Thursday, May 25, 2017

Survivors Club by Michael Bornstein and Debbie Bornstein Holinstat*

The author was born in a Jewish ghetto Zarki, Poland at the start of World War II.  He was one of the youngest survivors of Auschwitz and his picture has been plastered on various forms of media concerning World War II.  When it was used to say that the Holocaust never happened and the camps weren't that bad, however, he had had enough.  He decided, with his daughter's help, to share his story.
Careful research and interviews with family members permitted him to give an accurate account of his time living in a ghetto and then at Auschwitz.   His story, however, I found extra interesting as he explains what it was like after the war and as he and his mother tried to adjust to a new way of life.  A lot of books about this time in history only focus on the concentration camps and the release.  The Jews continued to struggle and face persecution after the war.
*Highly recommend.
-Borrowed from the library.
Warnings/points to discuss: Mr. Bornstein does not shy away from the horrible details of his memories.  He also mentions a time when he was molested but does not share specific details.  This book is definitely for older readers (junior high and older).

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