153 of 160 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2007
This book should be read by everyone that is emtionally mature enough to handle it. I am writing this review as a warning to parents that might purchase this book for a younger child based on the "Reading Level: 9 - 12" rating and the fact that it is a Scholastic book. My 4th grader's teacher recommended this book but I am glad I took a look at it first. Here's an excerpt from the book taking place as one of the children is being smuggled out of a ghetto by her father hiding her under his coat. The following exchange takes place between the guard and the man ahead of them at the gate:
"Hurry up!" shouted the impatient German guard.
"It's here somewhere. I know it is."
"You don't have a pass, do you?" snarled the guard. "You're trying to sneak out of the ghetto, trying to fool me."
"No really, I have - " The man never finished his sentence. The guard shot him.
Hearing the loud bang, Luncia jerked. Her father wrapped his arms tight around his coat to keep her still, but her whole body trembled uncontrollably. He's going to shoot us all, I know it.
I know that my 4th grader is not ready to read this kind of material but this is an excellent book to be read by everyone that is ready for this type of material. Very well written information that we all should know and never forget.
72 of 75 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2007
I didn't realize this was a children's book until it arrived. I'm glad I didn't or I might have missed out on this fine collection of experiences. Because it is a children's book, it gently glosses over some of the horrors these holocaust survivors saw. Those scenes are not removed from the story, but, the specifics are left to your own mind.
Each chapter tells the story of a different child's experience.
Two children were part of the kindertransport, but didn't go all the way to England. Another was on the ill-fated ship the St. Louis. A shocking reminder of how some survived and some didn't by the smallest of decisions.
I have already read it many times. I intend to share it with my nieces when they next visit. The next generation must know that the Holocaust did exist. That over six million people died not for 'who' they were but for 'what' they were (Jewish, Gypsy, Gay, etc.). Unfortunately, nothing seems to unite people like having 'someone' to blame all your problems on. The Nazis and countless others both before and since have made that very clear.
47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2005
Survivors True Stories of Children in the Holocaust is about children who were "lucky" enough to live through the Holocaust. The children tell their unfortunate stories of their good, but mostly bad, times. This book shows how good it is to be living in the time period that we live in. The children, who are now adults in their 60's or 70's, gave a very clear and almost terrifying list of events that they went through, which will leave you breathless. Also, there are a lot of German and Polish words that you may not know, so the author has provided a glossary in the back of the book. This book was very detailed and got its point across. It took place during the Holocaust, which was at the time of World War II.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2007
Throughout the duration of World War II, the lives of Jews across Europe took a turn for the worse. As the Nazi's reign of terror extended, Hitler and his followers grasped every aspect of Jewish life and turned it upside-down. . Survivors True Stories of Children in the Holocaust, by Allan Zucco and Mara Bosuvn, is a gripping book entailing the true life stories of eight children living during the time period and their amazing determination to survive through the Holocaust. Each story uniquely depicts the riveting events each child endured in their struggle to survive. All eight stories demonstrate the childrens' bravery, valor, courage, and wisdom beyond years in heart wrenching experiences. Each child remained strong as their world and everything they once knew fell down around them.
I found this book interesting, informing, and tremendously motivating. This book holds the attention of the reader exceptionally well. When you thought the character had no alternatives but to give up, you were immediately surprised by the courage they found within to outlast the struggle. For example, when Mathei Jackel, age ten, was placed in a boxcar all alone headed for a death camp, he somehow managed to escape out the door and remain free from the terror of the Nazis. You were left with the impression that he had no way out of the boxcar, which was headed towards his demise, and surprised when he escaped with his life. While keeping the reader involved with the stories, the book also enlightens the reader with many important facts pertaining to World War II and the Holocaust. Facts such as dates, historic locations, and vocabulary terms can be referenced to from the book and its glossary located at the back. Through reading the novel, I was able to learn many of the conditions the Jews faced. I was able to learn about the rations of food they were expected to live on and the daily routines they anticipated such as digging trenches, constructing war materials, and making long strenuous walks to various concentration camps. Above all, the stories included in this book were motivating and ultimately inspiring. Lines such as,"I don't know how, but I am going to survive...I can't think any other way," let the reader realize to never giving up is an important value to have in reaching your dreams. Hearing what each character endured made you realize anything is possible when you set your mind to it. The will and courage each child had made you want to strand up and make a difference. Many morals and life lesson ran through the simple yet captivating stories of each child's experiences. Life lessons everyone can find valuable such as going for your dreams and believing in yourself were key in each story. Although this book was an amazing read it, it's not suitable for all ages.
Even though the book was well written and exceptional, it provides some vivid descriptions that an immature audience could not handle. Due to its graphic nature, this book is well suitable for a mature middle school or older audience. Mature audiences can benefit from its lessons and values such as courage represented in each story.
The book could have been improved if it had included more about life of Jews before the Holocaust and the invasion of the Nazis. Readers could have understood how the lives of the Jews were completely turned upside-down by the Nazis' evasion. Readers also could have gotten to know the characters better by knowing more about their everyday life prior to the struggles they faced.
Being a high school freshman, this book relates to many pieces of literature included in the high school curriculum. Books such as To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, are related to this book in the sense that they both value courage in the activities the characters peruse. In both books the characters demonstrate both moral and physical courage. The Book also relates to the novel To Kill a Mockingbird because in both the characters are treated differently because of others ignorance. In both characters are faced with racism. In both books the characters face a loss of innocence due to dealing with adult conflicts and things children should have to face such as death and the slaughter of people due to racism.
I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2004
"But Mama, we're Jewish too, what will happen to us?" When Nazis took over Germany, people of the Jewish faith were doomed. The book Survivors tells the true stories of nine boys and girls of all ages that went through this horrible time, and managed to come out alive. In one of the stories a girl named Luncia tells her story of when she was only seven years old. Luncia shares what her family and her had to go through during the Holocaust. She explains how at night when German soldiers invaded the house across the street, the sound of breaking china and screaming families was common. The only crime they committed was that they were of the Jewish faith.
In my opinion this book helps me understand more about Hitler and the Holocaust in general. This book also makes me realize that our life is not as bad as it could be. I believe that this book is an inspiration. It inspires me to live my life to the fullest and appreciate the fact that there is no one trying to control every move that I make. I hope that this book will inspire other people to do the same.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2008
I purchased a class set for my 6th grade class. I feel this book was very appropriately written for this age. Of course there are parts to the stories that are "unbelievable" and sad to read, especially for me as an adult. However, children these days are exposed to much more by media and often with less censorship and thought. These are wonderful stories that teach history, empathy, and human strength.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2011
Ever since General Eisenhauer came upon the "Death Camp" in Germany, I have been very interested in reading anything and everything about the holocaust. However, "Survivors" was a book about "children", which made me all the more anxious to read it. After reading a review about this book in our local paper, I knew I "had to get it"! As in the past, I knew if the book is on the market, Amazon would have it. Thanks to their great and prompt service, it arrived in four days!
I thought I'd "just look through it for now"! Instead,
I found myself "letting everything else go", as I sat there mesmerized by the tales written by adults who had lived through the Holocaust as children. I finished reading this book that very same day!
I can't begin to tell you how the terror and horrific tales tugged at my heart! It made me also think of the many children who did NOT survive to tell their stories. May this never happen again!
It is always a pleasure to "read a good book", but one's feelings differ when the writings are not fiction but true stories, as this book was! It captivates you as soon as you glance at the picture of the precious little girl on the cover!
I highly recommend this book to other readers! We must never forget what the Hitler regime did to those poor people! This book reveals the horror in the small, precious children's hearts and minds.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 2, 2006
The book Survivors is a terrific book. This book tells about the lives of children in the Holocaust. It also tells about when they were in the camps and what happened back then. I liked this book because it is very exciting and it's also a page turner in most of the book. If there were a sequel to this book I would definitely read it. I also like the book Survivors because it can help you on English projects and on history projects. This book is amazing and it is also a non- fiction book. Which makes it even better to read at school. Survivors is the best book I've ever read.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2008
an excellent collection of true stories of children of the holocaust. each story captivates your heart and keeps you reading to end. It will inspire you to do more to keep horrific things like the Holocaust from ever happening again.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2013
I bought this book for my 11 year old daughter who is interested in the stories of children who lived through the Holocaust. I found this to be an excellent book for all ages. It was easy to read and comprehend so a child could easily read it alone. The chapters are short, and each is the story of a different child. There is no redundancy in the chapters. In other words the reader does not feel as if the same story is being told over and over again. I also loved that it told what happened to each child after the war. Where they live now, their jobs, and family life. My daughter has yet to read it but I am sure she will love it.