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Erika's Story

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A Jewish woman recounts how her mother was able to spare her from the horrors of the Holocaust as an infant.
Hardcover, 24 pages
Published August 1st 2003 by Creative Editions (first published 2003)
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Em nota introdutória de 'A História de Erika', obra que agora é editada pela segunda vez pela Kalandraka, a autora do livro esclarece aos leitores: «Em 1995, passados cinquenta anos do fim da Segunda Guerra Mundial, conheci a protagonista desta história.»

«No seu caminho para a morte, a minha mãe lançou-me para a vida.»
Erika’s Story is a powerful true account of a baby girl that was saved from being sent to a concentration camp by her mother’s desperate act of throwing her from a moving train. Knowing that her daughter’s future was a guaranteed terrible end, her mother choose to risk uncertainty and allow her daughter a chance at life. Thankfully kind people found the baby and raised her as their own, named her Erika and told her the only thing they knew about her past. Erika has only been able to speculate ab ...more
This simple but powerful book tells the story of a Jewish woman who survived the holocaust by being thrown from a cattle car bound for a concentration camp as an infant, and was rescued and brought up by a village woman. "On her way to death, my mother threw me to life". The illustrations are amazing too. This book brought me to tears.
Nadia Gonzalez
Summary: Erika's Story by Ruth Vander Zee is book about a true story told to the author by Erika. The author Ruth, met Erika during a trip to Germany fifty years after World War II. As the two women were talking Ruth noticed that Erika was wearing the Star of David around a gold chain and began to to tell her about her stay in Israel. Here Erika begins her story. Erika's story is composed of a series of question because she has very little information to go on. As she tells her story she specula ...more
Jill Sanders
This inspiring fist person point-of-view story is about a woman telling the author how she was saved by her mother as an infant during World War II. Her mother threw her out of the train, onto a patch of grass, as a couple was waiting for the train to pass. The couple immediately took her in and nurtured the child. The little girl grew up wondering what had happened to her parents and where they went. She never will know her true birth date, how many family members she had, her real birth name, ...more
Ruth Vander Zee erzählt die Geschichte einer Frau, die sie auf einer Europareise in Rothenburg o. T. getroffen hat oder getroffen haben könnte. Es ist das Schicksal eines Kindes, das als Säugling vor dem Holocaust gerettet und von Fremden aufgezogen werden konnte, weil seine Mutter das Babybündel aus dem fahrenden Zug warf, der sie selbst in ein Konzentrationslager brachte. Das Findelkind, das seine Pflegeeltern - allein durch seine Existenz - in Gefahr brachte, bekam einen Vornamen, es wurde ge ...more
"From 1933 to 1945, six million of my people were killed. Many were shot. Many were starved. Many were burned in ovens or gassed in chambers. I was not." begins this very short story. Erika knows nothing of her past - not her age, birthdate, name, parents, family, race, she knows nothing. The only thing she knows for certain is as an infant on a way to a concentration camp, her mother threw her out of a train and a kind German lady raised her until the end of the war.
Since this is all she knows,
"My star still shines" ends this incredible, simply told story of one Jewish woman's survival of the Holocaust. Powerful, memorable. Soft gray illustrations focus on key events with a few key color images such as the pink blanket and the yellow star. A must read for the wonder of it.
This incredibly powerful story will stick with you for a long time. A touching story of sacrifice and love. The illustrations are absolutely incredible. I share this story with my students each year as I teach about the Holocaust and it always a favorite.
When Erika was just a baby, her and her family were taken away to concentration camps, where they will die. Erika didn't remember much but there were a few things she remembered. She remembered when they were getting on the train, everyone was squished in and they locked it up. And she remember the next day when her mom threw her out the window of the train so she will survive. Then someone picked her up and raised her, she was named Erika, and that is her story.
I didn't pick this book up, Mr.G
I could particularly relate to this story because I have a 4 month old. I couldn't imagine what Erika's mom was going through when she made the decision she made. This is such a great story.
Simple but powerful account of an imagined happening based on a true story of parents giving up their infant daughter so that she might live…and survive the Holocaust. Beautifully illustrated.
Whoa. I happened to flip through this book after seeing the cover. It's incredibly powerful. A picture book/ short story of sorts, bu not for young kids since it talks about the Holocaust.
Heartbreaking Holocaust story of courage. A mother makes the desperate decision to throw her young infant from a train as the family is deported to a concentration camp. Based on a true story. Haunting.
Mrs. Unger
Beautiful illustrations - picture book for all ages - tells the poignant story of a young girl in Nazi Germany who is separated from her Mother.
PB #14: I thought this was an extremely powerful and well-written children's book. It was written simple enough for a child to understand, but for adults, it is probably much more clear what exactly is going on in reference to the Holocaust. I think the author did a wonderful job relating her true story back to history and at the same time enlightening younger kids on the Holocaust (that's the beauty of historical fiction-ish genres!). The illustrations go perfectly with the story and really evo ...more
This book is about the Erika's life and how she imagined her parents were like. Erika is jewish but she was brought up not like a jewish person because when she was small her parents were sent to a concentration camp and on the train her parents threw her out of the window of the train and she was saved by a woman. And this book is a ahort summary of Erika's life.
I read this book because it was an assignement for school.
I finished this book because I had to in order to find out what was the them
Everyone needs to read this book. It will bring you to tears.
A different perspective of the Holocaust for students to consider.
Mia Balsamo
PB46: My teacher cried while she read this picturebook to our class. It such an incredible story that I think would touch the heart of anyone who reads it. This story is about the ultimate sacrifice, and it gives a very powerful perspective on how difficult the Holocaust was for everyone, and how everyone was forced to make decisions and sacrifices that they did not necessarily wish to make. I think this would be a great introduction, or conclusion story for a teacher discussing the Holocaust. I ...more
I picked this book up on a whim while looking for pictures books I could use in my classroom to introduce tough issues related to the Holocaust. Although short, with only about 10 pages of straight-forward typed narration, the questions it raises are the same questions we might ask about anyone transported to the work/death camps. Erika's heartbreaking story of how her life was saved brought tears to my eyes instantly. There's no gore, no terror, nothing too terrible for school-aged students, al ...more
Lauren White
Good for grades 3-6. A real story of a holocaust survivor.
It haunts me to think of Erika's questions regarding her blood family. I can't imagine the heart-wrenching pain the decision was met with to throw a baby from a cattle car to hopefully be saved, to have a life knowing your end would be brutally met at the train's final stop, to realize that you would never know or share your beloved child's future, and to surrender all control of that baby with the knowledge of no guarantee for her future! To only hold an inkling of hope that she would survive, ...more
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Erika's Story is a beautiful piece of historical fiction told through text and detailed pictures about a little girl saved during the Holocaust. While on a train, Erika as a baby, was thrown from a train by her mother in attempt to save her from her fate in a concentration camp. Erika grows up wondering about her story, who her parents were, did she have siblings, etc. This is a great book for both young and older readers who are studying the Holocaust. It's a great book for stimulating discussi ...more
John Stanton
I really, really liked this story. However, the edition I have has a much more powerful cover. Instead of the 5-pointed star cut out, it has the much more deeply symbolic six-pointed Star of David cut out of it. I think that the alternative 5-pointed star edition takes away some of the power of the cover. After all, what does a 5-pointed star have to do with anything? The symbolism is completely meaningless. I had to search high and low to get the 6-pointed one, which is far more meaningful to t ...more
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An interesting story about what it would of and could of happened to many. Erika a Jew who escapes the Holocaust when her mother throws her out of the train window on the way to a concentration camp in the hope her daughter will live and find a family....... to escape the fate of a Jew. Another book about the horrors of war but instead told by a Jewish woman. My English teacher read this too the class since we're learning about the Holocaust before we started Hana's Suitcase.
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Erika was Jewish, and lived during the second world war when Hitler was killing Jews. When she was a baby, her parents were sent on a train to go to a concentration camp. Erika's mother, not wanting Erika to die, risked everything to throw her out the window in the hope that someone would find her and raise her.

I read this story because it was part of an english assignment.

I finished it to find the theme of the story.
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