Whis­pers from the Ghettos

Kathy Kac­er and Sharon MacKay
  • Review
By – October 10, 2011
In recent years, there has been an increased aware­ness of the impor­tance of pri­ma­ry sources to pro­vide accu­rate infor­ma­tion about the Holo­caust. Most of these mem­oirs are geared toward adult read­ers. The authors of Whis­pers from the Ghet­to clear­ly under­stand their tar­get audi­ence of chil­dren. The col­lec­tion of per­son­al accounts, some in first-per­son, oth­ers third per­son, offer insights in to the lives of young peo­ple liv­ing in the ghet­tos of East­ern Europe. The sto­ries are heart wrench­ing in detail, but writ­ten with a care­ful hand. From The Whistler,” which tells of a boy who joined the Ghet­to Swingers” jazz band, to Lost Sto­ries,” about a girl who saved her soul through her writ­ing, the lives of many brave boys and girls are hon­ored through the retelling of their expe­ri­ences. The hor­rors of the Holo­caust are not min­i­mized, but the strength and spir­it of those who fought through the dark­est of times will leave read­ers with a sense of awe and won­der at their brav­ery. Teach­ers will wel­come this book into their class­room. For grades 7 and up.
Bar­bara Bietz is a free­lance writer and children’s book review­er. She is cur­rent­ly a mem­ber of the Syd­ney Tay­lor Book Award Com­mit­tee. Bar­bara is the author of the mid­dle grade book, Like a Mac­cabee. She has a blog ded­i­cat­ed to Jew­ish books for chil­dren at www​.Bar​baraB​Book​Blog​.Blogspot​.com.

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