Survive. At any cost.10 concentration camps.10 different places where you are starved, tortured, and worked mercilessly.It's something no one could imagine surviving.But it is what Yanek Gruener has to face.As a Jewish boy in 1930s Poland, Yanek is at the mercy of the Nazis who have taken over.... show more
Survive. At any cost.10 concentration camps.10 different places where you are starved, tortured, and worked mercilessly.It's something no one could imagine surviving.But it is what Yanek Gruener has to face.As a Jewish boy in 1930s Poland, Yanek is at the mercy of the Nazis who have taken over. Everything he has, and everyone he loves, have been snatched brutally from him. And then Yanek himself is taken prisoner -- his arm tattooed with the words PRISONER B-3087.He is forced from one nightmarish concentration camp to another, as World War II rages all around him. He encounters evil he could have never imagined, but also sees surprising glimpses of hope amid the horror. He just barely escapes death, only to confront it again seconds later.Can Yanek make it through the terror without losing his hope, his will -- and, most of all, his sense of who he really is inside?Based on an astonishing true story.
Publish date: March 1st 2013
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
, Realistic Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Middle Grade
, World War II
Y/A Hist/Fic based on a true story of a young polish jew's survival of ten concentration camps. This is a horrific story of one young man's survival. I would recommend it to struggling readers. Maybe grades 6-10. It was very well written and powerful.
As I walked the empty streets of Podgórze, my chest felt heavy. I was overwhelmed with emotion. I hadn’t been gone long, and the last few years I had lived here had been a nightmare, but what I remembered wasn’t the snow shoveling and the shootings and the starvation. I remembered walking to the mar...
"But we have one purpose now: survive. Survive at all costs, Yanek. We cannot let those monsters tear us from the pages of the world." These types of books are always heartbreaking to read. Every time I pick up a holocaust story I find it hard to take in how cruel humans can be, especially when rea...
I only wished the six years that Yanek a.k.a Jakob lived in the German camps could have went as fast as this book went for me. Jakob was a Polish Jew when the Germans invaded his town in 1939. One moment it was happening far away and the next it was at their doorstep, the changes were happening qu...
Will keep it short, I don't really tend to review books about these kind of topics. In short, it was a beautiful, heartwrenching story of a Jewish boy during the WOII. He survived everything, but lost so much. We see him grow up, from little boy, to his Bar mitzvah and then to the camps and to whe...