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Good-bye Marianne: A Story of Growing Up in Nazi Germany by [Watts, Irene N.]
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From School Library Journal

Grade 4-6-This brief novel opens in Berlin in November, 1938, as 11-year-old Marianne Kohn is forced to leave school because Jewish children are no longer allowed to attend classes with Aryans. She becomes friends with a boy who is visiting in her building, but later learns that Ernest belongs to the Jung Volk, the boy's branch of the Hitler Youth. Their friendship, however, has a contrived happy ending. Meanwhile, Marianne's mother, a volunteer at an orphanage, is busy making arrangements for a Kindertransport, in which hundreds of German Jewish children will be sent to safety in England. When one of the youngsters becomes ill, Mrs. Kohn makes it possible for Marianne to take her place. The story ends as the girl boards the boat taking her to England. Readers are left wondering what happens to her. Even though Watts herself was a participant in a Kindertransport, the story lacks vitality and immediacy. The characterizations are predictable; the story line is slight. Olga Drucker's Kindertransport (Holt, 1992) is a much better choice, giving a more complete portrait of life during this terrible time.
Malka Keck, The Temple Tifereth Israel, Beachwood, OH
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 5^-8. "Dogs and Jews not admitted." Watts was one of the 10,000 Jewish children who were sent from Nazi Europe to Britain in the Kindertransport rescue operation in 1938; her moving autobiographical novel personalizes what it was like to be a Jewish child in Berlin at the time. Marianne Kohn, 11, is locked out of her Berlin school; synagogues and Jewish shops are looted and burned; her father is in hiding; the streets are loud with violence and marching Nazi youth. As the violence gets closer and Marianne must hole up in her apartment, she fiercely resists her mother's decision to send her away. Olga Drucker's Kindertransport (1992) and Dorith Sim's picture book In My Pocket (1997) tell of the children's leaving and their journey to foster homes. Here the focus is on the racist persecution that drove parents to send their children away to safety. The mother is idealized, but her heartbreaking letter to Marianne ("One day you will understand why I had to let you go") is as unforgettable as their anguished parting. Hazel Rochman

Product Details

  • File Size: 2416 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Tundra Books (June 5, 2009)
  • Publication Date: June 5, 2009
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031TZATI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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The publisher should be commended for taking the chance of turning Irene Watts' original novel into this powerful graphic novel format. Marianne is a content 11-year-old girl. An only child, she is happy within her family, secure in their love, in her home, her room, her school . . . Then everything begins to change, unpleasant changes for Jews to be sure, but brought to a climax one night, the 1938 Pogrom known as the Night of Broken Glass. Jewish stores are smashed, their owners imprisoned and beaten. She is shut out of school; out of parks; and by her former, but now Aryan, friends. Her father disappears, hidden in Berlin by various friends. He must run from hiding place to hiding place. Marianne's mother, no longer able to keep her daughter safe, avails herself of an opportunity to place her on the Kindertransport in a place vacated by a sick child in the orphanage where she works. The book concludes with their leave-taking and Marianne's trip to safety in England. She must also take care of a very little girl placed in her care at the train by a distraught mother. While the original book with a fully fleshed-out story was excellent, this pared-down version is quite impressive. The low-key but expressive pencil and charcoal illustrations and the balloon-enclosed text communicate the fear and sadness that Marianne experiences. It is a melancholy elegy in which the young reader is enticed to absorb the emotion conveyed. Instead of telling the story, it shows it. For ages 9-12. Marcia Posner
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Fives stars for the fictional depiction of factual events. Let the truth of the past be a bitter reminder to fuel more wise decisions for a better tomorrow.
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