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Fireflies in the Dark: The Story of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis and the…

by Susan Goldman Rubin

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An amazing story of yet another hero amidst the Holocaust, Friedl Dicker-Brandeis. I was so inspired by her efforts to provide the children in Terezin with as positive as an experience as could be expected, and I enjoyed learning about her independent personality and flare for artistic style as presented in this book. The artwork and photographs from the plays included in the book also make it an invaluable collection of primary resources for any Holocaust unit. ( )
  jcarroll12 | Jul 28, 2014 |
If you enjoyed Hana's Suitcase, you will love this book. It puts a face to the brave adults who chose to not give up, no matter the circumstances, and continue to provide children with a hopeful future. The story of Friedl is so inspiring. I wondered if Friedl was one of Hana's teachers in Terezin. It's a wonderful read and I would definitely recommend it. ( )
  Kbernard | Jul 1, 2014 |
7 - 12 years of age. Biography of a selfless artist sent to a concentration camp with children in Terezin, Czechoslovakia in 1942. She packed her bags with art supplies and paper to have something to share with the children to take their minds off of where they were.Copies of original artwork is scattered throughout the book. This is a very powerful book that has 8 chapters. It should be read carefully with time to ponder what is happening. ( )
  1derlys | Apr 13, 2013 |
This is the remarkable story of how one person's love and understanding of the importance of artistic expression can touch and heal.Friedl Dicker-Brandeis was a very well known artist in Austria who was deported to a Jewish ghetto called Terezin in 1942. During her time at Terezín, she gave art lessons and lectures to the others in the camp, especially the children. When packing for her transfer to the ghetto, Friedl chose to bring more art supplies than anything else because she knew that there would be so many children who would need an outlet to express their thoughts and fears in order to help them cope.
The book is filled with images from the work produced by her students, most of whom died at the tender ages of 12-14 after being transported to Auschwitz. In the two years at Terezin, 4,500 drawings were produced.
This is an extremely powerful story that I think should be read after Hana's Suitcase, because Hana Brady had been one of her students. ( )
  KellyLPickett | Mar 28, 2013 |
Friedl Dicker-Brandeis is a Bauhus trained artist from Prague being held as a prisoner in Terezin. I liked this book because she teaches the children to draw and it helps them get throught their fears. The children expressed themselves in their artwork. The artwork and pictures throughout the book were helpful to understand what was going on and see the results of Dicker-Brandeis' teaching. This book was inspirational because even though they were in concentration camps, they fond something to ease the pain. ( )
  ArielDean | Jan 29, 2013 |
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Bauhaus trained, she taught art to children in a concentration camp.

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Covers the years during which Friedl Dicker, a Jewish woman from Czechoslovakia, taught art to children at the Terezin Concentration Camp. Includes art created by teacher and students, excerpts from diaries, and interviews with camp survivors.

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