We Must Not Forget: Holocaust Stories of Survival and Resistance

Scholastic Focus. Feb. 2021. 384p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781338255775.
Gr 6 Up–This narrative nonfiction book shares the stories of survivors of the Holocaust. Readers get to know the experiences of children, teens, and adults who lived through Hitler’s atrocities and survived. These once lost and hidden stories are full of strength, resilience, and survival against all odds coupled with the loss of family, friends, and freedom. Hopkinson uses first-hand testimonials, photographs, and links to audio recordings of the survivors to chronicle a history that occurred in many different countries with many different conductors. The text is organized into three parts: “Fleeing from Evil, Hiding from Horror,” “Families Torn Apart,” and “Desperation and Defiance.” Each section provides an introduction to the people discussed and information about the specific dates and times in which they were living. The extensive back matter is incredibly detailed and researched. The text shows how ordinary citizens can ignite and lead a revolution. From a husband and wife who spent years on the run to others who were able to escape to America to families being cared for and taken in by other families, the varied stories are harrowing and heartbreaking. Readers witness a life of chaos and uncertainty in the face of evil.
VERDICT An important and timely book that spotlights the untold stories of survivors of the Nazi regime and the Holocaust.

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