Heroes of the Holo­caust: True Sto­ries of Res­cues by Teens

Alan Zul­lo; Mara Bovsun
  • Review
By – August 3, 2012
This slen­der lit­tle paper­back, with its ample lead­ing, sim­ple sen­tence struc­ture and lar­gish print, is enough to restore one’s faith in mankind and per­fect to intro­duce the Holo­caust to read­ers as young as 10 years old and as old as 14, although the sto­ries all involve teens. The authors point out that these brave peo­ple were not adult resis­tance fight­ers, but just young­sters who will­ing­ly placed their own lives in jeop­ardy for the sake of sav­ing Jews because they knew it was the right thing to do. Among the teens are Maria of Poland, Hen­ry and Lil­ianne from Bel­gium, Hil­da in Hol­land, Fer­enc from Hun­gary, and Preben from Den­mark. This well-writ­ten cel­e­bra­tion of good­ness reveals that in the most hor­ri­ble sit­u­a­tions imag­in­able, young peo­ple pos­sess the guts, faith, and intel­li­gence to aid oth­ers even at great per­son­al risk. As for the young peo­ple of today, it is a reminder that only by fol­low­ing one’s con­science can man’s inhu­man­i­ties to man” be pre­vent­ed; and the place to prac­tice this dic­tum is in one’s own class­room and neighborhood.
Mar­cia W. Pos­ner, Ph.D., of the Holo­caust Memo­r­i­al and Tol­er­ance Cen­ter of Nas­sau Coun­ty, is the library and pro­gram direc­tor. An author and play­wright her­self, she loves review­ing for JBW and read­ing all the oth­er reviews and arti­cles in this mar­velous periodical.

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