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My Family for the War

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When World War II breaks out, Franziska Mangold is torn from her family in Berlin when she boards the Kindertransport, the train that secretly carried nearly ten thousand children out of Nazi territory to safety in England. Taken in by strangers who soon become more like family than her own parents, Frances (as she becomes known) courageously pieces together a new life for...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published February 7th 2013 by Speak (first published January 1st 2008)
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Erin Reilly-Sanders
I absolutely loved this one, perhaps because I am so fascinated with portrayals of religious groups that aren’t frequently portrayed in American children’s literature. The contrasts between being ethnically Jewish, culturally Jewish, and religiously Jewish even span the portrayals of four different Jewish families in two different countries. This does an excellent job of showing a wide variety of different ways of being, even within one religious/ethnic group. The story itself is great as well-...more
Alex Baugh
For a short time between December 2,1938 and September 1, 1939, trainloads of Jewish children under the age of 17 were sent from Germany to Great Britain for safety. Altogether, almost 10,000 children and teens made the trip. My Family for the War is a novel about how the Kindertransport changed the life of one child.

Frnaziska Mangold,10, thought of herself as a Protestant girl living a comfortable life in Berlin. Her family, originally Jewish, had converted generations ago, and though she consi...more
During the midst of the Nazi initial persecution of the Jews, but before travel was prohibited, Jewish children were sent from Germany to England on a Kindertransport. Using this as her backdrop, Anne Voorhoeve puts Franziska a young German in the midst of this turmoil. Unlike other refugees, Frances (as she is known in England) is a Protestant. Her grandparents converted and so she doesn't consider herself Jewish. Not knowing the traditions and beliefs of the religion makes the experience even...more
The winner of the Mildred Batchelder Award, given to the most outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States. The book tells the story of 11-year-old Ziska whose family has been Protestant for generations but because of her Jewish heritage (which she is mostly unaware of) must flee Nazi Germany via one of the secret trains called kindertransp...more
My Famliy for the War / Anne C. Voorhoeve / 2012

Genre: WWII Historical Fiction / Jewish Fiction

Format: Book

Summary: At the start of World War II, ten-year-old Franziska Mangold is torn from her family when she boards the kindertransport in Berlin, the train that secretly took nearly 10,000 children out of Nazi territory to safety in England. Taken in by strangers who soon become more like family than her real parents, Frances (as she is now known) courageously pieces together a new life for hers...more
Amanda Snow
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When WWII begins, 10-year-old Franziska's family is terrified for their safety. Choosing to be separated while awaiting passage out of Nazi Germany for their entire family, they place Franziska on the kindertransport, a train taking Jewish children to Britain to stay with foster families until Germany becomes safe again. She doesn't understand why she has to go, since her family doesn't even practice Judaism and she wears a cross around her neck!

Audience: Intermediate

Genre: Historical Fiction

Who is Franziska Mangold?

Why does Ziska, and the other children of the Kindertransport, go to England?

Applying: Like Ziska, have you ever felt like a bad friend even though the situation was completely out of your control?

Compare/contrast the relationship Ziska had with Mamu and with her host-mother, Amanda.

How would you have felt if you knew you had to leave your family in order to stay safe? Would yo...more
Audience: Intermediate
Genre: Historical Fiction

Remembering: What is the program called that took Ziska to England?

Understanding: How would you compare Mamu and Amanda?

Applying: What would have happened if Bekka had made it to England to live with Ziska and the Shepards?

Analyzing: What conclusions can you draw about Hitler's views of the Jews?

Evaluating: Based on what you know, how would you explain the ceremony with the wreath in the epilogue?

Creating: How would you rewrite the scene between Zis...more
Aug 13, 2012 C. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical fiction loves, 10 and up
Recommended to C. by: My friend
This is definately one of my favorite books! I really enjoy books that take place during wars! I recommend it for anyone who is... idk, 10 and up? It's really good, and although it doesn't have a TON of action/romance/adventure, it's really a human interest novel that is SUPER interesting!

So, a brief summary of the story is that it's about a young German girl who is persecuted because of her Jewish roots. And so, she is sent to live in England with a foster family through Kindertransport. THe st...more
Wow. I seem to be reading a lot of WW2-related books lately, and I don't know how that happened. (And there's two more to pick up at the library on Saturday)

This one, goodness. It's about a young Jewish girl who's brought to Britain via the kindertransport, a series of trains/boats that secretly sent nearly 10,000 Jewish children to the UK (with their parents/guardians permission, of course.) Somehow, despite all my reading and daily Jeopardy watching, I've never heard of this. Naturally, the se...more
Lola G
My Family for the War tells the story of Franziska Mangold through WWII Europe. At first she lives in Germany but her father is in a concentration camp and her mother did not want to evacuate without him so she sends Ziska to England to live with another family on the kindertransport. The book tells her story from the time she is 10 until 19. The characters were fictional but the story was based on what really happened.
I loved this book and couldn't put it down.

Rosette Petals
Protagonist, Franziska Mangold, narrates the story of her life during World War II in Anne C. Voorhoeve's My Family for the War. Franziska is a Jew living in Germany, but however she and her family do not consider themselves Jewish due to the fact that an earlier generation of her family converted to Protestantism. Jewish people are beginning to leave Germany to other neighboring countries. Franziska learns of something called a kindertransport from her friend Bekka and shared this new informati...more
De titel doet vermoeden dat het om een Engels boek gaat, maar neen, het boek is oorspronkelijk Duits! Zoals ik al aankondigde in mijn blogger award artikel, was ik van plan om meer in het Duits te lezen. Omdat ik iets wilde dat niet te moeilijk was, besloot ik een boek te nemen dat ik enkele jaren geleden al eens in het Nederlands las en waar ik erg van onder de indruk was – en nog steeds ben.

Liverpool Street is het soort verhaal dat je helemaal opzuigt. Als je begint met lezen kan je gewoon nie...more
I rated this 3.5 stars.

I found this book quite fascinating because I did not realize that people of Jewish heritage who never had been Jewish but in fact Protestant were persecuted by the Nazis and had to flee from Germany if they could. It was ironic that Ziska was taken in by an Orthodox Jewish family in England and she learns what it means to be Jewish from the family. I enjoyed reading about Ziska's experiences in England. I had to remember while reading that this is a young adult book so th...more
Katy Vance
AMAZING. What a wonderful book. It's long, but that's because it sweeps over all of World War II. I loved, loved, loved it. Highly recommended. it would be an excellent text for a humanities or languages class, as well as an easy choice for a book talk. There's something for everyone: love, death, family, war, drama, romance, history... It is an epic.
Lisa Shafer
As far as characterization and historical research go, this book was five-star. For readers who want something beyond Anne Frank and less depressing than Night, this well-done historical fiction is a fabulous way to learn about WWII.
My problem with the book is that it masquerades as YA, but it has no kid appeal. It's a long book, for starters, and it covers too long a time period for the average young reader (not for the adult reader of YA, for whom it is fine). Also, the narrator uses the voice...more
Really powerful. A composite of several experiences of children durring WWI:
the Kindertransport of Jewish kids from Germany to the UK.
Made especially unusual, as the character is ethnically Jewish but culturally Christian -- so she is first exposed to Jewish holidays when first fostered by an Orthodox family in London.
Also the movement of children from London to the countryside during the German Blitz (bombing) of England. Introduction to the civilian corps of medics and others who were involve...more
I loved this book! I cried at the end and that is rare for me. It was not drippy sentimental and reflected what it really must have been like to be a Kindertransport kid. It really made me think of the what the people in London went through during the war. I just really liked this book!
My aunt gave me this book as a birthday present when I was a teenager and strongly encouraged me to read it.
Since she kept on asking me about my opinions of the book I sat down to read it and I will forever be grateful for her pestering.

Franziska's story may be fictional, based on actual events, but it took me on an emotional journey that stays with me until today.

I never managed to finish "Das Tagebuch der Anne Frank" and I never understood my friend's horrofied fascination with "Die Kinder au...more
This book drew me in immediately and kept my interest throughout. It's the kind of book that you think about all day until you can finally get back to it. Moving, informative, thought-provoking...wonderful!
This book is beautiful and devastating, tragic yet entrancing. There are very few Historical Fiction books that are written this meticulously and this eloquently. I was fully submerged in this time period while reading, even after just a few sentences. I loved how much I learned about Jewish culture and a quite different side of World War II. The amount of hardship Frances had to go through and how mature she was at such a young age was jarring. She sounded so much older than she actually was, a...more
theresca a robins
Great Story!

I have read many books regarding the kindertransports and I have also read many holocaust survivor biographies. This author did a wonderful job weaving facts with fiction that I forgot which genre it belonged to. She cleverly allowed us to share the emotional conflicts facing a 10 year old child who was removed from war torn Germany and placed in a safer environment in England. She wrestles with questions of safety, loyalty to her old family, love for her foster family,and what her c...more
A the beginning of WWII, Franziska learns that, although raised Protestant, her family is of Jewish descent. After her father is arrested, Ziska's mother forces her to board a Kindetransport so that she may live with a foster family in London. Her foster family is kind and welcoming to her and soon, Ziska feels like part of the family. Torn between two religions, two countries and two families, Ziska must decide what to do when the war is over. Should she move back to be with her mother, who she...more
I loved this WWII book! I cried and cried while reading it, a brilliant combination of horrible and joyful moments, where love is the the most powerful triumph. Primarily what I found was a beautiful coming-of-age book, marvelously told. In a situation as complex and twisted as hers was, and especially at such a young age, how could Ziska, (who became "Frances" in England,) really understand all her own complicated feelings? But it wasn't just her emotions, but the various adults' too! War is co...more
Sam Poole
Unconventional and stirring tale of a young German girls escape to England at the beginning of WWII. This book traces through seven years the new family she lives with, relationships she engages in and how her survival methods in a new country. Themes of naming and how family creates the self are crucial. Very similar to Ruta Sepetys' "Between Shades of Gray" but ultimately more expansive and powerful. There is a happy ending but there is a sad ending, a disappointing one, a vague one. This book...more
Ziska leaves Germany on a kinder transport for London and lives out the war in England. Great characterization, not predictable. Very strong!
Originally published in German, My Family for the War by Anne C. Voorhoeve will be a wonderful addition to the holocaust curriculum for our 7th graders. Franziska Mangold lives in wealthy Berlin prior to the war with her family. She has been raised Protestant, although she has Jewish ancestry. She and her friend, Becca, have to run from the bullies who chase them for being Jewish, although she knows nothing of the Jewish religion. After her father is arrested on Kristallnacht, she is able to lan...more
Ruth Ho
This was really a meaningful book to read. I was tempted to read this book because of Jodi Picoult's book: The Storyteller.

I fell in love with "My family for the war" halfway in to the book. However I must say it did not capture me completely like "the storyteller" did. Nevertheless, it was a really heartwarming story. I didn't really understand the title at first. "My family for the war", my first thought was that this book is about the war story of Ziska and her family. Where they would face l...more
My throat was in a knot for a large part of the book. The viewpoint of Frances/Ziska gradually becomes more mature and forlorn as the events of WW2 unfold. Her family's actions do seem kind of harsh at first, but it doesn't later on. Personal survival was shown a lot, and how even when families were reunited after the war, they might not have been able to fit together like they had beforehand because of each person's experiences. This is a really poignant story, and should be read by those who a...more
Meagan Nielsen
An amazing story of a Jewish Christian girl who grew up on Nazi Germany. She is put on a kinder transport to England for the duration of World War II. She is taken in by an Orthodox Jewish family and grows up with them. I absolutely loved this book! It was fascinating to read about another aspect of WWII that I didn't know about. I also love how this story talks about learning to love your situation and how people who come into your life who you may jot like at first can become your dearest frie...more
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