A poetic interpretation of the phenomenon that was Terezin. Although the camp was but a way station on the road to the gas chambers, it was peopled by humanity’s brightest, the cream of Czechoslovakia’s Jewish talent. Albeit hungry and often ill, its children were taught, inspired, and entertained by some marvelous writers and artists. The author, a poet, expresses the genius of this population in original poems based on the ghetto’s inhabitants and its conditions— both the devastating and the creative. His spare and powerful poems are accompanied by dramatic illustrations found at the site after World War II. 4,000 illustrations had been buried in two suitcases by the wonderful art teacher, Friedl Dicker-Brandeis, before she was transported to Auschwitz. This slender volume is a tribute to the tragedy and miracle of Terezin. “Selected Sources” is a fine reading list of other books about Terezin. There is also a list of websites. For ages 13 and up.
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.