Escape: Children of the Holocaust

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A collection of gripping true-life accounts of children struggling through and surviving the Holocaust.

By her ninth birthday, Halina Litman understood what her Jewish faith meant to the German occupiers of her town: death. Would she be able to escape?

Follow Halina's gripping story, along with other incredible, true-life accounts of children in the Holocaust.These survivors put up secret resistance, used false identities, and deceived the ...

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Overview


A collection of gripping true-life accounts of children struggling through and surviving the Holocaust.

By her ninth birthday, Halina Litman understood what her Jewish faith meant to the German occupiers of her town: death. Would she be able to escape?

Follow Halina's gripping story, along with other incredible, true-life accounts of children in the Holocaust.These survivors put up secret resistance, used false identities, and deceived the Nazis. Through the remarkable kindness of others and their own inner strength, these children found a way to make it through the horrors of the war.

These enduring stories will captivate you and remind you of the power of hope.

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Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
With the steady progression of time, the number of living witnesses to the Shoah, the systematic destruction of European Jewry by the Nazis, is vanishing. Therefore, it becomes increasingly important that well-written books documenting the period be included in libraries and curricula. Testimonies of people who lived through the horror counter the Holocaust deniers who would erase the memories of the millions destroyed by Hitler's "final solution." This book, written in an easy-to-absorb, conversational manner, recounts the lives of seven individuals who, through a combination of luck, perseverance, resolve, and the good will of "righteous gentiles," managed to survive to tell their stories. The people interviewed ranged in age from nine to sixteen when they became targets of the Nazi regime. The statistics alone will stagger readers: in towns of 40,000 Jews, 200 came back; in families of hundreds, three remained alive. While the dialogue is not authentic, the descriptions of cattle car transports, narrow escapes from the gas chambers, and living lives as "hidden children" are chilling, unforgettable, and ring true. The triumph of each person is that he/she survived, raised families, and even returned to Europe to mourn their lost relatives. The author does not pull punches. He puts into words the stench of burning bodies and the massacre of innocents. The burning question expressed by one captive in a cattle car hangs in the air for serious discussion, "where was God when millions were murdered?" An excellent, fast-reading book for discussion in Holocaust studies. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545099295
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 378,043
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 940L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Posted December 3, 2010

    GREAT BOOK

    The book escape is a great book for many different reasons and the way you can use it. One of the reasons I liked this book better than most books about the Children in the Holocaust is that almost every chapter of the book is talking about a new child, so you can get a good idea about how many children were actually in the Holocaust, and there were many more than the ones that were talked about in this book. Another reason why I read this book and thought that it was a good book was that it has the exact dates of the events that happened to the kids. This book also tells about the life of the children before and after so you can have an idea about who they are, it makes you think about it more. So you could say that the book is very well detailed. The book can be used for information, a project, or just for a reading book. I thought that this was a great book!!!

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