The Hidden Children

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Over a million Jewish children were killed during the Holocaust. From ten thousand to 100 thousand Jewish children were hidden with strangers and survived. In this powerful and compelling work, 25 people share their experiences as hidden children. Black-and-white photos.

Describes the experiences of those Jewish children who were forced to go into hiding during the Holocaust and survived to tell about it.

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Overview

Over a million Jewish children were killed during the Holocaust. From ten thousand to 100 thousand Jewish children were hidden with strangers and survived. In this powerful and compelling work, 25 people share their experiences as hidden children. Black-and-white photos.

Describes the experiences of those Jewish children who were forced to go into hiding during the Holocaust and survived to tell about it.

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"An important and accessible resource." School Library Journal, Starred

"Jewish children had to go into hiding from the Nazis during the Second World War. Greenfeld has spoken to survivors, and he weaves pieces of their painful narratives with a general account of what it was like to be a Jewish child at that time. Like Anne Frank, many were hidden by Righteous Gentiles, who often risked their own lives." Booklist, ALA, Starred Review

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Greenfeld ( Marc Chagall ) has a rare ability to focus on a very emotional topic and to convey that emotion to readers. Here he presents the stories of Jews who, as children, survived the Holocaust in hiding. Some posed as children of non-Jewish families, others were sheltered in religious institutions or orphanages, still others spent years in airless bunkers or attics. Some lived in constant fear, moving from place to place; others did not realize they were in danger and spent the war in relative peace. A few were resented and even betrayed by those who hid them; luckier children were welcomed as part of the family. Incorporating his subjects' testimonies into succinct accounts of individual survival, Greenfeld produces a well-rounded and varied picture of their collective experiences, from the first stirrings of war through their liberation and beyond. The volume's design intensifies the impact of the stories: contemporaneous photos of the subjects, distributed throughout the text, put faces with the words. This moving, thoughtful approach to the study of the Holocaust will help young readers grasp the horrors endured in those years by people their own age. Ages 8-up. (Dec.)
School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up-The experiences of 15 children who survived the Holocaust in hiding are presented here within the historical context of the Nazi rise to power and World War II. These youngsters were sheltered in a variety of private homes and institutions by ``righteous Gentiles,'' family friends, and those simply looking for additional money; some were resented, some treated compassionately, and others mistreated and abused physically. Greenfeld has interviewed these survivors, who are now living in the U.S., and has recorded their memories. Both the mundane and the unusual are remembered; the most commonly described feelings are the fear that family members would perish and the sense of guilt at having survived while others did not. There are reminiscences of narrow escapes and poignant remembered pleasures of edible treats. While the chronological arrangement of the book makes it difficult to follow a specific child's story (it is possible by using the excellent index), it succeeds admirably in allowing readers to place the experiences described within the framework of the Holocaust. An excellent selection of black-and-white photographs and an open design contribute to making this an important and accessible resource.- Susan Kaminow, Arlington County Public Library, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395861387
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/1/1997
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 130
  • Sales rank: 782,265
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.28 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2004

    Michael from RHAM High School

    Over the summer I read the book, The Hidden Children by Howard Greenfeld. This book took place during the time of the Holocaust. This book is about Jewish children who hid from Hitler's men as the Nazis took over Europe. Hitler felt that the Jews were unfit people and tried to cleanse society. Some of these children lived with strangers and some stayed with friends or family, who helped protect them and hide them. Families were broken up because it was easier to hide the children among other people. Some had to hide in uncomfortable places and even had to live in orphanages, and attics. Internal conflicts result in children who have to respond to Hitler's men with an answer that may make or break their living from that point. For example, a son and his dad we traveling or trying to get away from this whole problem and so then boarded a train which would get them out of there. Sitting in their train box, one of Hitler's men asked to see some identification. So they both took out their ID's and gave the man what he was looking for. He noticed that both ids had the same writing, not knowing a friend had made the ID's for them. The man asked the boy, ¿Is this your father you are with?¿ The boy had no clue what to respond with so he said, ¿no.¿ Next you know they took him away. Anne Frank is a popular name that many have heard of. During the time of the Holocaust she hid from the Nazis in an attic of Amsterdam. She was caught and sent off to a concentration camp where she died. She kept a diary of her experiences and her hiding from the Nazis. In another incident during 1942 Rachelle Goldstein's parents decided that she go into hiding. Her story as well as those of twelve other's are described in the book. These children described their lives before and after the separation of their families. They write of their fears, their lack of food and their hiding arrangements. They describe how they avoided the Nazis and how they tried to resume their lives with family after the war. I found this book interesting because it told history as well as talking about real people. I like to learn about the Holocaust from the facts which are given. These were children my age and it was interesting to read about other kids. I recommend this book to people who are interested in the Holocaust or just reading about other kids.

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