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Yehuda Nir

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Synopsis: A gripping, extraordinary memoir of six years in the life of a daring and resourceful Polish Jewish boy and his family, who survived the Holocaust using false papers and posing as Catholics.

Yehuda Nir was nine years old when his father was shot dead by German soldiers in a mass execution of Jewish men in their Polish town. Yehuda, along with his mother and teenage sister, escaped with the aid of false documents. It was 1941--the Holocaust was gaining a grim momentum. The family plunged into what would be four long, harrowing years disguised as Catholics. Never knowing if each day of hiding in the open would be his last, Yehuda was often forced to separate from his mother and sister, live on dogs and mice, hide in sewers, and live in utter chaos.

From School Library Journal: Grade 7-Up In this powerful memoir, Nir describes his Jewish family's experiences in Poland during World War II. Throughout most of the war he, his mother, and sister hid in plain sight as Catholics, ever fearful that they would be unmasked and sent to the gas chambers. The author depicts their lives with incredible immediacy, giving readers a real sense of what life was like for not only the Jews, but also for the Poles. He clearly portrays the harsh treatment of the Polish people by the Germans and Russians, as well as the rampant Polish anti-Semitism of the time. He does not shy away from the brutal realities of his experiences, including details such as seeing men murdered in the streets, a nightmarish trip through a sewer while in the Polish resistance, and the violence and rapes in the refugee camps. Readers enter his world of fear, filth, and hunger; of constant close calls; of bravery and despair; of being forced to bury his true identity until lying became more normal than truth. Unlike the authors of many Holocaust books, Nir was not hidden and therefore was able to observe the war firsthand. He shows the horror that everyone experienced, but Jews most of all, and he does it in an engrossing, readable, if stark fashion that will give readers a new view of an often-portrayed war. This book was first published for adults in 1989 and has been revised for a young adult audience. A painfully honest narrative. -Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
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