Jewish Values: Youth Destroyed - The Nazi Camps

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 an account of Kristallnacht, the author sets the stage for the origins of concentration camps, the establishment of labor camps, prison camps, and ultimately death camps. There are very graphic descriptions of the brutal treatment people received, with a whole chapter about Auschwitz. The final chapter discusses finding family, displaced persons (DP) camps, and the memories that haunt many survivors.
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