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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2007

    Hidden Child

    Isaac Sytrymfman was a hidden child during the Holocaust of World War II. When he was a young boy living in France on ¿60, rue de la Fontaine au Roi¿ Germany invaded France. One morning Isaac woke up and his father was gone. Him and His mother ¿stopped going out side¿ until one morning ¿men were yelling outside.¿ After that, they went to hidden his Papa¿s workshop because the police didn¿t know about it. A while after they went into hiding, the police found and arrested them. On there way to a concentrated camp, Isaac¿s mama gave an officer some money and some jewelry so that he would take her son to a hospital where child would pretend to be sick and be safe. After he left the hospital, he was taken to a friend of his mothers. She wouldn¿t take him because she didn¿t feel he would be safe with her. He is left on the street until Hena found him. She then took him to Madame Devolder who took very good care of Isaac. Madame Devolder kept him as a hidden child until the war was over. After the war Isaac, along with other children, when to a place where parents went to find their children. Will Isaac¿s parents ever show up? Read this book to learn the great deal of trials that Isaac went through and whether or not his parents made it through the war. The author of this book is Isaac Millman. This is his biography about his experience as a hidden child during the Holocaust of World War II. He was born in France. His parents had moved to France from Poland. He didn¿t come to the United States until he was in his teens. Later, he became a U.S. citizen and served in the armed forces. He says, 'Real life is the best inspiration for my stories. I enjoy writing and drawing for children because I can really let my imagination go.' Millman, Isaac. Hidden Child. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2005.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2006


    Hidden Child is the story of Issac Millman, a Jewish boy born in France in the 1930's. This is the story of how he survived Germany's invasion and destruction of the Jewish community. This book is a very touching account of what Issac and his family had to do to keep Issac safe, and it explains why the title is 'Hidden Child', a definite read. Millman later was adopted by an American couple when he was in his teens, became a U.S. citizen, and served in the military. I would reccoment this book for children in 4th grade and up. Millman, Issac. Hidden Child. New York: Frances foster Books, 2005.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2006

    An amazing autobiography!

    The Holocaust of World War II affected everyone is some way, but especially the Jews. Isaac Sztrymfman lived safely in France with his parents from the time he was born all the way up until the German invasion of France in 1940. When Isaac was only eight years old, his father was ordered to report to the police station, and from there he was taken to an internment camp just because of the fact that he was Jewish. Life as a Jew was becoming more and more dangerous every day as the Nazis gained more power. Then one day in 1942, the Germans showed up where Isaac and his mother were staying, and after that Isaac and his mother went into hiding. They knew they could not stay where they were safely, so Isaac¿s mother planned an attempt to escape into the free French zone. However, things did not go as planned and they were arrested. In a last attempt to save her son, Isaacs mother gave up everything she owned to pay for someone to take her son into hiding in a hospital, ¿go with the nice man. And I don¿t want you to cry!¿ Isaac went as he was told, but he didn¿t know if he would ever see either of his parents again. He had no idea what was going to happen to him or his parents. Hidden Child is an amazing autobiography of a Jewish man, who when he was younger, survived the Holocaust by staying hidden. Through his own words, Isaac Millman describes the horrors he went through trying to stay alive during the Nazi occupation of France. I have always been interested in History, especially World War II and the Holocaust, and therefore, I really think this is a good was for children to learn about one of the most tragic events in history. It is also a good book about history for children because it has illustrations that go along with the text. Although the Holocaust was a very horrific event, it is something that people need to learn about, and this book is a great way for children to learn about it. Isaac Millman (born Isaac Sztrymfman) was born in France in the early 1930¿s. His parents had moved to France from Poland because Jews were not treated fairly there, and in France, life was better for the Jews. In 1940, Germany invaded France, and a year later his father was ordered to leave his family and to go to an internment camp. In 1942 Isaac and his mother went into hiding, and before long, Isaac became separated from his mother in an attempt to save Isaac¿s life. Isaac survived the war by staying hidden in different places, and when it was over he learned that both of his parents were killed in 1942 in Auschwitz. When he was in his teens, he came to the U.S. where he was adopted by an American family. Isaac went on to become a U.S. citizen and he served in the armed forces. He graduated from the Pratt Institute with a degree in fine arts and worked for many years as the senior art director at a large sales promotion agency. He went on to become an author (of the Moses books) and an illustrator (of the Howie Bowles books by Kate Banks) using real life as his inspiration for his stories. Isaac Millman lives with his wife Jeanine in New York City. Millman, Isaac. Hidden Child. New York: Frances Foster Books, 2005. RL: Ages 9-12, Grades 4-7

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2006

    My Review

    Hidden Child is the true story of a little boy who had to hide to survive. Isaac Millman described his family¿s life before the war - ¿Mama and Papa and many of their friends had emigrated from Poland to France. Life was hard in Poland, especially for Jews.¿ His family moved to France and life was easier for them. They no longer had to hide the fact that they were Jewish or their political beliefs. Then, war led to circumstances that caused his parents to be imprisoned by Nazi soldiers. With his parents captured, he was tossed around from place to place. At times, life was very hard and often the only thing he had to live on was the dream of seeing his parents again. There were days when he would go hungry and nights he would be cold. There were some people in his life who loved him and others who only housed him for money. Hidden Child is a true, non-graphic, account of the life of a Jewish child during the Holocaust.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2006

    Biography Review Hidden Child

    Do you ever wonder what it would have been like to have been a child during WW II? You will hear the autobiographical tale of Isaac Millman. The boy lived with his mother and father of whom he adored. One day though his father got called to the Police station. His father never returned home after that. He was sent to Pithiviers, a Nazi camp. One day Isaac and his mother got to go see his papa for a while but then had to leave. That was the last time he ever saw his father. Not too long after that the Nazis invaded again and were taking Jews. Isaac and his mother were able to hide and not be taken. They soon got a friend to help them escape but when the almost reached the free point they got caught. Isaacs mother gave everything she had to the guards so they would let Isaac go. They took him to a hospital where the kids acted sick so they would not be taken. When Isaac was released no one would take him in except on woman, who say him crying in the street. When she ask him where was his family he said, ¿I don¿t know!¿ She took him to one family who just wanted him for extra money. He was forced to live in horrible conditions. The woman who rescued him from the street had to rescue him once again and took him to another lady where he stayed till the war was over. He then goes on to realize he will never again see his parents and ends up coming to America. It is a really great book that I liked a lot. It is written for 9 to 12 year olds but I think anyone can really gain something from this book. The author, Isaac Millman was born in France. He says he writes books from his own life experiences. When he came to America he served in the Army, and is now a terrific writer. Millman, Isaac. Hidden Child. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2006

    An interesting biography for children

    We have all the seen the pictures of events that occured during WWII. Some of us have even read several different stories, such as Anne Frank. What types of books do children have that they can read and understand? Hidden Child by Isaac Millman, is a biography from a child's perspective, that allows children to learn about important events that happened during WWII. I enjoyed this book, especially the illustration. It is a child friendly book, that re-enforces important facts or events in the child's life through an illustrated time-line. While the story may be suitable for older children, the pictures will allow younger children to learn also about world history. Hidden Child, is based upon Isaac Millman's experiences during WWII. He and his family lived in an apartment in Paris. In Paris they didn't have to hid the fact that they were Jews. Then in 1940, Germany invaded France, and Isaac's life was completely turned upsided down. Restrictions againsts Jews grew to the point that not even children were allowed to play in the park. His family stayed together, until his Papa was summoned to the police station, where he was soon taken away to Pithiviere. Isaac and his mother were able to go visit him once, which was the last he saw his father. After that, things got tougher, and he and his mother tried to flee to the line of demarcation but were found and taken away. Sitting in a cell, Isaac didn't know what was going to happen next. The last memory of his mother was , 'I saw Mama take money and jewelry from her handbag and quickly hand them to one of our gaurds. Then she whispered the name and address of a friend in Paris to him.' While being lined up outside the jail, Isaac was taken away from his mother to a hospital. There he stayed until... The author, Isaac Millman, after his experience as a child, became a U.S. citizen ad joined the armed forces. He graduated from Pratt Institute with a degree in fine arts and worked for many years as senior art director at a large sales promotion agency. Hidden Child is a book worth reading, not only is it the authors story, but it is a part of our world history that should never be forgotten. Millman, Isaac. Hidden Child. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005. Grade Level:4th

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