Hidden Teens, Hidden Lives: Primary Sources from the Holocaust

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Hiding behind a double wall in a ghetto in Poland, ten-year-old Aaron Elster heard gunshots and people screaming. In moments, Nazi troops discovered his family and herded them into the street, where Nazis were gunning people down. This young boy's hiding place did not save his family that time, but thousands of Jews went into hiding during the Holocaust. Barns, trapdoors, bunkers, secret attics, forged identity papers, and fake names became tools for survival. Although some non-Jewish families sheltered Jews from...

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Overview

Hiding behind a double wall in a ghetto in Poland, ten-year-old Aaron Elster heard gunshots and people screaming. In moments, Nazi troops discovered his family and herded them into the street, where Nazis were gunning people down. This young boy's hiding place did not save his family that time, but thousands of Jews went into hiding during the Holocaust. Barns, trapdoors, bunkers, secret attics, forged identity papers, and fake names became tools for survival. Although some non-Jewish families sheltered Jews from the Nazis, the difference between life and death was one mistake, and often Jews could not trust anyone. Author Linda Jacobs Altman uses primary sources to detail the stories of young Jews who went into hiding to survive the Holocaust.

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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 from firsthand accounts of people hiding from the Nazis and those hiding others from the Nazis. The passages are intertwined to form cohesive sections of the book. Separated into seven chapters, the book brings to the younger audience names such as Yehuda Nir, Nechama Tec, and Anne Frank as well as little-known survivors and their rescuers. The contents are organized by method of hiding and survival; specifically, the books sections are: "A Matter of Time and Place," "Plans and Preparation," "Secret Places," "Hiding in Plain sight," "Hidden Jews and their Gentile Protectors," "Forest Dwellers and Freedom Fighters," and "The Long Road Home." What makes this book unique is the plethora of youth voices presented. The student researcher will appreciate the timeline, glossary, list of suggested readings, list of Internet sites, and index. The more advanced researcher will benefit from the numerous in-chapter bibliographic notes. Each chapter has subheadings that indicate how the excerpts from personal accounts are organized, with introductory and explanatory material provided. While the suggested level is ages 8 to 12, older readers will benefit from the primary sources presented, too, 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766032712
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Series: True Stories of Teens in the Holocaust Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,282,730
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Chapter 1 A Matter of Time 7

Chapter 2 Plans and Preparations 13

Chapter 3 Secret Places 30

Chapter 4 Hiding in Plain Sight 54

Chapter 5 Hidden Jews and Their Gentile Protectors 75

Chapter 6 Forest Dwellers and Freedom Fighters 91

Chapter 7 Long Road Home 105

Timeline 115

Chapter Notes 119

Glossary 123

Further Reading 124

Internet Addresses 125

Index 126

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