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Erika's Story

by Ruth Vander Zee

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A short story about a Jewish couple in Nazi controlled Europe, who had to make the heart wrenching decision to save their baby girl, and tossed her from a train. The baby girl (Erika) was found and raised by a woman with a good heart.
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Used in a Holocaust unit, to depict what kind of choices some families had to make during this time in our history. Invite discussion on what the student might have done in that situation, how would they have felt? Maybe a creative writing assignment.
  KButterfield | Dec 7, 2016 |
Incredibly courageous tale. A little gruesome for children, definitely for an older audience.
  kali.joy | Sep 22, 2015 |
It is the winter of 1944. In Nazi-occupied Europe, a Jewish couple realize their fate is sealed and make a heart-rending decision so that their infant daughter might live. Ruth Vander Zee's elegant narration and Roberto Innocenti's searing and beautiful illustrations combine to capture the fear, love, and sadness of a Holocaust survivor's story.(amazon)
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  AmyStepaniuk | Sep 21, 2015 |
Beautiful illustrations - picture book for all ages - tells the poignant story of a young girl in Nazi Germany who is separated from her Mother. ( )
  MichelleUnger | Oct 14, 2014 |
I liked this very inspiring story. Erika’s story is a picture book about the life story a woman named Erika who the author met, who was thrown out of rail car as a small child by her mother as the rail car was full of Jewish people on their way to be executed by the Nazis. The book is about her life afterwards, about how she was able to find happiness, keep her faith, and overcome the atrocities to which she was exposed. ( )
  alarso2 | May 18, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0224070150, Hardcover)

In a cattle car, on their way to death, Erika's family threw her to life. She was thrown from the train and taken to a woman who risked her life to care for this baby. She gave her a name, birthdate, a home, food, cloths and life. This is Erika's story of survival and courage during World War II.

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A woman recalls how she was thrown from a train headed for a Nazi death camp in 1944, raised by someone who risked her own life to save the baby's, and finally found some peace through her own family.

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