In 1939, the Germans invaded the town of Lodz, Poland, and moved the Jewish population into a small part of the city called a ghetto. As the war progressed, 270,000 people were forced to settle in the ghetto under impossible conditions.
At the end of the war, there were about 800 survivors. Of those who survived, only twelve were children. This is the story of one of the twelve.
©2006 Jennifer Roy (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
“In vivid free verse, Jennifer Roy tells a story of hope and courage as gripping as Schindler’s List.” (Eric A. Kimmel, author of Gershon’s Monster, a Sydney Taylor Book Award winner)
“A stunning, poetic recreation of a life lived within the horror that was the Holocaust.” (Jane Yolen, author of The Devil’s Arithmetic and Briar Rose)
LOVE to read and enjoy having the audible option while getting all the busy Mom work done
She made it feel as if you were there.You could truly feel all that the author's Aunt went through on an emotional level.. The narration for this was excellent
I love reading books that have the story of someone's real life experiences, brought to reader's in a way that makes us feel as if we share in their journey with them. I found myself anxious,heartbroken, and going through the same emotions that this young survivor felt. Are there miracles? Yes. Did they receive an answer to prayers? I truly believe so and I have no doubt that God knew that through a child, many would be saved and healed of there own wounds through her continued work in life. It is back to the thought that trials in life can either tear you down,or polish you to a refined brilliance. I believe this woman shines brightly for all those she represents.
This is a very personal first hand account from the eyes of a child during a horrific period.
The desire of a small girl to hold onto some semblance of a past normal life while living through a new horrible normal.
Each scene was described from the eyes of a child, without cumbrances of adult experience, so each change for her was memorable.
When she realizes that her friends are never coming back.
As Holocaust survivors age and die, we need records of experiences to remind us how hatred can transform societies. Lodz, Poland will never be the same nor will countless other European communities where Jews and other hated people were transported to death or made to work as subhumans. This book is the story of one of only 12 children who survived the ghetto in Lodz as well as a story of her family members, who were part of the 800 people (out of a quarter of a million) who also survived.
For those of you who say you are "tired" of these books, I say: we need to remember so we can avoid the complacency that led to our country not believing what was happening to fellow human beings during World War II. Coping with systematic atrocities created heroes among those in the ghettos and camps. Yellow Star is an example of a family's strengths as well as luck in surviving. It is a well told, important story.
I consider myself a student of all things related to WWII. This book was a very interesting read, given that it's from the perspective of a young Jewish girl confined to a Polish ghetto by the Nazis. I appreciated the unique worldview of the girl and the author does a masterful job of communicating her emotions during the ups and downs of survival in the ghetto.
I was in tears at the end of this book, but I won't say why (no spoilers). A fast listen and wonderfully narrated.
Yes! Fantastic narration. I loved the recap of
time line of events at the end
I could not stop listening to this audiobook. Another amazing story of a survivor of the holocaust. I can't beging to imagine what living at that time was like for a Jew.
Audible obsessed lifelong learner.
A story of terror and survival in a Warsaw ghetto as Syvia and her family battle the anti-Jewish rule during WWII. Horrifying tells of hiding in grave yards and watching loved ones leaving on one way train trips to their doom typify the daily struggle of Syvia's family and others as the battle for survival against all odds. Definitely up there with the Diary of Ann Frank and the works by Weisel and others that capture the struggle of the Jewish people as they struggle for existence through the brutal rule of Hitler, his henchmen, and the brain washed German populace.
Touching, real and informative
Sivia because she was a young girl suffering so much because of the damage World War II did and how the Jews were so unfairly treated. I was very glad that she was one of the few children who was able to walk out alive from the ghetto.
When her father loves Sivia so much that he lays with her in a hole in the cemetery to keep her hidden from the Natzis. She was scared to stay alone and so he stayed with her.
When Sivia and her cousin were placed in the basement and were not able to go outside for their safety. This must have been very hard because they were small children.
I liked that the family survived because they were willing to sacrifice each other for the "family." Sivia's father was willing to do anything and take so many chances to keep his little girl safe and alive. Very touching story;
Yes because the emotions were true to heart
When her father hid behind the grave with her overnight
Learned a lot of the war timeline that I did not previously know
I LOVE BOOKS! I have a service business (large salon). 'What are you reading' is heard all day everyday.
Anyone interested in the Holocaust should read / listen to this story. It's short. Told from the child perspective. HOWEVER, the narration was a challenge. Most of the narration was told in a whining voice. Tough to tolerate even for a short story.
Perhaps "The Book Thief" is the only story I can put close this. Only because its from the same era.
A movie would be an interesting attempt.
The story is important to hear. The narration (for a surly old man like myself) was a challenge. Perhaps read from a stronger perspective. My opinion is that a child's perspective (normally very malleable and possibly in a constant state of change), is challenging, and is seldom static. It's very (VERY) hard to imagine the main protagonist speaking in the narrators whining tone. Bring your cheese!!
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