Monday, April 23, 2018

*Top Ten Tuesday* Common Images for Holocaust Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Joood - Hooligan of Platypire reviews bossed me into doing this, so I guess this is a thing I do now. 

This weeks theme is frequently used words in "pick a genre" titles, but I'm tweaking it a little bit. You see, while I was trying to decide what genre to feature this week, I couldn't come up with anything I felt was very original. But I started thinking about common cover themes and had a lightbulb moment. So I'm going to focus on common cover themes for books about the Holocaust.

Barbed Wire

Barbed wire on a book cover is usually a pretty good sign that it's a book I'm going to want, even if the title doesn't make it clear that I'm looking at a Holocaust related book. 

Five Chimneys by Olga Lengyel // Four Perfect Pebbles by Lila Perl and Marion Blumenthal Lazan 
The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

The Sugar Men by Ray Kingfisher // Born Survivors by Wendy Holden // Eveline by Mac Chaz

Black & White or Sepia Photos

When I see a cover featuring a black and white or sepia image, it's a cue for me to at least check the blurb. This one isn't a guarantee, but it's a good sign to at least check the blurb for me. 

My Hidden Childhood by Catherine Bruce Ott // I Carried Them With Me by Sara Lumer
Among the Reeds by Tammy Bottner

Star of David

This one should probably be a given, all things considered, but it still fits my theme. 

We Are Witnesses by Jacob Boas // Suzy's Holocaust Story by Frederick D. Lipman
It Happened in Italy by Elizabeth Bettina


This one is a clear giveaway that you're dealing with WWII at the very least, which is usually enough to get me to one-click anyway. 

Claiming My Place by Planaria Price and Helen Reichmann West // We Spoke Out by Rafael Medoff and Craig Yoe
In My Hands by Irene Gut Opdyke

While those are the major themes I notice on covers of books relating to the Holocaust, some other often used images include train tracks, diary pages, and watchtowers. And if you pay attention, you'll notice that some of the covers display more than one major symbol. 

Is there a common theme you've noticed for covers of a certain type of book? - Katie 

*If you're stopping by from the linkup, please be sure to drop a link to your post so I can see how you handled this weeks theme.*


  1. Nice way to spotlight what are some amazing books, I'm sure. This one's thought provoking with some of those themes...

  2. I never really gave a thought to barb wire on a book but boy, it does speak volumes huh? I love your take on this week's topic and it's great to see some different books showcased! Nice job.

    1. The other day I bought a Holocaust book with barbed wire on the cover and realized it was like the third or fourth one I'd bought with that feature. It makes sense and doesn't even have to be a whole fence and yet it's still really clear what the book is going to be about.

      Thanks for stopping by. - Katie

  3. Three of these make a lot of sense, but the black and white/sepia photo was a surprise. They, too, make a lot of sense, but not something I probably would have noticed.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thanks!

  4. Wow this is a different theme than most of the TTT lists today! All of these cover themes make a lot of sense, given the subject.

  5. Ooh interesting take on this week's topic!
    My TTT:

  6. I'm still trying to do mine and can't think of anything!!!!

    Yours are good.

  7. What an interesting take! The barbed wires are probably my favourite design for the cover. I haven't read any of these books, so I'm glad you gave them a spotlight!

    Cam @ Camillea Reads

  8. I like your twist. We could easy do a list with common things we see in book covers.

    My TTT

  9. I love your twist on the #TTT brilliant! I would love to borrow this topic, if you don't mind! Definitely brought some books, I need to check out!

    1. Go right ahead. After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery (and I'm always looking for recommendations of good WWII/Holocaust books to read). - Katie