Children's Literature - Bruce AdelsonPreben Munch-Nielsen was only 14 in 1940, when German troops occupied Denmark, his home. But like so many other Danes, Preben risked his life by rescuing Jews from the Nazi occupiers. He helped ferry escaping refugees across the sea to neutral Sweden and safety. Still alive today, Preben is a successful Danish businessman who was honored for his wartime heroics by President Clinton in 1997. This well-researched, poignantly written book tells the story of Preben and others who helped Jews escape from the Holocaust. In addition to telling their stories, the author provides important historical perspective about the pre-war years in Germany, the Nazis rise to power and anti-Semitism. The book also contains a useful time line, with key dates beginning with Hitler's appointment as German Chancellor in 1933 and ending with Germany's surrender to the Allies nearly 16 1/2 years later in 1945. There is also a helpful glossary, with definitions for ghetto, Gestapo, Resistance and other relevant terms. Ideal for classroom research projects, this title will be a worthy addition to school libraries.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 5-8-Although these three books provide a somewhat fragmented description of how the Holocaust affected children and teenagers, they clearly document the courageous heroism of both young Jewish survivors and young gentiles who helped Jews hide from the Nazis. The texts also illustrate how rare this was because of the willing (and often enthusiastic) collaboration between the Nazis and civilians in Nazi-occupied countries such as France and Poland. In the Ghettos, the most cohesive of the three, relates harrowing accounts written by the courageous survivors of the Lodz, Theresienstadt, and Warsaw ghettos. Rescuers presents the stories of teenagers who were assisted by gentiles in Poland, Denmark, and Germany. The first-person narratives in Hidden Children are especially effective in personalizing the experiences of Jewish teens whose lives parallel Anne Frank's tragic story. The texts are complemented by remarkable, clear, and heartrending photo documentation of the genocide, and the layouts have a variety of fonts and black-and-white shading. The pictures alone will leave indelible impressions on young readers.-Jack Forman, Mesa College Library, San Diego Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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