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Terezin: Voices from the Holocaust
Contributor(s): Thomson, Ruth

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ISBN: 0763664669     ISBN-13: 9780763664664
Publisher: Candlewick Pr
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: August 2013

Annotation: Through inmates' own voices--from secret diary entries and artwork to excerpts from memoirs and recordings narrated after the war--"Terezin" explores the lives of Jewish people in one of the most infamous of the Nazi transit camps.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Jews; Czech Republic; Biography; Juvenile literature.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Czech Republic; Personal narratives; Juvenile literature.
Dewey: 940.53/1853716
LCCN: 2010039164
Lexile Measure: 980
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 11.25" H x 8.25" W x 0.25" (0.76 lbs) 64 pages
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q53207
Reading Level: 8.3   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 6.0
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Contributor Bio(s): th Thomson is an author and editor of many children’s books. She has an MA in museum and gallery education and lives in London.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Fall)
Terezmn was used by Nazi propagandists to show the world how well Jews were treated in concentration camps. Thomson examines the place through memoirs and diary excerpts, documentary photos, and artwork (some made for the Germans and some created secretly). Examples of the ways in which culture flourished along with the horrors of death from starvation and disease are represented in equal measure. Timeline, Bib., glos., ind. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2011 March)

Gr 5–8—The grim and desperate reality of Terezín is brought to life by the images and words of those who experienced it. As the war progressed, the Nazis held German, Dutch, and Danish Jews in the ghetto, as well as using it as a transport stop for some on their way to concentration camps such as Auschwitz. A large number of Jewish artists, writers, and performers were imprisoned at Terezín, many forced to use their talents for Nazi propaganda or official Nazi documents. Secretly, these artists also created images of what they observed, from the overcrowding to the deplorable, unsanitary living conditions to the plight of the elderly and infirm. In this book, excerpts from hidden diaries and letters, as well as drawings and paintings, make for a poignant overview of life inside the ghetto. The voices of adults and children are a moving reminder of the horrors of the Holocaust and a powerful way to make history real to students. The modern photographs of Terezín are juxtaposed against images and photographs created in the 1940s, making for an interesting contrast. This is a strong addition to the many books about the Holocaust, and to any history collection.—Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA

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