Authors: Eleanor H. Ayer, Helen Waterford, and Alfons Heck
Topic: The Holocaust
Grade Level: 8 - 12
Rating by: Ann B.
(4) Yes and also includes historical notes, primary sources, etc.*
(2) A few inaccurate or misleading portrayals
(1) Not a bit
* It is a first-person account.
(4) Everyone - even the most reluctant readers – can get on board(3) Can be used for a whole class read
(2) Can only be used with a small high-powered reading group
(1) Recommend only to students that love reading
An Engaging Story?
(4) Almost all students will beg to keep reading
(3) Most students will get caught up in the story
(2) Some students will read ahead by mistake
(1) Students will groan when the book is mentioned
(4) Students will still be talking about it in the hallway
(3) Will prompt discussion about major issues in the past as well as today
(2) Will prompt discussion about the characters and the events in the book(1) Will not prompt discussion
Amazon's Product Description:
"She was a young German Jew. He was an ardent member of the Hitler Youth.
This is the story of their parallel journey through World War II.
Helen Waterford and Alfons Heck were born just a few miles from each other in the German Rhineland. But their lives took radically different courses: Helen's to the Auschwitz extermination camp; Alfons to a high rank in the Hitler Youth.
While Helen was hiding in Amsterdam, Alfons was a fanatic believer in Hitler's "master race." While she was crammed in a cattle car bound for the death camp Auschwitz, he was a teenage commander of frontline troops, ready to fight and die for the glory of Hitler and the Fatherland. This book tells both of their stories, side-by-side, in an overwhelming account of the nightmare that was WWII. The riveting stories of these two remarkable people must stand as a powerful lesson to us all."
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