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review 2017-03-23 21:09
Number the Stars
Number the Stars - Lois Lowry

Number the Stars is the story about Annemarie, who is growing up during WWII. When her best friend Ellen goes into hiding due to Jewish persecution, she learns a lot about bravery and the world she lives in. 

Number the Stars received a Lexile score of 670L, making it readable for most 6th grade readers. This book can be used in conjunction with history to teach about historical perspectives. Students will gain an understanding of the horrors of the Holocaust. Students can also analyze Annemarie's perspective of the events, and predict what Ellen may have felt throughout the story. 

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review 2017-03-21 19:37
Rezension "Der letzte Überlebende" von Sam Pivnik
Der letzte Überlebende: Wie ich dem Holo... Der letzte Überlebende: Wie ich dem Holocaust entkam - Sam Pivnik

Szlamek Pivnik feiert gerade seinen dreizehnten Geburtstag, als die Wehrmacht 1939 in Polen einmarschiert. In der Folge verliert seine jüdische Familie immer mehr Rechte, bis sie 1943 nach Auschwitz-Birkenau deportiert werden. Im Gegensatz zu seiner Familie überlebt Szlamek das Konzentrationslager und erzählt mehr als 70 Jahre später seine Erlebnisse als polnischer Jude während des zweiten Weltkriegs.Die letzten Kapitel fassen kurz sein Leben in den Jahren nach Kriegsende zusammen.

 

Der Autor Sam Pivnik, der zu dieser Zeit noch Szlamek hiess, erzählt seine Geschichte in der Ich-Perspektive. Er bleibt dabei eher nüchtern, fast kühl, was ich aber ziemlich passend fand. War er als Jugendlicher erlebt hat war so schrecklich, dass alleine die Schilderung der Tatsachen ausreicht, um den Leser tief zu berühren. Eine pathetische Wortwahl oder ein Drücken auf die Tränendrüse wäre hier zu viel gewesen. So stellt sich das Buch als das dar, was es auch ist: die Dokumentation eines Schicksals, das Sam mit Millionen von anderen geteilt hat, mit dem Unterschied, dass er es als einer der wenigen überlebt hat und heute davon erzählen kann. Bei der Lektüre fühlte ich mich öfters, als würde ich neben Sam auf einer Bank sitzen und er würde mir seine Geschichte selbst erzählen.

 

„Der letzte Überlebende“ ist in erster Linie ein Zeitzeugenbericht über eines der dunkelsten Kapitel der Menschheitsgeschichte. Im Holocaust während des zweiten Weltkriegs wurden mehr als sechs Millionen Juden ermordet, rund eine Million davon im Vernichtungslager Auschwitz-Birkenau. Sam Pivnik erzählt aber nicht nur von seinen Erlebnissen, sondern bringt auch Zahlen und Namen. Man merkt, dass er sich in den Jahren danach intensiv mit dem Konzentrationslager befasst hat, da er Fakten auflistet, die er damals schlicht nicht wissen konnte. Daher erinnert das Buch öfters fast eher an ein nüchternes Geschichtsbuch mit Fakten als an wahre Erlebnisse. Ich denke, dass dieses Abstrahieren, das Auflisten von Fakten Sam Pivniks Weg ist, mit den erlebten Gräueltaten umgehen zu können und sie emotional von sich fernzuhalten, um nicht daran zu zerbrechen.

 

Neben dem Text enthält das Buch auch einige schwarz-weisse Abbildungen von Karten, um sich die Umstände des Lagers und des Todesmarsches besser vorstellten zu können, sowie Fotos von Auschwitz-Birkenau und der Familie Pivnik.

 

Mein Fazit

Ziemlich nüchtern geschildert, aber trotzdem sehr berührend. 

Source: aglayabooks.blogspot.ch/2017/03/der-letzte-uberlebende.html
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review 2017-03-19 21:34
Resistance - Book 1
Resistance - Carla Jablonski,Leland Purvis,Hilary Sycamore

 

This graphic novel gives us a look at the French Resistance during World War II, and how the war affected everyone, including children. The resistance was a complicated thing, but all efforts were crucial in the fight.

 

This story centers on kids who are naive at first, but gradually realize how dangerous the war is and how much it affects their lives and the people they love.

 

I enjoyed this novel and am looking forward to reading the sequel. I felt for the kids and was as nervous as they were around the soldiers.

 

Great graphic novel for middle school aged kids. My son (8th grader) liked it and brought it home so I could read it too.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-03-01 11:04
February 2017-- A Wrap Up
The Hobbit (Graphic Novel) - Chuck Dixon
X-Men: Magneto Testament - Carmine Di Giandomenico,Greg Pak
Monstress Volume 1: Awakening - Marjorie M. Liu
Outtakes from the Grave (Night Huntress Book 8) - Jeaniene Frost
Hellboy, Vol. 1: Seed of Destruction - John Byrne,Mike Mignola
Asimov's Science Fiction: Hugo & Nebula Award Winning Stories - Sheila Williams
Night - Marion Wiesel,Elie Wiesel

 

 

Old Faves in New Flavors

 

The Hobbit Graphic Novel

The novel stayed true to the book. However, I wasn't too impressed with the artwork. It could have been more attractive. Given that I've just finished reading Monstress, it is no surprise that everything else looks almost dull in comparison!

 

 

 

Words that have always made me sad and touched my heart:

 

 

Outtakes from the Grave

 

This book is solely for the readers who have loved the Night Huntress series. It contains deleted scenes and different versions that were scrapped for various reasons. It was a good way to revisit the duo that we'd all miss now that the series has ended. Since I have added books from the two spinoff series to my TBR recently, I'm guessing I'll come across Cat & Bones there too.

 

 

 

Holocaust Horrors

 

X-Men: Magneto Testament

 

Since I read this first, I didn't realize how heavily inspired it was by the book, Night by Elie Wiesel. Even so, I loved it, both for the content and the art. A scene that stayed with me was about the girl Magneto is trying to save. She is found among dead bodies and is found to have survived because she remembered what he had said to her & had hidden herself in the pile.

 

 

Night

 

What I liked about this book was that the author wasn't interested in getting people to feel sorry for them. Instead, their objective was to prevent such a catastrophe from happening again. That is one of the reasons why the book felt much more authentic to me than The Book Thief ever did. Of course, the fact that the author lived through the events has a lot to do with that, as well.

 

I think this quote from the book says it all:

 

 

Eye-Candiliciousness

 

Hellboy, Vol. 1: Seed of Destruction

 

Find my mini-review here.

 

 

Monstress, Vol 1: Awakening

 

 

 

Everybody has been talking about this, so I'll just say that you might wanna check it out for yourself.

 

Asimov's Science Fiction

 

Detailed review here.

 

February was a good month. I read more graphic novels than I usually read and it is always good to try new things.

 

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review 2017-02-21 02:35
Book Review: My Bridges of Hope by Livia Bitton-Jackson
My Bridges of Hope - Livia Bitton-Jackson

I went into this book not really knowing what to expect — I’m not sure how it ended up on my family’s shelves, but I noticed it one day and added it to my to-read list for the future. Now, I have no idea where my copy of this book is, but luckily, the library had a copy. This is a memoir about a teenage girl’s coming of age after she survives the Holocaust and struggles to make a life for herself and make sense of the world after what she suffered, and after the turmoil that her country is put in post-World War II. It’s written in a very easy-to-read manner, so I can see this being a great introduction to older children and middle-graders as to what different people had to deal with during this time. It’s also a pretty quick read and told in short segments, so it would be easy to include in a Holocaust curriculum, at least in part.

 

This is apparently book 2 in a series, and I love that it follows the aftermath of the Holocaust, which I don’t think is talked about quite as much — or at least, my teachers never focused on it as much as the Holocaust itself. I’ve never read much about what happened to Slovakia after the war, so I enjoyed this book for giving me that perspective and teaching me more about all the different countries and people who were affected by the Holocaust, and how the surrender of Germany didn’t lead to immediately fixing anti-Semitism. Livia tells her story with painstaking honesty, and it hurt to see how roughly Jewish people were treated even after the war, and how hard it was for them to reunite with family members who had already emigrated to the United States or other countries. For some, it was even impossible.

 

Overall, I recommend this for someone who’s looking to learn more about this time period and what people had to deal with. In a way, it was heartening to read, because the community came together for each other and all supported one other so that they could make a better life for themselves. It’s still horrifying that any people were ever treated the way Jewish people were treated during this time, but reading about someone overcoming that hate and being an integral part in building up her community was heartwarming.

Source: www.purplereaders.com/?p=3418
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