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Child of the Holocaust

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  129 ratings  ·  13 reviews
This unique childhood memoir of the Holocaust has been praised as "powerful" ( "Cincinnati Inquirer" ), "touching" ( "Jewish Digest" ), and "heartbreaking" ( "Library Journal" ). A true story of rare beauty and remarkable power, it has become an enduring classic. One day, when Jacob Kuperblum was eight, he came home to his town in Poland. His family and friends were gone, ...more
paperback, 288 pages
Published April 1st 1999 by Berkley Trade (April 1, 1999) (first published 1980)
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Arah-Lynda
The occupation of Poland by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union began with the invasion of Poland in 1939 and lasted until May of 1945. During the entire course of this occupation the territory of Poland was divided between these two forces, both of which were equally hostile to Polish people and their culture.

This is the actual account of the early life of Jankele Kuperblum, (Kubush) aka Jack Kuper, a Jewish resident of Poland during this time.

At nine years of age, upon coming home to find his m
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Czarny Pies
Aug 30, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Canadians
Recommended to Czarny by: Saw Author Interviewed on Front Page Challenge
Child of the Holocaust is the first book that I ever read about the Holocaust. It describes how Jack Kuperblum survived World War II in Poland by wandering about from village to village pretending to be a Catholic. This book is certainly the one that taught me the most about the experience of Jews in Nazi-Occupied Europe. Everything that I have read since merely helps fill in the gaps.

Jerzy Kosinki's "Painted Bird", Anne Frank's "Journal", Tadeusz Borowski's "This way to the Gas Chambers" and J
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Yakima
I read this book twice when I was in 7th grade back in1980 & I had a great social studies teacher who got me started on world events that opened my eyes. I really liked reading this book and it was my first about the holocaust. I'm in my early 40's & I just now was able to remember what the name of this book was since then! I think I'll reread it again soon.
Susan York Morris
Amazing that Jack Kuper not only survived as a Jewish child on his own in Poland under German occupation--but he survived as a successful, functioning person. Imagine an 8-year-old coming home to find his entire family gone. This little boy then used his wits (and a certain amount of luck) to survive the Shoah.
Chris Rose
The Child of the Holocaust, by Jack Kuper (Jacob Kuperblum) is Kuper’s own childhood memoir, of survival in the most extreme circumstances; and for those of you following my reviews, expect to find many books in this genre, as it is something of a fascination for me.

As with many of the books in this field, however, I often find myself, while compelled and overwhelmed by the author’s personal experiences – there’s nothing like reading such a book to have us realise how lucky we are and have alway
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Mike Stritzinger
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January 7, 2013

Child of the Holocaust is a historical non-fiction book about a young boy names Jankele Kuperblum who comes home one day to find his family gone. He realizes that they have been captured by Nazis because his family is Jewish. From there on out he decides to make himself a new identity, change his religion to Christianity, and wander through Nazi occupied Poland for four years from village to village for shelter and protection. Also, explains the
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Jen
This was the very first Holocaust book I ever read in high school. I went to a bookstore in my hometown as a 16 yr old to find a book to read in my English class. I saw this book and picked it up. Thus began my interest in this time period and I have read countless Holocaust books since then. I was so touched by this book that I wrote to the author (the child in the book) and he wrote me back. I still have the letter. I have never forgotten that somewhere in the book he mentioned that when he he ...more
Carol
Really good read. This is a true story of a young boy who lived through the holocaust. I have it in paperback if anyone wants to read it.
Rene
This book i like it but has some part are getting bored or something is not so interesting for me,in the book i found some part very exciting and sad its make you keep reading , it is a good book to read and know how this child survive with his struggle in wartime, i like the sad part and the adventure he had in his struggle trying to survive. i recomend
Jody
This was a pretty good book but a bit slow in places. I was looking for something with more action and brutal truth but it was still a good read.
Willa Johnson
It was years ago that I read this book, but I can still remember how devastating it was.
Dan
The first book i read of the holocaust
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