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I Survived the Nazi Invasion, 1944

(I Survived #9)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  5,731 ratings  ·  558 reviews
One of the darkest periods in history...
In a Jewish ghetto, Max Rosen and his sister Zena struggle to live after their father is taken away by the Nazis. With barely enough food to survive, the siblings make a daring escape from Nazi soldiers into the nearby forest.

Max and Zena are brought to a safe camp by Jewish resistance fighters. But soon, bombs are falling all around
Paperback, 112 pages
Published February 25th 2014 by Scholastic Inc.
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Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Neo and I have decided to embark on a ‘bedtime story routine’ that takes us into the world of history and adventure. These I Survived stories pull the younger reader into the world of history and some of the disasters that have occurred through time. In this story, Max and Zena are living in Poland during the Second World War. Their father encourages them to find courage to outlast the Nazi invasion. However, as they re Jews, their time in the city of Esties is anything but pleasant. After thei ...more
I Survived the Nazi Invasion, 1944 is the 9th book in the I Survived series. This series is a great educational tool for kids (and adults, too!). Each book tells a fictional account of children at the scene of a historical event or disaster. Facts about the event are included in the fictional eyewitness account. After the story, the author has an afterward where she gives more facts, her thoughts on the event and information on how she researches her books. I can see how these books would be an ...more
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I can't thank Lauren and Scholastic enough for the I Survived series. We ache for books that will help those students with discerning taste (in other words, the kids who struggle to find books they like enough to read).

I Survived the Nazi Invasion, 1944 is another triumph for reluctant readers everywhere. I work with kids who get dragged through the reading curriculum. So much of what's read in class is so unappealing to those reluctant readers that they approach any book that's not a graphic n
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
it is a really good book
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
I know everything about WW2 but Tarshis made this an even more exciting subject by creating a great character. Oh and by the way on the front is a panzer XIIV I love tanks
A.L. Sowards
My kids have been reading a lot of I Survived books, so I decided to read one with them. It’s less than 100 pages and written for young readers. It hits the target audience well. The books are often about scary things, but since they’re “I survived” books, no traumatic endings. I probably won’t read too many more of them myself, but I’ll keep buying and borrowing them for my kids because I like the way the series introduces them to history. I think I would have liked this series when I was in el ...more
Trey H
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved this book because I love historic books and I love the I Survived series. This book would be great for 2nd graders who love historic books and love the rest of the I Survived books. This story is about a boy who has lost his dad to the Nazis and is fighting to stay alive. He and his sister soon escape the ghetto and find some resistance fighters. Will they defeat the Nazis? Read this book to find out.
Alex  Baugh
Jan 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: world-war-2
Living inside the Jewish ghetto in Esties, Poland is difficult for everyone, but especially for Max Rosen, 11, and his younger sister Zena. Their mother had died a while ago, and then, the Nazis had taken away their father in the middle of the night. The children are scared and hungry. Before she disappeared, his Aunt Hannah had told Max not to let the Nazis take his hope away, too, but that is pretty hard to keep hold of now.

When Max and Zena noticed a bush full of ripe raspberries just outsid
Linda Lipko
Jan 23, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a great book to introduce young adults history. Presented in detail, but not overwhelmingly so, this gives the reader an overall sense of what it was like to lose your parents and try to survive the Polish ghetto, to narrowly escape and then find a way to get to the forest where others were hiding.

This is the kind of book I would have loved to read when I was young and very interested in history.
David Johnson
Jan 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
The book "I Survived The Nazi Invasion, 1944" is a great book to read. It teaches about the Jews and what they did to help in the war. It is about World War II and how the Germans are invading everyone around them. They are killing off the Jews and destroying their homes. They are taking them to prison camps to kill them. Max and Zena live in a camp that is locked down, but it is not a prison camp. They call this the ghetto. It is where the Jews stay until they are put on a train and taken to a ...more
Gabriel Lopez
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Do you like historical survival books? If so this is the right book series for you. I love this series because it's all about survival and historical events that actually happened in the pass.
"In the Polish, Max Rosen and his sister, Zena, struggle to live after their father is taken away by the Nazis. With barely enough food to survive, the siblings make a daring escape from Nazi soldiers into the nearby forest. Max and Zena are brought to a safe camp by Jewish resistance fighters. But soon, b
Devon Newberry
Oct 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-term
My book is called “I Survived The Nazi Invasion, 1944.” The author is Lauren Tarshis and it is the 9th Book in the “I Survived” series. The genre of my book is historical fiction. The book is about two young Jewish brother and sister, Max and Zena. The book takes place in Europe, 1944. It is about the attacks of Adolf Hitler's troops had on them and their family. The way they struggled to live in the prison camps and how they lived alone after losing their family one by one. I think Lauren Tarsh ...more
Angel Velasquez
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I Survived Nazi Invasion

This weekend i read a book called I survived nazi invasion by Lauren tarshis. The characters are called Max and Zena and they are trying to survive the nazi soldiers.

Suddenly they trapped his dad and they are trying to save him, but Max and Zena stop to eat berries but then the nazi soldier got max but zena came after him and then the soldier try to shoot zena but max pushed the guy away and himself then max and zena went running and they see their aunt and some other fr
Ryan Diaz
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The I survived series is such a great series for people who like historical fiction like the destruction of Pompeii or the attacks of September 11. But my Personal favorite is this book The Nazi Invasion by Lauren Tarshis. If I were in the Nazi invasion I would run, but then the solders would shoot me down so that is one bad plan. Hiding is a great idea, being part of the resistance is bad. As on a Jewish boy has found a part of the resistance in Poland where solders are tracking him down since ...more
Reese Richter
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The theme in this book isn't clear for me because it mostly talked about adventure and the characters having to move a lot. When the characters Max and Zena hear that the Nazis are coming. Their town is surrounded by barbed wire and there are soldiers everywhere. Then max and zena escape and they team up with the Jewish resistance fighters. But there dad was taken by the Nazis and brought to a prison camp. They go deep into the forest until it gets bombed by nazi bombers. They go to destroy a tr ...more
May 15, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in two days. It shouldn't have taken two days but... It was about Max and his sister Zena. They were caught leaving the ghetto for a berry that they were going to sell. The Nazi soldier was awful and beat Max on his head, he went unconscious woke up having delusions of his mom and dad who both died talking to Aunt Hannah. Aunt Hannah was hiding out in a nearby farmers barn and was reunited Max and Zena she was fighting against the Nazi. The book ended while they were on the boat ...more
Aidan Armas
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I liked this book.I've always wanted to learn more about jewish people's stories if they were trying to escape.Also the storyline was one of the greatest part of the story.Also,I really liked the story that Lauren wrote,even though its historical fiction it seems very real.Next, this book was a little more holiday so if you want to read a easier book this book is perfect.Lastly, the choices that all of the characters especially the main characters made really made the story awesome. ...more
Diego M
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it

“I SURVIVED The Nazi Invasion, 1944” by Lauren Tarshis, is an unbelievable story about a young Jewish boy named Max Rosen and his sister Zena. In Eastern Poland, Nazis were keeping them and other Jewish people in a ghetto. Max and Zena escaped the ghetto and went into the forest. They joined a group of Jewish people that fought back, known as partisan fighters. The only thing left to do, is to survive the forest attacks the Nazis threw at them.

This is a simple, hopeful view of the Holocaust, but good for the younger reader who is just being introduced to the topic. It's action scenes are very well written and will captivate grade schoolers. I am very glad this series exists. My library has them all and cannot keep them on the shelves. Kids ask for them daily and recommend them to their friends. Highly recommended by me as well! ...more
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I think this was a good book because it's a great story of World War II. The characters needed to have courage in order to survive hard things. Two Jewish children needed to escape from German soldiers and find their family. I think people who like history in 3rd grade and up would like this book. ...more
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read this to my six year old who thoroughly enjoyed it. There were a few places where I smudged some details that I thought might be a tad too gory for him (he is pretty sensitive), but other than that I found it to be pretty well written. The characters develop, losing hope, finding hope, etc. and the plot is action-packed.
Josh Akins
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book as you can see from the reading. Hitler keeps all the jews together but the jews did nothing. The kid and his sister ecspace and then they find there aunt and join this group that kills nazi soldiers and they blow up trains that the nazis have weapons on. This book is intense and keeps you reading the whole timed.
First sentence: All across Europe, Jewish people were being hunted. Millions were already dead. But eleven year old Max Rosen was determined to stay alive.

Premise/plot: Can Max and his sister, Zena, survive the Holocaust? Can they avoid being shot by Nazis? rounded up by Nazis? blown up by Nazis? bombed out by Nazis? Is hiding out in the forests of Poland the best plan? How about joining the Resistance fighters?

My thoughts: I did like this "I Survived..." title better than the one I read earlie
Jan 31, 2020 rated it liked it
I really do enjoy the I survived series books this one however I felt like it was lacking. Usually the books are page turners, however this one just didn’t do it for me fiction wise but it was historically educational.
Mar 03, 2016 added it
Personal Response- I read the book I Survived The Nazi Invasion, 1944 by Lauren Tarshis. I enjoyed the story because I liked reading about the Holocaust. Learning more about the Holocaust was interesting. Horrible events took place and I thought it was great the Nazis were killed and the Allies won the war.

Plot- The book was about a young boy named Max, who was growing up with his sister, Zena, in Esties. The Nazis had arrested their Father and forced them to live in a Ghetto. The Nazis were ta
Jack Ruth
This book is called The Nazi Invasion, 1944 by Lauren Tarshis. This book is a very good book that I think everyone should read. Its main theme would be not giving up and struggling through hard times. This book is really good because it includes real life events including the invasion on Poland and about partisans in world war II and combines it with fictional characters that intrigue you and make you want to just read more.
The genre of this book would be historical fiction because it includes r
Lauren Kester
Jan 29, 2015 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the book “I Survived the Nazi Invasion, 1944” because it showed how people lived during the Nazi Invasion. I really liked how the characters never gave up no matter how hard things got.

Max Rosen is an 11 year old boy living during the time of the Nazi Invasion. Zena is his younger sister. They survive all by themselves. Their mother died and the Nazis took their father. Their aunt, Hannah, told Max to never lose hope. After that Hannah ran away. While trying to get berries f
1)Intermediate, Independent Read

2)Cooper has read other "I Survived" books and even owns some. He enjoys historical fiction and adventure, and this one is non-stop action! Cooper also lists on his Interest Inventory that he’d go back in time to San Francisco’s earthquake, so I’m guessing that idea might have come from one of the "I Survived" books. He also indicates that he’d like to read books about tanks, “senc I like them” and this one has a tank on the cover, and describes how Max (the main
Feb 23, 2017 rated it liked it
In this story there is a boy named Max Rosen and his sister, Zena, they struggle to live after their father is taken away from the Nazis. The Jewish saved the kids from the Nazis and they don't have much food to live on with no family members with them. The Nazis bomb where Max and Zena live do they survive. To figure out you will have to read the book! This is a good book. My favorite part was when Max and Zena escaped from the Nazis and they were away from everyone in the ghetto and they were ...more
Mar 04, 2015 rated it liked it
The book "I Survived the Nazi Invasion" is a great fictional book written by Lauren Tarshis. Max and Zena are living on their own, their Papa was arrested, and they fear they will never see him again. Max and Zena make a daring escape, and cross paths three young Jewish partisans. Soon they are all caught in a terrifying bombing attack, and it seems impossible that they will make it to safety. To find out how Max and his sister Zena survived read this amazing book. ...more
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