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Escaping the Nazis on the Kindertransport

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  120 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Tells the stories--in their own words--of several of the thousands of Jewish children rescued from Nazi Germany between 1938 and 1940 and brought to new homes in the United Kingdom. Memoir pieces, poems, photographs, and other primary sources bring their stories to life.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published February 1st 2017 by Capstone Press
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Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Please visit my blog for reviews on children's books like this regarding the Holocaust and WWII

Escaping the Nazis on the Kindertransport is the true story of some 10,000 children and their departure from their parents into an unknown future. 7 different children's stories are brought to life along with their fate. There are pictures, poems, and letters along with descriptions of the frightening journey away from their parents. The end of the book explains whether or n
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Children; Parents

Jewish people were afraid. ... But where could they go? All over the world, countries had closed their doors to refugees. ... No country wanted to be stuck with thousands of poor, frightened people who were fleeing persecution.

This book is a children's book that explains the kindertransport. This was a desperate attempt to save Jewish children. Great Britain's government was pressured by the British Committee for the Jews of Germany, and the Movement for the Care of Children from Germany, the Qu
Montzalee Wittmann
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Escaping the Nazis on the Kindertransport by Emma Carlson Berne is a book made for middle grade kids but adults will find this book wonderful also. There are pictures of the children, their stories in their own words, poems, pictures of them as adults, follow ups on those in the story, and a timeline in the back of the book. The writing reads so descriptively..
"Inside the train car, children leaned against each other in the seats, sleeping, mouths open, curled like shrimp in the laps of older br
Aug 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book, written for 8-12 year olds, contains stories of seven children who escaped Nazi Germany on Kindertransports funded by humanitarian groups in the years 1938 through 1940. Each of the stories has what I'm assuming are actual pictures of the children and their parents and it is heartbreaking to think of parents who had to make the incredibly difficult decision to send their beloved children alone on transports with perhaps a handful of family pictures or a beloved teddy bear - whatever w ...more
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This is a very important, and strangely, topical book for today. As I was reading it, I kept thinking, "History is repeating, history is repeating, why does no one DO something about it?!?" Ever feel like Cassandra? This book, so is.

It's geared towards a younger reader, not nearly as meaty as I would like it to be for me. For younger children, a good introduction to the horrors of the Holocaust. It's not overwhelming, but it is powerful and doesn't shy away from what the people interviewed in th
Aug 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
The thing about World War II, and the Holocaust is that the survivors of both are dying off. We are probably the last generation that will hear first hand what happened directly from the sources, the people who survived. And each survivor who dies, who leaves this world, leaves behind stories untold.

And we as adults have heard these stories, but what of the generation coming after us, children born at the turn of the 20th century, and later, who are being taught about these things, that to them,
Bonnye Reed
Aug 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-or-pdf
GNab I received a free electronic copy of this work from Netgalley, Emma Carlson Berne, and Capstone, Capstone Press in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, for sharing your work with me.

This is an excellent book for tweenies and teens - possibly even younger children. It explains the kindertransport and the reasons behind it and the night of breaking glass without graphic details. The photos of the children and their parents that were packed in their suitcases before they were placed on th
The story of the Kindertransport is a truly awesome and horrible one. The fact that 10,000 children were saved from the Nazis is amazing and wonderful. The fact that they had to be separated from their families and sent across the continent to be saved is horrible. This books follows the story of several different children on the Kindertransport. They were different ages and of different social standings, but they were all Jewish children in danger. Some of their families survived and some did n ...more
Alex (not a dude) Baugh
The Kindertransport was a short-lived program that rescued approximately 10,000 Jewish children in Nazi occupied Germany, Austria and Poland and Czechoslovakia between December 1938 (just three weeks after Kristallnacht, and May 1940. The children were sent to live with families in Great Britain. I have reviewed a number of books about the Kindertransport before, but most of them were novels.

In her new book, Emma Carlson Berne introduces readers to the program through the true stories of seven f
Aug 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
It is difficult to decide at what age and how children should have certain horrific subjects explained to them. Learning about horrible things that have happened centuries ago (and thus dulled by the passage of time and lack of first person accounts) is easier than learning about the recent past and present day cruelties committed by humans. It is difficult, but that education needs to be done. It is important that we understand from an early age what has happened before, and how people were aff ...more
Cassiopeia's Moon
I got an ARC of this book through NetGalley. Thank you Capstone!

I didn't know what to expect when I went into this book. It's such a serious subject to be brought up for children aged 8-12. In school we didn't cover World War II until I was about 12 or 13 years old. But I have to say this book does a great job in telling this story.

You got to see the reasons behind why the children had to flee, and in a very private manner. The usage of photographs, poems and the survivors' own writing made it
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Interesting, with a nice mix of personal stories and facts. A great book for kids as an introduction to some of the more personal stories to come out of the Holocaust.
Jan 26, 2017 rated it liked it
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In 1938, after the devastation of Kristallnacht and before the outbreak of the Second World War, the United Kingdom government organised a rescue effort who saved nearly 10,000 children from the Nazis. The first Kindertransport left on December 2, 1938 and the last one left from Netherlands on May 14, 1940, as Dutch forces fell to the Nazi German forces.
This is a touching book, that collects memoir pieces, poems, photographs and other sources to tell the stories of seven of these children who e
Jane Kornegay
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Capstone Press, NetGalley, and the amazing Emma Carlson Bernes for the digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Escape the Nazis on the Kindertransport
Expected Publication: 02/01/17

Between 1938 and 1940, right before the beginning of WWII and right after the famous Kristallnacht, The first Kindertransport left Germany to the United Kingdom.

In this book, Emma Barnes writes about the war from the perspective of the journey of a small group of Jewish children rescued from Nazi G
Stories about the Kindertransport, the trains that took children to freedom and away from the clutches of the Nazis during the Holocaust, are all-too-rare. Although I wish the stories had contained more details and the narrative voice that tied them all together had been stronger, I was still moved by the experiences of seven very different youngsters, one as young as five, as they left behind them all that was familiar to them. The author includes poems, brief memoirs, and snippets of their rec ...more
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great introductory book for youth on the Holocaust, WWII and specifically the children that escaped. This book featured 8 stories of children and social workers that participated in the events and share their photos, poems and memories of the events. The events are simply written with lots of big picture ideas and background information for kids to understand what is happening and why. Thought some details were a bit incomplete, like what happened to some of the kids families, though we do find ...more
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: little history nerds.
I've read many books on the holocaust that were written for children, but two things that really stand out to me about this one are that it makes the subject approachable without many horrifying details that sometimes are included, and that real people rescued by the kindertransport were written about and contributed poems, diary entries, and memories making the book more alive and touching than fiction that sometimes can make us forget that the holocaust happened to real people. the kindertrans ...more
American Mensa
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Escaping the Nazis on the Kindertransport is a good book. It is historical non-fiction about the Kindertransport, a train that saved a lot of people during the years leading up to World War 2. It is short but well written and has many pictures. The book tells the stories of many people who survived on the Kindertransport and then tells about what happened to them after the war. One of them wrote a poem about the Kindertransport. There are also some quotes from the survivors. I would suggest this ...more
Sep 22, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars I admit I knew nothing about the Kindertransport. However, his book left me wanting. I know it is for 4-6th Graders and it will probably satisfy their curiosity but.. I wanted to more details. As I have stated before a good non-fiction book teaches you something and makes you want to learn more. I want to learn more, and it gives refences to etc but I needed a little more detail in the book. For me, it is not a book award winner. It was interesting, heart breaking and i ...more
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
**I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

This was a good glimpse into the proceedings that became known as Kindertransport. Children were evacuated from Germany and the surrounding countries just before WWII broke out. This book focuses mainly on the children. Poems, pictures and stories are taken from the records of the now-grown children as they look back on that time of their lives with mixed emotions.
Mrs. Scott
Aug 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Excellent first person accounts of six children who rode the Kindertransport between 1938-1939. Opening the book with poems from one man who rode the trains is compelling, and it is wise to follow up with each rider's life post-WWII. The book would benefit from more photos of the children as adults, and maps of the train routes to "place" the action in the world. A nice introduction for upper elementary or reluctant middle school readers.
Vannessa Anderson
Aug 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: youth-children
Heartbreaking but a story that deserves retelling over and over. We read stories from individuals who, as children during Hitler’s regime, were put aboard the Kinder transport to England to save their lives. After reading Escaping the Nazis on the Kindertransport I reflected on how things still haven’t changed because the politicians are still causing harm to children who are not white all over the world.
I had no idea that the Kindertransport involved travel by not just train, but by plane, and boat. I also had no idea that ten thousand children were saved because of the Kindertransport. I enjoyed reading each child's story and learning what happened to them afterward. This book is geared toward children but is inspiring reading for all ages.

*Thank you to NetGalley, the author, and publisher, for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review*
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
While short, this book contains a powerful message. The photographs and personal story touch makes it more real. I also liked the timeline added to the back of the book, as well as the vocabulary at the back. This is an excellent book to use to teach WWII, and more importantly the impact of the Nazis on the Jewish community to younger students.
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an amazing book! I really dont have that much to say about it. I just really like it! I love history so this book is amazing! Oh...Also I never heard of the Kindertransport before I got this book! so thank you for telling me about this!
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
very powerful
May 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, ya
Good choice for younger readers , 8-12. It's a good introduction to an important time in history.
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Perfect for small group reading 5th grade.
Mar 23, 2019 rated it liked it
A nice short nonfiction children's book. I didn't know about the Kindertransport before reading this book. Several different children's stories are followed.
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Emma Carlson Berne is the author of the YA thrillers STILL WATERS and NEVER LET YOU GO (coming Fall 2012 from Simon & Schuster). She has also written the thrillers FIGMENT and CHOKER under the pen name Elizabeth Woods. She lives and writes in Cincinnati. Learn more about Emma and contact her directly at her website, Or check out Emma Carlson Berne Books on http://www. ...more