Jews

Jews

by Bill Palmer
     
 

Different skin colors, different languages, different religions, different abilities-these are all things that sometimes cause us to judge other people unfairly. Jews around the world have been the targets of prejudice and discrimination for a very long time. Even today, stereotypes and violence against Jews continues.

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Overview

Different skin colors, different languages, different religions, different abilities-these are all things that sometimes cause us to judge other people unfairly. Jews around the world have been the targets of prejudice and discrimination for a very long time. Even today, stereotypes and violence against Jews continues.

Learn more about what prejudice means for Jews today. Gallup Guides for Youth Facing Persistent Prejudice: Jews explores the history of prejudice against Jews, and what laws are in place to protect such groups from discrimination. Read personal accounts from Jews who have experienced prejudice themselves. Most important-find out what you can do to end the prejudice you find in the world.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
This is a colorful and visually engaging early learning source on the origins and continued incidence of prejudice. There are eight books in the series, and this one deals specifically with Jewish people. There is some historical context to place anti-Semitism in perspective. The early purges of Jews in Great Britain and the Spanish Inquisition are referenced as the first organized anti-Semitic events. Eastern European persecutions in the 19th century and the Holocaust are discussed as more recent occurrences and as contributing factors to the American migration. As with any series of books of this type, there are template explanations at the beginning and end of the book, such as generalized statements on the meaning of intolerance and ways in which children can fight bigotry. The typeface is large for easy tracking. The book is illustrated with attractive photographs, and the text is expanded in blue text boxes that call attention to the material. Unfamiliar words appear in yellow, defined in the text, and then repeated in the back matter glossary. Overall, this is a decent introduction to the subject of anti-Semitism, but there are also some arguable facts and inclusions. For example, in first person accounts from Holocaust survivors, one of the quotations comes from a Roma (Gypsy) prisoner. It is a meaningful entry, but when there are so many usable quotes from Jewish survivors, this seems like an odd choice. In a page-long explanation of the many religions that subscribe to the Golden Rule Rabbi Hillel’s quotation, “That which is hateful to you, do not do to another” is omitted. Also unmentioned is the institutionalized anti-Semitism in the State Department during World War II that ignored the fate of doomed European Jews. Back matter includes Internet links, some dated “find out more” references, a bibliography, and an index. Part of the “Gallup Guides for Youth Facing Persistent Prejudice” series. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross; Ages 8 to 12.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781422224663
Publisher:
Mason Crest Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/2012
Series:
Gallup Guides for Youth Facing Persistent Prejudice Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.47(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
1020L (what's this?)
Age Range:
11 - 14 Years

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