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Someone Named Eva by Joan M. Wolf

Someone Named Eva (2007)

by Joan M. Wolf

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Someone named Eva is a book about World War 2 and is based in the year 1942. The book is centered around eleven-year-old Milada who was taken from her home because she looks like an Aryan raced child. She was blonde, blue-eyed and was taken from her family to a center in Germany. There she was trained to be a "proper German" for adoption by a German family, and all the while she struggles to remember her true identity. This book is a realistic fiction that is based on the World War 2 and Holocaust. This book is suitable for children in higher grades because of the content and the difficult language and vocabulary. This book is a great way to introduce students into a historical unit. ( )
  Kailynevans | Nov 14, 2017 |
"Remember who you are Milada.
Remember where you are from. Always."
- Milada's gradmother

The Nazis come to Milada's home and take her away from her family. Because she fits the Aryan ideal, they rename her Eva and train her to speak only German. They want to make "Eva" into the perfect German citizen and then have her adopted by a German family. Before the Nazis take her, Milada's grandmother gives her a garnet pin shaped like a star as a talisman to help her remember her identity.

I read this book as part of my study of books for ages 9-12 with strong female protagonists.

This book was touching. I felt for Milada and the other girls. I can't imagine what it was like to be taken from their families to a cold place with no comfort and being forced to answer to a different name. Most of the time, they had no idea what was going on or what was going to happen next. Milada is a very strong character, with faults of course, but she is quite resilient.

I like reading books with a World War II theme. Instead of focusing on the concentration camps and the war itself, this book brings to light a different part of the Nazi agenda.

Recommended to:
Ages 9-12; readers, especially girls, who enjoy historical fiction or empowering books for girls. ( )
  Jadedog13 | Apr 25, 2016 |
Someone Named Eva (Joann M. Wolf)
Historical Fiction. Set in WWII Germany/Czechoslovakia/Poland. Milada is a young Czech girl. She just celebrated her 11th Birthday in May of 1942. Shortly after this celebration her home is invaded by Nazi troops and her family is separated. Her father and brother are taken away, while her sister, mother & grandmother are held a school. Once there the children are separated and inspected. Milada is segregated with other children, she notes the one thing in common, they all have blond hair and blue eyes. Soon Milada is put on a bus and taken away, leaving behind her beloved family.

She finds herself in a "training camp". Once there they are taught German and only allowed to speak this "Aryan" language. They are taught about Germany and how to be a "Proper German Woman" to follow in Hitler's plan to create a new Germany. Soon Milada is stripped of her name , identity and past...she is to be called Eva from her on. Yet inside she recalls her grandmothers words before she is take from the Nazi's....those words are: "Always remember who you are, and where you came from". Her grandmother slips her a special star shaped ruby pin, this become the only tie to her past, as she desperately holds on to it over the years.

A touching story of one girls plight to survive the Hitler Regime. I found this well written story to be fascinating, emotional and thought provoking. It tells of the lost small village of Lidice, Czechoslovakia, which was invaded (by Germany Under hitler's command) and ultimately destroyed. Hundreds of people were killed, taken to concentration camps, to die of starvation disease or at the brutal hands of the Nazi troops. But the main story is of the few Lidice children who were take from their home to be molded into what Hitler wanted as the "Perfect German". An emotional and heart felt story, leaving a lasting memory, of the little known village and its people, whom none of which were Jewish (most people relate to WWII and Hitler's reigme, not knowing that other people besides Jewish, were taken and killed). Also included at the end is a website in memorandum of those lives lost in the small but not forgotten town, Lidice Czechoslovakia.

My Daughter did a book report (on Someone Named Eva) and after reading it I was compelled to read (the book) my self. I was not disappointed. And excellent read. I highly recommend to adults as well as young readers. ( )
  SheriAWilkinson | Mar 11, 2016 |
Narrated by Rachel Botchan. Milada and her family live happily in Czechoslovakia, with Milada vaguely aware of someone named Hitler and her grandmother’s dislike of him. One night, Nazis raid their village, rounding up all the families and taking them to a holding center in Poland. There Milada is separated from her loved ones because of her fair complexion and blonde hair. She and other physically similar girls are schooled in the history of Germany, the German language, the Nazi philosophy, and what it means to be a good Aryan. Milada fears forgetting her grandmother’s advice to “remember who you are.” Botchan's young voice matches Milada's age and nicely expresses her plaintive moments, but the pacing is off with long pauses and stops in odd places. Read the print edition instead. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Wonderfully written book that allows you to feel Milada's experience of being taken from her home by the Nazi soldiers. Wolf does a fantastic job of teaching readers how not only Jews were affected during the Holocaust, but also Christian children who looked like the perfect "Arayan" children. Milada is a strong character who does everything in her power to not forget her heritage, even after being given a new name, Eva, and being adopted by a high ranking Nazi family. ( )
  smheatherly2 | Apr 25, 2013 |
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To the children of Lidice, past and present, and to Pat, who stepped into the darkness to find the light
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In the spring of 1942, when the soldiers came to our town, my best friend, Terezie, and I had spent every day together, as usual.
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A gripping tale of one girl’s struggle against the Nazis.

“Remember who you are, Milada.” Milada’s grandmother says these words on the night the Nazi soldiers come to their home in Czechoslovakia. But what do they mean? She is Milada, who lives with her mama and papa, her brother and sister, and her beloved Babichka. Milada with the sun-kissed hair, eleven years old, fastest runner in her school. How could she ever forget?
Then the Nazis send Milada to a Lebensborn center in Poland, and Milada quickly discovers that holding on to her true identity will be the greatest struggle of her young life.

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From her home in Lidice, Czechoslovakia, in 1942, eleven-year-old Milada is taken with other blond, blue-eyed children to a school in Poland to be trained as "proper Germans" for adoption by German families, but all the while she remembers her true name and history.… (more)

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