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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2009

    The Whirlwind (central)

    The terrible, hateful, astonishing things that Ben Freidman saw during the holocaust will take your breath away. These experiences told through his eyes are not only heartfelt and empathizing, but will also open your eyes to a whole new level of understanding.
    This fiction novel seems as though you are talking one on one with Ben Freidman yourself. Ben brings interest to readers through his unique approach and expresses his inner thoughts and feelings of how he felt during this dreadful time. You are the interviewer questioning the interviewee, Ben.
    The Whirlwind by Carol Matas will captivate you and keep the readers guessing anxiously. Ben Freidman, a 14 year old Jewish child during the holocaust and WWII was separated from his grandparents, cousin and best friend, Elizabeth. For himself, his parents, and his little sister, freedom lies in Seattle. But the rest of his family isn't so fortunate. They stay put in Germany among war and prejudice. When Ben and his family arrive in Seattle, he is overcome with excitement and worry. He sees freedom awaiting him but fears the future when Pearl Harbor is attacked by the Japanese army. He befriends a Japanese American shortly after arriving in Seattle and is faced with the decision of keeping this society acclaimed "spy" as his best friend or focusing all of his attention on protecting his own family against American Nazi haters.
    I give this book a four star rating. It is intriguing and insightful and keeps the reader reading. Being simple and straightforward, this Carol Matas novel is easily understood and a must read to all holocaust historians.

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