Original narrative poems, historical accounts, with black and white, pen and ink illustrations.
Beneath White Stars features Holly’s narrative poetry about real people from the Holocaust whom she has known personally or whose stories she has taught. Melding historical detail and keen insights with the grace of poetry, she brings to life a wide variety of individuals struggling against the horrors of the Holocaust. In these pages children are sent from home to face new lands alone, teens risk their lives to resist in ghettos and forests, prisoners rise above the miseries of ghettos and concentration camps through art, and diplomats and clergy employ their wiles to save all those they can. Brief biographical sketches, maps, and a personalized timeline further animate these courageous individuals.
Illuminated by Byron Marshall’s black and white, pen and ink drawings, Beneath White Stars: Holocaust Profiles in Poetry opens a unique window on bright lights that shone even in the darkest of times.
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Table of Contents
Contents Preface xv A Conversation with My Reader xvii Departures Heartbeats 3 The Small World of Little Fritz 5 Watching Myself Watch My Son 7 Crosscurrents 9 I Am That Child 11 Transported 13 A Place for Us? 15 Packing Her Bag 19 Watching My Daughter Pack Her Bag 21 Lost and Found 23 Praying in Pencil Between the Lines 39 Parallel Limbs 47 You Never Saw Another Butterfly 49 Overdue: Book Reports, May-September 1944 51 Lines in Space 53 So the World Would Know 57 Lost and Found 59 Standing in Blood Bowl of Soup 73 His Overtures of Love 75 Timing Is Everything 77 History Lessons 79 Chanka Garfinkel: Guarding the Memories 81 Telltale Lines 85 The Standing Prayer 87 No Art 89 Patzan 91 "Unter dayne vayse shtern": A Sonnet for Sutzkever 95 Sutzkever's Stars 97 L'Chaim 99 A Glezele Tei 101 Lost and Found 103 Rescue Mr. Sugihara's Eyes 125 Kissing the Wall 129 The Likeness of a Man 133 A Crowd of Hosts 135 Risen and Rescued 137 Lost and Found 139 Roundups Uprooted 151 Feathers 155 The Witness Stands 157 Memories in Color 161 Misericordia for the Last Jews of Busk, Ukraine 165 Lost and Found 167 Close Connections Recounting 185 Close Connections: 1938-1946 187 An Unexpected Afterword 192 Timeline: Key Events for People in the Poems 194 Note about the Typeface for the Hebrew Word Zachor 207 Acknowledgments 209 References 215