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9781623719142 | ISBN 10: 1623719143

    Personal narratives by Forty Jewish activists and scholars.  Today Jews face a choice. We can be loyal to the ethical imperatives at the heart of Judaism—love the stranger, pursue justice, and repair the world. Or we can give our unconditio ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Cut Out Girl: A Story of War and Family, Lost and Found by Bart van Es
    The Cut Out Girl: A Story of War and Family, Lost and Found - by Bart van Es

    £9.99   paperback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9780241978726 | ISBN 10: 0241978726

    Little Lien wasn't taken from her Jewish parents - she was given away in the hope that she might be saved. Hidden and raised by a foster family in Amsterdam during the Nazi occupation, she survived the war only to find that her real parents had not. ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Last Interview: Conversations with Giovanni Tesio by Primo Levi
    The Last Interview: Conversations with Giovanni Tesio - by Primo Levi

    £12.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9781509519552 | ISBN 10: 1509519556

    Translated by Judith Woolf   At the start of 1987, Primo Levi took part in a remarkable series of conversations about his early life with a friend and fellow writer, Giovanni Tesio. This book is the result of those meetings, originally intende ... more

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  • Cover image of book I Must Belong Somewhere by Jonathan Dean
    I Must Belong Somewhere - by Jonathan Dean

    £8.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9781474604482 | ISBN 10: 147460448x

    From Sunday Times journalist Jonathan Dean, a journey into his family history, which throws up surprising parallels with the present-day refugee crisis.  Jonathan Dean's great-grandfather, David Schapira, lived a life of epic achievement and ... more

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  • Cover image of book Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport by Deborah Oppenheimer
    Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport - by Deborah Oppenheimer

    £9.99   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9781408892275 | ISBN 10: 1408892278

    With a preface by Lord Richard Attenborough, a collection of accounts from some of the 10,000 children rescued from the Nazi Regime and brought to the UK by the Kinderstransport scheme.  In November 1938, international public opinion was shoc ... more

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  • Cover image of book Robert Capa: A Graphic Biography by Florent Silloray
    Robert Capa: A Graphic Biography - by Florent Silloray

    £16.95   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9781770859289 | ISBN 10: 1770859284

    "If your pictures aren't good enough, you aren't close enough."(Robert Capa) Robert Capa: A Graphic Biography is a brilliant portrayal of the career of the great war photographer who, at the time of his death in 1954, had only one wish: to be ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Girl from Human Street: A Jewish Family Odyssey by Roger Cohen
    The Girl from Human Street: A Jewish Family Odyssey - by Roger Cohen

    £9.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781408863909 | ISBN 10: 1408863901

    It has taken me a long time to piece all this together. Memories come not like heavy rain but the drops falling from leaves after it. There were elements missing. At last I knew I would not be whole until I found them...   June Cohen was b ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Greatest Need: The Creative Life and Troubled Times of Lily Tobias by Jasmine Donahaye
    The Greatest Need: The Creative Life and Troubled Times of Lily Tobias - by Jasmine Donahaye

    £10.99   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9781909983236 | ISBN 10: 1909983233

    he first full biography of Lily Tobias (1887-1984) a Jewish writer from Wales: a courageous, idealistic woman who wrote compellingly about Jewish life and experience in the 20th century.   Daughter of Polish immigrant parents, Lily Tobias grew ... more

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  • Cover image of book Gone to Ground: One Woman
    Gone to Ground: One Woman's Extraordinary Account of Survival in the Heart of Nazi Germany - by Marie Jalowicz-Simon

    £14.99   hardback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9781781254141 | ISBN 10: 1781254141

    Thrilling and terrifying by turns, this is the gripping account of a young Jewish woman who survived the Second World War by going to ground in Berlin.   Berlin 1941. Marie Jalowicz Simon, a nineteen-year-old Jewish woman, makes an extraordina ... more

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  • Cover image of book Forbidden Music: The Jewish Composers Banned by the Nazis by Michael Haas
    Forbidden Music: The Jewish Composers Banned by the Nazis - by Michael Haas

    £12.99   paperback   (2014) - ISBN 13: 9780300205350 | ISBN 10: 030020535x

    Winner in the 2014 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Awards for Excellence for the best historical Research in Classical Music category.   With National Socialism's arrival in Germany in 1933, Jews dominated music more than virtually ... more

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  • Cover image of book How I Stopped Being a Jew by Shlomo Sand
    How I Stopped Being a Jew - by Shlomo Sand

    £9.99   hardback   (2014) - ISBN 13: 9781781686140 | ISBN 10: 1781686149

    An autobiographical essay on Jewish identity from the acclaimed author of The Invention of the Jewish People.  Shlomo Sand was born in 1946, in a displaced person’s camp in Austria, to Jewish parents; the family later migrated to Palestine. As ... more

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  • Cover image of book Anne Frank: The Biography by Melissa Müller
    Anne Frank: The Biography - by Melissa Müller

    £12.99   paperback   (2014) - ISBN 13: 9781408842102 | ISBN 10: 1408842106

    Tracing Anne Frank’s life from an early childhood in an assimilated family to her adolescence in German-occupied Amsterdam, Melissa Müller’s biography, originally published in 1998, follows her life right up until her desperate end in Bergen Belsen. ... more

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  • Cover image of book Jewish Lives: Britain 1750-1950 by Melody Amsel-Arieli
    Jewish Lives: Britain 1750-1950 - by Melody Amsel-Arieli

    £12.99   paperback   (2013) - ISBN 13: 9781848844117 | ISBN 10: 1848844115

    Jewish Lives presents the life-stories of ten individual Jews who immigrated to Britain between 1750 and 1950, based on actual genealogical research. Their life-stories, enriched by a variety of sources, reflect the experiences of all Jewish immigran ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Jews of South Wales by Ursula R. Q. Henriques
    The Jews of South Wales - by Ursula R. Q. Henriques

    £19.99   paperback   (2013) - ISBN 13: 9780708326718 | ISBN 10: 0708326714

    The book focuses on the Jewish communities in Cardiff, Swansea and the South Wales valleys in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, looking at their everyday lives and also more dramatic and sensational events such as the Tredegar Riots in 1911 and ... more

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  • Cover image of book Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust by Doreen Rappaport
    Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust - by Doreen Rappaport

    £12.99   hardback   (2013) - ISBN 13: 9780763629762 | ISBN 10: 0763629766

    Under the noses of the military, Georges Loinger smuggles thousands of children out of occupied France into Switzerland. In Belgium, three resisters ambush a train, allowing scores of Jews to flee from the cattle cars. In Poland, four brothers lead m ... more

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  • Cover image of book Does Your Rabbi Know You
    Does Your Rabbi Know You're Here? - by Anthony Clavane

    £9.99   paperback   (2013) - ISBN 13: 9780857388148 | ISBN 10: 0857388142

    Ever since the children of penniless immigrants caught the train from Whitechapel to White Hart Lane – to be greeted with the refrain: ‘Does Your Rabbi Know You’re Here?’ – this forgotten tribe have helped to shape the Beautiful Game.   In tel ... more

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  • Cover image of book Auschwitz: A Doctor
    Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account - by Miklos Nyiszli, translated by Richard Sevear

    £9.99   paperback   (2012) - ISBN 13: 9780141392219 | ISBN 10: 0141392215

    When the Nazis invaded Hungary in 1944, they sent virtually the entire Jewish population to Auschwitz.  A Hungarian Jew and a medical doctor, Dr. Miklos Nyiszli was spared from death for a grimmer fate: to perform "scientific research" on his fe ... more

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  • Cover image of book Breathe in the Dark: A Childhood Lost by Jane Hersey
    Breathe in the Dark: A Childhood Lost - by Jane Hersey

    £7.99   paperback   (2012) - ISBN 13: 9781780881652 | ISBN 10: 1780881657

    Jane Hersey’s biography is told through the thoughts and voice of a traumatized, isolated child, enduring the stresses and strains of day-to-day life under difficult circumstances in 1960s Manchester. As a six year old child with sole care of a mothe ... more

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  • Cover image of book A Century of Wisdom: Lessons from the Life of Alice Herz-Sommer by Caroline Stoessinger
    A Century of Wisdom: Lessons from the Life of Alice Herz-Sommer - by Caroline Stoessinger

    £9.99   paperback   (2012) - ISBN 13: 9781444737622 | ISBN 10: 1444737627

    An inspiring story of resilience and the power of optimism - the true story of Alice Herz-Sommer, the world's oldest living Holocaust survivor.   At 108 years old, the pianist Alice Herz-Sommer is an eyewitness to history. She has seen it all, ... more

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  • Cover image of book Treblinka: A Survivor
    Treblinka: A Survivor's Memory - by Chil Rajchman, translated by Solon Beinfeld

    £9.99   paperback   (2012) - ISBN 13: 9781849163996 | ISBN 10: 1849163995

    Chil Rajchman, a Polish Jew, was arrested with his younger sister in 1942 and sent to Treblinka, a death camp where more than 750,000 were murdered before it was abandoned by German soldiers. His sister was sent to the gas chambers, but Rajchman esca ... more

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  • Cover image of book Goodbye Twentieth Century by Dannie Abse
    Goodbye Twentieth Century - by Dannie Abse

    £9.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9781908069726 | ISBN 10: 1908069724

    Dannie Abse's rich mixture of Welsh and Jewish backgrounds, and his dual occupations of doctor and author, have led to what is widely regarded as one of the most readable, humorous and poignant autobiographies available today.   Goodbye, ... more

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  • Cover image of book Stalin Ate My Homework by Alexei Sayle
    Stalin Ate My Homework - by Alexei Sayle

    £9.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9780340919590 | ISBN 10: 0340919590

    Alexei Sayle was born in Liverpool on the day egg rationing came to an end. His family ate salad. They read the Soviet Weekly. They travelled on transcontinental trains, and in the back of futuristic limousines. They saw Communism in action and ate s ... more

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  • Cover image of book My Happy Days In Hell by Gyorgy Faludy
    My Happy Days In Hell - by Gyorgy Faludy

    £12.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9780141193205 | ISBN 10: 0141193204

    My Happy Days in Hell (1962) is Gyorgy Faludy's grimly beautiful autobiography of his battle to survive tyranny and oppression.  Fleeing Hungary in 1938 as the German army approaches, acclaimed poet Faludy journeys to Paris, where he finds a lover ... more

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  • Cover image of book If I Am Not For Myself: Journey of an Anti-Zionist Jew by Mike Marqusee
    If I Am Not For Myself: Journey of an Anti-Zionist Jew - by Mike Marqusee

    £9.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9781844674350 | ISBN 10: 1844674355

    This is an eloquent and deeply felt memoir exploring the author's complex relationship with his Jewish identity.   If I Am Not For Myself is a passionate, thought-provoking exploration of what it means to be Jewish in the twenty-first century. It ... more

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  • Cover image of book Minor Miracles by Will Eisner
    Minor Miracles - by Will Eisner

    £12.99   paperback   (2009) - ISBN 13: 9780393328141 | ISBN 10: 0393328147

    This powerful graphic novel confirms Will Eisner as a master of the genre.  In this classic graphic novel, Will Eisner’s pen cuts an expansive swath through all aspects of the human condition. A powerful portrayal of Jewish life in the New Yo ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Last Jews of Kerala by Edna Fernandes
    The Last Jews of Kerala - by Edna Fernandes

    £9.99   paperback   (2009) - ISBN 13: 9781846270994 | ISBN 10: 1846270995

    Separated by a narrow stretch of swamp-like waters, and distinguished by the color of their skin, the Black Jews and the White Jews have been locked in a rancorous feud for centuries. Only now, when their combined number has diminished to less than 5 ... more

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  • Cover image of book My Father
    My Father's Roses - by Nancy Kohner

    £9.99   paperback   (2009) - ISBN 13: 9780340960264 | ISBN 10: 0340960264

    Some families save and others throw away. The Kohners, a Jewish family living in Bohemia at the end of the nineteenth century, threw very little away. A hundred years later their casually assembled archive of over a thousand family letters, hundreds ... more

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  • Cover image of book Night by Elie Wiesel
    Night - by Elie Wiesel

    £8.99   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9780141038995 | ISBN 10: 0141038993

    Born into a Jewish ghetto in Hungary, as a child, Elie Wiesel was sent to the Nazi concentration camps at Auschwitz and Buchenwald. This is his account of that atrocity: the ever-increasing horrors he endured, the loss of his family and his struggle ... more

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  • Cover image of book 163256: A Memoir of Resistance by Michael Englishman
    163256: A Memoir of Resistance - by Michael Englishman

    £19.99   paperback   (2007) - ISBN 13: 9781554580095 | ISBN 10: 1554580099

    163256: A Memoir of Resistance is Michael Englishman’s astonishing story of courage, resourcefulness, and moral fibre as a Dutch Jew during World War II and its aftermath, from the Nazi occupation of Holland in 1940, through his incarceration in nume ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Worst it Can be is a Disaster: The Life Story of Braham Murray and the Royal Exchange Theatre by Braham Murray
    The Worst it Can be is a Disaster: The Life Story of Braham Murray and the Royal Exchange Theatre - by Braham Murray

    £25.99   paperback   (2007) - ISBN 13: 9780713684902 | ISBN 10: 0713684909

    The Worst It Can Be is a Disaster is the autobiography of Braham Murray, founding director of the Royal Exchange Manchester which in 2006 celebrated its thirtieth anniversary.  Born into a Jewish family, Braham Murray struggled against his pa ... more

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  • Cover image of book Half/Life: Growing Up Jew-ish by Edited by Laurel Snyder
    Half/Life: Growing Up Jew-ish - by Edited by Laurel Snyder

    £9.99   paperback   (2006) - ISBN 13: 9781933368245 | ISBN 10: 1933368241

    By turns tragic and funny, religious and heartbreaking, angry and surprisingly familiar, Half/Life represents the altogether diverse memories and reflections of a handful of Half-Jews, among them Thisbe Nissen, Katharine Weber, Jennifer Traig, Jeff S ... more

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  • Cover image of book My Wounded Heart: The Life of Lilli Jahn 1900-1944 by Martin Doerry
    My Wounded Heart: The Life of Lilli Jahn 1900-1944 - by Martin Doerry

    £10.99   paperback   (2005) - ISBN 13: 9780747570509 | ISBN 10: 0747570507

    From her idealistic young womanhood in Cologne to the end of her life, Lilli Jahn was a prolific letter writer. After studying medicine and marrying her Protestant sweetheart, Ernst Jahn, she set up home and a medical practice. Then, in 1933, Hitler ... more

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  • Cover image of book An Underground Life: Memoirs of a Gay Jew in Nazi Berlin by Gad Beck
    An Underground Life: Memoirs of a Gay Jew in Nazi Berlin - by Gad Beck

    £18.95   paperback   (2000) - ISBN 13: 9780299165048 | ISBN 10: 0299165043

    That a Jew living in Nazi Berlin survived the Holocaust at all is surprising. That he was a homosexual and a teenage leader in the resistance and yet survived is amazing. But that he endured the ongoing horror with an open heart, with love and withou ... more

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  • Cover image of book If This Is a Man/The Truce by Primo Levi
    If This Is a Man/The Truce - by Primo Levi

    £9.99   paperback   (1987) - ISBN 13: 9780349100135 | ISBN 10: 0349100136

    "With the moral stamina and intellectual poise of a twentieth century Titan, this slightly built, dutiful, unassuming chemist set out systematically to remember the German hell on earth, steadfastly to think it through, and then to render it comprehe ... more

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