Escape-Teens on the Run: Primary Sources from the Holocaust

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Stuck in an airtight boxcar on a cattle train, Eva was destined for a Nazi death camp. But Eva's father told her and her two siblings to jump off the speeding train. Eva jumped last, landing in a snow bank as the Nazis shot at her. The bullets had missed Eva, but her brother and sister were both killed. At seventeen and all by herself, Eva had to live on the run to survive. Thousands of Jews lived on the run during the Holocaust. Some were able to escape Germany before the war started. Others had to move ...

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Overview

Stuck in an airtight boxcar on a cattle train, Eva was destined for a Nazi death camp. But Eva's father told her and her two siblings to jump off the speeding train. Eva jumped last, landing in a snow bank as the Nazis shot at her. The bullets had missed Eva, but her brother and sister were both killed. At seventeen and all by herself, Eva had to live on the run to survive. Thousands of Jews lived on the run during the Holocaust. Some were able to escape Germany before the war started. Others had to move throughout Europe to flee the Nazis. And many more could not escape. Author Linda Jacobs Altman details the stories of young people who escaped the Nazi grasp and survived the war.

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Children's Literature - Sara Rofofsky Marcus
Part of the "True Stories of Teens in the Holocaust" series, this book presents excerpts of firsthand accounts of those running from the Nazis and other persecutors during the Holocaust, intertwined into cohesive sections. The Holocaust research presented by Margaret Shannon brings out a wide range of voices from a variety of ages and geographic areas in seven chapters. The content is organized into Alicia's Journey, The Right Time to Go, The Search for Refuge, Two Journeys, One Step Ahead of Disaster, Fighting Back, and Luck and Survival. The presentation of a variety of teen and youth voices combine for a unique presentation. The student researcher will appreciate the time line, glossary, suggested further readings, Internet addresses, and index. The more advanced researcher will benefit from the numerous chapter bibliographic notes. Chapter subheadings clarify the organization of the excerpts, with introductory and explanatory material. Although the suggested level is ages 8 to 12, older readers will benefit from the primary sources presented with explanations and introductions, either as a full resource or as a way to understand the lengthier resources mentioned in the chapter notes. Reviewer: Sara Rofofsky Marcus
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Chapter 1 Alicia's Journey 7

Chapter 2 The Right Time to Go 16

Chapter 3 The Search for Refuge 31

Chapter 4 Two Journeys 50

Chapter 5 One Step Ahead of Disaster 71

Chapter 6 Fighting Back 95

Chapter 7 Luck and Survival 109

Timeline 116

Chapter Notes 118

Glossary 123

Further Reading 124

Internet Addresses 125

Index 126

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