Children in the Holocaust and World War II: Their Secret Diaries

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Children in the Holocaust and World War II is an extraordinary, unprecedented anthology of diaries written by children all across Nazi-occupied Europe and in England.

Twenty-three young people, ages ten through eighteen, recount in vivid detail the horrors they lived through, day after day. As powerful as The Diary of Anne Frank and Zlata's Diary, here are children's experiences—all written with an unguarded eloquence that belies their years. The diarists include a Hungarian ...

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Overview

Children in the Holocaust and World War II is an extraordinary, unprecedented anthology of diaries written by children all across Nazi-occupied Europe and in England.

Twenty-three young people, ages ten through eighteen, recount in vivid detail the horrors they lived through, day after day. As powerful as The Diary of Anne Frank and Zlata's Diary, here are children's experiences—all written with an unguarded eloquence that belies their years. The diarists include a Hungarian girl, selected by Mengele to be put in a line of prisoners who were tortured and murdered; a Danish Christian boy executed by the Nazis for his partisan work; and a twelve-year-old Dutch boy who lived through the Blitzkrieg in Rotterdam. In the Janowska death camp, eleven-year-old Pole Janina Heshele so inspired her fellow prisoners with the power of her poetry that they found a way to save her from the Nazi ovens. Mary Berg was imprisoned at sixteen in the Warsaw ghetto even though her mother was American and Christian. She left an eyewitness record of ghetto atrocities, a diary she was able to smuggle out of captivity. Moshe Flinker, a sixteen-year-old Netherlander, was betrayed by an informer who led the Gestapo to his family's door; Moshe and his parents died in Auschwitz in 1944. They come from Czechoslovakia, Austria, Israel, Poland, Holland, Belgium, Hungary, Lithuania, Russia, England, and Denmark. They write in spare, searing prose of life in ghettos and concentration camps, of bombings and Blitzkriegs, of fear and courage, tragedy and transcendence. Their voices and their vision ennoble us all.

As powerful as The Diary of Anne Frank and Zlata's Diary, with a scope encompassing the entire experience of World War II and the Holocaust, these diaries offer the remembrances of children aged 10 to 18, who lived in Nazi-occupied Europe.

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YA-Diary entries written by young people in ghettos, concentration camps, cities, and a Copenhagen prison camp offer insightful comments and glimpses of life during World War II. Each selection is introduced by a brief biography that includes the author's name, country, age, family circumstances before and during the war, and concludes with circumstances of death or postwar life. Nine girls and 14 boys, Jews and gentiles, aged 10 to 18, are featured. Teens should be interested in reading about the sexploits of Joan Wyndham, a 16-year-old London resident; her suburban neighbor, Colin Perry, 18, and his detailed recording of air raids; resistance fighter Hannah Senesh, 17; and Danish spy Kim Malthe-Brun, 18. A good selection for YAs interested in the experiences of their agemates from other times, the Holocaust, life during war, or those in need of a collective biography.-Barbara Hawkins, Oakton High School, Fairfax, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671520557
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1996
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 350,427
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2008

    Awsome

    This book is in my opinion, amazing. It is surprising to me how kids were able to write and express their feelings in such detail. It was like i was inside their mind. One of my Favorite diaries is Janina Heshele's. All of the diaries are great. In my experience, i could not put da book down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2007

    Great Book

    This book is extraordinary, but I would suggest it to older kids...This book really gives you an inside look on a sad part of our history: World War II. BUY THIS BOOK!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2002

    Facinating horrors

    I am 10 years old and this book facinated me. To think that someone my own age could go through something so horrible. I have been studying the Holocaust or Shoah by myself since I was eight years old.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2000

    Spend an Afternoon with this Book

    I was afraid this book would be too depressing for me, but I bought it anyway at an exhibition of photographs from the holocaust. I found it to be an inspiration and, to my surprise, a very good read. If you are even remotely thinking of getting this book - DO. Then take the day off, put the phone off the hook, and spend an afternoon with the remarkable voices in this unforgettable book.

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