|Out of hiding : a Holocaust survivor's journey to America
Author: Gruener, Ruth
Ruth Gruener was a hidden child during the Holocaust. In war-ravaged Europe, they waited for paperwork for a chance to come to America. Once they arrived in Brooklyn, they began to build a new life, but spoke little English. The family's perseverance is a classic story of the American dream, but also illustrates the difficulties that millions of immigrants face in the aftermath of trauma.
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School Library Journal (11/01/20)
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School Library Journal - 11/01/2020 Gr 3–7—Luncia Gamzer (who later changed her name to Ruth) was five years old when Nazi soldiers invaded Poland. This event marked the beginning of the mass genocide of the more than 200,000 Polish Jews living in the city of Lvov. Over the next several years, Gamzer hid in a burlap sack in a basement, spent 12 hours a day stuffed into a wooden "coffin," and hid under the porch while her grandmother, uncle, and cousins were forcibly deported. After the city was liberated by Soviets in 1944, she and her family migrated west across Europe and eventually settled in Brooklyn, NY. She Americanized her name, finished school as a "typical American teenager," and married fellow Holocaust survivor Jack Gruener. Some readers will recall Jack as the subject of Alan Gratz's novel Prisoner B-3087. While the subject matter is undoubtedly grave and historically significant, Gruener's narrative is too often breezy and light on detail. The narrative succeeds when she is most personal (describing getting her first period while home alone with her father; preparing to leave Poland for a displaced persons camp; and recalling her sense of alienation from fellow students in New York who didn't understand what she endured). Six pages of annotated photos are included, depicting the author, as well as family and friends, throughout her life. There are many Holocaust memoirs for middle grade readers, but they are perennially popular, especially for students who have encountered Anne Frank and want to explore further. VERDICT Recommended for larger collections or where the subject is in demand.—Bob Hassett, Luther Jackson M.S., Falls Church, VA - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.