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Jewish Victims of the Holocaust

Jewish Victims of the Holocaust

by Linda Jacobs Altman

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Children's Literature
The 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
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-Altman opens both volumes with a replicated short introduction to World War II and the Holocaust. The books are well organized and accurate, and the writing is sound although not memorable. However, most of the information is readily available in more probing and beautifully written titles. In addition, the further reading sections are much too short and omit many worthy books. These series entries are a perfect example of taking a topic and chopping it up into several volumes when one would not only suffice, but may also be preferable. Stick to more substantial works, such as Miriam Chaikin's A Nightmare in History (Clarion, 1992) or David A. Adler's We Remember the Holocaust (Holt, 1995). They will give children a greater and more profound understanding of this tragic time in the history of the world.-Leslie Barban, Richland County Public Library, Columbia, SC Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
Holocaust in History Series
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.42(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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