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Daniel's Story

Daniel's Story

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by Carol Matas
     
 

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Can Daniel survive history's deadliest moment?

Daniel barely remembers leading a normal life before the Nazis came to power in 1933. He can still picture once being happy and safe, but memories of those days are fading as he and his family face the dangers threatening Jews in Hitler's Germany in the late 1930s. No longer able to practice their religion, vote, own

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Can Daniel survive history's deadliest moment?

Daniel barely remembers leading a normal life before the Nazis came to power in 1933. He can still picture once being happy and safe, but memories of those days are fading as he and his family face the dangers threatening Jews in Hitler's Germany in the late 1930s. No longer able to practice their religion, vote, own property, or even work, Daniel's family is forced from their home in Frankfurt and sent on a long and dangerous journey, first to the Lodz ghetto in Poland, and then to Auschwitz - the Nazi death camp.

Though many around him lose hope in the face of such terror, Daniel, supported by his courageous family, struggles for survival. He finds hope, life, and even love in the midst of despair.

Although Daniel is a fictitious character, his story was inspired by the real experiences of many of the more than one million children who died in the Holocaust.

Daniel's Story was published in conjunction with an exhibit called "Daniel's Story: Remember the Children" at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-- Daniel, 14 in 1941, describes first his family's sense of belonging in Germany and their refusal to flee their country despite the initial instances of anti-Semitism they experience. By the time the family is ready to acknowledge the seriousness of their situation, no country is willing to accept them. They are first deported from Frankfurt to the Lodz ghetto in Poland; from Lodz they are sent to Auschwitz, and finally, Daniel and his father are marched to Buchenwald. They are the only two members of the family who survive, and are liberated by the Americans. Daniel tells his story through the ``pictures'' he has; at first real photographs, and then the images in his head. He is a courageous, sensitive, heroic individual who personalizes the events of the Holocaust. His voice rings true; he is portrayed as an extraordinary youth, but these were times that demanded an exceptional response to increase the likelihood of survival. --Susan Kaminow, Arlington County Public Library, VA
Stuart Miller
In this book created as a companion piece to "Daniel's Story: Remember the Children," an exhibit at the new U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Matas' fictional hero becomes an archetypal figure symbolizing the millions of young people who suffered and died under Adolph Hitler's regime. As Daniel views a collection of photographs representing his life, he remembers his happy childhood in Frankfurt before the rise of anti-Semitism; his family's deportation to the Lodz ghetto; the horrors of his imprisonment at Auschwitz, Bergen-Belsen, and Buchenwald; and his eventual liberation in 1945. Matas' technique--flashbacks based on pictures from the exhibit that are described but never shown--is interesting but not entirely successful. Though Daniel emerges as a convincing narrator, and readers will be able to visualize the photos, the narrative vehicle distances readers from the intensity of the topic, and only rarely will they be able to lose themselves in the story. Despite this flaw, the story is an important one that will appeal to young readers and be useful as part of Holocaust teaching units.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780590469203
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/1993
Pages:
144
Age Range:
9 - 14 Years

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Meet the Author

Carol Matas is the coauthor, with Perry Nodelman, of the popular Minds series, including Of Two Minds, More Minds, A Meeting of the
Minds
, and Out of Their Minds.
She is also the author of several historical fiction novels for young adults,
including After the War, Daniel’s Story, Greater Than Angels, and In
My Enemy’s House
. Ms. Matas lives in California and Canada with her family.

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