Escaping the Nazis on the Kindertransport

128p. bibliog. chron. further reading. glossary. index. notes. photos. Capstone. Feb. 2017. pap. $7.95. ISBN 9781515745464.
Gr 4–8—This slim book chronicles the harrowing journeys made by seven children who escaped Nazi Germany via the Kindertransport. The chapters focus on specific accounts, describing the subjects' lives before the war, their families' efforts to secure safe situations for them, and their experiences living with new families. The narrative is threaded with, and occasionally dominated by, excerpts from primary sources, such as interviews and journals. Glossy pages feature black-and-white photos of the children. Their fates after their escape are saved for the concluding chapter, with several left incomplete despite the availability of more up-to-date information. This volume will find its audience among readers already familiar with the Holocaust and World War II and who are looking for additional material. However, maps are absent and sorely needed. The disjointed chronology within and between chapters may be confusing, as specific dates are infrequently mentioned.
VERDICT A supplemental purchase. Pair this title with more thorough works, such as Anne L. Fox and Eva Abraham-Podietz's Ten Thousand Children: True Stories Told by Children Who Escaped the Holocaust on the Kindertransport.

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