Chil­dren of the Holocaust

Stephanie Fitzger­ald

  • Review
By – November 7, 2011

Chil­dren of the Holo­caust is a well-writ­ten doc­u­men­tary-style book about what Jew­ish chil­dren were sub­ject­ed to dur­ing the Holo­caust. After a brief pref­ace describ­ing Hitler’s rise to pow­er and an over­all descrip­tion of his reign of ter­ror, author Fitzger­ald goes on to describe the fate of the major­i­ty of Jew­ish chil­dren liv­ing in Nazi-con­trolled Europe. Major events of that time peri­od, includ­ing the Kinder­trans­port, Kristall­nacht, life in the ghet­tos, and sur­viv­ing the con­cen­tra­tion camps, are told with vivid details. Inter­spersed with­in this his­tor­i­cal retelling are pho­tographs tak­en dur­ing this time and vignettes of var­i­ous chil­dren told in their own words. The infor­ma­tion and the pho­tographs accu­rate­ly por­tray the hor­rors Jew­ish chil­dren had to endure. It is an excel­lent book for the young adult Jew­ish audi­ence, one guar­an­teed to have a pro­found effect on read­ers as they become immersed in the trag­ic events of the Holo­caust. Rec­om­mend­ed for ages 14 and up.

Mar­cia Ber­neger is a retired teacher who lives with her hus­band and three crazy dogs. She taught both first and sec­ond grade, as well as spe­cial edu­ca­tion. She cur­rent­ly teach­es Torah school, in addi­tion to her vol­un­teer work in class­rooms, libraries, and with var­i­ous fundrais­ers. She lives in San Diego.

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