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PW's starred review called this memoir, of a 13-year-old Hungarian Jewish girl's incarceration in Auschwitz, "an exceptional story, exceptionally well told." Ages 12-up.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Gr. 8^-12. In a graphic present-tense narrative, this Holocaust memoir describes what happens to a Jewish girl who is 13 when the Nazis invade Hungary in 1944. She tells of a year of roundups, transports, selections, camps, torture, forced labor, and shootings, then of liberation and the return of a few. For those who have read Leitner's stark The Big Lie (1992), this is a much more detailed account, with the same authority of a personal witness. Horrifying as her experience is, she doesn't dwell on the atrocities. There is hope here. Unlike many adult survivor stories, this does not show the victims losing their humanity. The teenager and her mother help each other survive; they save each other from the gas chambers. Even in the slaughter of the cattle trucks strafed by machine-gun fire, "words of comfort emerge from every corner." The occasional overwriting about "drowning in a morass of pain and helplessness" is unfortunate. The facts need no rhetoric. On every page they express her intimate experience. After the war, the teenager finds her brother, hears how her father died. She wonders whether she dare enjoy the luxury of being a girl, of "having hair." A final brief chronology of the Holocaust adds to the value of this title for curriculum use with older readers. Hazel Rochman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Finished the book in two days. Great but sad story to know after you survive that going back to your hometown will not be the same since very few people made it out alive and you... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Pam Coyne
This book has an amazing story to tell. It is well-written and easy to read. In my opinion, this is a book that everyone should read to get a deeper understanding of the Holocaust. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Lori R. Newton
Had a chance to meet this woman when she came and spoke at Offutt AFB a few years back. What an incredible story of what she had to live through to tell it. And tell it she does. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Science Buff
If you want to learn more about what the Jews suffered during the war, this book is great for you. It made me realize some things I didn't know- just how did the German people... Read morePublished 1 month ago by gail snedigar
Excellent read. Gives me a look into what my ancestors went thru. Thanks.Published 2 months ago by amelia scriven