The Last Train: A Holocaust Story Hardcover – Mar 15 2013
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[This] personal account with many photos will stir readers to find out more Holocaust history. (Hazel Rochman Booklist 2013-03-01)
The Last Train is a harrowing account of the Holocaust...a somber and quiet story that though it brings tears to the eyes, still manages to send a message of hope and survival. (Rita Lorraine Hubbard New York Journal of Books 2013-03-12)
The book is emotionally honest, with moving details ... a well-written smooth read. (Dr. Marcia W. Posner Association of Jewish Libraries 2013-06-01)
a powerful story worth reading. (Marge Kaplan Jewish Book Council)
... this is an important story for anyone to read ... The Last Train is an accessible, yet heart-wrenching, account that will hopefully help to educate a new generation. (Liane Shaw Canadian Review of Materials 2013-05-17)
"Readers will be amazed at the everyday persistence of children and parents to stay together and support each other." (Resource Links 2013-10-01)
Arato tells the story matter-of-factly, but it is of itself a gripping story for young readers, of a young boy's memories of a time in human history that should never be forgotten.
(Books for Kids Blog 2013-05-08)
About the Author
RONA ARATO, a former teacher, is an award-winning children’s author with a strong interest in the field of human rights. From 1994 to 1998, she was an interviewer for Survivors of the Shoah, a Steven Spielberg project that recorded the histories of Holocaust survivors. She is the author of Courage and Compassion and the On a Day Story Voyages series, among others. She lives in Toronto.
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Rona Arato is an accomplished children's author and although this book does not shy away from the realities of the Holocaust it is well-paced and does not dwell on them. This book is identified as being suitable for children aged nine and up but it is certainly not childish either in style or in content. I found it very readable and suggest that it is appropriate both for children prepared for a non-fictionalised biography of the Holocaust and for educators seeking a relatively brief (about 130 pages) account that touches on themes such as social and economic exclusion, persecution, and the cohesion of a family under the most trying conditions.
Ms Arato's book is a valuable addition to Holocaust literature and an important addition to our knowledge of a neglected piece of Holocaust history. Readers seeking more information on the Hungarian Jews sent to Austria can find another account of the same events in Olga Verrall's book Missing Pieces: My Life as a Child Survivor of the Holocaust (Legacies Shared). The events leading up to these slave transports are described in Anna Porter's book Kasztner's Train: The True Story of an Unknown Hero of the Holocaust.
This book was an excellent story about triumph and perseverance. The families never gave up and kept hope alive even in the direst of situations. Their rescue near the end of the story was a wonderful ending to a story that made the reader sympathize with victims of the Holocaust.
The story was very painful to read at times. However, this a story that should be read because of its historical significance.
Elisha ( Avery Griffin- Author of The Demon Rolmar )
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