Listen to the stories of Alicia, Civia, Ann, George, Judith, Akiva, Larry, and Tonia-eight survivors of the Holocaust, and eight of the bravest, most resilient men and women you'll ever have the privilege to hear. They came from different parts of Europe-Hungary, Poland, Latvia, Romania -- but they were all children when war, persecution, and imprisonment interrupted their lives. And when liberation finally came, they were still young people, alone and homeless in a world that didn't know what to do with them.
The end of World War II is not the end of the story of the Holocaust. Howard Greenfeld's groundbreaking book features primary source material, as well as more than 80 archival blackand-white photographs, and presents a chapter in history that is often overlooked: from war to liberation to the DP camps to emigration and beyond. Includes historical sidebars, suggestions for further reading and index.
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Howard Greenfeld grew up in New York City, graduated from Columbia University, and has lived in Rome, Florence, and Camaiore, Italy, and in Paris, France. He has written twenty books for young adults, including biographies of Marc Chagall, Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the Impressionist painters. He founded the Orion Press to publish English-language translations of European writers and has translated several literary works himself from both French and Italian. He wrote the definitive book on publishing for young readers, Books: From Writer to Reader, a text which has also been used in college courses.In 1993 he wrote The Hidden Children, his first book about the Holocaust, which The Horn Book described in a starred review as "inspiring, and often troubling, reading.... A lovely, important book about heroism and survival." Howard Greenfeld now makes his home in New York City. From Booklist:
*Starred Review* Gr. 6-12. Greenfeld's The Hidden Children (1993) is a classic account of the children who survived in hiding from the Nazis in Europe. This book uses a similar approach to tell the story of what happened to young Holocaust survivors after the war. Greenfeld weaves the personal stories (based on his interviews with eight Jewish survivors now living in the U.S.) with his own commentary and a general history of the time. The readable, slightly oversize design features lots of black-and-white photographs, news photos, and family snapshots that capture what was lost. Occasional sidebars fill in the history, including one on U.S. immigration quotas in 1945 that denied entry to refugees. The truth of the individual voices gives the history immediacy. Many Jews faced anti-Semitism after the war, but what was it like for a teen to return home and knock on the door, only to be chased away by people who had grabbed the place when the young person's family was sent to the camps? What did young orphans do in the displaced-persons' camps, waiting for months for a country to take them in? Greenfeld has deliberately chosen a wide range of survivors who were young at the time of liberation, from several different countries and with a variety of war experiences. Several nearly died in the camps, a few had been in safe hiding places. Some were hungry for education after the war; some were wild for a good time. Some want to forget; some cannot. There's no sentimentality; one survivor is still haunted by the horrific revenge some ex-prisoners took on their guards. Greenfeld quotes Gabrielle Schiff, who talks about what she witnessed as a social worker in the DP camps: "At the risk of destroying a well-known cliche, I affirm that suffering does not make people any better; it often brings out the worst in them." There is no better book to answer the Holocaust deniers. As Greenfield writes, the post-Holocaust experiences are actually a continuation of the Holocaust itself, not a postscript. Hazel Rochman
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Book Description Greenwillow, 2001. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060294205