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Survivors of the Holocaust: True Stories of Six Extraordinary Children

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Between 1933 and 1945, Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party were responsible for the persecution of millions of Jews across Europe.

This extraordinary graphic novel tells the true stories of six Jewish children and young people who survived the Holocaust. From suffering the horrors of Auschwitz, to hiding from Nazi soldiers in war-torn Paris, to sheltering from the Blitz in Engl
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Hardcover, 96 pages
Expected publication: October 1st 2019 by Sourcebooks Explore
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Tia
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good introduction of the Holocaust experience for children. The six stories were short, but impactful. I could quickly connect with each of the children in their individual stories. The graphics were really good as well. I highly recommend.

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Alicia
A beautiful short graphic novel biography collection of six stories of Holocaust survivors with unique and necessary stories about how they were able to elude death at the hands of Hitler, Nazi Germany, and in one case, Mengele. In it's simplicity, it can be an introduction for younger readers but for older readers it was understanding the desperate measures certain families went to to allow their children a chance at survival-- like a neighbor (during a home raid) pretending that the young girl ...more
Bex
Presenting six tragic stories of the Holocaust through the memories of six people, then children, who experienced first hand has (to my knowledge) rarely, if ever, been done in the form of a graphic novel and I think it really works. Whilst the illustrations are particularly basic and could benefit from being less so in order to capture younger readers, the stories and the illustrated version of the children are really compelling.

The book is divided into six sections, one for each child, and sh
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Laura
This amazing book takes complex stories of children surviving the holocaust, and tells them in simple, easy to read and understand form. Even if you didn't know what happened with the nazis and the jews, this book would explain enough about it that you could understand.

These children all survived, of course, to tell their stories, but each one survived in a different way. One child, who hid in the countryside of France didn't even know the war was over for two years, as she basically lived as a
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Elizabeth
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I feel like this is a beautiful introduction for children. Obviously, you never want kids to see the worst of humanity, but it's very important that we prevent things like the holocaust from happening and to do that we can NEVER forget it. These six children didn't understand what was happening to them either, but it happened.
The holocaust shows us the worst of humanity, but through brave people that resisted we can see some of the best of humanity.
Erin
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing a review copy. Review to come.
Brittney Waterman
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
A beautifully illustrated book about the most horrific thing in history. This book/graphic novel is an amazing way to teach kids about the horrifying and inspiring story of the Holocaust survivers. It is very intense, obviously, but it is excellent about getting the point across in a way children would be receptive to and begin to understand.
Angie  Moore
Jun 29, 2019 rated it liked it
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Very tough read, although important.
Andréa
Note: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher at ALA Annual 2019.
Melanie Dulaney
It was with great excitement that I downloaded a digital ARC of this book from NetGalley as my library patrons avidly read everything that I can give them on the Holocaust and for “Survivors of the Holocaust” to be in graphic novel format made it all the more appealing to this librarian. I will not, however, be purchasing this one for either of my middle grades campuses. I gave one of my two stars for the back matter included in this title. The additional information/photos of the six survivors ...more
Tam
Jun 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Read an ARC.
Interesting way to depict the lives of these children.
Melissa
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was really well done from the stories of the individuals to the back matter with the glossary and timeline of events. The art is stark and dark and reminiscent of propaganda posters. It conveys the message perfectly. I also found the stories very compelling and inclusive of multiple experiences of surviving the horror of the Holocaust. They’re told in a more simplistic narrative, it feels like listening to someone for whom English isn’t their first language, which is certainly fit ...more
Jaclyn Hillis
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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These 6 stories of survival are heartbreaking, but written in a way that is easy for children to understand. It is important to keep teaching generations about the horrific history of the Holocaust, in hopes that history never repeats itself... I love the "What happened next?" section because you can connect to the characters even further.

Thank you NetGalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Bex
Presenting six tragic stories of the Holocaust through the memories of six people, then children, who experienced first hand has (to my knowledge) rarely, if ever, been done in the form of a graphic novel and I think it really works. Whilst the illustrations are particularly basic and could benefit from being less so in order to capture younger readers, the stories and the illustrated version of the children are really compelling.

The book is divided into six sections, one for each child, and sh
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Jen Solak
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This graphic novel would be an amazing introduction to the Jewish experience for older elementary or middle school aged children. I think this would work well in a classroom, and could be used to spark interest and lead to research projects using the wonderful resources listed in the back of the book. This presentation of 6 young people effected by the holocaust does not get visually graphic, but still tells the atrocities in a way that shows how horrific the holocaust was. The fact that the sto ...more
Hannah-lynette Hunter
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most important books I’ve ever read and I’m so grateful to the author and contributors for taking the time to produce such an insightful, enlightening collection of a accounts.
The comic formate is a really excellent approach and there’s a glossary and timeline for young ones who struggle.
montogma25
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was extremely lucky to receive an advanced copy of this wonderful book from Netgalley. Survivors of the Holocaust by Kath Shackleton is a brilliant non fiction graphic novel that tells the story of six children who survived WWII and the Holocaust. Talking about the Holocaust to children has always been tricky. You might be able to explain it to them, but they are at an age where they might not be able to comprehend what you are explaining. I think that this book will be able to help with that ...more
montogma25
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy to read from Netgalley. Survivors of the Holocaust by Kath Shackleton is a brilliant non fiction graphic novel that tells the story of six children who survived WWII and the Holocaust. Talking about the Holocaust to children has always been tricky. You might be able to explain it to them, but they are at an age where they might not be able to comprehend what you are explaining. I think that this book will be able to help with that problem immensely. Th ...more
Kelly
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you @sourcebookskids for sending this ARC on a #bookjaunt! I find the Holocaust difficult to explain to anyone, especially my fourth grade students. This graphic novel tells the true stories of six Jewish children who survived - detailing the horrors of Auschwitz to seeking shelter in far off lands to escape persecution. This book promotes empathy and awareness while shedding light on remarkable courage. A reminder that we cannot allow history to repeat itself. Definitely adding to my clas ...more
Alma
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ranging in age from preschool to 15, six children’s lives were forever changed when the Nazis came to power in Germany and began to invade Europe. In graphic novel format readers learn about the isolation these children felt as they hid, lived with foster families or suffered in concentration camps during this terrible time in history. Read the rest of the review on my blog: https://shouldireaditornot.wordpress....
Jenn
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This will be a great resource for teachers introducing their students to the horrors of the holocaust. The stories are written in a way that shows the awful things that happened to each child at a level today’s children will begin to understand and relate to.

However, it’s scary to think how someday some of the children of the USA will be able to write similar stories about how our country treated their families.
Katrina
Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Told through first-person narratives by six survivors, this book shares the very different experiences of people who experienced the horrors of the Nazis first-hand. Often the narrative of Jewish people during the Holocaust get lumped together in a similar experience, but this book highlights how personal it was for each person. The stories were kept brief, but I didn't like how most of them simply ended with reaching England or the war starting. Heinz's part ended with an "internment" camp in C ...more
Bkrieth
Aug 05, 2019 rated it liked it
The short chapters of this graphic novel give readers a glimpse into some of the many personal survivor stories of the Holocaust, all from a childhood perspective. Good back matter provides brief follow-up information and lots of resource material. Appropriate for mature upper elementary readers through high school, this text would pair well with longer WWII novels. Galley reviewed.
Rebecca
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is in comic-strip form and really easy to read. It is accessible for readers aged around 6 years+ but could be used in older classes too.

The illustrations are simple but beautiful and the stories are told without being too filled with the horrors that occurred.

I would definitely have a copy of this in school for the children to peruse.
Jenny Claiborne
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a powerful book! I love that it is in graphic novel form. This is going to open up the history of the Holocaust to a new generation. These stories are difficult and thought-provoking. The illustrations bring the horror of what happened alive.
Karanam Karthika lakshmi
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book gives a very good introduction to children about the Holocaust. Some of the illustrations are very touching.
Naomi
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Powerful to have six stories together, with parallels but also so specific to each experience. Very relevant to read in our current political climate.
Karen Troutman
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this electronic book through NetGalley

As a librarian I am on the lookout for ways to present history to children through books.

These 6 stories of survival are heartbreaking, but written in a way that is easy for children to understand. It is important to keep teaching generations about the horrific history of the Holocaust, in hopes that history never repeats itself... I love the "What happened next?" section because you can connect to the characters even further.

I would recommend
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