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Don't Fence Me in: An American Teenager in Holocaust Paperback – January, 1982


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: B & B Pub (January 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0960700803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0960700806
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a book you just cant put down.
anne
I had the privilege of hearing Barry Spanjaard speak at my high school in the late 1980's, and it made the experience of reading the book even more personal.
Ann Pendleton
His book had a profound impact on my life.
smark@crowdercollege.net

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 7, 2003
Format: Paperback
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr.Spanjaard in the spring of 1983 when he began his middle school talks that introduced this incredible book to the world.I was 14 and found Barry to be the kindest most compassionate man i had ever met. He was so excited to share his very important story with all of us and yet so interested in who we were. His wife Bunny was equally sensitive and caring.I plan to have my children read this book when they reach the appropriate age and would recommend it to anyone who has a teenager that needs resources for reports on the Holocaust. And wherever Barry, as he insisted we call him,is today I send him love and appreciation for sharing his remarkable story with the world. :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By arouet on February 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
I found this in a Used Book Store- I had not heard of it, but read it and thought it's certainly an important and incredible memoir of being in the Holocaust and everyone who is interested in this subject should read this book- I've read all books on this subject and this is one of the best- I coudn't put it down and it was expertly written. We should thankful that Mr. Spanjaard decided to write his experiences. There are two very historically important observations he adds to history- he paints a vivid picture of Westerbork- the transit camp- add his experience with that of Etty Hillesum and her letters from Westerbork, and both give a sense of what that was like, at least from two perspectives.

The 2nd is about Bergen-Belsen. Many Holocaust narratives are from Auschwitz and they are very important, but it is also important to hear about the others- and Spanjaard successfully conveyed that experience to me in his book. The horror of it is very real and he does an excellent job getting across to us what it was like. You get a sense of maturity from him that leaves no doubt that what he says is how it happened through his eyes.

I just thought it was GREAT.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By anne on July 9, 2004
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I was very impressed with this book. I have been studying the holocaust for years and this is by far the best book ive read on the subject. This book gives the reader a very good idea of what it was like to be in germany at the time of the holocaust.
Unlike "The Diary of Anne Frank" this book goes into the concentraiton camps where the real horror of the holocaust took place. This is a book you just cant put down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stacey Wheeler on November 21, 1999
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In junior high Mr. Spanjaard came and spoke at my school. Afterwards I read his book. What an impact it made on me. It tought me compasion for the human race, not a paticular race. Now 12 years later I can not wait to read this book again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. K. Leggate on January 10, 2003
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Don't Fence Me In is a very touching book. It is about a Dutch-American teenager during World War II named Barry Spanjaard and his family. Barry and his family live in Holland, but Barry was born in America, and he and his family are Jewish.
Enter the German Gastapo. Barry and his family were given ten minutes too pack their lives and memories into bags, and then they were transported to a concentration camp as if they were nothing more than cattle. This event marks the beginning and a chain of events that drastically change Barry's life and that of his family. They are brutaly beaten, and starved, and shuffled from one camp to another. They are surrounded by death and desiese.
This book outlines the historical and emotional turmoil caused by the persecution and systematic execution of the Jewish people during World War II. It is very well written but be prepared for a heart wrenching story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DinaC on November 29, 2000
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As some of the other people have written, I too met Mr. Spanjard when he came to my Jr. High School and spoke at an assembly. I was fortunate enough to have been able to sit next to him and speak with him that day. He is an amazing man with an important story to tell. Everyone should read this book, and not lose sight of what happened in the concentration camps. This is a great story of hope. Not only did Mr. Spanjard get away, but he has selflessly shared his story no matter how painful to thousands if not millions of Jr. High Schoolers to share a painful subject in a story they will find interesting. Mr. Spanjard, if you read this, I will always have a place in my heart for you, and want to tell you how deeply I appreciated your coming to my school. I have not, and will never forget. Thank you for sharing your story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 3, 2003
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I have not had the pleasure of hearing Mr.Spanjaard speak, but the book made me feel as if he were telling me the story himself. I have read many books on this subject, but none have given me so much to think about, as well as leave me feeling so many mixed emotions. I had to tell myself this was a story several times just to be able to finish it. The details helped make it real, and this man's courage to tell a story that many would rather forget is most admirable. For all those people who ignoratntly deny the holocaust need to give this book a looking into, and those who are interested in our history will gain so much from one young boys survival in the holocaust. Thank you whole heartedly to this author!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By smark@crowdercollege.net on April 16, 1999
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I came into possesion of this book when Mr. Spanjaard spoke at my middle school. His book had a profound impact on my life. The holocoust written from the point of view of a teenager is something I will never forget. When reading the book it didn't matter if the english wasn't perfect, you became so caught up in the story you feel almost like you are experienceing it yourself. This book personalized history for me, and is one of many reasons I am now a history major in college. I've read my copy so often its falling apart. I have to hold it together with tape and paperclips. A wonderfull book!!!!
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