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A Nightmare in History: The Holocaust 1933-1945
     

A Nightmare in History: The Holocaust 1933-1945

by Miriam Chaikin, Juvenile Collection (Other)
 

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Explains the roots of Nazi anti-Semitism by telling the long history of prejudice against the Jews and traces the step-by-step process the Nazis devised for making all of Europe Judenrein--a place without Jews.

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Explains the roots of Nazi anti-Semitism by telling the long history of prejudice against the Jews and traces the step-by-step process the Nazis devised for making all of Europe Judenrein--a place without Jews.

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"Without relying on emotionalism, Chaikin provided a well-balanced, thoroughly researched account of unbelievably tragic happenings." Booklist, ALA, Starred Review
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Gr 7-10 A sober and somber chronology of a period in contemporary history that Chaikin appropriately labels a ``nightmare.'' The story of the havoc and tragedy caused by Hitler in 12 years is documented in relentless chronology that spares readers little. The book opens with a brief (necessarily simplified) history of anti-Semitism from the time of Jesus through the Middle Ages up to the 1917 Russian Revolution. Hitler's methods of making first Germany and then Europe ``Judenrein'' (free of Jews) by creating ghettos; the organized ``Aktions,'' a code word for using machine guns to shoot masses of people; and the death camps are graphically described. A series of short sentences effectively punctuate and underline the horror, but Chaikin's use of incomplete sentences and sentences that frequently begin with ``And'' or ``Or'' is somewhat disconcerting. The focus is not on how and why the world community allowed the nightmare to happen. For example, Neville Chamberlain's meeting with Hitler and the politics of appeasement are not described. The bibliography, which includes Meltzer's Never to Forget (Harper, 1976) , is designed to allow readers to fill in those gaps. What is hammered home is what happened to the Jews of Europe from 1933 through 1945, and what steps were taken after the war to deal with it. Amy Kellman, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395615805
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/01/1992
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
7.04(w) x 8.64(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Miriam Chaikin is the prize-winning author of more than 30 books for young readers. She lives in New York City and spends part of each year in Israel.

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