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Destined To Live: A True Story Of A Child In…

Destined To Live: A True Story Of A Child In The Holocaust

by Ruth Gruener

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This was a wonderful true story of a holocaust survivor, written as an autobiography. The author lived in hiding for much of the war, and successfully immigrated to New York after.

This book would be appropriate around 5th grade to be read independently, perhaps earlier if read with an adult. The vocabulary is simple, and is accessible for many levels of readers. This would be a good pre-cursor to reading Anne Frank, because it is shorter and has many photos. ( )
  pricelessreads | Jun 10, 2010 |
Ruth Gruener is a holocaust survivor and this book is an auto-biography (historical non-fiction) about herself. She describes in child language the story of her childhood from age 7 to about 16. She explains the hardships of hiding in a box for weeks at a time and then learning to walk again when she got out. Ruth ended up traveling to America to live after WWII and describes the difficult transition.
The character development of Ruth grew more and more and the book continued. At first the reader didn't know much about Ruth and her famiy and didn't feel emotionally attached when they lost their house and all their belongings. As the book continues Ruth's sincere, genuine personality is expressed and as a reader gets harder to watch her suffer pain. Ruth ends up surviving and has a happy ending to her life.
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Use- Read Aloud during WWII unit, Book Group for 5th graders, Auto-biography study ( )
  al04 | Apr 13, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 043989204X, Paperback)

What would you do if your whole life was shattered, and you were forced into hiding? This gripping, poignant memoir about coming of age during The Holocaust explores that question.

Pretty, carefree Aurelia Gamser (known today as Ruth Gruener) had an idyllic life in 1930s Poland -- until violent acts of anti-Semitism and the deportation of Jewish families to concentration camps changed everything in her world. Hiding out with a gentile family, her very life at risk every day, Ruth struggled to remain strong and sane. And though she was destined to live, her struggle continued after the war, when she began a new life in America, as a teenager who had been through horrors. This memoir will inspire countless readers and bestow important lessons about life, hope, and memory.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:16:44 -0400)

Having a normal and happy childhood in the 1930s in her community in Poland, a young girl explains how greatly things changed when acts of anti-Semitism began, families got deported, and her very life was put at risk after being forced into hiding with a family of brave gentiles upon the arrival of the Nazis.… (more)

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