Gr 7-9-- A concise history that's packed with information. Zeinert explains the roots of German and Nazi anti-Semitism, points out the brutality of the SS, chronicles everyday life in the ghetto, describes heroic acts, and includes the words of many participants. In addition, the book has an an extensive bibliography and chapter notes--something more authors should include. While it may pique readers' interest, it is not as exciting a read as it could be. The prose style includes too many short sentences and paragraphs that impede the flow of the narrative. Simplicity, a smoothly flowing text, and excitement can be found in Werstein's The Uprising of the Warsaw Ghetto, November 1940-May 1943 (Norton, 1968; o.p.), which makes use of on period sources. --David A. Lindsey, Lakewood Junior/Senior High School, WA
Beginning with the 1939 Nazi invasion of Poland, Zeinert recounts the events that led to the formation of the Warsaw ghetto. She describes life inside the city-within-a-city, outlines the methods used by Germans to restrict and subdue ghetto residents, and explains why Jews did not resist during the early years. She carefully details the development of several resistance groups that were instrumental in orchestrating the uprising against the Germans in the spring of 1943. Although the Nazis eventually prevailed over the ghetto forces, Zeinert emphasizes that the actions of these Jews helped to turn the tide of war against the Third Reich and sent signals of hope to other imprisoned communities. Much more detailed than Stein's "Warsaw Ghetto" (1985), this complements Landau's "The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising". It will be welcomed by history students and will provide excellent background information for readers of Orlev's novel "The Man from the Other Side".