Diary of Laura s Twin

Author: Kathy Kacer
Publisher: Second Story Press
ISBN: 1926739167
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Laura has just three weeks to go before her Jewish becoming of age ceremony, called a Bat Mitzvah, when she is assigned a special project. She is to read the diary of Sara Gittler, a young girl her own age who was imprisoned by the Nazis in the Warsaw Ghetto during the Holocaust. Sara never had the chance to celebrate her coming of age, so Laura is to learn about Sara's life and then share her Bat Mitzvah with her "twin" by speaking of her at the ceremony. Reluctant to undertake the project at first, Laura quickly becomes caught up by Sara's struggle to survive. Sara's diary unfolds with the details of her daily life in the Ghetto, a world full of fear, confusion, tragedy and above all, courage. From Sara's brave story in the past, Laura learns how to find the courage to confront the possibility of a friend's current involvement in the desecration of a Jewish cemetery.

Children and Armed Conflict

Author: D. Cook
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230307698
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Exploring the experiences of children encountering war and armed conflict, this book draws upon history, ethnography, sociology, literature, media studies, psychology, public policy, and other disciplines to address children as soldiers, refugees, and peace-builders within their social, cultural, and political contexts.

To Hope and Back

Author: Kathy Kacer
Publisher: Second Story Press
ISBN: 1926920406
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Lisa and Sol board the luxury ocean liner St. Louis in Hamburg, Germany on May 13, 1939. Lisa and her family are in first class; Sol and his parents are below in tourist class. Both children have mixed feelings Ð theyÕre excited to be beginning this voyage to a better life, but sad to be leaving their old lives behind. They are Jewish, as are almost all of the 937 passengers on board, and although war has not been officially declared in Europe, the Nazis have been persecuting Jews for years. As the ship sets sail for Cuba, the atmosphere is optimistic. The passengers feel fortunate to have been able to buy landing permits, and their German captain, Gustave Shršder, is determined to get them to safety. The captainÕs voice alternates with Sol and LisaÕs, revealing the details they didnÕt know. As HitlerÕs propaganda machine turns Cuba against them, the mood on board changes to despair. The St. Louis and its Jewish passengers are turned away Ð first from Cuba, then the United States, and then Canada. This was the tragic true history of the St. Louis. Denied entry from port after port, the captain was forced to return his passengers to Europe, where many died in the Holocaust. Through the eyes of Sol and Lisa Ð both of whom survived the war and shared their experiences with Kathy Kacer Ð we see the injustice and heartbreak that were caused by the prejudice and ignorance of so many.

To Look a Nazi in the Eye

Author: Kathy Kacer
Publisher: Second Story Press
ISBN: 1772600415
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The true story of nineteen-year-old Jordana Lebowitz’s time at the trial of Oskar Groening, known as the "bookkeeper of Auschwitz", a man charged with being complicit in the deaths of more than 300,000 Jews. A granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, Jordana was still not prepared for what she would see and hear. Listening to Groening’s testimony and to the Holocaust survivors who came to testify against him, Jordana felt the weight of being witness to history – a history that we need to remember now more than ever.

Restitution

Author: Kathy Kacer
Publisher: Second Story Press
ISBN: 1926920120
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Based on the true story of a Jewish family's fight to regain a symbol of their lost life, Restitution begins in Prague on the eve of the Nazi invasion. The Reesers know that they must flee Czechoslovakia, but first they deliver their valuable oil paintings into the hands of a Christian colleague for safekeeping. Led by their intrepid matriarch, Mari Reeser, the family make their escape under the nose of the Nazis, arriving in Canada just days before WWII begins. Despite a successful new life in Toronto, the Reesers never forgot what was left behind. When peace returned to Europe, Mari fought for the return of the paintings, only to be thwarted by the Communist regime. Hope sparked again in 1989 when Mari's son, Karl Reeser, received a letter saying the paintings were his if he could retrieve them. Finding all legal means closed to him, he traveled to Prague to make one last try. Here, fate intervened with an unlikely savior named Richard VandenBosch, an official at the Canadian Embassy. Together, he and Karl manage to retrieve the paintings and secrete them in the embassy. The final hurdle -- how to get the paintings to Canada? -- is solved by a resourceful art dealer and smuggler named Theofil Kral, whose honest desire to help the Reeser family restore a symbol of their vanished life sees the four paintings returned to them at last.

Hanas Koffer

Author: Karen Levine
Publisher: Ravensburger Buchverlag Otto Maier GmbH
ISBN: 3473476145
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Der Koffer sieht eigentlich ganz normal aus. Ein bisschen abgewetzt, aber in gutem Zustand. Er ist braun. Er ist groß. Es passt viel hinein - vielleicht Kleidungsstücke für eine lange Reise. Bücher, Schätze, Spielsachen. Jeden Tag kommen Kinder zu einem kleinen Museum in Tokio, um diesen Koffer zu sehen. Er befindet sich in einem Glasschrank. Und durch das Glas kann man sehen, dass auf dem Koffer etwas geschrieben ist. In weißer Farbe quer über der Vorderseite steht: Hana Brady, 16. Mai 1931, Waisenkind. "Wer war Hana Brady? Woher kam sie? Wohin reiste sie? Was hatte sie in ihren Koffer gepackt?" Die Kinder, die tagtäglich das Holocaust-Museum in Tokio besuchen, wollen alles über Hana wissen und drängen die Museumsleiterin Fumiko Ishioka mehr über das Mädchen herauszufinden. Fumiko begibt sich auf eine Reise in die Vergangenheit, spürt Gegenstände, Zeichnungen, Fotos von Hana auf und findet schließlich Hanas Bruder. So erfahren die Kinder, wie Hana gelebt hat, wer ihre Eltern waren, was sie gerne gespielt hat, wie sie ausgesehen hat - und wie ihr junges Leben ausgelöscht wurde. Doch in Erinnerung der Kinder wird Hana immer lebendig bleiben.

Hiding Edith

Author: Kathy Kacer
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 1742375294
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The remarkable true story of Edith Schwalb, kept safe due to the courage of an entire village in France during the Nazi invasion in WWII.

Shanghai Escape

Author: Kathy Kacer
Publisher: Second Story Press
ISBN: 192758311X
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Shanghai, China is a strange place for a young Jewish girl from ViennaÉ But that is where Lily Toufar finds herself in 1938. She and her family have left their home to find safety far away from Europe, where Adolf Hitler and his Nazi party are making life unbearable for Jews. TheyÕve had to travel fast Ð Lily even had to leave behind most of her toys and books Ð but here she feels free from danger. Despite their hopes, it quickly turns out that all is not safe in Shanghai. Now that the area is controlled by Japan, whose leaders support Hitler, the local government orders Jewish refugees, including Lily and her family, to move into a ghetto in an area of the city called Hongkew. Once again Lily wonders what will happen next. Life changes for Lily and her family when they are forced to the over-crowded ghetto. There is little food to eat, and many people become sick. Lily remains hopeful, but when rumors begin to circulate that Jews may be in as much danger here as they were in Europe, she wonders if she will ever feel truly safe and at home again. Based on a true story.

Die Kinder aus Theresienstadt

Author: Kathy Kacer
Publisher: Ravensburger Buchverlag Otto Maier GmbH
ISBN: 3473476218
Format: PDF, ePub
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»EIN HOFFNUNGSZEICHEN« SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG Theresienstadt 1943: Der Alltag im Getto ist grau und angsterfüllt. Doch dann soll die Kinderoper »Brundibár« inszeniert werden. Die dreizehnjährige Clara freut sich riesig, als ihr eine der Hauptrollen zugesprochen wird. Endlich ein Lichtblick im entbehrungsreichen Lageralltag! Eines Tages merken die Kinder jedoch, dass ihre Aufführung missbraucht werden soll, um einer Delegation des Roten Kreuzes eine heile Welt vorzugaukeln. Clara und ihre Freunde planen, das üble Spiel zu durchkreuzen, und hoffen, der Außenwelt ein Zeichen geben zu können. Vergebens. Mit Kinder-Zeichnungen von Helga Weissová, eines der nur 130 Kinder, die das Getto überlebten