After the War: The Story Behind Exodus

After the War: The Story Behind Exodus

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by Carol Matas
     
 

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After being released from Buchenwald at the end of World War II, fifteen-year-old Ruth risks her life to lead a group of children across Europe to Palestine. See more details below

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After being released from Buchenwald at the end of World War II, fifteen-year-old Ruth risks her life to lead a group of children across Europe to Palestine.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
After WWII, a teenage girl risks her life helping immigrant children across Europe to Palestine. Ages 12-up. (Sept.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-Matas's historical novel shows that the persecution of Europe's Jewish population did not end with their liberation from the Nazi death camps. She tells the story of Ruth, 15, who makes her way back from Buchenwald to her Polish homeland to discover that Jews are still viewed by others with suspicion and hatred. Desperate and alone, she meets Saul, who persuades her to join a group of refugees planning to emigrate to Palestine. Historically, the book is accurate and references to actual events are interwoven neatly into the narrative. The author does oversimplify the position of the British and their decision to stop Jewish immigration to Palestine, and this is a definite weakness. Nonetheless, the story is strong and compelling and the use of descriptive language creates a mood of desperation and hope combined with a commitment to survival. The use of flashbacks is effective and serves to sustain the mood as well as add depth to Ruth's character. After the War is a thought-provoking novel that offers great insight into the current problems in the Middle East and the passion with which the Jewish people will fight to protect what they perceive to be rightfully theirs.-Robyn Nicoline Ryan, Otterville Public School, Ontario

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780606130776
Publisher:
San Val, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/01/1997

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