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Children's LiteratureThe chilling history of World War II and its architect, Adolf Hitler, needs continuous retelling from various points of view and for different audiences so that the world will never forget that its unbelievable horrors really happened, and how. Altman has written a superb volume for young readers that minces no words in describing the tragic rise to power of the quintessential demagogue and the consequences that followed. By far the largest numbers of Hitler's victims were the Jews of Europe, 6 million— million of them children—slaughtered for simply being born into a category of humans Hitler dubbed as subhuman. Their increasingly difficult living conditions are honestly presented here, beginning with loss of rights and jobs, expulsion from schools, closing of shops, and the wearing of yellow stars to identify them as people who could be persecuted without recourse. Herded next into ghettoes, crowded, starved, killed at will, and finally shipped in cattle cars to slavery and death in the concentration camps, the Jews suffered the most horrendous deprivations for the least of reasons, and here the truth is told. A flowing style and ample photographs carry this book to its bitter end and will allow even reluctant readers to experience the horrors of the Holocaust. A companion volume to The Forgotten Victims of the Holocaust. 2003, Enslow, Ages 10 to 14.
— Judy Chernak