Although only 64 pages, this slender volume does an excellent job of describing many people involved in saving the lives of Jews during this period. However, it does much more than that. The preface gives an overview of what the Holocaust was and the historical factors that created it. Despite the challenges in addressing this sensitive topic, information about the Holocaust is provided that is appropriate for children as young as ten. The author also provides a timeline that highlights and summarizes the subjects she presented as well as a glossary of vocabulary, a bibliography, and an index. For the most part, the book is written in short declarative sentences. This style makes it more accessible not only for 4th to 6th graders, but also for older students who may be second language readers. Photographs, maps, and quotations highlight each chapter and add interest to the narrative. People discussed in the book range from the well-known (Miep Geis, Oskar Schindler, and Janusz Korczak), to others less well-known, such as Chiune Sugihara, Japan’s consul in Lithuania, and Nicholas Winton, a British stockbroker. Unfortunately, there is no listing of these courageous people anywhere; they are buried within the index. Resistance in the ghettos and concentration camps is also catalogued. This book is part of a series called The Holocaust published mostly for school libraries. For ages 10 – 13.
Marge Kaplan is a retired English as a Second Language teacher. She is a consultant for the children’s literature group for the Roseville, MN school system and is a storyteller of Jewish tales.