Tell Them We Remember: The Story of the Holocaust
Tell Them We Remember: The Story of the Holocaust

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Annotation: Uses the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, and taped histories to describe this period of world history.
Genre: World history
Catalog Number: #294190
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Copyright Date: 1994
Edition Date: 1994
Pages: 109 pages
Availability: Special Order Only - Contact Customer Service at +1 800 637-6581 or +1 217 243-5451
ISBN: Publisher: 0-316-07484-5 Perma-Bound: 0-605-02810-9
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-316-07484-1 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-02810-4
Dewey: 940.53
LCCN: 93040090
Dimensions: 28 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
The history, which draws on the considerable resources of the Holocaust Museum, includes rarely seen black-and-white period photographs and color photographs of exhibits. Long, unbroken columns of pale type, though daunting, are somewhat offset by the short chapters and the inclusion, throughout the straightforward factual text, of young people's personal stories. Bib., glos., ind.
Kirkus Reviews
If you can't get to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., you must read this book. Set up very much like the museum itself, with the same subject divisions, Tell Them We Remember is an armchair tour. It covers ``Jewish Life in Europe Before the Holocaust,'' ``The Survivors,'' and the horrifying steps in between. Brief chapters concisely describe some aspect of the rise of Hitler in Germany, the so-called ``Final Solution,'' and the attempts to rescue Jews, resist the Nazis, and finally liberate the victims. Although well- written and organized, this history stands out because of its generous use of the museum's large collection of photographs. In them Jewish families are not just shown as victims but also in the fullness of their lives before the Third Reich. Pictures of emaciated survivors of death camps are juxtaposed with photographs of those same people smiling and playing, showing that the skeletal, sexless beings were once beautiful men and women. These are perhaps the most poignant images portrayed to personalize an event so terrible that it can be difficult to grasp. Holocaust Museum staff member Bachrach also follows individual stories throughout the book in the margins. Young people's lives are traced from before Hitler to after the war, although some of their stories end abruptly in the camps and elsewhere. Even if you can get to the museum, this history is an invaluable addition to any library. (Chronology; glossary; suggestions for further reading; 80 b&w, 10 color photos) (Nonfiction. 10+)"
School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up-Intended to extend the experience of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum beyond its walls, this book reproduces some of its artifacts, photographs, maps, and taped oral and video histories. Many of them are from archival collections in the museums of Germany, the Netherlands, England, and Poland, as well as those in the United States. The book is divided into three sections: Germany before and during the Nazi regime; the final solution, including the ghettos; and rescue, resistance, and liberation. Bachrach makes the victims of Hitler's cruelty immediate to readers, showing that, like readers, they were individuals with hobbies and desires, friends and family. Two interesting devices are used to generate emotional involvement. The first is an attractive ``cast of characters,'' guileless young people whose pictures, taken from their identity cards, smile innocently out from the page and in other photographs, enjoying life. The second is to insert these same identity cards and photos of life before Hitler into the narrative of destruction so that readers can trace what is happening to the young people at different points in the Holocaust until their death or the war's end. Thus, this is a very personal approach to Holocaust history and a very effective one.-Marcia Posner, Federation of New York and the Jewish Book Council, New York City
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* One and a half million children and teenagers were murdered by the Nazis. This photo-history, produced in association with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, focuses on what happened to young people whose world of family and friends, school and play, was destroyed. More than 30 short, accessible chapters cover the general history, including the rise of Hitler, the ghettos, the transports, the camps, the gas chambers, and the movements of resistance and rescue. Sidebars tell the ongoing stories of individual young people and show their ID photos; some of the individuals are pictured several times during the period 1933-45, but many don't survive. The writing is direct, with no histrionics or gimmicks. A wealth of material drawn from the museum's large collection of photographs and taped oral and video histories supports the facts. The systematic murder is confronted here. We're told of the brutality, the medical experiments, and the corpses stacked up like cordwood, and there are pictures of the death marches and the gas chambers. The Jews were the main target of Nazi hatred, but throughout the book, Bachrach also talks about other groups and individualsincluding Gypsies, homosexuals, and the disabledwho were marked as enemies of the state. The book's design is clear, with a spacious chronology at the back, a long bibliography, subdivided by genre and reading level, and an appendix of population figures by country. This is one of the best books available for introducing the subject to young people and an excellent text for the Holocaust curriculum now required in many states.
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Word Count: 11,294
Reading Level: 8.7
Interest Level: 5-9
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 8.7 / points: 2.0 / quiz: 11841 / grade: Upper Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:10.0 / points:5.0 / quiz:Q11312
Lexile: 1190L
Guided Reading Level: Y
Fountas & Pinnell: Y

A vital, award-winning introduction to the Holocaust, with photos and documents from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Drawing on the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's large collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, and taped oral and video histories, this book tells the story of the Holocaust and how it affected the daily lives of innocent people throughout Europe. Excerpts from 'identity cards' that are part of the Museum's exhibit focus on specific young people whose worlds were turned upside down when they became trapped under Nazi rule. Many of these young people never had the chance to grow up. One and a half million of the victims were children and teenagers--the great majority of them Jewish children but also tens of thousands of Roma (Gypsy) children, disabled children, and Polish Catholic children. Like their parents, they were singled out not for anything they had done, but simply because the Nazis considered them inferior.

Those who survived to become adults passed on the stories of relatives and friends who had been killed, with the hope that the terrible crimes of the Holocaust would never be forgotten or repeated. The powerful stories and images in this book are presented with the same hope. Only by learning about the Holocaust will we be able to tell the victims we remember.

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