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Kinderlager: An Oral History of Young Holocaust Survivors

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As time begins to silence the first-person voices of older survivors, this account of the experiences of three young girls, one of them possibly the youngest survivor of the death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, comes as a powerful witness to the Holocaust. Tova Friedman, Frieda Tenenbaum, and Rachel Hyams all came from the same small town in Poland. After a series of ghettos ...more
Hardcover, 161 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by Holiday House (first published January 1st 1998)
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Jacob Livingston
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In the book Kinderlager by Milton J. Nieuwsma is about The Holocaust and in a point of view of three younger girls. Tova Friedman, Frieda Tenenbaum, and Rachel Hyams is a young girl that has just moved into a city in Poland. This story shows the point of view of three young girls who has survived the holocaust and the camps. Tova Friedman, Frieda Tenenbaum, and Rachel Hyams all came from the same small town in Poland. They have been threw alot of ghettos and forced labor camps, all three girls w ...more
Krystina king- taylor
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is not a book I would choose to read just by the title but this book is very interesting. It is written by Holocaust survivors and the way they vividly explain and recall the terrible events that happened to them was very expressive. They really brought me in their story and gave new insight to what happened in during the Holocaust. It is written by three different people that were all children during the Holocaust. Each one was sent to camps. They switched between the voice of their grow-u ...more
Eva Leger
A quick addition to Holocaust surivior stories. Different from most being that the three stories included in this book are from women who were all the youngest survivors in their camp. None of them should have lived, by their own words.
This is a Scholastic book and like a few others I've read it doesn't seem at all appropriate for a young person. I read somewhere this is for the 10-12 age group. I know, for a fact, that at those ages I wouldn't have known how to process this information. And mo
Danielle Friel
So many times we hear memoirs and accounts of the Holocaust, families torn apart, possessions being left behind - this book tells the story of the Kinderlager. The Kinderlager was the concentration camp for children. The book is broken up into three books, each broken into chapters and told by three different survivors of the concentration camps. Tova, Frieda, and Rachel tell of their horrifying experiences, tactics they used to help get them through it all, and about the train-ride they all to ...more
Apr 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a series of personal narratives told by survivors of Auschwitz. What's interesting is that they all knew each other, and were able to recount some of the same experiences through different eyes. So, so compelling, to hear of the awful experience as remembered by a child. This quote, by Rachel, resonated with me: "Perhaps [telling my story] is to discover how a person can survive the horrible crimes I did as a child and still function and rebuild life." Today there are few survivors left, ...more
While I am not sure about this one for younger readers. I think it is a good start for those 10 and up who show an interest in the Holocaust. In the end all three stories included showcase a sense of triumph, and will have readers wondering how these children managed to survive. Even with their stories in front of you, most will find them hard to believe and also amazing. This is a good mix of pictures and stories. The chapters are the exact right size to help you get a grasp of the children's s ...more
Elnara Browers
Summary: Three survivors of the Holocaust tell the stories of how they made it through the unimaginable childhood years spent at the Auschwitz death camp; witnessing the deaths of their parents, siblings, friends and everything they had known of. The stories continue into their adulthood when they were not diagnosed with PTSD and had to fight the ghosts of their pasts on their own.
Genre: biography, information
Mentor writing trait: organization - chronological order of events. voice trait - spoke
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Although not for the faint hearted, if your child has expressed an interest in learning about the Holocaust, I would recommend this book.

I read this book at the age of 11 and I do not feel as if I was too young to do so. It was actually my introduction to the Holocaust and it fueled my desire to learn more about the topic (as well as related topics such as other Genocides, War, and the Transatlantic Slave Trade). The book is very morbid and very detailed. So it really is a matter of understandi
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is chilling. Along with all first hand accounts of the Holocaust, this book really cuts deep. I would really recommend reading to anyone who has interest in the time and getting a deeper grasp on the Holocaust.
Apr 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book is quite remarkable. The three girls who recount their Holocaust experiences each had something amazing happen to them that allowed them to survive. Also the fact that all three of them survived and stayed connected for long amounts of time, wow...
Lydia Hale
Mar 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book has 3 stories of ladies who were in concentration camps as children. Their stories aren't easy to read, as most stories aren't about the holocaust. But it's also good to know how they survived this awful ordeal and made a life for themselves!
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
True stories of three young girls from Poland and how they survived the Holocaust. We MUST read these to experience what they went through so we won't allow it to happen again. Excellent.
Kim Stroberg
Jul 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Heartbreaking but inspirational story of survival.
Dec 27, 2010 marked it as to-read
Shelves: biography
3 accounts of Jewish children who survived the Holocaust. Shows the impact of the concentration camps. Rec. in Honey
Jordan Blaylock
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A well written historical account that should not be forgotten. It is also one that is heartbreaking, so, reader beware.
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