Central Wisconsin History Collaborative

World War II


  Reiss, Johanna. (1990) The Upstairs Room. Harper Trophy. A Dutch Jewish girl describes the two-and-one-half years she spent in hiding in the upstairs bedroom of a farmer's house during World War II. RL: 5.9 


Epstein, Helen. (1988)  Children of the Holocaust: conversations with sons and daughters of survivors.  Penguin Books. Relates the stories of several people whose parents were survivors of Nazi concentration camps and the effect this has had on their lives.  RL:  YA


Gold, Alison. (1999)  Memories of Anne Frank: reflections of a childhood friend. Scholastic.  Recounts the story of Hannah Goslar, a close friend of Anne Frank and one of the last to see her alive. RL: 5.5



Mazer, Harry. (2002) A Boy at War: A Novel of Pearl Harbor. Aladdin. While fishing with his friends off Honolulu on December 7, 1941, teenaged Adam is caught in the midst of the Japanese attack and through the chaos of the subsequent days tries to find his father, a naval officer who was serving on the U.S.S. Arizona when the bombs fell. RL: 8.5



Fox, Anne L. (1998). Ten Thousand Children: True Stories Told by Children Who Escaped the Holocaust on the Kindertransport. Behrman House Publishing. Tells the true stories of children who escaped Nazi Germany on the Kindertransport, a rescue mission led by concerned British to save Jewish children from the Holocaust.  RL: 4.2



Oppenheim, Shulamith Levey. (1995). The Lily Cupboard. Harper Trophy. Miriam, a young Jewish girl, is forced to leave her parents and hide with strangers in the country during the German occupation of Holland. RL: 6.2



Tsuchiya,Yukio. (1997) Faithful Elephants: A True Story of Animals, People, and War. Houghton Mifflin. Translation of: Kawaiso na zo. Recounts how three elephants in a Tokyo zoo were put to death because of the war, focusing on the pain shared by the elephants and the keepers who must starve them.  RL: 6.0


  Uchida, Yoshiko. (1996). The Bracelet. Philomel Books. Emi, a Japanese-American in the second grade, is sent with her family to an internment camp during World War II, but the loss of the bracelet her best friend has given her proves that she does not need a physical reminder of that friendship. RL: 4.3 


Mochizuki, Ken. (1995). Baseball Saved Us. Lee & Low Books. A Japanese American boy learns to play baseball when he and his family are forced to live in an internment camp during World War II, and his ability to play helps him after the war is over. RL: 4.1



Ken Mochizuki. (1997) Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story.  Lee & Low Books. The story of one man's remarkable courage, and the respect between a father and a son who shared the weight of witness and an amazing act of humanity. RL4.1


Jerry Stanley. (1996) I am an American: A True Story of Japanese Internment.  Crown Books for Young Readers. Chronicles the internment of Japanese-Americans during the war and what the federal and state governments did after World War II to compensate the Japanese-Americans. RL8.2
Powers of Persuasion-Poster Art of World War II
A People at War
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
America from the Great Depression to World War II: Photographs from the FSA and OWI, c. 1935-1945
Tuskegee Airman
  • Rick Whiting's (CESA #12) lesson plans:

          American Experience, Semester 2 Persuasive Speech Topics

          Vietnam/WW2 Extra Credit


  • Eleanor Hannah (University of Minnesota/Duluth) 

         Rosie the Riveter Images

Revised 08/25/2008  


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