The Cat with Yellow Star: Coming of Age in Terezin

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This incredible memoir with a strong curriculum tie-in about a young Holocaust survivor's coming of age in the Terezin concentration camp, which School Library Journal called "a true and immediate account, rich in detail" in a starred review, is now available in paperback.

Ela Stein was eleven years old in February of 1942 when she was sent to the Terezin concentration camp with other Czech Jews. The horrendous three-and-a-half years she ...
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Overview

This incredible memoir with a strong curriculum tie-in about a young Holocaust survivor's coming of age in the Terezin concentration camp, which School Library Journal called "a true and immediate account, rich in detail" in a starred review, is now available in paperback.

Ela Stein was eleven years old in February of 1942 when she was sent to the Terezin concentration camp with other Czech Jews. The horrendous three-and-a-half years she spent there were full of sickness, terror, separation from loved ones, and loss, yet Ela forged lifelong friendships with other girls from Room 28 of her barracks. Adults working with the children tried their best to keep up the youngest prisoners' spirits. A children's opera called Brundibár was even performed, and Ela was chosen to play the pivotal role of the cat. Full of sorrow, yet persistent in its belief that humans can triumph over evil, this unusual memoir tells the story of an unimaginable coming of age.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780823421541
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 9.92 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Goldman Rubin is the award-winning author of more than thirty-five books for children. Well known in the field of Holocaust studies, she speaks at conferences, in museums, and at schools and libraries across the country on this topic.

Ela Weissberger was liberated from Terezin in May of 1945. In 1949 she emigrated to Israel and later came to the United States, where she married and raised a family. Today, Ela spends much of her time speaking to audiences of all ages about her Holocaust experiences.
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