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Terezin: Voices from the Holocaust Hardcover – February 22, 2011


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  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 980L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press (February 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763649635
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763649630
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #845,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Even libraries with substantial Holocaust collections will want this generously sized, illustrated account that blends the searing history of the Terez�n concentration camp with personal testimonies of those who were there, artwork of both established painters and children, and quotes from survivors� oral histories and secret diary entries, including a Czech schoolboy�s memories of how life changed for the Jews when Hitler came. The statistics sum it up: 15,000 children passed through Terez�n; fewer than 100 survived. Also part of the story are the astounding lies and cover-ups (including the transportations of orphans and the dying to Auschwitz to cut down on overcrowding) that tricked official observers into issuing a positive report. Contrast those facts with the artists� secret images that show the reality of the hunched, hollow-eyed survivors. The open book design, with highly readable type on thick paper, will draw readers into each double-page spread. The excellent, accessible back matter includes a time line, glossary, sources, and museum websites for further research. Grades 6-10. --Hazel Rochman

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Two years after the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia, the small fortress village of Terezin was converted into a Jewish ghetto, and over the next four years, tens of thousands of Jews were transported there while in transit to death camps in the east. The history of Terezin is fascinating: the camp housed many noted artists who were forced to create Nazi propaganda and official documents by day and then covertly chronicled the horrific experience of living in Terezin in their own compositions at night. Much of the art created at Terezin survived the Holocaust, and a generous sampling is included in this volume. Thomson opts to tell the story of Terezin almost entirely in the voices of those who lived there; a magazine-style layout combines her occasional introductory commentary with abundant quotations and clearly captioned art and images of memorabilia. The book is organized both chronologically, beginning with a brief overview of Hitler and the Jews and ending with the liberation of Terezin, and topically, including chapters on such subjects as the role of children, the effect of transports on the community, and how arts and culture helped residents of Terezin to survive. Sidebars, captions, and statistics add further detail and drama to the story. This is an accessible, carefully researched work that effectively uses primary-source material to make the experience of the Jews of Terezin come alive for today's students. A timeline, glossary, list of source material, and index are included. --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (Starred Recommended, Gr. 5-8), February 2011

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tamela Mccann TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
At 64 pages, this rather slim book could be easy to dismiss among the large amount of stories that give faces to the horror of the Holocaust. And that would be a shame indeed, because this one's a gem, with my only complaint being that I wished it had been longer.

I certainly did not know much of anything about Terezin (called Theresienstadt by the Germans), a small fortress town in the now Czech Republic which was turned into a Jewish ghetto by the SS during WWII, before picking up this volume. Amazingly, amid the starvation, deprivation, and inhumanity, artists of all kinds were able to find outlets within the ghetto and left behind stunning works of art that chronicled the time spent at the mercy of the Nazis. Illustrated throughout with examples of this art, Terezin brings to life those finding a small measure of beauty within the walls of the town. It would be enough if that was all that was found within the pages of this book. But the actual photographs and statements of prisoners make the story so much more than just a factual timeline; it lends faces to those whose lives were lost at the whims of the SS for no reason other than race. Seventy plus years on, it's still horrifying, and we need to remember. This book does an excellent job of reminding us what was lost--and what still managed to live in the face of such evil. Though this is technically a children's book, it has a voice that speaks to all. Recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maria Rendon on May 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Terezin: Voices from the Holocaust by Ruth Thomson is a thin book, only 64 pages, that is ideal for middle school and high school q students learning about the Holocaust. Terezin (known as Theresienstadt by the Germans) was a concentration camp that I had not known about until I read this book. Back then it was known as the Nazi's "model concentration camp" the Nazi's actually allowed Red Cross Workers to tour the area.

This is an information text with a lot of primary sources including quotes, documents, and artwork from the people that lived in this place. It details the living conditions, disease, and starvation that the people suffered while living there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on April 8, 2014
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When I had to write a 7-page report on Theresienstadt (Terezin), I thought I would be getting all of my information from 2-paragraph entries in Holocaust books. When I found this, I was delighted. Even though the book was short, it had a ton of useful information. There were great pictures to go along with the content, as well as interesting facts on the side. This book contains pretty much everything you would want to know about Terezin, including housing, feeding, working, and economic situations. I was extremely happy with this book, and it is factual as well as entertaining!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol A. Smith on March 26, 2014
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I have read many, many memoirs and novels about the Holocaust, it's my love of history and WWII perhaps. Though extremely gut wrenching, I cannot ignore the voices who have survived and want us to remember. Having read a memoir about a survivor of Terezin, I wanted to read this to get more perspective. I would love to visit Europe some day and contemplate the reality of this period of history.
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