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Relates the story of a German Jew who became a great rabbi and national spiritual leader and fought courageously against the persecution of his people during the Nazi years
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Grade 5-9 This biography gallops through the life of Leo Baeck, a leading scholar and rabbi, whose refusal to flee from the Nazi regime climaxed his years of service to German Jewry. The highly descriptive text begins with his graduation from Gymnasium school. Unanswered questions such as, "Would he seem foolish on this night?" clutter the narrative, and instead of piquing interest they arouse frustration. Details of his years in Breslau and Berlin, his marriage, and his service as a chaplain during World War I are touched upon, but the main emphasis is placed upon his efforts to save German Jews from the Nazis and his imprisonment in the Theresienstadt concentration camp, where he secretly lectured on philosophy. Important issues in Baeck's life such as his prevention of the lynching of the guards upon the liberation of the camp are not included, and the biography is inadequate because of its very brief treatment of his life and times. It is adulatory in tone, and it fails to give a true sense of Baeck's humanness and incredible moral will. More compelling accounts of persecuted and heroic individuals are In Kindling Flame (Lothrop, 1985) by Linda Atkinson, The Upstairs Room (Crowell, 1972) by Johanna Reiss, and The Road From Home (Greenwillow, 1979) by David Kherdian. Lorraine Douglas, Winnipeg Public Library, Manitoba, Canada
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Book Description Dutton Juvenile, 1986. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0525671757
Book Description Dutton Books for Young Readers, 1986. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0525671757