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Remembering the Holocaust

The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising by Linda Jacobs AltmanAltman, Linda Jacobs The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: Striking a Blow Against the Nazis
Middle school, high school  128 pp. Enslow

Byers, Ann Rescuing the Danish Jews: A Heroic Story from the Holocaust
Middle school, high school  128 pp. Enslow

Byers, Ann Saving Children from the Holocaust: The Kindertransport
Middle school, high school  128 pp. Enslow

Deem, James M. Auschwitz: Voices from the Death Camp
Middle school, high school  128 pp. Enslow

Deem, James M. Kristallnacht: The Nazi Terror That Began the Holocaust
Middle school, high school  128 pp. Enslow

Hoffman, Betty Liberation: Stories of Survival from the Holocaust
Middle school, high school  128 pp. Enslow
Holocaust Through Primary Sources series. This series covers various aspects of the Holocaust. Interspersed throughout the historical narratives are recollections by people who were there; text boxes with handwriting font signals first-person accounts. Some stock photos and occasional pictures supplied by the witnesses add immediacy. The writing and organization of material are uneven, but the volumes are useful nonetheless. Reading list, timeline, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Modern History; Jews; Nazism; History, Modern—Holocaust; Modern—World War II; Survival; Warsaw (Poland); Denmark; Righteous Gentiles; Concentration camps

Rescuing the Children by Deborah HodgeHodge, Deborah Rescuing the Children: The Story of the Kindertransport
Gr. 4–6 60 pp. Tundra
Hodge describes the Kindertransport that rescued nearly ten thousand Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Europe and brought them to Britain between 1938 and 1939. Chapters covering events leading up to and following the mission are sprinkled with 1930s–era art, archival photographs, and sidebars of anecdotes from eight featured survivors, all of which strengthen the book’s impact. Reading list, timeline, websites. Glos.
Subjects: Modern History; Kindertransport; History, Modern—Holocaust; Modern—World War II; Jews; Rescue work; Refugees

Beyond Courage by Doreen RappaportRappaport, Doreen Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust
Middle school, high school  228 pp. Candlewick
Rappaport profiles twenty Jewish resistance efforts — from defiance to outright fighting and escape — grouped by theme and introduced with essays, collectively presenting a comprehensive portrait. The power of Holocaust literature derives from the double witness of the horror of Hitler’s Final Solution and the resiliency of humankind in the face of that atrocity; that remains true here. Photographs complement the narrative. Timeline. Bib., ind.
Subjects: Modern History; History, Modern—Holocaust; Hitler, Adolf; Nazism; Jews; Modern—World War II; Rescue work; Righteous Gentiles

Monsieur Marceau by Leda SchubertSchubert, Leda Monsieur Marceau
Gr. K–3  40 pp. Roaring Brook/Porter
Illustrated by Gérard DuBois. In this biography of Marcel Marceau (alter-ego, mime Bip), declarative sentences artfully capture the performer’s essence. The emphasis is on Marceau as an artist, but Schubert doesn’t shy away from his persecution as a Jew during the Holocaust and his involvement in Nazi resistance. DuBois’s vigorous illustrations strikingly cast Marceau as a mostly white figure against black backgrounds. An afterword and miming tips are appended. Reading list.
Subjects: Individual Biographies; Performing arts; Jews; History, Modern—Holocaust; France; Marceau, Marcel; Mimes

Terezin by Ruth ThomsonThomson, Ruth Terezín: Voices from the Holocaust
Gr. 4–6  64 pp. Candlewick
Terezín was used by Nazi propagandists to show the world how “well” Jews were treated in concentration camps. Thomson examines the place through memoirs and diary excerpts, documentary photos, and artwork (some made for the Germans and some created secretly). Examples of the ways in which culture flourished along with the horrors of death from starvation and disease are represented in equal measure. Timeline, Bib., glos., ind.
Subjects: Modern History; History, Modern—Holocaust; Concentration camps; Nazism; Jews

From the April 2013 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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