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Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps Paperback – September 17, 2002
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This book is about a boy named Jack, who is a very fortunate Jewish boy living in Europe. Jack and his family move in with his uncle who lives in a nearby town. Jack's father stayed behind to get organized and then he would meet up with them after. He had to close up his shop, sell his place, and pack up the big furniture. Unfortunately, before he could meet his family he was put into a concentration camp. Three years later Jack is working and supporting his mom and little brother while his sister, Jadiza, goes to their Aunt and Uncles house to help them with aetheir new baby. Hitler's soldiers invade the town they are living in and later group all the Jewish families into the town square to send them to concentration camps. Jack gets separated from his family and starts a whole different life in the concentration camps. He learns to survive on his own and take what he can get. It is a very rough experience for him, and you have to read the book to see the outcome.
I really enjoyed how the author put black and white photographs in this sad but true story because it really helps you imaging the living conditions back then. The structure of the book is not terribly long, making it an easy read.Read more ›
However, I was surprised when he asked me "Mom, what is a homosexual?" He said that homosexuals were singled out to be victimized. He also
was upset about how children, especially those with disabilities were tortured and murdered.
I appreciate all the positive reviews here, but it really opened up a lot of issues for my son. Might be better suited to older children.
The telling of the story is aimed at youth, and although there are hard truths in it, the book does not dwell on the negative or sensationalize any part of the story. It's told honestly and simply, and even my 8 year old was able to listen without being overwhelmed by the tragic aspect of the subject matter. The pictures in the book really helped them visualize the different things he spoke of. They made the book a little more real, and none of the pictures were disturbing or graphic.
Very well done. 5 stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am very interested in the holocaust. I liked the book very much.Published 4 days ago by Jane Pronovost
I purchased this audio CD of Surviving Hitler to accompany the book. I work with students who often struggle with reading, but enjoy using audio books. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Little Scout
Best book I have ever read. My daughters and I couldn't put it down!Published 1 month ago by sgmabmpgm
Didn't realize that the book was more for pre-teens. Very easy read but a little "young" for me.Published 3 months ago by kimberly judd
Informative book. My 11 year old was again surprised at the cruelty of world.Published 5 months ago by Terri Brownlow
Read this in one sitting. So much pain and anguish. Heartbreaking and had me crying the majority of the time .Published 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
My 12 yr old son is difficult to find books for. I found this book on Pinterest and bought it on Amazon. My son really enjoyed this book and it inspired questions. Read morePublished 8 months ago by J. Lowe