Children of the Holocaust

64p. chron. further reading. glossary. index. photos. reprods. websites. Barron's. 2014. lib. ed. $12.99. ISBN 9780764167584. LC 2014940649.
Gr 5–8—Using simple vocabulary, Woolf presents a complicated and multidimensional issue through an accessible narrative supplemented with documentary material. Students will gain a better understanding of how the Holocaust unfolded through historical photos and quotes from young people, which are descriptive, though never graphic. The author defines the Holocaust, describes the effects that the Nazi rise to power had upon the Jews, discusses life in the concentration camps and ghettoes, and covers the struggles of those who went into hiding to avoid being sent to the camps. The book ends with "Memories and Consequences," which looks at the creation of Israel, the Nuremberg trials, and the importance of Holocaust remembrance. As Holocaust survivors and World War II veterans are dwindling in number, it is imperative that young people receive an accurate, human depiction of this period, making this well-written title all the more relevant. While there isn't much biographical information about the young people who supplied the testimonies, the back matter is quite extensive. A valuable addition.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY
A moving introduction to Nazism, its fatal propaganda, and the Holocaust. Short, easy-to-read chapters explore this dark period from the perspective of the children, victims and survivors, through personal testimonies and diary entries. Though the quotations are of immense value, they are crowded onto poorly designed pages. Powerful images add to the shameful reality. Reading list, timeline, websites. Glos., ind.

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