Terezin: Voices from the Holocaust
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Terezin: Voices from the Holocaust

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Through inmates’ own voices and artwork, Terezín explores the lives of Jewish people in one of the most infamous of the Nazi transit camps.

Between 1941 and 1945, Nazi Germany turned the small town of Terezín, Czechoslovakia, into a ghetto, and then into a transit camp for thousands of Jewish people. It was a "show" camp, where inmates were forced to use their artistic tale...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by Candlewick Press (first published January 28th 2011)
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Lisa Vegan
I’ve read so many books about Theresienstadt, the “model ghetto” concentration camp the Nazis set up for Jews, a large preponderance of them artists, musicians, etc. skilled in the arts. This is a new book for older children. It’s a good introduction to Terezin/Theresienstadt and to the Holocaust too.

It’s very well structured, told mostly in chronological order. It’s told mostly by fairly short quotes from those imprisoned there, some who survived, many who did not, who either died there or were...more
This book tells the story of the town Terezin in what is now the Czech Republic, it was named Theresiendstadt by the Nazis when it was turned into a ghetto and transport camp for Jews during the Holocaust. The camp’s history is told by Thomson and accompanied by personal accounts and artwork from the Terezin victims themselves. Many of the Jews sent to Terezin were middle-class professionals, some of which were established artists who secretly made drawings of the suffering that took place at th...more
Lisa Campbell
Lisa Campbell
Information Book
The book chronicles the lives of the Jews sent to Terezin, Czechoslovkia during the Holocaust. Terezin was a transportation camp that was a stopover for many during the deportation of Jews to the death camps. Inside Terezin, artists were forced to create propaganda for the Nazi’s but secretly recorded the horrors they were suffering with their art. Using first hand accounts and the recovered artwork of the artists, this book relays the harsh realities that existed. T...more
Audience: Intermediate and older

Genre: Nonfiction

Awards: NCTE ORBIS PICTUS AWARD Outstanding Nonfiction for Children, Honor book for 2012.

Review: From an adult perspective, this book was amazing. There are many books about the Holocaust, but this is the first book I have read that included so much artwork. I had never heard of Terezin. Most of the nonfiction Holocaust books I have read cover the subject in general with information and images from around Nazi controlled Europe. However, Terezin V...more
Melody Wolen
Reading Level: 4th grade
Terezin: Voices From the Holocaust is written in the manner of an informational text. There is a multitude of picture inserts and vocabulary definitions spread throughout the book. Throughout this nonfiction picture book a large number of events are covered with detailed historical accuracy. One thing I really enjoyed about this book was the pictures of personal artifacts that were intermixed throughout; they really brought the events of the Holocaust to sharp relief. For...more
Fiction Twin Text:
The Boy Who Dared
By: Susan Bartoletti
Copyright: 2009

Rationale: Terezin: Voices from the Holocaust and The Boy Who Dared both have strong propaganda themes. In Terezin, a concentration camp during WWII, prisoners with artistic talent were forced to create propaganda supporting their captors. Terezin tells their stories as well as shows their artwork. In The Boy Who Dared, Helmuth Hubener is imprisoned for passing out anti-Nazi propaganda. It is based on a true story, but is fic...more
Content Crossover: Social Studies/History

1.Remembering: When did Nazi Germany invade Czechoslovakia, forcing Jews to relocate to Terezin? When did World War II end?

2.Understanding: Imagine that you are one of the survivors of the Holocaust; describe how you might have felt at the beginning, middle, and end of World War II.

3.Applying: Despite the horrific living conditions in Terezin: malnutrition, disease, parasites, etc. many Jews reminded motivated to survive. What examples can you find from t...more
This is a children's book (published by Scholastic), but because of the intense subject matter I'm not sure I would recommend it for children. It would only be appropriate for middle school or high school students, I suppose. After having said that, I really appreciated this little book about Terezin, the small town in Czechoslovakia, which was turned into a ghetto by the Nazis during World War II. The book explains the Jews' deportations, ghetto life, the transports to Auschwitz and other death...more
Mackenzie Cannon
This book takes readers on a journey throughout the lives of Holocaust victims who lived in one of the most famous of the Nazi concentration camps. The author gives a detailed history of how the town Terezin, Czechoslovakia was turned in to a transit camp for millions of Jewish people to reside. Terezin was considered a camp where inmates were required to fool outsiders to what it really was, by using distractions to hide torture chambers and the horrible things that actually went on there. The...more
Elizabeth Keisling
I would use Terezin: Voices from the Holocaust compiled and written by Ruth Thomson as a crossover lesson in a 6th grade social studies class. The book is listed as a 7th grade reading level, but has a listed interest for grades 5-8.

Bloom’s Taxonomy Questions:

Where is Terezin (p. 4)?

Summarize what happened to the Jews after Hilter came to power (p. 6-7).

What do you think the Jewish families would have packed, had they known where they were going and how long t...more
This has small snippets of information, entries from letters and diaries, and artwork by people who lived in Terezin during WWII. It's interesting, but very short and could have been made into a longer book. The format reminded me of a children's book, but the content would be too mature for very young readers.

Product Description
Through inmates’ own voices and artwork, Terezín explores the lives of Jewish people in one of the most infamous of the Nazi transit camps.

Between 1941 and 1945, Nazi G...more
Scott Pagel
This important book tells the story of the small Czech village of Terezín which, during World War II, became a ghetto and transit camp for thousands of Jewish people. Renamed Theresienstadt by the Nazis, this quiet fortress town became a hub for the captivity and transport of those that the Nazi deemed undesirable. Jews were tricked into thinking they were being taken to a refuge, but instead they had most personal belongings confiscated and ultimately many ended up at Auschwitz and not many sur...more
Between 1941 and 1945, Nazi Germany transformed the small town of Terezín, Czechoslovakia into a ghetto and transit site for death camps. Terezín was a camp plagued not only by disease and starvation, but also by deep deception. Staged as a "show" camp, Terezín was used to fool the world about the horrific living conditions endured by imprisoned Jews. Jewish artists from around the world were forced to use their artistic talents to create propaganda.

In her narrative, Thomson showcases th...more
Kay Mcgriff
Ruth Thompson has collected a haunting assortment of images and writings from Terezin, a small fortress town in the Czech Republic that the Zazis turned into a Jewish ghetto during World War II. Thousands of Jewish people from across Europe were imprisoned here. Many of them left for their deaths at Auschwitz. The ones who remained struggle to survive the harsh physical conditions and debasing treatment by the Nazis.

Words quoted from the letters, journals, diaries, memoirs, and interviews of the...more
Age: 8-12 years
Between 1941 and 1945, Nazis turned the town of Terezin, Czechoslovakia, into a ghetto for thousands of displaced Czech Jewish people. Ruth Thomson provides a brief summary leading up to ghetto life, followed by the intensely dismal living conditions that demoralized and deteriorated the prisoner's health. With an ever growing population that cramped living conditions and expedited disease and living quarters that separated families, combined with sudden transports away from the c...more
Ruth Thomson dives into the depths of one of the concentration camps during the Second World War. The concentration camp that she refers to is in the town of Terezin, Czechoslovakia. In this particular camp, artists and talented patrons were residence. Nazi's used these people to entertain the population of Germany by making charts, posters, and official reports. The prisoners were somewhat entertained by themselves, through the secret performances given by the musicians and actors that were als...more
Alex Tierney
Apr 20, 2012 Alex Tierney added it
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Terezin: Voices from the Holocaust is a book about what Jewish life was like in ghetto and transit camps. The ghetto was established in a small town called Terezin and renamed Theresienstadt by the Nazis. The book gives the basic facts of how the ghetto was established, how people managed to live there, what it was like specifically for the children, and how the Jews were systematically moved from there to death camps. It was a "show" camp, where inmates were forced to use their artistic talents...more
This book brings readers into the lives of inmates that were apart of the Terezin camp during the Holocaust. The story is told through the eyes of people who were there at that time and how they survived. This book allows these people to express their feelings and tell their own private stories.

This book is definiately accurate in conveying factual information because readers get the priviledge to read about actual stories from the Holocaust. Along with this are personal journal entries and artw...more
Orbis Pictus
This book is a book about the Holocaust and the ghetto. It talks about what life was like in this ghetto and the transit camps and it focuses a lot on the children and their lives during this time period. The Jews were then moved from the ghetto to death camps and the Nazis made the Jews lie about what was really happening in these death camps by using their artistic talents to falsify what the gas chambers and life in general was like there.

I think this is a very sad book but one th...more
Terezin is the story of a concentration camp, Terezin, during the Holocaust where imprisoned Jews tell their personal stories and use artwork to help articulate the horror. A compilation of real survivors’ statements and artwork that was found after the Holocaust, we see pictures that depict the truth behind the brick walls. While Terezin is formatted like a textbook, we see a variety of perspectives, which allows the reader to gain greater insight to how different people were treated different....more
Jayme Prisbell
2012 NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children Honor Book winner, Terezin: Voices from the Holocaust, by Ruth Thomson, is a powerful non-fiction book on the Terezin Jewish Ghetto in Czechoslovakia. Geared toward children (male and females) ages 10 and up, this book provides stories, diary entries, artwork, and survivor accounts (memoir and recordings) of time spent in Terezin. Terezin was a camp designed by the Nazi’s to distract and deceive the world of the horrors and hor...more
Mary Anjali

The horror of the holocaust, is brought to you in this chilling book, “Terezin; Voices from the Holocaust.” It includes all of your normal informational features, headings, subheadings, bold words, pictures captions etc. But along with these features it is the true stories, real drawings of the survivors, dates that give you a sense of time, real interviews, journals, letters, diaries and memoirs of the Jewish survivors that really bring this informational book to life.
Ruth Thomson uses quot...more
Sandi Rossman
I reviewed this book for the informational category (junior book project). This book won a NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children. It was a 2012 Honor Book.

This book takes readers back to a horrific time and place in history: Terezin, Czechoslovakia during the Holocaust. This book takes a personal look at the atrocities that occurred there and lets the people who were imprisoned there finally have a voice. This book shares actual artwork and diary entries of imprisoned J...more
Elizabeth Lloyd
Terezin appears to be a book full of facts that could be bore some. However, as I read the words and looked at the pictures throughout the book I was fascinated and found myself learning a wealth of knowledge about the Holocaust. This book provides its readers with a timeline and different events that occurred between 1941 and 1945. The testimonies and words from survivors of the Holocaust pulled on my emotions and heartstrings. One part of the book surprised me. Towards the end there was a part...more
Ruth Thomson presents the story of the concentration camp named Terezin during the time of the Holocaust. Throughout the book, imprisoned Jews tell their personal stories and use artwork to help articulate the horror and realities of the site. While formatted like a textbook, we see a variety of perspectives, which allows the reader to gain greater insight to how different people were treated during this time. With the use of individual quotes, it can be crituqued that this book is too personal...more
Terezin: Voices from the Holocaust tells the story of the Terezin concentration camp in the Czech Republic. The story is told through first hand accounts and art work from the people who were imprisoned in the camp. Terezin was a camp the Nazis used to show off to organizations like the Red Cross. They would fix it up and prove that their camps were not bad places. Unfortunately, Terezin was just like all the other concentration camps. Most of the Jews imprisoned there were transported to other...more
Not an easy read (what book about the Holocaust is?) but definitely good. Excellent information about the Terezin/Theresienstadt Ghetto in Czechoslovakia. Covers everything from the decision to deport Jews to ghettos like Theresienstadt, living conditions, the people who lived there, and how the Nazis came to use it as a sham--even allowing Red Cross workers to take a tour there to view a "model Jewish community" and the making of a propaganda film there. All of the text and artwork is from thin...more
A well organized book by date and categories that tells about the Holocaust from the Jewish perspective. Incorporates art, photographs, timelines, direct quotes, captions, and facts written in a narrative.
This is a perfect book for use with the 7th grade Common Core unit "Courage in Life and Literature." This well-researched and carefully presented book illustrates the story of the Holocaust from the voices of those who experienced it. The book contains secret drawings, diary entries, excerpts from memoirs, etc., all giving a first-hand look at the atrocities experienced by Jews in WWII. Great to pair some of the excerpts with the Diary of Anne Frank.
Heartbreaking accounts from the inmates of Terezin. How culture raised their morale and helped them escape their miserable existence. Photos of amazing artwork by Jewish artists who sketched in secret the conditions in which they were forced to live. Contrasts starkly to propaganda drawings the same artists were ordered to make by SS officers to con the outside world into believing they were treated fairly by the Nazis.
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Ruth Thomson is an author and editor of many children's books. She has an MA in museum and gallery education and lives in London.
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