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After the War
     

After the War

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by Carol Matas
 

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"Didn't the gas ovens finish you all off?" is the response that meets Ruth Mendenberg when she returns to her village in Poland after the liberation of Buchenwald at the end of World War II. Her entire family wiped out in the Holocaust, the fifteen-year-old girl has nowhere to go.

Members of the underground organization Brichah find her, and she joins

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"Didn't the gas ovens finish you all off?" is the response that meets Ruth Mendenberg when she returns to her village in Poland after the liberation of Buchenwald at the end of World War II. Her entire family wiped out in the Holocaust, the fifteen-year-old girl has nowhere to go.

Members of the underground organization Brichah find her, and she joins them in their dangerous quest to smuggle illegal immigrants to Palestine. Ruth risks her life to help lead a group of children on a daring journey over half a continent and across the sea to Eretz Israel, using secret routes and forged documents — and sheer force of will.

This adventure will touch readers, who will marvel at the resources and inner strength of mere children helping other children to find a place in this world in which they can belong. Carol Matas, one of the foremost authors of historical fiction, brings the desperation and passion of this remarkable journey to life.

Editorial Reviews

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
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:
9780689807220
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Publication date:
09/01/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
894,735
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
840L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 15 Years

Meet the Author

Carol Matas is the author of many books for children and young adults, including Of Two Minds (with Perry Nodelman), Lisa's War, Code Name Kris, Sworn Enemies, and Daniel's Story (for the United States Holocaust Museum). She lives in Winnipeg, Canada, with her husband and two children.

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After the War 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We all know about the horrible things that Hitler did. This unfortunately involved the Holocaust of Jews. The book After the War, by Carol Matas, gives you brief statement about the main character in the camps. We also get information about what happens in the camps by the people she meets on her way. We find that the main character joins a kibbutz that is trying to leave. She is assigned to take a group of orphans all the way over to Palestine. I would recommend this book to any young reader that is interested in reading about history. It is great and always keeps you guessing what will happen. The book starts out while the main character Ruth went to her uncle’s house. As she was looking someone from a group takes her in and asks her to help get a group of orphans out of the country to Palestine. Once they are close to getting on the boat that will take them there, they learn that the British is trying to stop them. If they are caught, they will be taken to a prison on Cyprus. Once she is on the boat, she finds a member of her family. However won’t spoil who it was, you will have to find out on your own. It was filled with lots of action at the end when they are close to Palestine. The writer for this book did a good job with focusing on young writers. The book reads smoothly and the vocabulary is very easy to understand. The facts of the book are not just about one person, it is about what all the Jews were going through to get to Palestine. The encouragement that comes from the things they say like; “Don’t you think it takes courage to be happy, to feel, to love?” The author of the book has very good information on what they had to do. In the beginning of the book, you can see a map of the route they had to travel. It mostly talks about how they traveled to Palestine. For example, they talked about how they had to go by ship to Palestine. I would have liked to read more about the Holocaust in the book though. This book is not very emotional yet it does have some emotion in it. The author portrays the main character without a lot of emotion. By the end we, see her emotions come through. For example when the British attack she loses someone close to her and cries. She also loves someone and says “We love each other” After the War will capture young readers. It tells a whole different view what Jews go through. I enjoyed it, but it would have been better if it had more about the Holocaust.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We all know about the horrible things that Hitler did. This unfortunately involved the Holocaust of Jews. The book After the War, by Carol Matas, gives you brief statement about the main character in the camps. We also get information about what happens in the camps by the people she meets on her way. We find that the main character joins a kibbutz that is trying to leave. She is assigned to take a group of orphans all the way over to Palestine. I would recommend this book to any young reader that is interested in reading about history. It is great and always keeps you guessing what will happen. The book starts out while the main character Ruth went to her uncle’s house. As she was looking someone from a group takes her in and asks her to help get a group of orphans out of the country to Palestine. Once they are close to getting on the boat that will take them there, they learn that the British is trying to stop them. If they are caught, they will be taken to a prison on Cyprus. Once she is on the boat, she finds a member of her family. However won’t spoil who it was, you will have to find out on your own. It was filled with lots of action at the end when they are close to Palestine. The writer for this book did a good job with focusing on young writers. The book reads smoothly and the vocabulary is very easy to understand. The facts of the book are not just about one person, it is about what all the Jews were going through to get to Palestine. The encouragement that comes from the things they say like; “Don’t you think it takes courage to be happy, to feel, to love?” The author of the book has very good information on what they had to do. In the beginning of the book, you can see a map of the route they had to travel. It mostly talks about how they traveled to Palestine. For example, they talked about how they had to go by ship to Palestine. I would have liked to read more about the Holocaust in the book though. This book is not very emotional yet it does have some emotion in it. The author portrays the main character without a lot of emotion. By the end we, see her emotions come through. For example when the British attack she loses someone close to her and cries. She also loves someone and says “We love each other” After the War will capture young readers. It tells a whole different view what Jews go through. I enjoyed it, but it would have been better if it had more about the Holocaust.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Such a thriller to everyone who loves history, or excitiment! It was such a page-turner. I personally love history about World War II, and this is a book that is easy to read, and understandable. So much detail is included. It is so unpredictable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i read this book years ago and i still find myself thinking of the characters and the story and how touching this book was. the discriptions are still vivid in my memory. this is a great book that shows the stuggle to continue on with life after horrable thing s happen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Carol Matas (the author) is an excellant writer. I have read this book at least six times and I cry every time. Although this book is based on a fictional character, the things that happened to her did happen to someone, somewhere during WW2 and we must never forget.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book 'after the war' has what i consider a little action. I didnt like this book becosue of that, how ever i am not a reader. It was about a girl and a group of people trying to get out of the country alive. The reason for this is becouse they are jewish and r trying to escape there country befor they gett killed. It is just after world war 2 and there is a group of people that is trying to kill the jews. they will do anything from braking into houses and shoting them. The group that was leaving there country walked bye night and hid in the day. at one time they even road a train to get farther south and europe. so as i have told yo uit is a life or death situation. So know i ma going to leave t up to yo uto see what you think of the storry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a great book, Id has to give it 4-½ stars on this on. Ruth is a well-made out character; it was an amazing herding those little kids to the Palestine. Nate was also a great character too the way he always had food for the and always kept the kids quiet when the nazis where by. I¿d give it five stars if it was real but it was based on a true story. I guess this book had a special meaning to it, which was, ¿If you believe in your self anything can happen if you truly believe.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was a good book 2 read
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was amazing, i have read it several times, and never hesitate to read it again, it had everything, without wandering away from the truth of what was going on at that time. if you like this book, like i did, you should read the sequel- The Garden
Guest More than 1 year ago
i think that this book is amazing. it made me think about life after the war, not just during it. Ruth is really brave. the book is pretty good, but it is hard to read with all the memories put in.if you are interested in the Holucaust, read this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was great. i have read more than 10 books on this subject including a real life 846 page book and for fiction compared to real life it really compares. Not gory but good enough for children to understand the real facts of what happened.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was fabulous. I have read a lot of World War II books, but this one is the best. It has absolutly everything in it: Suspense, action, drama, and romance. I would suggest this not to only young readers but older ones too. I think that anyone that wants to read a good story about the holocuast that they should read this one. I could not put the book down until I was done. It's short and wonderful. Everyone should read it.