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Terezin by Ruth Thomson
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Apr 20, 2012

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Terezin: Voices from the Holocaust is a book about what Jewish life was like in ghetto and transit camps. The ghetto was established in a small town called Terezin and renamed Theresienstadt by the Nazis. The book gives the basic facts of how the ghetto was established, how people managed to live there, what it was like specifically for the children, and how the Jews were systematically moved from there to death camps. It was a "show" camp, where inmates were forced to use their artistic talents to fool the world about the truth of gas chambers and horrific living conditions for imprisoned Jews. The book is explained through the words of the people who were actually there. Some were written during their internment and some later by survivors in their memoirs and testimonials.

The story is well written according to the guidelines in chapter 2. The setting is described very well and also has pictures and timelines to go along with the text to show what is happening. The characters are also depicted very well because most of what is in the book is first hand accounts of what happened in the town. The characters were able to share exactly how they felt and what they were doing. The plot of the story is well written. It describes the events in order and does with detail. The writer does bring the setting to life through the inclusion of authentic details. The writer adds many pictures, timelines, and maps that give great detail about the topic. The characters do behave in ways that are believable. The characters gives us their own thoughts and experiences about what was happening, so everything they say is believable. The conflicts in the story are plausible based on the time period because there was a point in time where the things in the book were happening in real life. The book is based off of things that happened in real life, so the events that happen in the book are plausible. The theme is still relevant for today's readers because the book is about the hardship and struggles that people in this town had to go through in order to survive.

I think that this book is a good way to show a simple version of the Holocaust so that young readers can understand what happened. The pictures, timelines, and maps were used very effectively and helped the story come alive. I would read this book in the classroom to inform my students of the Holocaust and the things that happened to the Jews. I would also talk to the students about descrimination and how it is wrong to hurt people just because they are different than you.

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