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Survivors: True Stories of Children in the Holocaust [Paperback]

Allan Zullo
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March 1 2005 Survivors
These are the true-life accounts of nine Jewish boys and girls whose lives spiraled into danger and fear as the Holocaust overtook Europe. In a time of great horror, these children each found a way to make it through the nightmare of war. Some made daring escapes into the unknown, others disguised their true identities, and many witnessed unimaginable horrors. But what they all shared was the unshakable belief in — and hope for — survival. Their legacy of courage in the face of hatred will move you, captivate you, and, ultimately, inspire you.

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Allan Zullo is an American non-fiction writer. He is the author or co-author of more than eighty paperbacks for adults and children.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Sept. 15 2009
By Kirstie
This book was amazing. It was filled with different short stories by different jewish children and teens during world war 2. It's filled with their honest, terrifying, sad stories. Each person had a different experience and each one is enough to make you want to cry.

This was one of the first Holocaust books I've read and now that I've read more I've realized how special this book really is. This one really stands out. A friend recommended it to me, I never would have even heard of it before since it doesn't seem to be very well known but I highly recommend it. It's fantastic you wont be dissapointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Gift for Mom May 31 2011
By Cocoabear TOP 100 REVIEWER
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I bought this as a gift for my Mom - as she is an older gal and loves reading stories like this. I was disappointed when it arrived as it seemed more like something for a child to read than an adult. It is a scholastic book - for anyone who has ever ordered them for thier children - and it is exactly that. I was a little embarassed to give it as a gift to an adult - but I didn't want to go through the hassle of returning it. My Mom said it was 'okay' but didn't love it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brief but engaging. April 20 2011
By Ina
I was surprised at the brevity of this book, and large print seemingly to fill space? I did however climb right in and read it in one sitting easily. The stories were enlightning as I did not consider some of the particular instances in survival.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Survivors July 19 2013
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I can't really review this as it is a Christmas gift for my husband but I'm sure he will love it
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127 of 131 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but for mature, emotionally stable kids 12 and up Sept. 18 2007
By Angela Berry - Published on Amazon.com
This book should be read by everyone that is emtionally mature enough to handle it. I am writing this review as a warning to parents that might purchase this book for a younger child based on the "Reading Level: 9 - 12" rating and the fact that it is a Scholastic book. My 4th grader's teacher recommended this book but I am glad I took a look at it first. Here's an excerpt from the book taking place as one of the children is being smuggled out of a ghetto by her father hiding her under his coat. The following exchange takes place between the guard and the man ahead of them at the gate:
"Hurry up!" shouted the impatient German guard.
"It's here somewhere. I know it is."
"You don't have a pass, do you?" snarled the guard. "You're trying to sneak out of the ghetto, trying to fool me."
"No really, I have - " The man never finished his sentence. The guard shot him.
Hearing the loud bang, Luncia jerked. Her father wrapped his arms tight around his coat to keep her still, but her whole body trembled uncontrollably. He's going to shoot us all, I know it.

I know that my 4th grader is not ready to read this kind of material but this is an excellent book to be read by everyone that is ready for this type of material. Very well written information that we all should know and never forget.
63 of 64 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A touching and important reminder......for everyone Feb. 12 2007
By Patranella - Published on Amazon.com
I didn't realize this was a children's book until it arrived. I'm glad I didn't or I might have missed out on this fine collection of experiences. Because it is a children's book, it gently glosses over some of the horrors these holocaust survivors saw. Those scenes are not removed from the story, but, the specifics are left to your own mind.

Each chapter tells the story of a different child's experience.

Two children were part of the kindertransport, but didn't go all the way to England. Another was on the ill-fated ship the St. Louis. A shocking reminder of how some survived and some didn't by the smallest of decisions.

I have already read it many times. I intend to share it with my nieces when they next visit. The next generation must know that the Holocaust did exist. That over six million people died not for 'who' they were but for 'what' they were (Jewish, Gypsy, Gay, etc.). Unfortunately, nothing seems to unite people like having 'someone' to blame all your problems on. The Nazis and countless others both before and since have made that very clear.
45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Survivors From the Most Dangerous Events March 10 2005
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Survivors True Stories of Children in the Holocaust is about children who were "lucky" enough to live through the Holocaust. The children tell their unfortunate stories of their good, but mostly bad, times. This book shows how good it is to be living in the time period that we live in. The children, who are now adults in their 60's or 70's, gave a very clear and almost terrifying list of events that they went through, which will leave you breathless. Also, there are a lot of German and Polish words that you may not know, so the author has provided a glossary in the back of the book. This book was very detailed and got its point across. It took place during the Holocaust, which was at the time of World War II.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Survivors True Stories of Children in the Holocaust Jan. 15 2007
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Throughout the duration of World War II, the lives of Jews across Europe took a turn for the worse. As the Nazi's reign of terror extended, Hitler and his followers grasped every aspect of Jewish life and turned it upside-down. . Survivors True Stories of Children in the Holocaust, by Allan Zucco and Mara Bosuvn, is a gripping book entailing the true life stories of eight children living during the time period and their amazing determination to survive through the Holocaust. Each story uniquely depicts the riveting events each child endured in their struggle to survive. All eight stories demonstrate the childrens' bravery, valor, courage, and wisdom beyond years in heart wrenching experiences. Each child remained strong as their world and everything they once knew fell down around them.

I found this book interesting, informing, and tremendously motivating. This book holds the attention of the reader exceptionally well. When you thought the character had no alternatives but to give up, you were immediately surprised by the courage they found within to outlast the struggle. For example, when Mathei Jackel, age ten, was placed in a boxcar all alone headed for a death camp, he somehow managed to escape out the door and remain free from the terror of the Nazis. You were left with the impression that he had no way out of the boxcar, which was headed towards his demise, and surprised when he escaped with his life. While keeping the reader involved with the stories, the book also enlightens the reader with many important facts pertaining to World War II and the Holocaust. Facts such as dates, historic locations, and vocabulary terms can be referenced to from the book and its glossary located at the back. Through reading the novel, I was able to learn many of the conditions the Jews faced. I was able to learn about the rations of food they were expected to live on and the daily routines they anticipated such as digging trenches, constructing war materials, and making long strenuous walks to various concentration camps. Above all, the stories included in this book were motivating and ultimately inspiring. Lines such as,"I don't know how, but I am going to survive...I can't think any other way," let the reader realize to never giving up is an important value to have in reaching your dreams. Hearing what each character endured made you realize anything is possible when you set your mind to it. The will and courage each child had made you want to strand up and make a difference. Many morals and life lesson ran through the simple yet captivating stories of each child's experiences. Life lessons everyone can find valuable such as going for your dreams and believing in yourself were key in each story. Although this book was an amazing read it, it's not suitable for all ages.

Even though the book was well written and exceptional, it provides some vivid descriptions that an immature audience could not handle. Due to its graphic nature, this book is well suitable for a mature middle school or older audience. Mature audiences can benefit from its lessons and values such as courage represented in each story.

The book could have been improved if it had included more about life of Jews before the Holocaust and the invasion of the Nazis. Readers could have understood how the lives of the Jews were completely turned upside-down by the Nazis' evasion. Readers also could have gotten to know the characters better by knowing more about their everyday life prior to the struggles they faced.

Being a high school freshman, this book relates to many pieces of literature included in the high school curriculum. Books such as To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, are related to this book in the sense that they both value courage in the activities the characters peruse. In both books the characters demonstrate both moral and physical courage. The Book also relates to the novel To Kill a Mockingbird because in both the characters are treated differently because of others ignorance. In both characters are faced with racism. In both books the characters face a loss of innocence due to dealing with adult conflicts and things children should have to face such as death and the slaughter of people due to racism.

I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Emotional Book Ever!!! Nov. 10 2004
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
"But Mama, we're Jewish too, what will happen to us?" When Nazis took over Germany, people of the Jewish faith were doomed. The book Survivors tells the true stories of nine boys and girls of all ages that went through this horrible time, and managed to come out alive. In one of the stories a girl named Luncia tells her story of when she was only seven years old. Luncia shares what her family and her had to go through during the Holocaust. She explains how at night when German soldiers invaded the house across the street, the sound of breaking china and screaming families was common. The only crime they committed was that they were of the Jewish faith.

In my opinion this book helps me understand more about Hitler and the Holocaust in general. This book also makes me realize that our life is not as bad as it could be. I believe that this book is an inspiration. It inspires me to live my life to the fullest and appreciate the fact that there is no one trying to control every move that I make. I hope that this book will inspire other people to do the same.
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