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Children with a Star: Jewish Youth in Nazi…

Children with a Star: Jewish Youth in Nazi Europe

by Deborah Dwork

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My first reaction upon finishing this book was how much of it I already knew. Not because I’m a great scholar of the Holocaust, but because Dwork presented a large chunk of the book’s information in another class I took by her. Many of the children, whose lives were meant to be representative of the lives of Jewish children living under the Third Reich, were familiar to me because I heard their stories during class.

That said, I still learned quite a bit from this book. For example, I found the role of gender in the preferences of foster families willing to take Jewish children into their homes, who attempted to rescue children and their recognition after the war, and it eventually became the topic of my essay about the book. The need to replicate normal life in the form of education and the ability to play as well as the loss of an old identity and the formation of a new identity were all interesting threads to draw out from the narrative.

Read more on my blog: http://ardentreader.wordpress.com/2011/01/24/children-with-a-star/ ( )
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Based on many oral histories taken from child survivors of the Holocaust, the author focuses on the experiences of young Jewish children from their earliest encounters with anti-Semitism to their enslavement in labor camps.

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