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Heroes of the Holocaust: True Stories of Rescues by Teens

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Maria Andzelm was a Catholic teenager whose family took in two Jewish men in Nazi-occupied Poland and hid them under their barn floor. She brought them food and books, but they were caught and paid a terrible price. Maria's stirring story is one of five featured in this important book of young people putting their lives on the line for others.
Paperback, 183 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Scholastic
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Feb 09, 2010 Brittany rated it it was amazing
This book was truly inspiring. It was true stories, by teens! :) I loved how they did it! :) I would recommend this to many people. I found this book, in my classroom, and decided that it looked pretty good! When I finished, I just felt I needed to read it again! :) I read this in 5th grade, and it is definitely great for any age! It is inspiring, touching, and a wonderful book to read! :)
Brent Scarbro
Nov 30, 2015 Brent Scarbro rated it really liked it
This book is about five inspiring teenagers who helped the Jews during World War II. It shows the determination of young adults willing to help and put their lives in danger during the invasions and occupations of the Hilter's Empire. Maria Andzlem from Poland, a firm believer of her father's faith who told her: "If you do something good, something good will happen to you", risked it all to help two Jewish men hiding them underneath the floor of her barn during 2 years.
Throughout her story we le
Mar 24, 2010 Kareem rated it really liked it
This book was about teens of the holocaust, and how they help people who were jewish even if they were scared that the nazis would know what they have done, and even at the price of their own life, they helped the people who needed help, I don't think I could be that brave and help other people like they did. In one story a boy was working for the underground and was sabotaging the nazis planes right under their noses, and in the next story a girl was a nurse and helped kids escape the nazis bu ...more
Mar 20, 2013 Sarescent rated it liked it
Heroes of the Holocaust opens with a brief overview of Holocaust history. Admittedly, this was written for early middle-school/late elementary-school students, but I found it overly basic (even for that reading level) and drily written. My hopes for the story were not high, but I was surprised by how much the following narratives, each describing a teenager's experiences during World War II, moved me. Every chapter ends with a brief biography describing their adult life and the fates of their fa ...more
Sana Maria Soufi
Oct 13, 2012 Sana Maria Soufi rated it it was amazing
Heroes of the Holocaust
Allan Zullo

This book is about several teenagers and their miraculous stories during the time of the Holocaust. Some of the teenagers were Jews who slipped out of the Nazis fingertips. Some were in connect by standers that couldn't take the horror any longer. They all had different stories but they were all true heroes. They all had near death experiences, some more than once, but that didn't stop these teens from doing what is right. These people were simply teen
Mar 21, 2013 Katherine rated it it was amazing
Book: Heroes of the Holocaust
Author: Allan Zullo and Mara Bovsun
Genre: Biographies
Length: 189 pages
Date Finished: 3/12/13
Heroes of the Holocaust is about the life of six different teenagers who all experience the horrors of World War II and the evilness of the Nazis. All of these teenagers risk their lives to help Jews. The first story is about Maria Andzelm who lived in Poland. One day the Andzelms took in two Jewish men, Moses and Srulik, and hid them in a shed behind their house. They brou
Dec 13, 2012 Santhoshini rated it it was amazing
Allan Zullo
183 Pages
Finished on December 2nd

Heroes of the Holocaust is an inspiring book about teenagers and their families that have helped Jews in need, not minding the danger they have put themselves in. It is about different teenagers, some even Jews that help other Jews secretly so they don't get trapped in the Nazis' concentration camps. Each chapter is a different story, showing how each teen despite the hardships in the times of Hitler, many people didn't lose hope and did the
Nov 23, 2012 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Heroes Of The Holocaust
The Heroes Of The Holocaust by Allan Zullo and Mara Bovsun is 6 different true stories about teens that put their lives in jeopardy for others. One of the stories is about a girl named Maria Andzelm, a Catholic teenager who is growing up in a part of Poland that is crawling with Nazi’s. “For months, the Nazis had been rounding up Jews and taking them away, never to be seen again.” (Zullo and Bovsun 7). This quote helps the reader understand that the Jews were being taken
Dec 09, 2012 Avery rated it really liked it
Heroes Of The Holocaust by Allan Zullo and Mark Bovsun, is a gripping and thrilling book about the compelling, true stories about brave “Righteous” teenagers of the holocaust. This is the story of the teenagers who did not rebel by shooting guns or throwing grenades, they were just normal teenagers who did whatever they could (while not using violence) to stop the Holocaust and protect their companions. From 1940-1945, when many people who could have made a difference looked the other way, these ...more
Aug 30, 2013 Leah rated it really liked it
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Shashi Kant
Jan 24, 2014 Shashi Kant rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-fav, forever
I think it's one of the best book for teenagers like us,
we always wants to see ourself as something extraordinary and wants to do something different but when the time comes it becomes a lot difficult for us to do that and this book show all the truth story from that dark past of history that is of holocaust in which how the teenagers had worked on to help themselves and overcome the terror of NAZIS
This books contains lots of different stories of teenagers i think it's about 8 or 9 something...
Eva Leger
Feb 19, 2010 Eva Leger rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: young -mid teens
Recommended to Eva by: PBS search
One of the few books I've found that seems to be age appropriate on this subject. And, I've seen that the "age range" for this book is starts as young as 8. I don't agree with that. I do think that this is a good book for young teens, middle aged teens and even older but 8, 9, even 10, and 11 might very well be too young IMO. I have yet to come across a kid that age mature enough to deal with the information in this book. My daughter would have to be exceptionally, exceptionally mature for me to ...more
Dec 22, 2014 Moop rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books
I really enjoyed this fast read. Many suspenseful stories of people who helped and protected the Jews during Nazi invasion. It defines many of the terms so it is very understandable and I could let an advanced third grader who enjoys reading about the topic read this book. It made you feel good that there were many non-Jews that went way out of their ways to help Jewish people escape the torture.
Mister G
Sep 12, 2014 Mister G rated it really liked it
I thought it was amazing to read about teenagers who were caught doing good, instead of bad, for once. These teenagers, by simply choosing to do what they knew was right, saved a lot of people. Because of what they did, and by hearing their stories, I honor them as heroes. It's great to know that anybody can change the world for others.
Mariah Smith
Sep 29, 2015 Mariah Smith rated it it was amazing
This book has stories from teens that were helping jews and some that were jews during the holocaust. I liked this book because I enjoy history and even though this may be sad it is still a very good book. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that is interested in history.
Sep 29, 2011 Madi rated it it was ok
Considering I was forced to read this book for school, that was my first sign that I wouldn't like this book. They don't have very much literary sense. But other than that. It was a mediocre book about teenagers who saved people. I love stories about the Holocaust, but personally, I think that it would make a better movie than a book. They didn't describe well and it used language wasy below a 13-year-old's reading level. The stories weren't action-y enough, and I understand that it's real life, ...more
May 05, 2011 Debbie rated it really liked it
I've read several Holocaust-related books, but I really liked this book for its unique perspectives about the Holocaust in other countries. The stories are all real, all based on the accounts from survivors - adults who helped save hundreds or thousands of people when they were teenagers. Each of the subjects took serious risks to help others and assert their understanding of right and wrong in the face of danger. Plus, I learned a great deal about the resistance in Germany and Poland, but also ...more
Jared Anderson
Apr 19, 2013 Jared Anderson rated it liked it
There are about 6 stories in this short collection about teenagers assisting Jews during the Holocaust. I really liked the stories contained in this book. Some are about young Jews that evaded the Nazis, while others are about non-Jews doing all they can to help thwart Hitler's plan. When I teach any piece of literature, I like to bring in other books that are related that the students might like. I usually will pick classic, YA, nonfiction, and other genres to show that the theme we are discuss ...more
Jan 15, 2015 Jesus rated it it was amazing
Heroes Of The Holocaust was a good, heroic, brave, and heart breaking book it was a little challenging, but the book is about a girl named Maria and her family who hide Jews from the Nazis in her barn till one day they got caught and had to live in a secret place.Maria and her family were in difference places but they would still write to each other to me this book was great I give this book five stars.

This book was challenging great as suspenseful for me but this book might be great for you my
Dec 05, 2014 Shannonmd rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most inspiring books I have ever read. It's about six teenagers three Gentiles and three Jewish kids. They al find ways to resist the nazi regime.
Dec 04, 2013 Abigail rated it it was amazing
I'm one of those kids who never reads non-fiction, but I loved this book. When it comes W.W.II, most books tell the adult's story. I have never seen a book quite like this one, where it focused just on teens. I loved how the book was set up as 7 shot stories and how at the end of each story it gave you a little information on what they did after the war ended. I enjoyed all of the stories,but my favorite would have to be
'will I ever see you again? Are you even alive?" (Henri Zylberminc, Belgium
Sarah Walker
Jul 07, 2014 Sarah Walker rated it liked it
Found this book at a yard sale for fifty cents. I love reading about the holocaust and this was a good, quick read. A good book for a young person to read.
Mohammed Suhail
All the words of this book comes as a visual........that's the beauty of the author
Apr 09, 2010 Ali rated it liked it
In this book, there are many main characters. They all of have one thing in common though. They are all part of the Holocaust. Each one of them has their own story about how they will survive. One thing they have in common is that they all encounter death. At some point in the book, someone dies. While to most people, it is unlikely and scary to see just one human die, they are all eventually numbed by it. But will they be able to survive concentration camps and having to deal with the mass murd ...more
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Nov 07, 2015 Callie rated it it was amazing
love this book almost cried
Dec 20, 2008 Angel rated it it was amazing
I bought this book as a gift for my sister, and decided to read it first. Heroes of the Holocaust was filled with touching stories of teenagers, both Jewish and non-Jewish, that helped others survive the horrible conditions forced upon them by the Nazis. I would recommed this book as a quick, easy read for anyone. Even though the subject matter is dark, this book is uplifting. It tells of the sturdiness off the human spirit during difficult times, as well as the kindness of strangers.
Jun 02, 2008 Roman rated it it was amazing
Have you ever wondered what would it be like to live in a constant fear of dieing? Have you ever been i fear of your life because of your religion? Is religion that important? Well my answer is yes because millions of people were killed because of their beliefs on god. Or was that really the reason? Still and all religion today is still a big issue and although we h ave the freedom of religion theres still lots of discrimination due to someones religion and race.
Sep 29, 2011 Zoe rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
The book was written in the perspectives of different teenagers during the holocaust. The stories were good but don't stand out as some of the more horrendous thing that happened during that period of time. I just didn't mind the book. It was not a book that stood out from all the other books about the holocaust. It kept my attention which was it's purpose so I can't really dislike this book. It counts as a one book.
Nov 18, 2015 Isabelle rated it really liked it
This was a really interesting book. I really liked learning all about the people.They saved so many Jewish people. I really liked the stories the author put in the book. I also liked how it switched between the 5 people's stories. I kept me interested. I would recommend this book to you if you like learning about WWII.
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Allan Zullo is an American non-fiction writer. He is the author or co-author of more than eighty paperbacks for adults and children.

A native of Rockford, Illinois, Zullo graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1969 with a degree in journalism. His books include The Baseball Hall of Shame and Baseball Confidential (both co-written with Bruce Nash), A Boomer's Guide to Grandparenting (co-writ
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