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Flares of Memory: Stories of Childhood During the Holocaust

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In a series of writing workshops at the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh, survivors who were children or teens during World War II assembled to remember the pivotal moments in which their lives were irreparably changed by the Nazis. These "flares of memory" preserve the voices of over forty Jews from throughout Europe who experienced a history that cannot be forgotten.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 21st 2002 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published May 24th 2001)
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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.
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.
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 4 of 5 stars
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An excellent record of Holocaust experiences. Inspiring, poignant and heartbreaking.
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