Hiding to Survive: Stories of Jewish Children Rescued from the Holocaust Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-08-13 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 9 user ratings

" fascinating what the children had to endure. the human spirit is string in trials thats for sure " said.

" Sad and interesting stories of children hidden during the war. " said.

" This book was inspirational and upsetting. What stories these people have to tell... " said.

" A young adult novel of true stories of Jewish kids hidden during the Holocaust. " said.

" Could not put this book down. It is a book of individual stories of children and their families who were saved from the Nazis. It made me ask myself the question, "Would I have taken the risk and hidden the Jewish people?" I believe that I would have. " said.

" I have only read 10 pages but it looks good and I think I will enjoy it! (I have to read non-fiction for school) " said.

""Hiding to Survive" by Maxine Rosenberg is a collection of stories told by individuals who were children during WWII. These survivors were Jewish children living in Europe, who were hidden by gentiles. Each survivor's story is unique, yet the stories also share some common elements. All of the survivors expressed their appreciation for the people who helped them through the war. In some cases, these people became a part of their family. The survivors also all lost someone or were split from their families for a considerable length of time. For some of the survivors, they spent their entire time actually hiding in small spaces, such as haylofts. For other survivors, they were hiding in plain sight, acting as a distant relative of the people who were caring for them. Several of the survivors featured in this book were posing as Christians in convents and orphanages. I cannot imagine the emotional turmoil these children were experiencing in any of these situations. Although living out in the community sounds better than hiding in a hayloft, both situations are terrifying. These children lived in fear every day of being killed or captured.

The stories also provide some understanding of the political and social climate of the communities in which these children lived. Some of these survivors were hidden by people who were involved in the underground resistance. One survivor indicated the people who hid him did so because they were extremely nationalistic and were angry Germany had invaded their country. Other survivors were hidden because their families paid another family to hide them. While this sounds barbaric, Christian families were struggling to survive as well and needed the money to feed their families. While others hid Jewish children simply because it was the "right thing to do". Many of these survivors hid in several different places during the war. Christians risked their own lives, as well as that of their families, hiding Jewish children. Sometimes the risk became too great and the families refused to house the children any longer.

I appreciated hearing the untold side of the these stories. Learning about WWII as a child, I was horrified that more people did not help the Jewish people. I had difficulty understanding a world where people turned a blind eye to hate and refused to help those in need. I think these stories would be helpful for students from ages 10-12 to have a deeper understanding of WWII and the fear that paralyzed the masses.
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" fascinating what the children had to endure. the human spirit is string in trials thats for sure " said.

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