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Survivors of the Holocaust Hardcover – Illustrated, 26 May 2016
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An extraordinary book of first-hand survivor stories enhanced by the comic-strip style illustration ... it is impossible not to be deeply moved by the way that these stories are told ... a valuable range of stories ... Each of the six stories has a unique element that nonetheless tells of the incredible scale of the Final Solution and adds to our understanding from a very human perspective ... I think this is an invaluable addition to any school/class library from Year 6 onwards (School Librarian)
Survivors of the Holocaust is a hard-hitting and very necessary re-telling of a poignant and shocking time in our history...The visual narrative provided by strong, deceptively simple illustrations makes for a truly emotive and haunting read and one which must not be forgotten. This very accessible insight into a most piteous time in our history would be perfect for any school library or book shelf...We also love the simplicity of this illustrated timeline. A potted history of key events from January 1933 - August 1945 to remind readers of the major moments of World War II (Picture Books Blogger)
Poignant ... each terrifying reality is clearly shared by its survivor so that it cannot be, and should not be, forgotten (Carousel)
An extraordinary, beautifully illustrated graphic novel that looks at the horrors of the Holocaust through the eyes of children and young people who lived through itSee all Product description
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’Stills’ from the animations and the verbatim words of each survivor have been faithfully reproduced to create this graphic novel.
Nothing about the Holocaust is easy for young people to understand. The accounts have been cleverly arranged to enable confrontations with horror to gradually unfold.
As a Holocaust educator, it is sometimes difficult to find suitable resources for children and young people to further their knowledge about and understanding of this very challenging subject. This book fills a niche. It and the animated films, leave many questions unanswered. I see this as a strength which will enable young people and their teachers to explore those unanswered questions in age appropriate ways. A strength of the animations is that you are able to hear the actual survivor telling his or her story. A strength of the book is that you can read, re-read and re-visit at your own pace in a way that would be difficult with the animations. Used in tandem, a film and a life story from the book would provide many opportunities for deep learning.
The stories are really moving. They are told with the simplest of pictures, and simple block capital letters but such heart breaking stories of human courage.