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Thanks to My Mother

Thanks to My Mother [Kindle Edition]

Schoschana Rabinovici , James Skofield
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Susie Weksler was only eight when Hitler's forces invaded her Lithuanian city of Vilnius. Over the next few years, she endured starvation, brutality, and forced labor in three concentration camps. With courage and ingenuity, Susie's mother helped her to survive--by disguising her as an adult to fool the camp guards, finding food to add to their scarce rations, and giving her the will to endure. This harrowing memoir portrays the best and worst of humanity in heartbreaking scenes you will never forget.

Winner of the Mildred L. Batchelder Award
An ALA Notable Book
An NCSS-CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies


After struggling to survive in Nazi-occupied Lithuania, a young Jewish girl and her mother endure much suffering in Kaiserwald, Stutthof, and Tauentzien concentration camps and on an eleven-day death march before being liberated by the Russian army.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1317 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0141305967
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (1 Mar 2000)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002SR2Q28
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #84,369 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rich, descriptive, engaging and powerful 20 May 2008
Format:School & Library Binding
Susie Weksler was only eight years old when the Nazis invaded her city of Vilnius, Lithuania.
The family would be forced to endure starvation and fear, and she describes the experience of hiding with other Jewish families and children in the Malina (the underground tunnels and sewers of Vilnius), where she describes the death of a baby who was smothered when his father tried to keep him quiet.

Worse was to come.
With the help of her mother who saved her by disguising her as being 16 years old when she was only ten, and filled her with a strong spirit of survival, Susie survived three concentration camps, and a "death march".

The book describes heart wrenching and disturbing scenes of the horrors imposed upon the victims of the Nazi inferno, scenes you will never forget.
The death camp where Susie and her mother were interned was liberated in January 1945, only three of her family had survived.
The book included the English translations of the poems Susie wrote in the ghetto and the camps.
They are powerful and inspiring and show a gem of a spirit:

The Time is Not Far

There will come a time
and the time is not far
when from east and west,
from every side
light will arrive
and a warm wind
and the clouds will
all disappear quickly
Oh, believe me my friend,
the time is not far.

This is one of the richest, most descriptive and engaging accounts by survivors of the Holocaust and I would strongly recommend it as a high school set work book.

Susie immigrated to Israel in 1950, where she did her military service and married and still lives today.
Her mother died in 1974.
Most Holocaust survivors and most descendants of Holocaust survivors live in Israel today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good, but sad and depressing 28 Jan 1999
By A Customer
I am in the 7th grade. Most people might think i'm too young to read this, but belive me, i've read much more mature stuff. You should also believe me when i say that this is a really good book. I read this for an English report and i will never forget what i read. what the author went through was a horrifying experience and i hope that something like the holocaust never happens again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An amazing story of courage and determination 7 Sep 2007
By Chelli
A young Lithuanian Jewish girl's account of the string of terrifying ordeals that she endured during WWII and survived only thanks to the amazing spirit and courage of her mother. The author goes from the ghetto, to hiding out in an underground chamber, to the slave labour camps, the concentration camps, and finally the death march, only narrowly escaping death all the way.
The story is highly captivating and although the tale is a very sad one, the willpower of the author's mother makes it a moving tale of how much a positive attitude can acheive.
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This is a haunting book. It is amazing what the human spirit can endure when there is bit of hope. Susie's mother not only was determined that they both would survive but she retained her humanity in the process often sharing rations and thinking of ways to help the other prisoners. Sometimes the writing is stiff but is reminds you the story is being told by a child's viewpoint. This would be an excellent book to recommend to students who have read The Diary of Anne Frank and want to know more about the Holocaust.
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Bought this to read because I was attending a wedding in Vilnius. I couldn't not put it down, an absolutely incredible account of true events during this difficult period in Lithuania. Would recommend anyone who s interested in recent European history to read this amazing account of a mothers determination to save her child against all odds.
All the more unusual, because it is seen through the eyes of a child.
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