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My Secret Camera: Life in the Lodz Ghetto Hardcover – 1 Mar 2000

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books; First Edition edition (1 Mar. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711214778
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711214774
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 0.9 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 684,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"These photographs catch life in the Ghetto as though by surprise... They strengthen the heart because they show the victimised finding reason to laugh and joke... In the end that is what they record most vividly - the subjects' inextinguishable appetite for life". Howard Jacobson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Recent review coverage for My Secret Camera:
"Mendel Grossman took these photographs of the people of the Lodz Ghetto in secret. They are heart-rending, beautiful, beyond words; they show parents attempting to comfort their children through the wire of the prison camp where Grossman died. Save this book for when your children are old enough to understand the tragedy, as well as the beauty of facts. It will not only feed their imagination, but their hearts." The Independent on Sunday

"These are photographs that were taken from under a raincoat, and 55 years later they retain a peculiar intimacy: they are oblique memorials, images of restrained and hushed beauty. It is their context, rather than their content, that make them terrifying, tender, painful beyond belief. We look at the faces, the caught expressions, and know that shortly after these people were extinguished... All of these images are almost unbearable. Yet this is a book meant for young people. The simple, first-person text by Frank Dabba Smith asks children to imagine what it was like. Asks all of us to imagine again. It would seem to be the job of all parents and all teachers to make sure that children grow up knowing about the Holocaust. This book, suffused with tenderness, is a good place to start." The Observer

"This remarkable photo-essay about the Lodz Ghetto in Poland poignantly introduces Holocaust horrors… The text is simple and lets each picture speak for itself. This technique works well and makes the subject accessible to children… As these are personal, secret photographs and not the propaganda pictures so often repeated in history books, their significance is great and they are historically fascinating. The incredible story of how the photos have survived is recounted in an appended note. A truly powerful book." The School Library Journal

"Through the eye of the secret camera of Mendel Grossman, the reader sees bravery, determination and even humour in the face of great adversity". The Methodist Recorder

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While some photos may seem "so normal" it is that normalcy that shows how life in the ghettos (re)organised so that the people could survive and sometime probably do as if nothing were out of the ordinary... but they knew it was not normal. The history of how Mendel Grossmann hid multiple copies of his photos and how some disappeared show how much information and historic documents we've lost
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This beautiful book of well-documented photographs of life for the Jewish people in the Lodz Ghetto during World War II was purchased as a gift for a friend. She wept as she looked through it. The pictures speak louder than any words.
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Very disappointing. The synopsis given prior to purchasing the book implies that there was a lot of information about the Lodz Ghetto. This is much more suitable for Primary School children undertaking project work. Limited information and photographs.
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By Sonya on 17 Sept. 2014
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An excellent pictorial history of a time we should never forget.
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A wonderful, moving document
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