I recently read some new books that directly or indirectly discuss the Holocaust. All of them are worth reading. In different ways they open our eyes to how heinous humans can be, and they lead us to pray with John, “Come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev 22:20).
My favorites = books 5 and 6.
1. Neal Bascomb. Hunting Eichmann: How a Band of Survivors and a Young Spy Agency Chased Down the World’s Most Notorious Nazi. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009. Intriguing story. Excessively detailed. Would make a good modern movie.
2. George W. Bush. Decision Points. New York: Crown, 2010. Fascinating account of Bush’s life and presidency. Discusses the Middle East political quagmire, including Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s denial of the Holocaust.
4. Ben Macintyre. Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory. New York: Crown, 2010. Not as thrilling as I thought it’d be. Excessively detailed. Second half is much better than first half. Suggestion: Read Malcolm Gladwell’s “Pandoras Briefcase” instead.
5. Eric Metaxas. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. Nashville: Nelson, 2010. Gripping, inspiring story. Filled with theological insights.
6. J. K. Rowling. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Vol. 7 of Harry Potter. 7 vols. New York: Levine, 2007. The Ministry of Magic : Lord Voldemort and non-pure-bloods (esp. Muggles) :: “The Ministry” of the Third Reich : Satan/Adolf Hitler and non-Arians (esp. Jews). (Jenni and I enjoyed listening to this audiobook again.)
7. Carl R. Trueman. Histories and Fallacies: Problems Faced in the Writing of History. Wheaton: Crossway, 2010. Proves why Holocaust Denial is nonsense by distinguishing between neutrality (which is “practically impossible” and “logically inconceivable”) and objectivity (pp. 17–21, 25–68; cf. “Example Two: Was Luther a Racist?” pp. 129–38).