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The Cat with the Yellow Star by Susan Goldman Rubin
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bookshelves: historical-fiction, world-war-ii, picture-books
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Ela Stein and her sister Ilona are among the many children interned at Terezin, the Nazi concentration camp in Czechoslavakia. One of the ways the desperate but creative prisoners managed to survive was through the creation of a children's choir. A man named Gideon Klein composed a children' opera called _Brundibar_, a subtle parable of resistance to the Nazi regime, first performed at a Prague orphanage. The best singers among the children at Terezin participated in the production, directed by Rudi Freudenfeld and conducted by opera conductor Rafi Schachter. The weekly performances helped sustain the children and in fact the entire community until Terezin was liberated in 1945. Many teachers will appreciate a holocaust story which, while not ignoring the danger and the privation the people suffered, has a positive outlook. There is a list of resources, a reference list, and and index.

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