We’re commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day with a reading list of powerful young adult novels. Holocaust Remembrance Day is recognized internationally and corresponds to the twenty-seventh day of Nisan on the Hebrew calendar. This year, we reflect on the lessons of the Holocaust by pausing to honor the lives lost and committing to advance with a renewed appreciation for life itself.
Here are six quotes to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day.
“Who am I? What is to become of me? What path should I take in life?” —Albert Marrin, A Light in the Darkness
“Each man is the steward of his own soul.” —Gavriel Savit, Anna and the Swallow Man
“How do you give someone a piece of sky? Memorize it. Then write it down for him.” —Markus Zusak, The Book Thief
“You’re my best friend, Shmuel,” he said. “My best friend for life.” —John Boyne, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
“The year wore on. Battles were fought. Men were killed. The leaves changed color and fell. Napoleon retreated and, in due course, was overthrown.” —Gavriel Savit, The Way Back
“I had the happiest life imaginable. We lived in music. We buttered our bread with it. Music walked in the door with Papa or Maria like another member of the family.” —Vesper Stamper, What the Night Sings