To Look a Nazi in the Eye: A Teen’s Account of a War Crim­i­nal Trial

Kathy Kac­er and Jor­dana Lebowitz

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By – May 16, 2017

Jor­dana Lebowitz is a nine­teen-year-old grand­child of Holo­caust sur­vivors. She learns of an attor­ney who thinks he has found a legal way to make some of the lowli­er Nazis who aid­ed and abet­ted” in the mur­der of Jews, receive a pun­ish­ment as harsh as the actu­al mur­der­ers. She wants to attend the tri­al he is about to con­duct, one which will include a wit­ness who Jor­dana knows per­son­al­ly. Before doing so how­ev­er, Jor­dana must receive per­mis­sion from the attor­ney to accom­pa­ny him over­seas. She also needs fund­ing to help her pay for this expen­sive under­tak­ing, and per­mis­sion from her very con­cerned and skep­ti­cal par­ents who are not at all sure she will be able to han­dle all that the trip and tri­al will entail.

This is the true sto­ry of Jordana’s lofty and ulti­mate­ly suc­cess­ful plan. The book is a col­lab­o­ra­tion between the famed YA author Kathy Kac­er and Jor­dana her­self. Kac­er helps Jor­dana tell her sto­ry in a man­ner that makes the read­er feel as if he is a par­tic­i­pant in Jordana’s jour­ney and expe­ri­enc­ing the same emo­tions she does. The book is filled with seri­ous quan­daries and issues but is also an excit­ing page-turner.

High­ly rec­om­mend­ed for ages 14 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.

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