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We Are Witnesses: Five Diaries of Teenagers Who Died in the Holocaust

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Jewish teenagers David, Yitzhak, Moshe, Eva, and Anne all kept diaries and were all killed in Hitler's death camps. These are their stories, in their own words. Author Jacob Boas is a Holocaust survivor who was born in the same camp to which Anne Frank was sent. Includes a photo insert. HC: Henry Holt & Company.

Jewish teenagers David, Yitzhak, Moshe, Eva, and Anne all kept diaries and were all killed in Hitler's death camps. These are their stories, in their own...

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Overview

Jewish teenagers David, Yitzhak, Moshe, Eva, and Anne all kept diaries and were all killed in Hitler's death camps. These are their stories, in their own words. Author Jacob Boas is a Holocaust survivor who was born in the same camp to which Anne Frank was sent. Includes a photo insert. HC: Henry Holt & Company.

Jewish teenagers David, Yitzhak, Moshe, Eva, and Anne all kept diaries and were all killed in Hitler's death camps. These are their stories, in their own words. Author Jacob Boas is a Holocaust survivor who was born in the same camp to which Anne Frank was sent. Includes a photo insert.

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"Holocaust survivor Boas bears powerful witness to what happened to ordinary families as they were crowded into the ghettos, persecuted, and murdered." —Booklist, starred review

"Boas ably guides the reader through these literary landscapes of hell, where none of the writers survived...[These] young people make the accounts more universal, and permit us to see the common humanity of each of these different witnesses." —Jewish Bulletin

"We are privy to the thoughts of five adolescents who wrote about, and then died because of, the Nazis’ persecution of the Jews." —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312535674
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Publication date: 3/17/2009
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 115,245
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 970L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jacob Boas has a Ph.D. in modern European history and is the director of the Oregon Holocaust Research Center. He lives with his wife and three children in Beaverton, Oregon.

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  • Posted February 24, 2010

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    Powerful

    There's nothing else to say - just Powerful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2009

    An eye opener, even more than Anne Frank's diary.

    As a kid I read Anne Frank like most. Reading this was in my opinion better because it showed more that just one side. Different teens in different places all experiencing the same torment but looking at it in different ways. When I would stop reading I remembered that it was real and it did happen. It all seemed so surreal. It's scary to think that one man had so much power, one can only pray the world has learned from his torturous reign.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2008

    Heart-Touching

    Despite the fact that there was a lot of commentary, this was a great book. It was heart touching and heart breaking to read these teenagers diaries. Reading some of the diary entries and quotes brought tears to my eyes. I was personally touched by all of the stories. The book makes me look at Anne's story in a whole new light as well. I wouldn't suggest this for an 8th grade class to read because understanding it means you have to dig deeper into the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2005

    HARD TO UNDERSTAND!!!

    I normally love reading books about the Holocaust. This time it was very different. I started to read it and i had to read the first chapter about 3 or 4 times and i still dont get it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2005

    not the best thing...................................

    i thought that it would have more quotes from the diary than the explanation of how the germans eventually took over most countries.overall, it was okay it could have been better and i think we should all stick to reading the original diaries......

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2005

    Hard to understand, but altogether a good book

    I think this book was meant for older folks because a lot of these words are hard to pronounce, and require dictionaries to understand whats being talked about. I liked the book. It definitly showed what it was like to be a Jew during the Holocaust.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2005

    A MUST READ!!!

    ok..this is like a really heart breaking and a soul touching book...It is not something that an eight graders mind would understand but it is an amazing book!! People you should definitly read what these teenagers went through...It's a Gr8 book!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2005

    Definitley A Good Book

    i loved this book, but the fact that they kept having little informational parts was reeeally annoying, and they definitley should've put more in for anne frank then they did, but still, it was a pretty good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2005

    it's okay.. if you want to jab your eyes out with forks afterwards.

    I agree with some of these guys. This book needs more diary entries and less 'research paper' material. We read it with our English group and we almost killed ourselves because of how boring it was.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2005

    WHAT A HEART BREAKING BOOK!

    It is a great book. People realy should read it. Some peole may think they have it bad, but wait to you read this book about 5 innocent Jewish kids who have to suffer. No one can come close to thi much suffering. It is heart breaking. Please would you take the time to read about these suffering kids. ~!THANKS!~

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2004

    A Great book

    I thought the book was great, it helped you to understand what the teenagers were going through. I was a little hard to understand at some points and really hard to pronounce, but it was an excellent book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2004

    Valuable Reading Material

    I thought this book made me think long and hard about my values. I think these teenagers are revolutionary. I loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2004

    It was HORRIBLE!!!!! (for teenagers)

    We had to read this book for english and everyone in my group thought it was horrible. If you are in the 8 grade atleast. Please trust me. I did not have ebnouph of their feelings toward what they were going through. needed more diary enteries

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2002

    This was a great book

    This book was great because the details are so vivid and makes you feel their pain that they suffered.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2002

    Hope

    We Are Witnesses by Jacob Boas is an inspirational book about hope during World War II. The diaries of five Jewish teenagers who lived during the Holocaust are compiled in this brilliant work of art. The book goes through the sacrifices each had to make and the hope they held on to in order to abide to Hitler¿s laws. We Are Witnesses goes in detail with their everyday lives and how they changed as Hitler¿s laws grew more intense. Each teenager lived in a different part of Europe so in turn experienced his wrath at different times. None of them were able to pull through however, so all that is left of them is their diaries. David Rubinowicz, Yitzhak Rudashevski, Moshe Flinker, Eva Heyman, and Anne Frank all had goals they wanted to achieve after the war was over. David wanted to move back to his house and run and play in their fields like he had done so many times before in his life. Yitzhak had dreams of studying until he could know no more. Moshe wanted to become the leader of his people in their own state. Eva wanted to once again live her mother, the most important person in her life. Anne wanted to become the best writer she could be. Each one believed they were going to have the chance to stay alive and live their dreams. ¿We now possess so much consciousness that we can say that we are not ashamed of our badges! Let those be ashamed who have hung them on us.¿ (47). They weren¿t going to let Hitler¿s new rules get them down, they were going to reverse the effect he was trying to get to show he couldn¿t win. Overall this book was very good. It gave insight into the Holocaust and taught you about it. Compiling the five different experiences was a great idea because it gave the viewpoints of many different perspectives. However, some people might not like reading the portions of diaries and then reading the author¿s viewpoint on each part. The author does do a lot of explaining of the changes Hitler was making at the time the diaries were being written, though, so it does help in understanding why they wrote what they did. Hope got these young people through the rough times in their lives, unfortunately it was unable to save them. We can use hope in our lives to keep us going and we don¿t have to worry about not being able to live our dreams and fulfill our goals. We need to take the opportunities in our lives and make full use of them, like the teens in this book would have.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2001

    A Serious and Outstanding Book

    This book is dedicated to the lost lives of these 5 children.I am a serious bookworm who is interested in the Holocaust because I live in Germany!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2001

    great book

    if you understand and feel what the holocaust must have been like,you will enjoy reading this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2000

    Paints a very vivid picture of the Holocaust.

    This was an outstanding book. Even through thick and thin, hope still exists. Each individual count. They didn't put to much attention on Anne Frank and made every character important. Terrific, and it is as if I understood all five teenager's pains.

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