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The Holocaust: The Fire That Raged

The Holocaust: The Fire That Raged

by Seymour Rossell

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-- Accurate and easy-to-read history, this addition to the many Holocaust books written for children emphasizes the now well-documented truth about the Third Reich: Hitler's primary goal was not lebensraum or conquering Russia--it was killing Jews. Rossel focuses on the racist nature of Nazism, which meticulously defined Jews in genetic rather than social or religious terms. He sketches the deep roots and sad history of anti-Semitism in Europe, and shows how Hitler used this legacy of hate to consolidate and extend his power. In showing how the genocide developed, Rossel is very critical of the Allies, who refused to bomb the death camps and the railroads taking Jews to their death because it interfered with the war effort. On the other hand, the author highlights the courageous few who risked their lives to hide Jews or fight in the Resistance. ``What does it mean to be human?'' Rossel asks in a final chapter, exhorting young readers to fight evil where they see it. A particularly valuable book for older pre-teens and young teenagers with low reading levels. --Jack Forman, Mesa College Library, San Diego

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Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
Venture Bks.
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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