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Gripping and inspiring, these true stories of bravery, terror, and hope chronicle nine different children's experiences during the Holocaust. These are the true-life accounts of nine Jewish boys and girls whose lives spiraled into danger and fear as the Holocaust overtook Europe. In a time of great horror, these children each found a way to make it through the nightmare of Gripping and inspiring, these true stories of bravery, terror, and hope chronicle nine different children's experiences during the Holocaust. These are the true-life accounts of nine Jewish boys and girls whose lives spiraled into danger and fear as the Holocaust overtook Europe. In a time of great horror, these children each found a way to make it through the nightmare of war. Some made daring escapes into the unknown, others disguised their true identities, and many witnessed unimaginable horrors. But what they all shared was the unshakable belief in-- and hope for-- survival. Their legacy of courage in the face of hatred will move you, captivate you, and, ultimately, inspire you.


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Gripping and inspiring, these true stories of bravery, terror, and hope chronicle nine different children's experiences during the Holocaust. These are the true-life accounts of nine Jewish boys and girls whose lives spiraled into danger and fear as the Holocaust overtook Europe. In a time of great horror, these children each found a way to make it through the nightmare of Gripping and inspiring, these true stories of bravery, terror, and hope chronicle nine different children's experiences during the Holocaust. These are the true-life accounts of nine Jewish boys and girls whose lives spiraled into danger and fear as the Holocaust overtook Europe. In a time of great horror, these children each found a way to make it through the nightmare of war. Some made daring escapes into the unknown, others disguised their true identities, and many witnessed unimaginable horrors. But what they all shared was the unshakable belief in-- and hope for-- survival. Their legacy of courage in the face of hatred will move you, captivate you, and, ultimately, inspire you.

30 review for Survivors: True Stories of Children in the Holocaust

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sarah K

    This book was very interesting and I learned a lot. I thought that it was really well written! I found it really cool that this book was based on true stories about children in the Holocaust. I how ever didn't get any useful information on Auschwitz (Concentration camp), which was the reason I read it. It is probably because it was on the Holocaust in general. Overall though, it was great and I learned a lot.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Yeargin

    This book is about children in the Holocaust. They were about many stories. The kids were Luncia Gamzer, Herbert Karliner, Markus Reich, George and Ursula Levy, Walter Ziffer, Sarah Engelberg, Mathei Jackel, and Jack Gruener. They all faced problems during the Holocaust.Either becoming a Partisan or go from one camp to another.They all faced external conflicts like one of the kids facing another family cause they wont take her in. And an internal conflict they all face is to either to choose wh This book is about children in the Holocaust. They were about many stories. The kids were Luncia Gamzer, Herbert Karliner, Markus Reich, George and Ursula Levy, Walter Ziffer, Sarah Engelberg, Mathei Jackel, and Jack Gruener. They all faced problems during the Holocaust.Either becoming a Partisan or go from one camp to another.They all faced external conflicts like one of the kids facing another family cause they wont take her in. And an internal conflict they all face is to either to choose what they want to be represented or be. A connection i had was a text-to-self connection. I connect to this book because im from Russia. And russians also got killed in the Holocaust. So i found out one of my great great relative might have died. I'd give this book ***** stars. I give it 5 stars because the detail in this book makes you really think about how thre kids felt. And its really sad how they were treated. But it ened in a happy ending because they all liberated.

  3. 4 out of 5

    cameron

    This book is an excellent introduction to the Holocaust for young readers. Each child survives and although the truth is told, the raw brutality of the experience and descriptions are somewhat softened. We need more books like this.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    Very well done made you think

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cherie

    Each chapter tells a story of a different child's experience during the Third Reich. This is an amazing compilation of true stories by children during the horrific event of Nazi occupation. This is a touching and important reminder for everyone that historical events matter whether or not you have personally lived through them.

  6. 4 out of 5

    George

    Captivating stories about survival against all odds which were very moving. Unfortunatley the introduction feels very unecessary if you know the basic timeline of the second world war and it lets the book down and the book would have been stronger without it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dagma P

    loved it. I even booked talked it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Skripps

    Survivors: True Stories of Children in the Holocaust, by Allan Zullo and Mara Brown, is a compilation of the gut wrenching, yet inspiring stories of eight different children who survived the terrors of the Holocaust. The book begins with an introduction from the authors; explaining the reason for the book, and then goes into a review of what the Holocaust was. After a brief education on the Holocaust, eight very heartbreaking stories follow. Students will learn about how children were separated Survivors: True Stories of Children in the Holocaust, by Allan Zullo and Mara Brown, is a compilation of the gut wrenching, yet inspiring stories of eight different children who survived the terrors of the Holocaust. The book begins with an introduction from the authors; explaining the reason for the book, and then goes into a review of what the Holocaust was. After a brief education on the Holocaust, eight very heartbreaking stories follow. Students will learn about how children were separated from their families, about the fact that some people hid in attics for a very long time, and about the atrocities that went on inside the fences of the concentration camps. They will also learn about how difficult life was once the camps were freed. Students will gain an understanding of the horrific events through the eyes of children. This is a book that is definitely meant for upper middle to high school age children, as it can be graphic at times. There were several times that I, as an adult, needed to put the book down for a break. However, I will say that out of all of the true stories that I have heard about the Holocaust, none touched me as much as these because they were from the perspective of children. I think that authors did a wonderful job of getting across each of the stories in a way that made readers understand just how devastating the Holocaust was. I also thought that it was very helpful and interesting that the authors included the story of what happened to each of the children once they we freed from this nightmare. It was nice to hear that they went on to live very happy lives with spouses, children and grandchildren.

  9. 4 out of 5

    мαяïα❤

    Suviors is a great book,but it's also with sad the Charcter of the book is Luncia Gamzer she is 8 years old she grew up in the 1930's in Poland. Want happened one day was that Luncia heard her parents talk about the Nazis and the Jewish that don't get a long at all. The Jewishs were getting killed by the Nazis. )':Jews and massacred 4.000 pf them and few weeks later the natonaliists kidnapped 2.000 Jews and were forced them to march to the Jewish cemetery, and shot them..when Luncia knew about t Suviors is a great book,but it's also with sad the Charcter of the book is Luncia Gamzer she is 8 years old she grew up in the 1930's in Poland. Want happened one day was that Luncia heard her parents talk about the Nazis and the Jewish that don't get a long at all. The Jewishs were getting killed by the Nazis. )':Jews and massacred 4.000 pf them and few weeks later the natonaliists kidnapped 2.000 Jews and were forced them to march to the Jewish cemetery, and shot them..when Luncia knew about the jews getting killed she wanted to change her name so she can protct herself from not getting killed because she's a very young girl..It's a great book but at the same time its very sad because it's not cool that there's people that don't get along.): we should all get along in this world...

  10. 5 out of 5

    Haley

    This book is comprised of touching stories that all end positively and inspire, challenge, and provoke deep thinking. It teaches about the terror of World War II and what people had to do to survive. The stories are all from the point of view of children. The best part is that they are 100% true! Knowing a story is true always makes me more interested in reading it. A lot of rich conversations could result from reading this book. I could not help but want to share what I read in this book and I This book is comprised of touching stories that all end positively and inspire, challenge, and provoke deep thinking. It teaches about the terror of World War II and what people had to do to survive. The stories are all from the point of view of children. The best part is that they are 100% true! Knowing a story is true always makes me more interested in reading it. A lot of rich conversations could result from reading this book. I could not help but want to share what I read in this book and I think students would feel the same. This is why I would want to use this book as a literature circle book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Schneider

    Personal Response: After reading Survivors: True Stories from the Holocaust , I thought the book was one of my favorite books that I have read. I have always found survival stories of an extreme disaster or event very intriguing. I learned some new information and facts about the Holocaust that I did not know of before reading this book. Even though the Holocaust was such a depressing, horrible time, I thought the author did an amazing job writing the book with such emotion. When I read the boo Personal Response: After reading Survivors: True Stories from the Holocaust , I thought the book was one of my favorite books that I have read. I have always found survival stories of an extreme disaster or event very intriguing. I learned some new information and facts about the Holocaust that I did not know of before reading this book. Even though the Holocaust was such a depressing, horrible time, I thought the author did an amazing job writing the book with such emotion. When I read the book, I really felt the emotion of anticipation and being terrified for these survivors. This book kept my attention at all times, which made it a quick, easy read. Plot: This book had a different plot for every survival story in it. All of the stories had many similarities, though. There were nine children who told their stories about their time during the Holocaust. The children ranged from four years old to eighteen years old and every one of them had a unique story to them. Many of them had the similarities of suffering tremendously mentally, emotionally, and physically. The children experienced death marches, death camps, and crammed ghettos. All of them had many close encounters with death. Most of them were just too weak to survive anymore and almost gave up. There were many cruel SS officers that these children had to encounter. They would kill the inmates of the camp for their own enjoyment most times. Each story ended in survival because it was towards the end of the war, so the prisoners were liberated from the Germans being defeated. Also, each story ended with a little background of what each survivor did after the war. Characterization: In each individual survival stories, the main character was the child telling the story. All of the children had many similarities, though. The survivors were all Jewish children who suffered through the Holocaust. Each individual faced many horrific, traumatizing events. Since they faced these events, the survivors were young, brave individuals. They were all determined to survive the hellish time. They had to become strong, mature children way too quickly in life in order to survive that time period. At the end of each story, all of the survivors were described as slim, weak individuals who were barely hanging on to life. All of them were shaped into the individuals that they are now because of the Holocaust. Another constant main character in the survival stories were the Nazis. The Nazis were under Adolf Hitler’s rule in Germany in the 1940s. Hitler believed that the Jews were inferior and wanted to get rid of all them. The Nazis were responsible for kidnapping all the Jews and executing them in various ways. Soldiers of the Nazi party were ruthless individuals. They killed inmates for the joy of seeing them suffer. They were inconsiderate, selfish people who did not care if millions of innocent people were suffering because of their religion. The Nazis performed a number of different unethical ways of killing these innocent Jews. There were some comments in the book that described the Nazis as “monsters from hell”. Setting: In this book, the setting was in many places throughout Europe. Each of the children traveled to many countries in Europe to different concentration camps. This book took place during the Holocaust time period in the 1940s. The setting was very important to the plot because the Holocaust suffering happened due to Hitler’s ruling in Germany. Thematic Connection: There were many themes that emerged throughout the book. The most important one was never giving up and having faith that everything will work out. Each of the survivors survived the harsh, terrible times of the Holocaust because they believed they would survive and fought to stay alive. In every camp the children went to, they put every ounce of them towards staying alive. Each child had faith that everything would work out, but they, also, had to work towards making that a reality. Recommendation: I would recommend this book to any gender of the age of fourteen and older. Also, I would recommend this book to someone interested in history and/or the Holocaust. Since the book was about Holocaust survivors, the reader needs to have some background knowledge about World War II, the Holocaust, and Hitler to understand the book fully. There were many occurrences of violence, so the reader needs maturity when reading the book as well.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Morgan Wilson

    “Survivors” was a book about nine different survival stories of children in the holocaust. This book hit home with me. It was such an inspiring and motivational read that I would read it again tomorrow. As I read through each individual story it was just an amazing feeling. Each small story inside tells such a great message and teaches life lessons that everyone could apply to their own life and tragedies. In each small story it tells about the tragedies the children in these stories had to go t “Survivors” was a book about nine different survival stories of children in the holocaust. This book hit home with me. It was such an inspiring and motivational read that I would read it again tomorrow. As I read through each individual story it was just an amazing feeling. Each small story inside tells such a great message and teaches life lessons that everyone could apply to their own life and tragedies. In each small story it tells about the tragedies the children in these stories had to go through. I cannot imagine living the life of these kids and how they felt. In “Survivors” there were nine short stories that had main characters within those stories. In each of the stories the character showed bravery, hope, and determination. The children in this book were taken from their families, sent to strange places, witnessed gruesome deaths, and upon that, were battling with starvation and malnutrition. They went from living in a healthy and loving environment to one day being taken from that life and going to a strange place where there is absolutely no love, barely any food, and the question of “I am I going to live today?” They had to stay strong and positive to make it through those conditions. I give my utmost respect to anyone and everyone who had to live during this time. The setting of “Survivors” varied for each of the nine stories. Throughout the whole book it mostly took place from the 1930’s to mid 1940’s. The children in these books traveled all over Europe and even all the way to Cuba. The countries that is mostly took place in were Poland, Germany, and Holland. The children had absolutely no way of knowing where they were going to end up, let alone whether they were going to survive from one day to the next. One day they were at a concentration camp in Germany and the next day they were on a train going to a labor camp in Poland. I think that the reasoning for writing this book and sharing these stories, is so that people could understand how horrible the circumstances of this time was. A strong theme that I think was portrayed in this book was to never lose hope. The kids in each of these stories could have easily chose to not fight for their lives. They never gave up. They never stopped fighting and hoping that one day things will change. I think that this is a good lesson for people all over the world. When things get tough never loose hope, because when things hit rock bottom the only place to go is up. I would recommend "Survivors" to anyone with a pulse that could comprehend and understand it. It is such a good book that sends such a great message. Someone could read this book and it could change their lives. It gives hope to people that may think their lives aren't worth living for. "Survivors" may be my favorite book I have read so far this year.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Katya Vinogradova

    This book strikes you with its cover. A young girl with dark curls is looking at you with profound sadness. Who is this girl? When was this picture taken? Why is she so sad? A few pages in you meet her - Luncia Gamzer, an eight-year-old girl growing up in Poland in the 1930s. Even though this picture was taken before the Nazis invaded Poland, it serves as a premonition. This child will never smile again. Few people lived to tell the stories of the Holocaust. Even fewer of them were children, whic This book strikes you with its cover. A young girl with dark curls is looking at you with profound sadness. Who is this girl? When was this picture taken? Why is she so sad? A few pages in you meet her - Luncia Gamzer, an eight-year-old girl growing up in Poland in the 1930s. Even though this picture was taken before the Nazis invaded Poland, it serves as a premonition. This child will never smile again. Few people lived to tell the stories of the Holocaust. Even fewer of them were children, which makes this collection unique and even more valuable. Published by Scholastic, this book is aimed at middle-grade readers. And while most of them will be able to read it, not all of them will be able to handle the stories that are told. This collection features the stories of eight children, but they represent thousands of similar fates. You get to experience the isolation that Jewish children felt among their peers; the terror felt by families who were forced to move from their homes or hide from Nazis; the uncertainty and desperation felt by those fortunate enough to escape the invaded territories; and the absolute horror experienced by those who got captured and sent to concentration camps. I must admit it was difficult for me to read this book. I had to brace myself for every story, as they got progressively more terrifying. Yet I feel like this book must be read by adults and children alike. We must never forget what happened, so we don't let it happen again. We must carry on the memory of those who died in those horrific circumstances, and those who lived to tell their stories. After all, the stories of Luncia, Herbert, Markus, George, Ursula, and others are full of hope, perseverance, kindness and compassion. Young readers will learn how important it is to remain strong, positive and resilient in the face of unthinkable horror. They will understand that keeping true to yourself is the only way to survive and live a good life. And they will cherish every day they spend with their loved ones, being healthy and being free.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Casey

    Book review #6 (By the way, I cannot remember the date I started) This novel is about some of the children survivors in the Holocaust. It includes the true stories of nine jewish boys and girls that went through unimaginable experiences and survived to tell the tale. My favorite story in this book is the story of Luncia Gamzer. Luncia was a cheerful eight year old girl that enjoyed everything about life in Poland. That is, before the Nazis arrived. One night, Luncia was jolted and suddenly awok Book review #6 (By the way, I cannot remember the date I started) This novel is about some of the children survivors in the Holocaust. It includes the true stories of nine jewish boys and girls that went through unimaginable experiences and survived to tell the tale. My favorite story in this book is the story of Luncia Gamzer. Luncia was a cheerful eight year old girl that enjoyed everything about life in Poland. That is, before the Nazis arrived. One night, Luncia was jolted and suddenly awoke to yells and screams. This was the very beginning of her story. Nazis invaded her town and took over. Her parents, afraid she was going to be killed, asked a friend of the family to hide her. This friend would prove to not be trusted. Luncia was separated from her family and was treated with awful conditions. In those times, she truly was a beacon of hope for other Jewish people. Another Jewish child in the book was Jack Gruener. Jack was a seventeen-year-old Jew that had just left Auschwitz from where his story starts in the novel. As he was walking in the bitter cold, his only thought was to survive. He heard gunshots but never failed to fall behind. He had a one loaf of bread that he was to save through this journey. Some ate their's solely because they couldn't take the starvation anymore. But Jack knew that this was his key to survive. On his journey, he learns that he shouldn't trust anyone he was walking with. Surprisingly, Jack and Luncia married each other in 1953 and raised two sons. These two went through hardships that I cannot begin to understand. This book was one that, with every story, made me shed a tear. Every true account captivated me and made me read until the very end. I enjoyed this book and i would recommend to a person ready to cry!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Allegra

    "Survivors" is about children that went through the holocaust. The book was told in short stories. My favorite one was "I am a Partisan now". It was about Mathei Jakel. He was just ten years old when he joined the partisans. As a test to see if he could be considered and trusted as a "man" he was told to shoot a young woman who had assisted the Nazis. The question is whether Mathei would be able to say goodbye to his childhood forever by committing the unspeakable crime of murder, or would he ri "Survivors" is about children that went through the holocaust. The book was told in short stories. My favorite one was "I am a Partisan now". It was about Mathei Jakel. He was just ten years old when he joined the partisans. As a test to see if he could be considered and trusted as a "man" he was told to shoot a young woman who had assisted the Nazis. The question is whether Mathei would be able to say goodbye to his childhood forever by committing the unspeakable crime of murder, or would he risk his security within the partisans and keep what little innocence he had left. I can make a text to text connection from this book to the book "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins. Like Mathei, the main character in "The Hunger Games" Katniss Everdeen must chose to take a life or risk their security and possibly their own life within the twisted game that life has thrown at the. However both in the end chose to kill in order to win at the twisted game they are playing. In order to win they had to live. I give "Survivors" four stars because the stories were really touching. The way that the authors were able to craft the short stories was phenomenal. The authors took the painful story and made it into something that made the reader really care about. By crafting these stories so beautifully the authors really make the reader remember the horror that was the holocaust. The only thing that I had a problem with in the whole book was that because the people telling the stories were from Germany there were some foreign words in the book and I had to keep flipping back and forth to the dictionary in the back of the book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cheyenne Clutter

    I think this is a great book. I am very glad we used this book as a project/ reading discussion topic in class because when you learn about the holocaust I feel like it is always the sad stories and never really anything that could have a happy ending. With these stories of these children it gives you a clear picture of what they went through and faced in the time of the holocaust. It shows you the hardships they went through and where they are now today. I think the author did a great job of ma I think this is a great book. I am very glad we used this book as a project/ reading discussion topic in class because when you learn about the holocaust I feel like it is always the sad stories and never really anything that could have a happy ending. With these stories of these children it gives you a clear picture of what they went through and faced in the time of the holocaust. It shows you the hardships they went through and where they are now today. I think the author did a great job of making it real, making us realize that these children have been to hell and back and some have lost the most important people in their lives. This is a great read for late elementary/ middle school children because it is a longer book, but also an easy read. The context used was directed towards an older crowd and maybe the ages of these children so that the reader could relate to them on a personal level and think about what they would do in a situation like this at the age they are at. I will definitely introduce this to more students and would recommend this as a discussion book because of the history involved and the real life events that occurred. I am very intrigued with everything regarding the holocaust so this book caught my attention and from the discussion in class it was a good read for all the other students as well. You are a great teacher and I am grateful I got to take this class with you this semester :)

  17. 5 out of 5

    William Young

    This book tells about multiple accounts of people who survived during the holocaust. Many of the survivors saw their family die or had them taken away from them. Most of the people survived by hiding somewhere like a crawlspace and waiting for the Germans to be defeated. Some of the survivors lived by working hard at the camps and staying strong until the camps were liberated by American soldiers. There are many characters in this book but they all have the same goal, to survive during the holo This book tells about multiple accounts of people who survived during the holocaust. Many of the survivors saw their family die or had them taken away from them. Most of the people survived by hiding somewhere like a crawlspace and waiting for the Germans to be defeated. Some of the survivors lived by working hard at the camps and staying strong until the camps were liberated by American soldiers. There are many characters in this book but they all have the same goal, to survive during the holocaust. All of the people in this book have things in common like how they were always trying to hide or trying to find any kind of food. The time was during WWII around 1945 until the end of the war. The setting is mainly work camps around Germany and its surrounding countries. This is important because if the people in the book lived somewhere else they wouldn’t have to live through what they did. I would recommend this book to young adults because it teaches a lot about what the Jews went through in WWII. I would give this book a 4 out of 5 star rating.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sean Kennedy

    These are the stories of nine child survivors of the Holocaust, and of their struggle to survive. One boy escapes the cattle train and is taken in by the Partisans, learning to become a renegade and resistance fighter at the age of ten; one girl lives in hollowed-out haystacks and can only come out at night; a family of nineteen live for two years in the crawl space of an attic, unable to even stand straight. Although based upon interviews with the actual survivors, they are presented almost as These are the stories of nine child survivors of the Holocaust, and of their struggle to survive. One boy escapes the cattle train and is taken in by the Partisans, learning to become a renegade and resistance fighter at the age of ten; one girl lives in hollowed-out haystacks and can only come out at night; a family of nineteen live for two years in the crawl space of an attic, unable to even stand straight. Although based upon interviews with the actual survivors, they are presented almost as short stories. This is a book aimed at kids, but the power and the poignancy of these personal tales will haunt the adult reader as well.

  19. 5 out of 5

    PRINCESS

    I love true stories no matter how they write, since they are subject to inspire me I try my best to read them. Holocaust! Well lets be real, Holocaust is still going on. Almost every couple of days we hear somewhere in the world hundreds of people from different places are killed/massacred! The book tells us a true story of nine Jewish children (girls and boys) during the Holocaust happened in Europe. In a horrifying survivor journey for life, a nightmare of war; hope for existence and legacy of co I love true stories no matter how they write, since they are subject to inspire me I try my best to read them. Holocaust! Well lets be real, Holocaust is still going on. Almost every couple of days we hear somewhere in the world hundreds of people from different places are killed/massacred! The book tells us a true story of nine Jewish children (girls and boys) during the Holocaust happened in Europe. In a horrifying survivor journey for life, a nightmare of war; hope for existence and legacy of courage raises.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Justjay Go

    This was heartbreaking to read as these stories were of Jewish children's endurance, bravery and courage amid the hardship of war. One story that stuck to me was that of a child who was no more than a toddler was stuck in the semi-attic of a non-Jewish family together with his family and another, for 2 years. He wasn't able to walk or run just barely moving around the attic trying to make little sound as possible. This book is a book that you will let your children and grandchildren read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    ❆ Crystal ❆

    4 stars. This book contains 8 condensed stories of child survivors. Their stories are amazing and heartbreaking. All survived terrible conditions, and all of them had an amazing determination to live. I learned new things... like the St. Louis, and de dodentrein - the train of the dead. It's just heartbreaking to think of so many children being separated from their families surviving any way they can. It's a powerful book and I'm very glad I read it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kendall

    A good collection of stories of children during the Holocaust. Good decision to have the first and last story connect with one another. Enjoyed reading about what the individuals went on to do after the war.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Carlos Barron

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Zullo,Allon and Bovsun,Mara Survivors True Stories of Children in the Holocaust, 2004 The Word Seller's,Inc (New York) Copyright 2004 This book is heart taking and intense because of all the terrifying events every holocaust survivors went through and experience things that they would rather forget. The way they had to live over years of suffering and them getting hunted like if they were animal by the nazi. Zullo,Allon and Bovsun,Mara both made the book Survivors. In 1969 Allan Zullo graduated wi Zullo,Allon and Bovsun,Mara Survivors True Stories of Children in the Holocaust, 2004 The Word Seller's,Inc (New York) Copyright 2004 This book is heart taking and intense because of all the terrifying events every holocaust survivors went through and experience things that they would rather forget. The way they had to live over years of suffering and them getting hunted like if they were animal by the nazi. Zullo,Allon and Bovsun,Mara both made the book Survivors. In 1969 Allan Zullo graduated with a diploma in journalism degree from Northern Illinois University. Mara Bovsun the other author that helped with making the book and had created even more books about historical events. Europe 1940-1946 Germany one of most powerful country in the world at that time runed by the dictator Adolf Hitler was invading other countries. Wanted to make a one race world so he began to kill all the Jewish people and invaded their lands by force and death. While many Jewish family where trying to escape many of them were caught sent to concentration camps or they would face death. When some were over thought by the Nazi’s they would lose their jobs and food and other important things would be scarce. By the end of this many Jewish family had been murder and separated from their relatives. Many others moved to america for a better life and to forget their unbelievable experience. This book explains the problem that most of the Jews went through and how they it to stay alive and gain their lands taken by Nazi. If someone that is trying to hide from someone else that is trying to kill them would you help them and risk your life or save others life. That would later help you in return and when you are in danger they have your back. Giving and helping other can reward you back in future because you have helped them in the past. They can learned that when you are alone there's always someone out there to help you. A similar book is Anne Frank Diary. This books are similar because both talk about how they go into hiding and some one other family is providing them information about the nazi’s. Some similar events are where their is another family with them and they are very crowded. Some difference are that the Jewish family survive but Anne frank doesn’t and how one of their family member died in the middle of the hiding. They are also lucky that the host let them live in their acti when they could've said no because if the German would find out they would also get a punishment mostly death would come. Even though they both had different destination they experience the things living in an acti for many of years. As a reader, I found that making friends and being with your family in harsh time it still helps a lot and your family would appreciate. After reading this book and knowing facts about World War Two I realized that racism is still a big problem in our community and world wide. This book also taught me that have a family by your side is very important and you should be thankful what you have in life.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Anna Friedrichsen

    Survivors: True Stories of Children in the Holocaust by Allan Zullo and Mara Bovsun explained eight separate stories of children who survived the Holocaust. In the first story the opening statement is, “Luncia Gamzer jerked awake when the night erupted in angry shouts and screams of terror coming from the street below.” pg 5 (Survivors). The story then goes on to talk about how it was a frightening summer night in 1941 when the Germans invaded Poland. This gives us the idea that it was set durin Survivors: True Stories of Children in the Holocaust by Allan Zullo and Mara Bovsun explained eight separate stories of children who survived the Holocaust. In the first story the opening statement is, “Luncia Gamzer jerked awake when the night erupted in angry shouts and screams of terror coming from the street below.” pg 5 (Survivors). The story then goes on to talk about how it was a frightening summer night in 1941 when the Germans invaded Poland. This gives us the idea that it was set during WWII and the Holocaust era. Readers will be intrigued to want to continue reading this book. The book is co-authored by Allan Zullo and Mara Bovsun. Allan Zullo has written more than 120 nonfiction books and has co-written many books with a variety of people including Mara Bovsun. Bovsun is 62 years old and lives in New York. She has also written many books. The children in each story were split up from their families and sent to camps. Some hid away in silence, and others fled for a safer future. Some of the stories ended with the whole family finding each other, and others never found their family members again. In each story, the characters suffered emotionally and physically, but they all believed they would survive. Because of their determination to not give up, they survived. Some even went on later in life to tell their stories to the world. This book captured all types of stories and views of the Holocaust. It shows the readers the different ways in which Jews were treated. Be prepared for an emotional ride. The book is filled with sorrow, the happiness of their strengths, and anger for how the survivors were treated. At the end of each story, the authors explained where the children went after the war and where they are now. The post-war stories of the characters all took place in the United States, with the exception of one who went to Israel. They could have explained each story more because they were a bit brief, but each story was very enjoyable. Overall this book deserves a 4/5 star rating. This book pulls the heartstrings of the reader. It also gives readers a taste of what it was like to be a Jew at that time. This is an easy to read book which would be good for a younger audience. It also provides a lot of insight into information that would be good for all age groups to experience.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rayna

    With each passing day of his enslavement, he lost a little bit of his identity, of his humanity. To the Nazis, he was just another Jewish slave who deserved to die if they couldn't get enough work out of him. He had to constantly remind himself, I am somebody! These stories were so heartbreaking, and yet so full of hope. It is stories like these that showcase the best parts of humanity shining through the dark created by the very worst of humanity. It never fails to amaze me when I hear these inc With each passing day of his enslavement, he lost a little bit of his identity, of his humanity. To the Nazis, he was just another Jewish slave who deserved to die if they couldn't get enough work out of him. He had to constantly remind himself, I am somebody! These stories were so heartbreaking, and yet so full of hope. It is stories like these that showcase the best parts of humanity shining through the dark created by the very worst of humanity. It never fails to amaze me when I hear these incredible tales of survival just how far people can push themselves. The determination, hope, perseverance, and strength these individuals had to keep going while struggling to survive is incredible. The fact that they were all children makes these stories even more touching. Another common theme among these accounts was how often luck played a role in who survived. There were many instances of chance encounters, knowing just the right person, or being in a certain place at a certain time. Things like this highlight how unjust and senseless the war was. I loved hearing about their lives after the war and how much life they added to the world. They are so inspirational and worthy of deep admiration. It makes me so sad to think of all the stories that will never be told... The final destination for many: the gas chambers of Auschwitz. It was painful to watch, but George felt a need to witness these scenes of unimaginable sorrow and anguish. He watched so he would never forget.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Valerie McEnroe

    This book gives you a short perspective of eight different child survivors of the Holocaust. They came from different countries, different neighborhoods, different families, but they were all Jewish, all targeted for extermination. Their early experiences with the Nuremberg laws were similar. They all slowly saw their freedoms eroded. Then their paths diverged as they all struggled to survive. Some went into hiding. Others went to the ghettos. Some lost only their parents. Others lost everyone. This book gives you a short perspective of eight different child survivors of the Holocaust. They came from different countries, different neighborhoods, different families, but they were all Jewish, all targeted for extermination. Their early experiences with the Nuremberg laws were similar. They all slowly saw their freedoms eroded. Then their paths diverged as they all struggled to survive. Some went into hiding. Others went to the ghettos. Some lost only their parents. Others lost everyone. Some saw human kindness. Others saw none. Some were forced to remove dead bodies. Others were forced on a death march. All of it is beyond human understanding. This book is kept in the TEEN section of the public library, because it doesn't hold back the details of mass murder. It's hard to talk about the Holocaust and not mention the killings. The Nazis killed 2/3 of the European Jewish population after all. The Holocaust was all about killing. If you aren't ready for your child to read about innocent people being gassed and shot for nothing, then they aren't ready for this book or any Holocaust book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Thinkerswriteandread

    I recently read this book. I thought that it was great. It did have a few problems too. I liked the way how the author actually described the effects of the holocaust in a few pages. This made the book very good for a quick non-fiction read. Also, I liked how the author described the thoughts that went through the mind of the people who had to endure the holocaust. This unfolded a hidden perspective and allowed the reader to imagine the protagonist's point of view. There were, however, a few mist I recently read this book. I thought that it was great. It did have a few problems too. I liked the way how the author actually described the effects of the holocaust in a few pages. This made the book very good for a quick non-fiction read. Also, I liked how the author described the thoughts that went through the mind of the people who had to endure the holocaust. This unfolded a hidden perspective and allowed the reader to imagine the protagonist's point of view. There were, however, a few mistakes. Randomly, at the most interesting part, the story would cut short and show a brief epilogue of protagonist's life later on. I really hated this as I got very connected to the story. The author should have included a few more pages for a lot the stories. I think the author cut short the story because he or she didn't have enough information or space in the book. Overall, this book was a great read. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves short, descriptive non-fiction books with great detail and a multi-perspective story. *$$$MONEYBAGS$$$

  28. 4 out of 5

    Gabriel S

    Survivors True Stories of Children in the Holocaust is a book that talks about eight children that were able to survive the holocaust and had shared their stories about how it was in the brutal times of the holocaust. Each of the stories are different from one another, but all of them talk about how they were able to survive. One of the most stories that I had found the saddest was about a bot that was named Markus Reich and he had the story of how he and his friend had escaped a camp. In the en Survivors True Stories of Children in the Holocaust is a book that talks about eight children that were able to survive the holocaust and had shared their stories about how it was in the brutal times of the holocaust. Each of the stories are different from one another, but all of them talk about how they were able to survive. One of the most stories that I had found the saddest was about a bot that was named Markus Reich and he had the story of how he and his friend had escaped a camp. In the end, it shows that kids today don’t suffer as much compared to these kids that had to experience near death. I would give this book a four out of five stars because of how descriptive that the book was about the stories that were being talked about. Each story had so much dialogue and other things that make you feel almost as if you are in the place that they are talking about. I believe that Allan Zullo and Mara Bovsun did an excellent job on describing each and every one of the stories and would definitely recommend this book for a very plot twisting and sad story.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jackson

    Survivors: True stories of Children in the Holocaust was an incredible representation of how children had to live in the terrible era of the holocaust. The book contains several stories of very different experiences from children of all age and gender. The first story is mostly the main story of the book, it tells of Luncia Gamzers life through the holocaust as her family had to let her leave and go to a neighbors house to be safe. The author does an incredible job of showing how many close call Survivors: True stories of Children in the Holocaust was an incredible representation of how children had to live in the terrible era of the holocaust. The book contains several stories of very different experiences from children of all age and gender. The first story is mostly the main story of the book, it tells of Luncia Gamzer´s life through the holocaust as her family had to let her leave and go to a neighbor´s house to be safe. The author does an incredible job of showing how many close calls and horrifying things that Jews had to go threw to survive. This book gives a lot of information about the holocaust and keeps the reader on the edge of their seat constantly, it was a great book!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Liv

    Hello and welcome to my review of Survivors True Stories Of Children in the Holocaust by Allan Zullo and Mara Bovsun :) These stories were so overwhelming and emotional I cried during the whole book. The pain and horrors these children went through is unbelievable and unthinkable. These children are heroes and everyone needs to read their stories. I loved this book purely because it showed the strength of humans and how love and hope and faith can get people through the most hardest and horrific t Hello and welcome to my review of Survivors True Stories Of Children in the Holocaust by Allan Zullo and Mara Bovsun :) These stories were so overwhelming and emotional I cried during the whole book. The pain and horrors these children went through is unbelievable and unthinkable. These children are heroes and everyone needs to read their stories. I loved this book purely because it showed the strength of humans and how love and hope and faith can get people through the most hardest and horrific times. Definitely recommend this book to everyone in the world. Their stories need to be passed on for eternity. As always thank you for reading my review x Instagram: hismorningstarxoxo Bookstagram: AnUnexpectedBookDragon

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