Bearing Witness: Stories of the Holocaust

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Offers a multifaceted view of the Holocaust, from a child's bewilderment at having to wear a star and later go into hiding, to the agony of the camps themselves.

Offers a multifaceted view of the Holocaust, from a child's bewilderment at having to wear a star and later go into hiding, to the agony of the camps themselves.

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Overview

Offers a multifaceted view of the Holocaust, from a child's bewilderment at having to wear a star and later go into hiding, to the agony of the camps themselves.

Offers a multifaceted view of the Holocaust, from a child's bewilderment at having to wear a star and later go into hiding, to the agony of the camps themselves.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
From the vast body of literature associated with the Holocaust, Rochman and McCampbell (Who Do You Think You Are? Stories of Friends and Enemies) have selected 24 excerpts or short works that powerfully confront aspects of the war against the Jews. Most of the entries are from what might be considered a canonical roster (e.g., Elie Wiesel's Night; Claude Lanzmann's epic film, Shoah; Art Spiegelman's Maus; and Primo Levi's Survival in Auschwitz). The less familiar authors, however, are no less forceful. An American soldier pens a letter to his wife, feverishly recording his horrified observations after helping liberate the inmates of an Austrian concentration camp; the Dutch writer Carl Friedman describes her own and her brother's reactions to their father's stories of surviving the death camps. An excellent introduction to a dire period of history. Ages 12-up. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
Rochman and McCampbell have selected twenty-four haunting stories of this most terrible of times. Some of the stories have been published before, but the poetry that links them is new. As survivors grow older, and as the revisionists and deniers grow stronger, a collection like this is more important than ever.
Children's Literature - Rae Valabek
This book is the story of a girl who loses her dog, Flag, in the Tonto National Forest in Arizona. As she and her father search for nearly a month, Flag's days and nights are shown in full color paintings on the left side of the page. The girl and her father's search are shown in charcoal on the right side. The story unfolds as two stories in one. After a month, it seems as if all hope is lost, but the girl never gives up and she and her dog are finally reunited.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3A family's camping trip in the desert goes sour when their beagle goes missing. The young narrator and her father put up posters and return to the area again and again searching for their lost pet. Excitement builds when they get a call, and crashes when they find that the dog is not Flag. After a month, Father wrenchingly decides that it is time to give up. And then the miracle happens. Flag is found and returned to them, injured, starved, barely strong enough to give a wriggle of recognition. The story is told on the right-hand page of each spread with colored-pencil drawings showing the girl and her father. The left-hand pages reveal in acrylic paintings what is happening to Flag during his lost-time. The tension builds to a heartbreaking pitch until the poor animal is too weak to move, and is found lying along a trail. Pair this title with Carol Carrick's Lost in the Storm (1987), The Accident (1981), or The Foundling (1979, all Clarion).Ruth Semrau, formerly at Lovejoy School, Allen, TX
Carolyn Phelan
During a camp-out in Arizona's Tonto National Forest, a girl and her father realize that their dog, Flag, has run off. Unable to find him, they post notices and return to the desert on weekends to search again and again. An old prospector tells them that there's not much hope, but later he finds the dog and takes him home to the girl. Told from the girl's point of view, the first-person text relates her story with clarity and finesse. Two stories are told through the art in the double-page spreads. Acrylic paintings on the left-hand pages show readers what's happening to Flag, from the rabbit chase that leads him too far from the campsite to the threats from desert animals at the moment of his rescue. On the opposite page of the spread, sketchy colored-pencil drawings show what Flag's owner is doing as she waits for his return. A satisfying picture book portraying love, separation, and reunion.
Sally Estes
(It is "Booklist" policy that a book written by a staff member be given a brief descriptive announcement rather than a recommended review. Gr. 712. The 24 selections in this anthology include short stories, memoirs, poetry, a comic strip, a letter, and a film script that confront the Holocaust with moral intensity and unflinching realism. Writers include Elie Wiesel, Art Spiegelman, Primo Levi, and Cynthia Ozick.
Kirkus Reviews
The compelling true story of a beloved beagle named Flag, lost on a family camping trip in the desert of Arizona's Tonto National Forest and then, against all odds, found.

The rescue efforts of Flag's owner, a girl who narrates, make up most of the story, from her progress from posters (" `REWARD: .' That's how much I had in my piggy bank"), to hearing about a dog who turns out not to be Flag, to the longed-for reunion when an old prospector fetches the now skin-and-bones Flag home. For Lewis's first book, co-author Johnson (Frank Fister's Hidden Talent, 1994, etc.) sensitively positions full-color acrylic paintings of Flag in the desert alone opposite colored pencil drawings of the search for Flag by the narrator and her father. Flag survives the threat of cougars and coyotes, snakes, and cactus spines; in two of the most affecting paintings, he encounters the ashes of his family's campfire ring and then howls his loneliness to the hard-starred desert night. The presentation of the harsh beauty of the desert as well as a cathartic, unanticipated reversal of tragedy result in a book that is both visually and emotionally stunning.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531094884
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1995
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 0.61 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2001

    Bearing Witness a story to all soles

    My Senior year in High School we were given an assignment to read a non fiction book on a historical event. I found great intrest in Holocaust stories because my Sophmore year we spent a month disscussing stories of the Holocaust. I was greatly impacted by the movie I saw about a concentration camp and all the stories that we went through. My life was truely forever changed. So when I was chosing my book I knew I wanted to read on the Holocaust. I went to the school library and they had just received a brand new book called 'Bearing Witness...', so I thought I would give it a try. As soon as I began to read it I became engorged in the stories and feeling for the people who lived through this horrific event. If you really want a lot of feeling and insight to the Holocaust and what it did to the people who survived it this is and incredible book to read. It's also a great book to read for background information in a research paper. I never really liked reading books, but this one caught my eye and kept a hold of my hear and soul. I say that if you ever have a chance to read it, definetly take that opportunity because it tells you exactly what happened in the Holocaust and it's not an outside opinion, it's first hand. Your life will be forever changed.

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