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The Boys: The Story of 732 Young Concentration Camp Survivors

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Fewer than 100,000 Jews survived the death camps. This is the story of 732 of those Jews--all under the age of sixteen in 1945. It is the story of what they lost, of what they, as children, suffered, and, most of all, of what they overcame. Robbed of their childhoods, orphaned by violence and bestiality, they ought to have become sociopaths. Instead, they rebuilt their liv ...more
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Published September 15th 1998 by Holt Paperbacks (first published October 7th 1996)
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Kathy Sebesta
This is a story that should be told and remembered - the story of the few children/teenagers who survived Hitler's forced labor and concentration/extermination camps. It starts with the incredibly rich life that was the pre-war European Jewish community, continues thru the break-up and total annihilation of those communities - many of which no longer have a single Jew living in them, or in some cases even exist - then chronicles "the boys" and their families as they survive first the war and the ...more
Philippa Dowding
A few weeks ago in early February (2015), I was idly reading the obituary pages of The Globe and Mail newspaper. The back page of the obits is saved for people who achieved some fame in their lives, and that week I was struck by the headline: Martin Gilbert, Churchill's Official Biographer, Dies at Age 79.
I grew up in a British family, my parents, uncles and aunts were all involved in the Second World War in England in some way, even as young teenagers. As a result, I've always been fairly info
When I read "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas" I was once again reminded of the story of 732 Jewish boys and girls whose story Martin Gilbert tells in his "The Boys: Triumph Over Adversity". One book is from the viewpoint of someone standing outside the suffering while the other one is about the kids who went through hell. I'm not a believer in the many after-life versions of hell, but I am certainly a believer in the human ability to create hell for their fellow humans. In fact, we're really crea ...more
An interesting read of the horrid things humans do to each other. This book is a collection of personal accounts of mainly polish survivors of the Nazi death/slave camps of Nazi Germany. The books is set chronologically with first hand accounts of 732, mostly male, individuals before and after their experiences. I found this tending more towards an archival approach, as many of the early accounts were similar. Because the book was chronological that personal narrative was broken up and woven amo ...more
Gail Hedlund
This was a really amazing book. It was inspiring to follow the "boys" from the nightmare of being held in concentration/labor camps and seeing their loved ones be murdered but to rise above it all. They became successful not bitter in nearly all of their cases.
They not only didn't let Hitler and the Nazis win, they triumphed over them in the end. They supported one another and became each others family. Then they "paid that forward" by creating foundations to help others. Foundations to further
As an historical document, this book is invaluable. It preserves the experiences and memories of ordinary people who were fated to survive the most infamous tragedy of our time. As literary history, this book is a miserable failure. Gilbert serves as an incapable, ineloquent mouthpiece for these survivors, and so their accounts, poorly constructed for all their poignance, run together in a confused mass of misery and awkward appeals to humanity. A chore to read, on several levels.

I started this book around Holocaust Remembrance Day here in Israel, and it has left an indelible impression. There are descriptions of life before the war, harrowing personal testimonies of the horrors of the ghettos and the concentration camps, and descriptions of how this group of 732 survivors were brought to England to recover and rebuild their lives.

Highly recommended.
Toward the end the book got little slow, I didn't expect almost half of the book to be about life in England. But the stories of the war time experiences of these boys, told in their own words was, both sad and riveting. I really enjoyed this book.
I loved reading these stories, but I'm not sure if everyone will. I'm really into WWII and all that went with it, so it might be a little more interesting for me. Amazing stories though!!
Ike Unger
Incredibly moving story of courage in the midst of unspeakable hardship.
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Sir Martin John Gilbert was a British historian and Fellow of Merton College, University of Oxford. He was the official biographer of Sir Winston Churchill and the author of over eighty books, including works on the Holocaust and Jewish history.
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