"In 1945 the war ended. The Germans surrendered, and the ghetto was liberated. Out of over a quarter of a million people, about 800 walked out of the ghetto. Of those who survived, only twelve were children. I was one of the twelve." For more than fifty years after the war, Syvia, like many Holocaust survivors, did not talk about her experiences in the Lodz ghetto in Poland. She buried her past in order to move forward. But finally she decided it was time to share her story, and so she told it to her niece, who has re-told it here using free verse inspired by her aunt. This is the true story of Syvia Perlmutter—a story of courage, heartbreak, and finally survival despite the terrible circumstances in which she grew up. A timeline, historical notes, and an author's note are included.
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Jennifer Roy is the author of more than thirty books for children and young adults, including Israel: Discovering Cultures and Mindblind. A former Gifted and Talented teacher, she holds a BS in Psychology and an MA in Elementary Education. Yellow Star is based on the childhood of Jennifer’s aunt Sylvia, who provided extensive interviews as the author was writing this book. Jennifer Roy lives in upstate New York with her husband and son.From AudioFile:
This powerful work relates the story of Syvia Perlmutter, one of only 12 Jewish children to survive the Lodz ghetto in Poland during WWII. The author, Syvia's niece, wrote the story in a poetic first-person narrative that begins in the late thirties and concludes when the ghetto is liberated. Christina Moore's performance captures the terror, bewilderment, and deprivation experienced by Syvia and thousands of others. For history like this, audio is even more compelling than print in its ability to engage listeners. One hears the marching Nazi boots, the bombing airplanes, and the screams of parents whose children are being ripped from their arms. Moore uses a subdued tone, completely appropriate for the telling of this story. Her performance brings an immediacy and intensity to the atrocities that we read about in history books. M.H.N. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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