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Survivors: True Stories Of Children In The Holocaust

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Gripping and inspiring, these true stories of bravery, terror, and hope chronicle nine different children's experiences during the Holocaust.

These are the true-life accounts of nine Jewish boys and girls whose lives spiraled into danger and fear as the Holocaust overtook Europe. In a time of great horror, these children each found a way to make it through the nightmare of war. Some made daring escapes into the unknown, others disguised their true identities, and many witnessed...

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Overview


Gripping and inspiring, these true stories of bravery, terror, and hope chronicle nine different children's experiences during the Holocaust.

These are the true-life accounts of nine Jewish boys and girls whose lives spiraled into danger and fear as the Holocaust overtook Europe. In a time of great horror, these children each found a way to make it through the nightmare of war. Some made daring escapes into the unknown, others disguised their true identities, and many witnessed unimaginable horrors. But what they all shared was the unshakable belief in-- and hope for-- survival.
Their legacy of courage in the face of hatred will move you, captivate you, and, ultimately, inspire you.

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This gripping account of nine survivors of the Holocaust deserves a wide audience. The Jewish children featured here ranged in age from 4 to 17 when they began to experience the horrors of the Nazi regime. Young Luncia and Sarah were wedged into precarious hiding places in Poland. Herbert was on a crowded refugee ship that could find no safe haven, even in France. Starving Markus and Walter found the strength to endure years of forced labor. George and his little sister Ursula were part of Kindertransport, unfortunately to Holland. Mathei became a young partisan in the Polish underground, while Jack survived a death march to Germany. A must for all libraries. KLIATT Codes: JSA*—Exceptional book, recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2004, Scholastic, 196p. map. notes., Ages 12 to adult.
—Maureen Griffin
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439669962
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2005
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 61,044
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 970L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.45 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2008

    Horrific Experience

    ¿If they find us, they¿ll kill us, and we have no place to hide.¿ Survivors True Stories of Children in the Holocaust by Allan Zullo and Mara Bovsun is one of the most emotional and horrifying books ever. 9 survivors of World War II get to tell their stories of the biggest mass murder in world history the Holocaust. In ¿How Can the Stars Seem So Happy in This Horrible Place?¿ George Levy and his little sister, Ursula, tell their depressing story of survival. Their family was broken up, the kids were sent to concentration camps very far away, and the Mother got shot and died. George and Ursula soon saw the real brutality that the Nazis possessed. The Jewish people were treated as disposable. They were tossed around, made fun of, severely hurt, suffered, and they had to face death at all times. George and Ursula lived off of the very little food they were given, which was a very small portion, which would eventually cause them to die of starvation. George and Ursula were lucky, they were able to avoid the Nazis at all costs, and avoid death. This book was a thrilling experience. The stories themselves were inspiring and depressing. I read this book with little knowledge of the Holocaust, now I know a lot more. After the first story, I wanted to read more. This book is very graphic the survivors tell what really happened. I would recommend this book to anyone who is emotionally stable and mature enough to read about the Holocaust.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2009

    Review for Survivors

    The book Survivors features the captivating and fascinating true stories about eight Jewish people that were children during the Nazi invasion during World War II. The book tells the stories of these eight children and the persecution they suffered under the Nazi rule. How against all odds; starvation, sleep deprivation, and abuse they somehow managed to persevere through their struggles and make it through. The different stories tell tales of bravery, heroism, courage, and shear brutality. Yet against all odds and even in the face of death these eight children found the tremendous willpower to fight through and survive.
    I really enjoyed this book. The stories were inspiring to me as they captured and held my attention. Reading this book also helped me learn more about the Holocaust. And I loved that the real life stories, though devastatingly tragic, helped make history become more real and alive. Thought the language is fairly simple the meanings run deeper and each story has its own cruel dilemma and moral to tell. In my opinion this book would be suitable for high school students and adults. I thought this was an excellent book and recommend it to anyone looking for a gripping and riveting book about the survivors of the Holocaust.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2007

    a really good review

    This book is about nine children who tell there stories about children in the Holocaust.It also tells about how children escaped cocentration caps. Which are camps who starve or barely feed Jewish peole even children.After they have starved them for awile they kill them.In some parts of the chapters little kids maybe seven years or younger have to they are made to watch Jews get killed and cant cry or they will kill them too.It was very sad If you are one of those people who dont like to read this would be the book for you.Even if you do like to read this would be a great book for you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2014

    Highly Recommend for 5th grade and up

    I purchased this book for my 5th grader as his social studies teacher who was teaching about WW2 was afraid to go into any depth for fear of being offensive, especially to the Jewish students in the class. Sadly, what occurred to 6 million people including Jews WAS offensive and needs to be spoken about. So, I purchased this book for my 5th grader to read. This book is filled with stories of survivors. Not too graphic but graphic enough to teach and remind all of us of the atrocities that have occurred. But the stories still contain the message of hope and love and spirit of those who lost their lives and those who survived the horrors.

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  • Posted August 18, 2010

    Very Realistic and Exciting

    This book shows the true affects of the Holocaust. Amazingly written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2009

    Perspective

    I have been showing my kids bits and pieces about WWII. Muesum exhibits, movies and books. This is definitly a great resource. This book gives the perspective of the children through their Holocost experience. My 5th and 6th grade children read this (after I did).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2007

    My review for Survivors

    Survivors Written by: Allan Zullo There were different characters for different stories in the book. Like one girl she was very kind to her family. Her parents and her had to live in a ghetto finally they find a way to get their daughter out of the ghetto. Her dad snuck her out when he went to work. The plot was to tell of the stories of these poor children that went through the Holocaust. They probably wanted their amazing stories to be known so that everybody can know. The children went through tough times. Some got taken away to concentration camps were thy were either they were put to work or killed. Some were sent to forced labor camps and most never saw their families again. This story was placed in 1933 in Russia. The meaning of this story is to tell people the stories of true survivors of the Holocaust. I liked this story because it is an inspiration to me that people take things for granted like they have it so easy but people back then had it harder than about everyone I know. I connected with the book because I read in an article that the Holocaust was a very horrible time to live in because there were so many deaths.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2007

    A reviewer

    This book is about jewish children in the Holocaust in world war 2. It tells how they had to see things too scary to imagine. Things like concentration camps, family deaths, and starvation were all part of this horrible event in history. One girl, Luncia Gazmers,looked out her window and saw soilders marching down her street. She knew that something bad was going to happen. One day, a soldier came to their home looking for little girls. Luncia's parents hid her in the bathroom so she wouldn't be harmed. I really connected to this book. When I read it I felt the pain for the people in this book. I remember when my grandmother died and it was horrible. I can't imagine what it was like for them. I thought this was an amazing book. It is really important that history isn't forgotten and thats why everyone should read this book!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2007

    Can't put the book down!

    This book is about young children in the Holocaust during World War II. The book tells how kids lived in concentration camps and how they starved and watched people die right in front of them. This book has several different stories of kids who survived the Holocaust but the kid who touched my heart the most is Marcus. He took care of his little sister and gave up his food to her so she could survive and almost died but at the end they both end up living. I think the theme of this book is survival because all the Jews wanted was to survive. I think the author wrote this book because he wanted to inform the reader of what happened at this time of cruelty. The book Survivors written be Allan Zullo and Mara Bovson helped me to understand what Hitler and the Nazis did to the children during the Holocaust. It is really heartbreaking all the things you will read. But you will not be able to put down the book. I strongly encourage you to read this book because it will take you will take you on an emotional rollercoaster.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2007

    life changing book !

    This book tells the incredible true stories of nine brave young Jewish survivors of the Holocaust. These gripping accounts ¿ including real names, dates and places ¿ are based exclusively on the personal, lengthy interviews with the survivors. In a time of great horror, these nine children each found a way to make it through the nightmare of war. Some hid, some fled, some fought. Others endured unbearable agony in ghettos, death marches and concentration camps. Although it's hard to imagine that anyone, especially children, could bear so much suffering from so much cruelty, this book is a celebration of the human spirit ¿ of the will to overcome unspeakable horrors, the will to triumph over evil, the will to live. In fact, these survivors all shared a common trait ¿ they believed in their hearts that they would live even when so many around them were dying. Not only did they survive but they grew up, got married and have enjoyed happy, fulfilling lives. Their experiences reveal that in the most horrible and hopeless situations imaginable, young people can rely on their courage, faith, and smarts ¿ and sometimes sheer luck ¿ to pull them through. Their legacy of survival is a powerful testament to courage in the face of hatred.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2006

    Terrific

    While reading this i was shocked at the horror of the camps and cruelity of the Gastopo and the SS officers. I was noticing that the father you get in the book the more tragic the strories seem to get. I think it was very well written, I liked it alot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2006

    ME , a reviewer

    I think this book is a very educational book. It taught me the horrors of the nazi party and how much they affected the countries around Germany. I strongly suggest this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2005

    Outstanding

    I loved this book! This book was probably one of the first books,about the holocaust.That I was able to finish,instead of putting it down,because it was too horrible,the things that were happening to these children. I would recommend that after you read this book about the holocaust. That is you liked reading that book.That you explore,and look for more books about the holocaust,or a topic about the holocaust,that you like or want to learn more about. And then after you read a book about the holocaust,go online and see if you can find out more info or even pictures of the survivor/s. Also I would encourage children,the next time that they go see their grandparents.That the child should ask their grandparents,or parents about their herritage.Mabey you could come up with some new christmas,or other holiday traditions that have to do with your herritage.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2005

    From future actress Presley Puckett

    This book of holocaust survivors was most enjoyable for me. I know that I will never understand what it was like for these people to go through everything that they went through. It must've been tremendously hard! I didn't ever really care about learning about the holocaust and the World Wars, but after reading this book, I can't hardly understand why I never showed any interest in any of this. This book is very heart-breaking, but amazing. To hear these people's stories is like being in a terrifying dream that you can't understand or get out of. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is willing to read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2005

    Review for Suvivors

    This is a great book that gives you a great idea of the Holocaust effect. The authors do a great job of describing how bad Jews were tormented. It expresses the effects of death, starvaton, and lack of hope. I recomend this book to all people who are intrested in the Holocaust.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2005

    Holocaust Survivors review

    Survivors was an emotionally touching story about nine Jews who survived the Holocaust during World War II. While reading this book you may feel sad and may even cry. You will learn that Hitler and the German Soldiers were very cruel and unfair to the Jews. The survivors had to run and hide to escape the poverty of Hitler's injustice. After reading each story you will feel sad for the people that died, but you will rejoice the people who survived.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2005

    A Fascinating Book about Holocaust Survivors

    This book shows hardships of the 1930's and 40's. Everyone really should read this book because it changes your perspective about things. Allan Zullo and Mara Bovsun did an awesome job describing this incredible, but heart-breaking book about holocaust survivors. This story should help everyone learn about their past and try to prevent anything of this sort happening again. These holocaust survivors were very courageous and are lucky to have survived.

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    Posted February 20, 2009

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