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Gr 5-8-Through the words and memories of Jack Mandelbaum, Warren presents a harrowing account of a Jewish boy's experience in Nazi prison camps. Mandelbaum had lived a comfortable life with his family in Gdynia, Poland, until the German invasion forced them to flee to a relative's village in 1939. Later, when the Jews were sent to concentration camps, the 12-year-old became separated from the rest of his family and wound up in the Blechhammer camp. By describing events through the boy's voice, the author does an excellent job of letting his words carry the power of the story. She avoids historical analysis, sticking to Mandelbaum's experiences, and brings readers into the nightmarish world of the concentration camp with a strong feeling of immediacy. As with many stories of great suffering, some of the minor details, such as risking death to steal a jar of marmalade, deliver the most impact. Besides the physical hardship, Warren conveys how frustrating and confusing it was for a child in such an environment. Once liberated, the young man learned the sad fate of his family and as he ironically observed, had he known his parents and siblings would not survive, he might not have struggled so hard to live himself. Black-and-white contemporary photographs illustrate the book. This story works as an introduction to the Holocaust and will also interest readers of Lila Perl's Four Perfect Pebbles (Greenwillow, 1996), Anne Frank's diary, and other works on the period.-Steven Engelfried, Deschutes County Library, Bend, OR
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Although this is a difficult subject to read about, it is good that survivor stories are being told so people can really understand what life was like for Jewish families during... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mary Simonsen
This explains the terror the Jews went through to survive the camps losing family members husbands children having to steal to survivePublished 1 month ago by great
This is the story of Jack Mandelbaum, a Polish Jewish boy who was sucked into the Nazi machinery at age 14, and managed to survive until he was liberated from a concentration camp... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Maggie Knapp
This book had me drawn in from the beginning! I loved how it walked you through all of the different aspects of life in a camp, and how he felt. I read it all in a night!Published 3 months ago by Jennifer O'Connell