Susan Kusel

Nov 22, 2022

Books, Antisemitism, and a Viral Tweet

A Conversation with Library Director Susan Kusel

New Books Network 2022

Need help curating a list of Holocaust books for your students or library patrons? What’s on your shelf? What should be there? This podcast episode explores:

  • The most commonly assigned Holocaust books.
  • Why some of them are books you should never assign.
  • Recommendations for books to assign, read, and share.
  • Gaps in the literature.
  • Gatekeepers of higher education.
  • Susan’s wish-list.

Our guest is: Susan Kusel, who is the Library Director at Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, Virginia. She is also an author, a children’s book consultant and a former independent bookstore buyer. She has served on multiple book award committees including the Caldecott Medal and as the chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award. She is a former board member of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Her debut picture book, The Passover Guest won the Sydney Taylor Book Award.

Our host is: Dr. Christina Gessler, a historian of women and gender.

Listeners to this episode may also be interested in:

  • Deborah Hopkinson, We Must Not Forget
  • Dita Kraus, A Delayed Life: The True Story of the Librarian of Auschwitz
  • Susan Kusel, The Passover Guest
  • Primo Levi, The Periodic Table
  • Doreen Rappaport, Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust
  • David Safier, 28 Days: A Novel of Resistance in the Warsaw Ghetto
  • Hana Volavkova et al, I Never Saw Another Butterfly: Children’s Drawings and Poems from the Terezin Concentration Camp, 1942-1944
  • Liza Wiemer, The Assignment
  • Elie Wiesel, Night
  • Susan’s wish list
  • The Blog: The Sydney Taylor Schooze
  • The Association of Jewish Libraries
  • Sydney Taylor Book Award

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Christina Gessler

Dr. Christina Gessler holds a PhD in U.S. history.
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