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Fireflies in the Dark: The Story of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis and the Children of Terezin Hardcover – 1 Mar 2000

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  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House (Mar. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823414612
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823414611
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 1 x 25.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 733,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Susan Goldman Rubin's award-winning books for children include "Fireflies in the Dark, "a Sydney Taylor Award Honor Book, a Golden Kite Honor Book, and a "Booklist "Top Ten Art Book for Youth. She lives in California.

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Well presented account of the work of Friedl Dicker- Brandeis before her tragic death in a concentration camp. Moved me to tears.
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HASH(0x9b5326c0) out of 5 stars beautiful-visually & spiritually 2 Jun. 2001
By J. Mack - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Friedl Dicker-Brandeis was an artist of the Bauhaus who was also a Jew, sent to the Theresienstadt concentration camp and eventually executed at Auschwitz. The story, set against this bleak and oppressive history, is one of love and hope: she teaches children art and helps with "art therapy" in the camp. The importance of her choice in relentlessly pursuing a beautiful and healing expression of the spirit is revealed by the testament of a few who survived. There are numerous examples of the children's art, some of Dicker-Brandeis' art, and photographs that bring the story to life. Interesting, informative, and moving. This is a book to read to children (ages six to nine) or to allow older children to read on their own, and of course it raises questions that will explore the very meaning of humanity.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9baccab0) out of 5 stars A tribute to an amazing woman, Friedl Dicker Brandeis 3 Nov. 2008
By Z Hayes - Published on
Format: Paperback
"Fireflies in the Dark" is an amazing children's book - it covers a dark period in mankind's history, i.e. the Holocaust. This is a difficult enough subject for adults to discuss but how does one convey the story of the Holocaust to children without terrifying them? Well, "Fireflies in the Dark" manages to make this unpalatable and tragic subject accessible to young children.

In this book, the story centers on the true life account of art teacher Friedl Dicker Brandeis who was shipped off to the Terezin [ known as Theresienstadt in German] Concentration Camp, a sort of 'model' camp built by the Nazis for Jews and other people they deemed undesirables during WW II. Although it was not a death camp like Dachau, Treblinka, Mauthausen and Auschwitz-Birkenau, conditions in Terezin were still deplorable with disease and starvation being rampant. When she is transported to Terezin, Ms Brandeis [accompanied by her husband] brings along mostly art supplies, as she believes there will be many children in need of an outlet for their loneliness and despair and quickly assumes a teaching position at the camp, freely giving of her services to children - mentoring them and caring for them in the darkest of times.

Friedl Dicker-Brandeis is indeed a heroine of the Holocaust. Although she doesn't survive the death camp, her legacy lives on amongst the works of art by her students [both survivors of the war and those who perished] at the camp. Though only a few of her students actually survived the Nazis' horrific extermination policies, what shines through these works of art [reproduced for readers throughout the book] is theability of art to foster hope no matter how small. It is a testament to the courage and determination of one amazing woman, and also attests to the faith and hope of children during the bleakest of times. Highly recommended for young readers.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b33590c) out of 5 stars art as survival 21 Dec. 2007
By sulis - Published on
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I first heard about Friedl Dicker-Brandeis at a 2007 exhibition in Vienna titled "Austrian Art Between the Wars" - where she was honored for her remarkable ability to run art classes for children in the concentration camp at Theresienstadt (Terezin). "Fireflies" offers a glimpse of Friedl's ability to bring joy and light into the unbelievable horror of children's lives during the Holocaust.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b5b84bc) out of 5 stars MUST READ for artist, historians, and Great for children 9 May 2002
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Format: Hardcover
This book is wonderful, It is a must read, Freidl Bicker-Brandeis is a heroine, and her story is amazing. One look at this book and you will be glad you bought it. Rubin did a great job choosing pictures for this book, and bringing a hard issue of WWII concentration camps to a child level. Very good at illustrating the importance of Art Therapy.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b533258) out of 5 stars Thought provoking and inspiring 14 May 2011
By Cheryl - Published on
Format: Hardcover
A compassionately written biography of an incredible woman who selflessly put the needs of the children of the Terezin (Czech) concentration camp first, her first and last thought being to help them hold on to what's good in this world in the face of unspeakable atrocities. Although this book does deal with heart-wrenching facts, the incredible faith, love and determination to not let the situation dehumanize her overshadows everything else. The children's names, and some of the survivor's stories, are included. How I wish these kinds of books were available when my girls were young.

While picture books are often thought to be for children, this is a book that many adults will enjoy as well.
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