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Flares of Memory: Stories of Childhood During the Holocaust

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The dozens of vignettes in Flares of Memory: Stories of Childhood During the Holocaust provide personal perspective on one of the greatest tragedies of the 20th century. Editors Anita Brostoff and Sheila Chamovitz solicited written testimony from Holocaust survivors, which were developed and sharpened during writing workshops at the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh. Each sto ...more
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Published (first published May 24th 2001)
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Oct 06, 2010 Carolyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How anyone lived to tell about this horrible time is beyond me. True holocaust stories are amazing. You couldn't make this stuff up! (The best fiction I have read about this era is Sarah's Key. What makes it so gripping is that it easily could have been true.) Read this and as many holocaust books you can find and Never Forget.
Kristy Christensen
I understand why it may have taken a writing project to get these stories out. I can't imagine the pain in remembering. The descriptions are vivid. Now, I have to read something fun before going to sleep to ward off the nightmare.
I think it should be said that most of the contributors to this book were in their mid to late teens during the Holocaust, and several were in their twenties. So they were not little children like the title implies. A more accurate title would be "Stories of Young People During the Holocaust."

That said, this is an excellent selection of short pieces spotlighting the Holocaust at different times and in different parts of Europe. The accounts cover everything from pre-Holocaust days up until readj
This is a collection of memory written by people who were very young during the Holocaust. Brostoff also included testimony of those who particapted in the liberation. The essays focus mostly on Eastern Europe and cover a range of experience. For some of the essays the writing isn't polished, but it is worth reading simply for the wealth of experience represented here.

It should be noted, however, that a guide or a reference to indicate when a narrative continues should have been used.
The stories were all very well chosen and extremely well written (I'm guessing ghost writers because there's no way EVERY Holocaust surviver they found just HAPPENED to be an excellent, thoughtful and creative writer). The editor's introductions to each chapter annoyed me greatly; she told you what kind of lesson you should take away from each story and even gave away some of the endings. She should have ONLY explained the unifying theme in each chapter.
Jul 21, 2008 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These entries were written by men and women who were children during the Holocaust and it is absolutely amazing.
Jul 22, 2011 Hayley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
An excellent record of Holocaust experiences. Inspiring, poignant and heartbreaking.
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