Jewish Values: Courageous Teen Resisters: Primary Sources from the Holocaust

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128 p.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum archives of survivor testimony, as well as archival photographs, provide the bulk of the information in this series called True Stories of Teens in the Holocaust. Each book averages seven chapters and includes a concise index, excellent internet resources, a list for further reading which includes books about the reading level of the text, a short glossary, and a timeline of events pertinent to the subject of the book. The chapter notes are also at the end of the book. Generally, this is a solid series with a lot of eyewitness accounts, so there are less concrete facts and more personal perspectives than other historical series. In this book, starting with the pre-World War II environment of violence and intimidation, Byers chronicles the different ways teens resisted. Starting with rebel groups in Germany—the Edelweiss Pirates, Baum Group, and White Rose—readers will learn about other groups in Western Europe and the tactics they used, including rescue and sabotage. There is a chapter about “Fighting Back in the Ghettos,” as well as one about “Partisan Groups in the Forest”. Byers also points out quiet resistance and actions to bolster each other’s spirit and hope.
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