Jacob's Rescue: A Holocaust Story

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Once Jacob Gutgeld lived with his family in a beautiful house in Warsaw, Poland. He went to school and played hide-and-seek in the woods with his friends. But everything changed the day the Nazi soldiers invaded in 1939. Suddenly it wasn't safe to be Jewish anymore.

In answer to his daughter's questions, a man recalls the terrifying years of his childhood when a brave Polish couple, Alex and Mela Roslan, hid him and other Jewish ...

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Overview

Once Jacob Gutgeld lived with his family in a beautiful house in Warsaw, Poland. He went to school and played hide-and-seek in the woods with his friends. But everything changed the day the Nazi soldiers invaded in 1939. Suddenly it wasn't safe to be Jewish anymore.

In answer to his daughter's questions, a man recalls the terrifying years of his childhood when a brave Polish couple, Alex and Mela Roslan, hid him and other Jewish children from the Nazis. Based on a true story.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``Marissa squirmed in her seat with a stomach crying out for food,'' begins this fact-based novel about a Polish family that hides two Jewish brothers during WW II. Unfortunately, such prose frequently blunts the life-and-death urgency of Drucker and Halperin's subject matter as well as their evocation of the terror and courage of their protagonists. The most heroic gestures don't quite ring true--for example, Alex Roslan, the head of the Polish family, sells his apartment to the first person he meets when Jacob, one of the Jewish boys, needs an operation and a bribe is required to quiet the nurse. The authors, furthermore, often inject composition-class-style conclusions into their narrative ``The juxtaposition of amusement and death left him without words''. They are much better at the smaller moments: when Alex brings home a single white roll and gives it to Jacob, the boy avoids looking at Alex's little daughter ``She must hate me. . . . I guess I don't blame her''; one of Jacob's brothers joins him in hiding, and Jacob's relief quickly turns to jealousy. Enough of these moments exist to engage the reader's imagination, if not to infuse the story with unflappable authenticity. Ages 7-11. May
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Gr 5-9-- The year that she is eight, Marissa asks a fifth question at the family Passover Seder. She wants to know who the two guests are who have been staying with her family; they are participating in and enjoying the Seder, and they're ``not even Jewish.'' The response is what her father calls a story from the heart, the story of how Alex and Mela Roslan saved him and his brother during the Holocaust. The remainder of the book is that story, set in Poland between 1941-1945. Characters are well developed and multidimensional, and the story is a poignant one. While it might be difficult for today's readers to understand the kind of heroism and goodness demonstrated by the Roslan family, who risked their lives every day to protect children who were not even related to them, they will become immersed in another time and place. Powerful emotions are described and presented in an understandable format. This is a fictionalized account of a true story and real people; unfortunately, no mention is made of the relationship between the authors and the characters. --Susan Kaminow, Arlington County Public Library, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440409656
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 7/28/1994
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 97
  • Pages: 117
  • Sales rank: 188,041
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 680L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.19 (w) x 7.76 (h) x 0.33 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2014

    : This book in my opinion is a phenomenal book about the tragic

    : This book in my opinion is a phenomenal book about the tragic events for one family during the Holocaust. Once the family thinks it is too dangerous for Jacob, to continue living with them they send him with the Roslans family. The book then becomes two families facing the hardships of the Holocaust. The author’s purpose of writing this book was to give insight on how the families actually lived. My argument for this book is everyone except children in elementary school should read this wonderful book. It has my complete recommendation.: Jacob’s Rescue was written by Malka Drucker and Michael Halperin. She has written twenty-one books over her career as a writer. The book is about a boy named Jacob. He is a Jewish boy living in the ghetto with his Aunt Hannah and his grandmother. They send him out of the ghetto to stay with a man named Alex and he told him to call him “Uncle Alex.” That family does everything for Jacob throughout the story and doesn’t want him to be caught by the Nazi’s. They do everything in their power to keep him safe. They care for Jacob as if he was their own son.In my opinion this book is a wonderful read for anyone above the reading level of the elementary school. In my opinion the reason the smaller children should not read this book is because there is a lot of violence in the book. Like, “Alex watched with horror as Yurek crumpled in the middle if the street.” The young man had been shot. Yes, the book achieves its purpose! If you can visualize the book at any point than most of the time the book has achieved the authors set purpose.This is an overall wonderful book about the Holocaust; it includes what it took to survive during the horrible time in history. I would personally rate this book 4-4 1/2 out of five stars. I would also recommend this book to anyone above the age of ten.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2000

    Fabulous book for young readers

    The story of Jacob's Rescue was a fabulous book! As a teacher, this book will be used in my classroom in the future. This book is a true and simple look at the Holocaust and its survivors. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to more fully understand the sadness and hope those who went through this horrid event. The book does have some discussion of death camps and dying, which may be of concern to some parents. I suggest it be a book the whole family reads together. Also fabulous for older readers who are at a lower reading level than their peers, because it discusses a very real and serious subject, yet the book is written for the fourth grade level.

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  • Posted June 12, 2014

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    Great Book to read

    My daughter had to read this for school and she loved the book. It taught her things she didn't know about what it was like to live through the Holocaust.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2014

    This book in my opinion is a phenomenal book about the tragic ev

    This book in my opinion is a phenomenal book about the tragic events for one family during the Holocaust. Once the family thinks it is too dangerous for Jacob, to continue living with them they send him with the Roslans family. The book then becomes two families facing the hardships of the Holocaust. The author’s purpose of writing this book was to give insight on how the families actually lived. My argument for this book is everyone except children in elementary school should read this wonderful book. It has my complete recommendation.
    Jacob’s Rescue was written by Malka Drucker and Michael Halperin. She has written twenty-one books over her career as a writer. The book is about a boy named Jacob. He is a Jewish boy living in the ghetto with his Aunt Hannah and his grandmother. They send him out of the ghetto to stay with a man named Alex and he told him to call him “Uncle Alex.” That family does everything for Jacob throughout the story and doesn’t want him to be caught by the Nazi’s. They do everything in their power to keep him safe. They care for Jacob as if he was their own son.
    In my opinion this book is a wonderful read for anyone above the reading level of the elementary school. In my opinion the reason the smaller children should not read this book is because there is a lot of violence in the book. Like, “Alex watched with horror as Yurek crumpled in the middle if the street.” The young man had been shot. Yes, the book achieves its purpose! If you can visualize the book at any point than most of the time the book has achieved the authors set purpose.
    This is an overall wonderful book about the Holocaust; it includes what it took to survive during the horrible time in history. I would personally rate this book 4-4 1/2 out of five stars. I would also recommend this book to anyone above the age of ten.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2014

    When Jacob was young, he moved into the ghetto. Life was good u

    When Jacob was young, he moved into the ghetto. Life was good until the day his aunt Hannah decided it was time for him to leave. The thought of running scared him because of the consequences. He left the ghetto and joined into a polish family, The Roslan’s. The small family lived in a cramped apartment with little room for anyone else, but they made things work. Life was difficult hiding Jacob for the family. This book tells about the hard journey they had keeping Jacob safe to later on begin a family of his own, in peace and harmony. Continue reading to find out more on, Jacobs Rescue A Holocaust Story, a Historical fiction story. With the intent from the author to entertain his readers.

    At first when Jacob came to live with the Roslan’s, life was hard because he wasn’t sure how to behave. He became lonely; he longed to be with his aunt and cousins. The next issue arose when he had to hide beneath the kitchen sink and the neighbors little boy saw him. He told his mother what he had seen and she threatened to report them to the green police. So they packed up and moved, he feared being caught during the move because he had to hide in the couch while his brother, with his blonde hair and polish looks he could pass as a part of the Roslan family. When they had gotten to the new place, Mela was upset at their living conditions Alex had put them into after he had sold the apartment. Not long after they had moved into their new home, the uprising had started. During this, the Roslan’s older son had a horrible tragedy happen to him.

    This book starts slow, until the point of Jacob leaving the ghetto. This is kind of a hard life for the family taking Jacob in. The first child other than Jacob they accepted into the family was Jacob’s younger sibling Sholom, he died from Scarlet fever. Tragedies were common during this point in life, like Jacobs’s surgery and the death of the Roslan’s oldest son. This story helps you open your eyes to the world they had to endure. In my personal opinion, I think I would have turned myself in. It would have been hard but I would have wanted to keep everyone else safe. I do not know what I would actually do in a situation like this but I would be terrified. The things they had to endure were horrible. This book goes into enough detail to shed some light upon their lives, but not to the point of grueling, disturbing detail.

    I would recommend this book to any reader. The vocabulary is easily understood and the detail is great. There were a few main points in this story that hit home with me. The first is when Jacob had to have surgery so Alex sold the apartment, putting his own family on the search for a new home to save Jacob’s life. Another is when the uprising began and the kids were outside, this moment was suspenseful for me, for the simple reason of you didn’t know who was going to make it out alive. Lastly, the moment when the officers wouldn’t let Alex and Mela take Jacob and David to Palestine, not even letting them take them to say their last goodbyes. Luckily the story has a happy ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2013

    LOOK Out Spqcd LOOK Out Space becase this book is our ppppp Look out space becausd this book is out of this world

    An astonishing book my class is reading it and i cantt wait

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2013

    Roza

    Babe!!! Um got to the book to the left

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2013

    Roza

    Good morning...ill b on at 3:30 nye babe...feel beter. Stay sweet[•_~]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    OMG BEST BOOK EVER!!!

    We had to read this for class and i loved it!!! U must read this 1

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    Iiii

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  • Posted July 25, 2012

    Good book

    It was a good book. Short and quick read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2012

    fantastic book

    It was so touching. You got to read this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    Wow

    I had to read this in elementary school niw in middle school looking it was a great book. Really grabs a readers attention

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  • Posted July 29, 2011

    AWESOME

    I had to read for school and at first I didnt want to read it but once I started I couldnt stop! Good for anyone looking for a true holocoust story from a child's point of view!!!!!!

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  • Posted February 13, 2011

    i love this book!!!

    my sister gave me the book and i wasn't very sure i would like it because it was so short (i like lllllllloooooooonnnnnnnnngggg books) so i said i would read it in one day(i did) but it was ssssssoooooo good!!!!! if you don't get this book you are a loser:(

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2008

    it rules

    i love this book it's so emotional and sad it is the best book i have ever read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2007

    The Sticky Book

    The name of the headline is 'The Sticky Book' because your eyes will just stick to it.I liked this book because it is so interesting. I relate to this book because my parents are gone a lot too and I always miss them so much.In the story him and his parents are sepreated a lot and he misses then too.It takes place durind world war II in 1939.Then,the nazi's didn't like the jews and wanted them dead or sent to a concentration camp.he try's to escape but will he live with gaurds on every conner.read on and find out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2007

    Awsame

    its a great wonderful moving story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2006

    Grea!

    I love this book. I read it in 5th grade and have always loved it and always will.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2006

    Best book EVER!!!!!!!

    THis was an awsome book! I read it at least 3 times when i first boroowed it from my teacher! Then I decided to buy it! It's awsome!!!!!!!!!!!

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