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.