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Terezin: Voices from the Holocaust Hardcover – February 22, 2011
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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.
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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Wonderful documentation of events, people and happenings at Terezin.Published 1 day ago by darell rickmers
Very informative - easy enough for young readers to learn about the Holocaust.Published 8 months ago by Mickey1
Very good read - educational and a lot of photos. Traumatic for young readers. My 12 year old did okay with it.Published 17 months ago by the Reader