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Every year the Thaler Fund donates money for books about the Holocaust to the Kirkwood Community College Library.  This is a local fund managed by the Temple Judah of Cedar Rapids. According to their website the Thaler fund was created and endowed by Dr. David and Joan Thaler: “to keep alive the memory of the six million Jews who perished during the Holocaust and to combat the propaganda of those who deny that the Holocaust ever happened by supporting a continuing course of study about the Holocaust at Coe College, Mount Mercy College and Kirkwood Community College.” The fund also brings Yom Hashoah speakers to Cedar Rapids each year.

We’re sharing this today in honor of the January 27th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

A couple of additional titles on similar topics are listed below. Here are this year’s selections:

Call Number: 365.45 A648g Title: Gulag: A History Author: Anne Applebaum

Call Number: 940.53 A477a Title: Architects of Annihilation: Auschwitz and the Logic of Destruction Authors: Gotz Aly and Susanne Heim

Call Number: 940.53 E928t Title: The Third Reich at War Author: Richard J. Evans

Call Number: 940.53 H675k Title: The End: The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler’s Germany, 1944-1945 Author: Ian Kershaw

Call Number: 940.531 E243m Title: The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, And the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History Author: Robert M. Edsel

Call Number: 943.086 H675c Title: Hitler: An Illustrated Life Author: Robin Cross

Call Number: 943.08 H675e Title: The Coming of the Third Reich Author: Richard J. Evans

Call Number: 943.086 O96d 2005 Title: The Dictators: Hitler’s Germany, Stalin’s Russia Author: Richard Overy

Call Number: 959.604 U571f Title: First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers Author: Loung Ung

On topic, but not from Thaler

Cal Number: 364.15 M715b Title: Balkan Genocides: Holocaust and Ethnic Cleansing in the Twentieth Century Author: Paul Mojzes

Call Number: 940.53 A538h Title: The History of the Holocaust in Romania Author: Jean Ancel

Call Number: 940.53 B627i Title: IBM and the Holocaust: The Strategic Alliance Between Nazi Germany and America’s Most Powerful Corporation (3rd ed.) Author: Edwin Black NOTE: I rarely say this, but this is a MUST read. – SSU

Call Number: 940.53 S699s Title: Shared Sorrows: A Gypsy Family Remembers the Holocaust Author: Toby Sonneman NOTE: Romany people were just one of the many non-Jewish groups that make up roughly 5 million of the people killed during the Holocaust.

Call Number: 943.004 M414d Title: Destined to Witness: Growing Up Black in Nazi Germany Author: Hans J. Massaquoi

Call Number: 943.086 M174w Title: A World Elsewhere: An American Woman in Wartime Germany Author: Sigrid MacRae

Call Number: 956.6 B215g Title: Goodbye, Antoura: A Memoir of the Armenian Genocide Author: Karnig Panian

Find Lists From Previous Years

The donations started before these lists, but we started doing blog posts of lists in 2011.

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