Terezin: Voices from the Holocaust
Terezin: Voices from the Holocaust

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Annotation: Explores the lives of Jewish people in Terezin, a transit camp during the Holocaust.
Genre: World history
Catalog Number: #50944
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2011
Edition Date: 2011
Pages: 64 pages
Availability: Special Order Only - Contact Customer Service at +1 800 637-6581 or +1 217 243-5451
ISBN: Publisher: 0-7636-4963-5 Perma-Bound: 0-605-49814-8
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-7636-4963-0 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-49814-3
Dewey: 940.53
LCCN: 2010039164
Dimensions: 29 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Even libraries with substantial Holocaust collections will want this generously sized, illustrated account that blends the searing history of the Terezín concentration camp with personal testimonies of those who were there, artwork of both established painters and children, and quotes from survivors' oral histories and secret diary entries, including a Czech schoolboy's memories of how life changed for the Jews when Hitler came. The statistics sum it up: 15,000 children passed through Terezín; fewer than 100 survived. Also part of the story are the astounding lies and cover-ups (including the transportations of orphans and the dying to Auschwitz to cut down on overcrowding) that tricked official observers into issuing a positive report. Contrast those facts with the artists' secret images that show the reality of the hunched, hollow-eyed survivors. The open book design, with highly readable type on thick paper, will draw readers into each double-page spread. The excellent, accessible back matter includes a time line, glossary, sources, and museum websites for further research.
Horn Book
Terezmn was used by Nazi propagandists to show the world how well Jews were treated in concentration camps. Thomson examines the place through memoirs and diary excerpts, documentary photos, and artwork (some made for the Germans and some created secretly). Examples of the ways in which culture flourished along with the horrors of death from starvation and disease are represented in equal measure. Timeline, Bib., glos., ind.
School Library Journal Starred Review
Gr 5&11;8&12; The grim and desperate reality of Terez&7;n is brought to life by the images and words of those who experienced it. As the war progressed, the Nazis held German, Dutch, and Danish Jews in the ghetto, as well as using it as a transport stop for some on their way to concentration camps such as Auschwitz. A large number of Jewish artists, writers, and performers were imprisoned at Terez&7;n, many forced to use their talents for Nazi propaganda or official Nazi documents. Secretly, these artists also created images of what they observed, from the overcrowding to the deplorable, unsanitary living conditions to the plight of the elderly and infirm. In this book, excerpts from hidden diaries and letters, as well as drawings and paintings, make for a poignant overview of life inside the ghetto. The voices of adults and children are a moving reminder of the horrors of the Holocaust and a powerful way to make history real to students. The modern photographs of Terez&7;n are juxtaposed against images and photographs created in the 1940s, making for an interesting contrast. This is a strong addition to the many books about the Holocaust, and to any history collection.&12; Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (page 63) and index.
Word Count: 12,589
Reading Level: 7.0
Interest Level: 5-9
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 7.0 / points: 2.0 / quiz: 142870 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:8.3 / points:6.0 / quiz:Q53207
Lexile: 980L
Guided Reading Level: Y
Fountas & Pinnell: Y

Through inmates’ own voices and artwork, Terezín explores the lives of Jewish people in one of the most infamous of the Nazi transit camps.

Between 1941 and 1945, Nazi Germany turned the small town of Terezín, Czechoslovakia, into a ghetto, and then into a transit camp for thousands of Jewish people. It was a "show" camp, where inmates were forced to use their artistic talents to fool the world about the truth of gas chambers and horrific living conditions for imprisoned Jews. Here is their story, told through the firsthand accounts of those who were there. In this accessible, meticulously researched book, Ruth Thomson allows the inmates to speak for themselves through secret diary entries, artwork, and excerpts from memoirs and recordings narrated after the war. Terezín: Voices from the Holocaust is a moving portrait that shows the strength of the human will to endure, to create, and to survive.

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