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The Hidden Girl: A True Story of the Holocaust

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When her mother is killed by the Gestapo, a Jewish girl named Lola is sent into hiding. At first, Lola secretly lives in the home of a Ukrainian woman. But when someone threatens to expose her to the Nazis, Lola must flee again, this time hiding with another family in a dirt hole beneath a barn.
Struggling against cold and hunger, the hidden family lives under the constant
Paperback, 97 pages
Published September 2008 by scholastic
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Colin Hughes
The Hidden Girl is an autobiography written by a Lola Rein Kaufman, a Jewish Holocaust survivor who had to hide from the Nazis in a small hole dug in a barn for nine months. The relatively interesting story of hiding and running is believable and nicely constructed, moving with relative ease from one event to another. The war-time setting of Poland was described by the author very well; it sounded authentic and real. Themes such as family and love emerged, as well as courage and bravery. Lola Ka ...more
Daniel L.
A Continuous Fight to Hide from Evil

Because it was directed primarily against children, the Holocaust was unprecedented in its cruelty. This time, however, Lola's parents were the ones to be murdered by the Gestapo; as with a number of Jewish children, this little girl was rescued by members of the underground. She finds sanctuary at the home of a Ukrainian woman, putting both lives in jeopardy. Despite such heroic deeds, there were locals who threatened to expose this secret. Lola had to find a
Note: I purchased a used copy of this book from a local used book store. I purchased the edition that is available to the school market.

Synopsis: The Hidden Girl was written by Lola Rein Kaufman, a Jewish Holocaust survivor. The story explains how at 5 years old, Lola was ripped from her family, hiding first in a small, hidden bedroom in a family of strangers, and later from the Nazis in a small hole dug under a barn for nine months, again with a family that she didn't know. The book continues t
This is a short Scholastic book with not a lot of detail, but a powerful message. The author lost her parents in the holocaust during WWII and her grandmother sent her to a farm to be hidden. I wish the author had written more of her feelings and more description, but it is a book worth reading nonetheless. We must never forget that a wicked man set forth to destroy a whole people!
This is a tough one to rate - I didn't LOVE it but I still think it can be a valuable read for kids. I've read many holocaust memoirs and what was missing for me in this one was that feeling of the redemptive power of the human spirit. It comes across rather as a woman just telling her story. I've struggled with this - shouldn't that be enough? We all have harrowing personal experiences that leave us feeling...less than glorious. I guess what I typically enjoy about a story of hardship, though, ...more
A very quick read. The story was, of course, sad but it moved so quickly that it seems like it skipped a lot of the story and made it difficult for the reader to really connect with the teller's story and her world as it changed.
How does a girl left alone survive during the Holocaust? Through the kindness of non-Jewish heroes. The praise for these saviors is not sung loud enough, but this thin edition is worthy. This is written so that even young tweens can read and be moved without being overwhelmed (hopefully). This story starts in the Poland where Jews live separately but in the same town as Poles and Ukrainians. Luckily they are not universally hated and one family comes forward to save this girl. Her dress, that sh ...more
Samantha Penrose
This is the story of a five year old Polish girl who loses her family, one-by-one, until she is an orphan. She is shuffled around to distant relatives, friends of friends, and strangers, in an effort to keep her hidden from the Nazis.
At age eight, Lola spends nine months in a 6' X 6' dirt hole beneath a root cellar with three strangers who would rather not have her there. Once out of the hole, she is pointed in the direction of a stream of people who are walking east towards Russia. She is left
Kayla Schweisthal
Lola has been in hiding for years and finaly when she comes out she relises she is all alone.This book was a very educational but also verry interesting to me. What it talked about and how Lola had to survive threw it.The book has many settings threw the book.I enjoyed how Lola put all the dates and when everything hapend threw out it. She was very pacific in how it hapend and sometimes even why it hapend.

My overall liking of the whole book was very good.But i did notice that sometimes during th
Fuji L.
The Hidden Girl, by Lola Rein Kaufman with the help of Lois Metzger, is a fantastic autobiography that is stunning. It is about a girl named Lola who has to hide from the Germans and sometimes even her own neighbors to survive after her parents and family die from being shot, or disease. Her grandmother, to her known as Babcia, sends her to a friend to be hidden and has to move once from one hiding place to another to survive. This content is accurate and has adequate coverage of the topic becau ...more
Cassie Rodriguez
This story is about a five year old girl named Lola who grew up in the town of Czortków. After losing her family members one by one because of the Holocaust she only had her grandmother left. With Lola trying to figure out what will happen to her, her grandmother was plotting a plan to make sure that her grand daughter would get to safety. One night her grandmother woke her, and told her to sneak off to a bridge where a women was waiting to take her away and hide her. But as time went by she had ...more
Karisa Carmichael
I think this story is amazing! It shows how precious life can be. When you are a young child and you lose your mother and father, you still can get through so much. She had to hide for a very long time without changing, food only at night or even not at all, and no bathing when she had to lay in the dirt all the time. When you think your life stinks, it all can turn around and finish with a great family and home.
Andrea Fife
Published by Scholastic, this autobiography reads like a primer-style introduction to the Holocaust. It is accurate and truthful, leaving nothing out, but tells the story through the perception of a young girl. As such, its vocabulary and depth is appropriate for young readers. I will recommend this book first to my 4th grade son, then put it on the library shelf in my 5th grade classroom.
This book is about a 6 year old Jewish girl in the Holocaust. Once her mother was shot and killed, her grandmother decided to have her sent away so she can be hidden and safe. When Lolas first family that hieds her disagrees with hidding her then they have to send her to their sisters house. She stays in a whole underground with 3 other Jews for % more years. The whole is small with no light. Lola stay in the whole that is not big enough at spread your legs out or tall enough to stand up in. Whe ...more
Really amazing story about one young girl who remained hidden during the Holocaust. Can you imagine living in a hole in the ground for 9 months - no light, no standing, no bathing, and very little food and water for 9 MONTHS straight? I can't fathom this. These people are heroes, as are those who risked their lives to protect them.
Kristen Alley
The Hidden Girl is a book written about a little girl during the Holocaust. The story is true and is written by the girl herself. The author, Lolo Rein Kaufman, describes how she survived the holocaust by hiding in a hole in a barn. She describes what her life was like during the war and how she lived after it. This moving story is very authentic because it actually happened to the author. This makes it all true and real. This easy read was very believable and because of that, it was a touching ...more
The Hidden Girl is about the author's life during the Holocaust. Forced to go into hiding and afraid for what she'll find when she goes outside this little girl lives in terrible and fearful conditions, months on end. Even when the Holocaust is over, Lola struggles to find family and happiness. The only thing she has to remember her mother by is the embroidered dress she never took off. It's in first person which is appropriate for an almost autobiography and the book is in chronological order. ...more
Lisa the Librarian
I am surprised at how I still get astounded by the inhumanity of the human race. Our track record of how we treat others is deplorable.

This was a quick easy read about a little girl who had to hide from Nazi's and others during World War II. It was told in a first person voice by the real little girl, now grown up. It was well written and manages to convey the atrocities done to the Jews, but at the same time avoid the horrific details that could be disturbing to children.

I also learned some ne
This book also is written for the younger audience, I liked how the author shared her life story and also shared historical facts as well. It kept my interest and I believe it is a better written book than the last one I just read.
"I have a new life, but the old life is always with me" (97).
Great book. A bit slow at the beginning, but powerful in the few pages Rein Kaufman gives us. Could easily be used in a classroom to compliment a unit on the Holocaust.
This is an inspiring story about a woman who survived the Holocaust thanks to the courage of non-jews who were willing to hide her during Nazis occupation of Poland. Her happy life with her parents, grandparents and extended family was catapulted into strife when the Germans invaded Poland. Neighbors who had been friendly, were now throwing rocks at her father because he was Jewish. The school she once attended and loved, now forbid her to learn and be with the other children. At the age of 4, L ...more
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In the book The Hidden Girl, the setting has affected the main character a lot. If she wasn't living in a German-ruled town, she would not have needed to hide from the Nazis. The character has been able to express love, but she doesn't feel the same way about life. After living in hiding for a long time, she comes back to her hometown just to find that all her relatives except the ones that fled to Russia are dead. She had resilience to live because she kept moving to new hiding places when one ...more
Shelby Sires
This book is an autobiography about a girl and her experiences during the Holocaust. It is a quick and easy read . I think this is one of the better Holocaust books that I have read.
After her mother was shot and killed by a Nazi officer, Lola is forced to go into hiding. At first, she lives with a Ukranian woman. When the woman's son threatens to turn Lola in to the Gestapo, she moves into a small hole underneath a barn floor with three other German Jews. I could tell how historically accurate this book was because of the authors note at the end of the story. Told from a third person point of view "The Hidden Girl" did not have a very engaging plot. Although it was very in ...more
Saddleseat Sammi
This is such a sad book! The fact that she lost almost everyone she loved; I can't even imagine what she went through. I also can't imagine being in a hole with three people and ONE DRESS for NINE MONTHS!!!!!!!! It almost makes you wonder if it would be worth it just to hide. I guess it would. I am sooooooooo glad that the soldier who killed Lola's mother got life. How despicable. This is one of those books that makes you look at your life and say, "And I was complaining about my life?"

Truly a
I previewed this for Lilli, thought it was a beautifully written story. Enough detail to give a child an idea of what the Holocaust was like, but nothing too traumatic. If anything, it was probably too soft...but then, when it comes to true historic tragedy, I think knowledge is priceless. I also think that the technical reading skill is very much below her reading level, but I think when it comes to a topic like this, I don't want her worrying about missing innuendo or deeper meaning, I want he ...more
Morgan Sires
It was a good read. It is short and interesting. I would probably recommend it to people.
Hailey Simes
It was awesome it really made you think and understand what people went throw the time!
Pader Vang
Great book for teenagers.
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Lola Rein Kaufman is a Holocaust survivor and author of "The Hidden Girl: A True Story of the Holocaust." Her incredible story is featured on the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Web site: . Lola lives in New York with her family.
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