Youth Destroyed-The Nazi Camps: Primary Sources from the Holocaust

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Upon her arrival at Auschwitz in 1944, Alice Lok, like thousands of Jews before her, faced a "selection." Alice stood in line as a Nazi doctor quickly examined the new camp inmates. If the doctor pointed one direction, it meant hard labor. But labor meant life. If the doctor pointed the other way, that meant immediate death in the gas chambers. Alice was lucky. She survived Auschwitz and two other camps. However, millions of Jews were not so lucky. There were six death camps in operation during World War II and ...

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Overview

Upon her arrival at Auschwitz in 1944, Alice Lok, like thousands of Jews before her, faced a "selection." Alice stood in line as a Nazi doctor quickly examined the new camp inmates. If the doctor pointed one direction, it meant hard labor. But labor meant life. If the doctor pointed the other way, that meant immediate death in the gas chambers. Alice was lucky. She survived Auschwitz and two other camps. However, millions of Jews were not so lucky. There were six death camps in operation during World War II and thousands of other work and prison camps. Author Ann Byers details the stories of young people who were forced to live in Nazi camps during the Holocaust.

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Children's Literature - Sara Rofofsky Marcus
Part of the "True Stories of Teens in the Holocaust" series, this book presents excerpts of firsthand accounts of youth in the Nazi camps, both the work camps and the death camps, intertwined into cohesive sections of the book. Separated into six chapters, Margaret Shannon's Holocaust research brings out a wide range of voices from a variety of ages and geographic areas. The content is organized into the follwing areas—The Concentration Camps, Waiting Rooms, Worked to Death, The Death Camps, Auschwitz, and After the Camps and offers a chart of camp deaths. What makes this book unique is the plethora of voices presented—all from youths and teens. The student researcher will appreciate the time line, glossary, suggested further readings, Internet addresses, and index. The more advanced researcher will benefit from the many chapter bibliographic notes. Each chapter has subheadings to indicate how the excerpts from personal accounts are organized, with introductory and explanatory material. Although the suggested reading level is ages 8 to 12, older readers will benefit from the primary sources presented with explanations and introductions, either as a full resource or as a way to understand the lengthier resources mentioned in the chapter notes. Reviewer: Sara Rofofsky Marcus
School Library Journal
Gr 6-10–Many histories use primary sources but fail to do so effectively. These books succeed by integrating into their narratives lengthy quotes from Jewish and other teens whose lives were endangered or changed by the Nazi regime. Each book provides historical background, but the narratives rest upon the recollections, making the material immediate and horrifyingly real. The books have the added advantage of being long enough to give students an authentic impression of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. Certain to capture readers’ attention, these are excellent purchases.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

Chapter 1 The Concentration Camps 13

Chapter 2 Waiting Rooms 27

Chapter 3 Worked to Death 42

Chapter 4 The Death Camps 59

Chapter 5 Auschwitz 78

Chapter 6 After the Camps 93

Chart of Camp Deaths 110

Timeline 111

Chapter Notes 114

Glossary 122

Further Reading 124

Internet Addresses 125

Index 126

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