Biography books from World War II share suffering and despair, but also stories of hope and struggle. For that reason, here are 3 memoirs from World War II to read.

Memoirs: 3 World War II Biography Books to Read.
Memoirs: 3 World War II Biography Books to Read
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World War II took place between 1939 and 1945. It was a worldwide armed conflict crisis. World War II was a big cause of suffering and death for over 100 million people, the world’s human population for that time. Nowadays, World War II is considered the deadliest human conflict of all time, having resulted in over 70 million deaths worldwide. But it also brought diseases, waste of resources, economic crisis, hunger, violence, and mistreatment.

There are many ways people got marked from World War II. Some people lost family and friends. Some people received mistreatment and torture. Some other people lost jobs and money. Some kids lost their childhood. And some seniors lost their right to have a natural death. But if there is something everyone lost in World War II, it was their right to be human and their right to live and to have a good life. World War II is the biggest example of suffering brought on by humanity itself.

That is why memoirs from World War II are so relevant and interesting, because books were the only way for people to express themselves, hoping to be read one day. Many brilliant and talented people took the darkest time as an opportunity to share experiences. That is amazing because it shows that, even in the darkest times of war, hope is still in humanity. And that is completely fair because all the World War II biography books are stories that deserved to be shared.

World War II Biography Book #1: The Nazi Officer’s Wife

World War II Biography Book #1: The Nazi Officer's Wife.
World War II Biography Book #1: The Nazi Officer’s Wife
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This memoir was written by Edith Hahn Beer and released in 2000 in collaboration with Susan Dworkin. The biography book’s full title is The Nazi Officer’s Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived The Holocaust. In this memoir book, Edith Hahn Beer shares the story of how she survived World War II as Jewish woman, a period where one of the most persecuted and mistreated groups of people were the Jewish population.

In this biography book, Edith shares how her life drastically changed in World War II. The young woman was studying law in Vienna when, thanks to the war, she and her mother were forced into a ghetto. That is how she was taken away to a labor camp and was separated from her mother.

In the memoir, she shares that she was released, but then had to struggle, lie, and falsify papers to survive. Also, according to this biography book, she even had to marry a Nazi man that fell in love deeply with her and did everything to protect her. This is a biography from a strong and fearless young woman that even kept all she could to share her World War II story.

World War II Biography Book #2: The Girls Of Atomic City

World War II Biography Book #2: The Girls Of Atomic City
World War II Biography Book #2: The Girls Of Atomic City
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This biography book was written by Denise Kiernan. The memoir was released in 2013 and was a New York Times Best Seller that year. This is a different World War II book because it has the purpose of telling a story that wasn’t told before. The book shares the story of women that not only survived but also helped to win the war. The full biography book’s title is The Girls Of Atomic City: The Untold Story of Women Who Helped Win World War II.

According to this memoir book, several women worked on a secret project in World War II on a zone called Site X, a place that didn’t exist before the war. The project had the purpose of ending the war with a special weapon. But with the world war, most men weren’t available, so most of the workers in the secret project were women.

In this biography book, we follow the story of strong and genius women that contributed to the war efforts, from staff positions to chemists, accountants, janitors, managers, and others. They were resilient and fearless women who worked hard and gave their all to achieve the purpose of ending the war. They were women that showed during World War II that women can do anything they set out to do.

World War II Biography Book #3: A Lucky Child

World War II Biography Book #3: A Lucky Child
World War II Biography Book #3: A Lucky Child
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It is fair to say that kids were the ones that suffered the most in World War II because childhood is one of the most vulnerable human stages. And in war, the most mistreated are the weakest parts of the population. That is the reason why this memoir is really special and relevant. The biography book’s full title is A Lucky Child: a Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy.

This biography was written by Thomas Buergenthal, and he shares his World War II story through it. In this memoir, he shares how he was only 10 years old when he arrived at Auschwitz, after surviving two ghettos and a labor camp. Like many other kids in World War II, Thomas was separated from his mother and father for years, which made him struggle to survive on his own.

As he shares in his biography book, he survived thanks to many incredible strokes of luck. This boy had a happy ending, making this seem like it could be a fictional story. According to the biography, when the war ended, he had the opportunity that few kids had in World War II. In this memoir book, he shares how, by a huge stroke of luck, he was miraculously reunited with his mother. This is a book that gives hope and brings back faith.


There are tons of biography and memoir books about World War II. Books with amazing stories that must be shared and remembered. Biography books from strong and hopeful people that even in dark times continued living. Memoirs from people that didn’t stay quiet and found a way to share their stories. But the Memoirs series has just started. So stay tuned to read more stories shared by amazing people.