|Boy from Buchenwald : the true story of a Holocaust survivor|
Author: Waisman, Robert
A powerful memoir about a Holocaust survivor who was deemed hopeless-and the rehabilitation center that gave him and other teen boys the chance to learn how to live again.
|Added Entry - Personal Name:||McClelland, Susan|
Kirkus Reviews (+) (04/15/21)
Booklist (+) (04/15/21)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/06/21)
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Booklist - 04/15/2021 *Starred Review* This moving and inspiring memoir by 89-year-old Romek “Robbie” Waisman recounts his story as one of more than a thousand Jewish boys, known as the Buchenwald Boys, who survived Buchenwald concentration camp during WWII. Only 14 when he was liberated, Polish-born Waisman and others from Buchenwald, including Elie Wiesel, endured unspeakable horrors. Waisman, the youngest of six siblings, relates how he was forced into a ghetto, banned from attending school, and made to work at age 11 in a munitions factory before being sent to Buchenwald. The stories of his many narrow escapes from death are incredible, and he effectively describes his feelings of disorientation when sent with other boys to France after the war to be helped by a children’s aid society. Despite suffering behavioral issues from their experiences, the society believed the boys weren’t irrevocably damaged, like others did. Readers will get a glimpse of Waisman’s inability to fully process what he’d been through and his rage at not being able to go find his family. Waisman immigrated to Canada at age 17 and only began to talk about his Holocaust experiences in 1984, after hearing about a Canadian teacher who denied the Holocaust. This powerful, life-affirming memoir is essential reading. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.