Toby Belfer Learns about Heroes and Martyrs

Overview

When Toby Belfer visits Yad Vashem, the Holocaust History Museum in Jerusalem, she is struck by the Garden of the Righteous Among the Nations, a tribute to Christians who risked their lives to save Jews during the nightmarish events of the Second World War. Toby learns about the true stories of twenty-six courageous Christian clergy, diplomats, farmers, shopkeepers, and even a German military officer in this emotional and inspiring testimonial to the six million Jewish martyrs who were killed in the Holocaust and...

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Overview

When Toby Belfer visits Yad Vashem, the Holocaust History Museum in Jerusalem, she is struck by the Garden of the Righteous Among the Nations, a tribute to Christians who risked their lives to save Jews during the nightmarish events of the Second World War. Toby learns about the true stories of twenty-six courageous Christian clergy, diplomats, farmers, shopkeepers, and even a German military officer in this emotional and inspiring testimonial to the six million Jewish martyrs who were killed in the Holocaust and the selfless guardians who strove to protect them.

"Toby Belfer teaches the young reader about the individual stories of true heroes in a personal and meaningful way. It is a must-read for young children so that they can better understand that one person, no matter what their background or position, can make a significant difference."
—Stephen A. Ollendorff, president, the Center of Interreligious Understanding, and author, Fate Did Not Let Me Go and The Brave Little Boat

"Gloria Pushker and Mel Tarman's new book is a fascinating journey through the lives of normal people who acted heroically during the Holocaust. The book touches on a subject that is too often ignored in the teaching of the Holocaust, the non-Jewish men and women who risked their lives and the lives of their families, to save Jews from extinction. The newest and most serious addition to the Toby Belfer Series is a must-have for any library or home, Jewish or non-Jewish."
—Philip Gaethe, director of education, Congregation Gates of Prayer

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sara Rofofsky Marcus
In this part of the "Toby Belfer Series," a collection of twenty-six biographies, the reader finds brief, generally two- to four-page biographies along with other information about the Holocaust. Unique to this book is its focus on non-Jewish individuals who defied orders and worked to save Jews and others targeted by the Nazis. Separated into seven parts, this work enables quick location of the desired information, whether a person, group of people, or other aspect of the stories of Gentiles who were involved in or with the Holocaust. Beginning with an introduction to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust History Museum in Jerusalem, where Toby learns about Righteous Gentiles, the work next presents biographies of "Extraordinary People," Germans who defied orders, royalty, brave clergy, and heroic diplomats. The work ends back in Louisiana, where Toby lives, and readers see her telling about the trip and learning more about Righteous Gentiles, followed by a trip to the Paper Clip Children's Museum in Whitewell, Tennessee. The work lacks an index, although this only minimally detracts from the value of the biographies included, biographies of people rarely addressed as part of the Holocaust. This is a valuable addition to any history or biographical lesson where students desire the human touch. Reviewer: Sara Rofofsky Marcus
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589806474
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Series: Toby Belfer Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Gloria Teles Pushker holds a M.A. in education with a concentration in children's literature from the University of New Orleans, and she is a member of the national Storytelling Association and the Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education.

Mel Tarman has worked as an executive, entrepreneur, and educator. In addition to having worked in publishing for many years, he served in the United States army during the Korean Conflict and earned a master's degree from New York University. He resides in Galveston, Texas. This is his first book with Pelican.

Emile F. Henriquez teaches part time in Louisiana's parochial school system. He studied drawing, painting, design, and art history at Tulane University and has worked as a graphic illustrator since 1963. Henriquez has also illustrated Pelican's popular D.J. Series. He lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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