|We had to be brave : escaping the Nazis on the Kindertransport|
Author: Hopkinson, Deborah
Through the moving and often heart-wrenching personal accounts of Kindertransport survivors, the timely and devastating story of how the rise of Hitler and the Nazis tore apart the lives of so many families and what they were forced to give up in order to save these children.
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Interest Level: UG
Reading Level: 7.50
Points: 8.0 Quiz: 506548
Kirkus Reviews (+) (11/01/19)
School Library Journal (02/01/20)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (00/01/20)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 11/15/2019 It is common knowledge that six million Jews were murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust of WWII. What might be less well known is that 10,000 Jewish children were spared that fate, being rescued by the Kindertransport Program which, in 1938 and 1939, took them by train and then boat from Germany to England for new lives with foster families. In her fascinating book about this vital project, Hopkinson shares the stories of many of these children but focuses primarily on three: Ruth Oppenheimer David, Leslie Baruch Brent, and Marianne Josephy Elsley, following the course of their lives from child- to adulthood. Hopkinson divides her book into four chronological sections dealing, respectively, with the rise of Hitler, the momentous Kristalnacht of 1938, the flight of the children, and their subsequent lives in England. Her book is a moving tribute to the organizers of the Kindertransport and to the courage of the children involved. Generously illustrated with black-and-white photographs, the book is extremely well researched and a valuable contribution to Holocaust literature. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 02/01/2020 Gr 7 Up—This captivating narrative of assembled memoirs uses historical details of the Nazis' rise to power and its consequences for European Jews to convey the danger, the emotional cost, and the significance of the Kindertransport (Children's Transport). Hopkinson chronicles the rescue missions that saved young Jewish children from the Holocaust just before the start of World War II and describes the Nazis' systematic and relentless persecution of European Jews that made those rescues necessary. Background information regarding Hitler's rise to power is included, with special attention given to the Kristallnacht violence throughout Germany and the ways that the lives of Jewish families changed in the wake of these riots. Hopkinson's faithful commitment to preserving and broadcasting the voices of as many Kindertransport survivors as possible makes for a rich, dense, and sometimes confusingly detailed narrative. An index, time lines, and source notes will help to orient the reader in the individual stories and provide connections to the broader scope of history. VERDICT This moving account of an important and lesser-known aspect of 20th-century history is recommended for high school and junior high school nonfiction collections.—Kelly Kingrey-Edwards, Blinn Junior College, Brenham, TX - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.