Dear Canada: Pieces of the Past: The Holocaust Diary of Rose Rabinowitz, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1948 by Carol MatasDear Canada: Pieces of the Past: The Holocaust Diary of Rose Rabinowitz, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1948 by Carol Matas

Dear Canada: Pieces of the Past: The Holocaust Diary of Rose Rabinowitz, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1948

byCarol Matas

Hardcover | February 1, 2013

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A young Jewish girl recounts her experiences during a horrifying time in recent history.

As Rose begins her diary, she is in her third home since coming to Winnipeg. Traumatized by her experiences in the Holocaust, she struggles to connect with others, and above all, to trust again.

When her new guardian, Saul, tries to get Rose to deal with what happened to her during the war, she begins writing in her diary about how she survived the murder of the Jews in Poland by going into hiding.

Memories of herself and her mother being taken in by those willing to risk sheltering Jews, moving from place to place, being constantly on the run to escape capture, begin to flood her diary pages. Recalling those harrowing days, includingwhen they stumbled on a resistance cell deep in the forest and lived underground in filthy conditions, begins to take its toll on Rose.

As she delves deeper into her past, she is haunted by the most terrifying memory of all. Will she find the courage to bear witness to her mother's ultimate sacrifice?

Carol Matas is the award-winning author of more than thirty books for children and young adults, and is best known for her acclaimed historical fiction. Her awards include the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young Readers as well as two nominations for the Governor General's Award. Carol lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Vi...
Title:Dear Canada: Pieces of the Past: The Holocaust Diary of Rose Rabinowitz, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1948Format:HardcoverDimensions:168 pages, 7.66 × 5.54 × 0.65 inPublished:February 1, 2013Publisher:Scholastic Canada LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443113077

ISBN - 13:9781443113076

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! Very educational about a scary time in Canadian history. It allows you to get inside this young girls head and know what she is going through, letting you feel what she feels.
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pieces of the Past I read this book over 4 times. May I just say that every single time I read it, I was in love! This book has romance, family issues, and the thing that flabbergasts us all... The Holocaust.
Date published: 2015-05-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Good Read Yet another Holocaust centered Dear Canada book by Matas! This book felt like a two in one sort of story - it flip flops between present day entries of a young girl to her writing about memories. While it was interesting to read in that way, I do prefer her other Winnipeg set story Turned Away to this one. The best part about this book was that it hit home for me - taking place in my city & even mentioning a house on my own street! The worst thing about this book was how short it was - on the shelf it's almost only half the size as compared to other books in the series. Overall, this is a good one for the collection!
Date published: 2015-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional Tale of Polish Ghetto Orphan I knew this would be good when I noted that Carol Matas was the author. One always has to look to the title page to find the author on these books, so it's like a hidden treasure when you see a favourite author there. This is an outstanding book in the series and really adds to the collection and children's Holocaust stories in general by its topic and the way it's presented. From a Canadian pov the book concerns a fictional Polish Jewish orphan who has emigrated to Manitoba, Canada and her diary entries always start with a little bit about what life is like for her now in the new country. The majority of the book, though, is about her writing down her memories, with the help of other Polish orphans at a monthly meeting place, as she remembers what happened to her during the war. Being only five at the start of Poland's Nazi invasion her story becomes clearer the older she becomes in her retelling. At one point a cousin finds her through a letter, who has settled in the new state of Israel and through this and the local news Matas also brings to the table the beginning of the settling of Israel and the immediate fighting between Israel and Palestine from day one that continues to this very day. This book is most suitable for the upper ages of the Dear Canada's age range of 8-12 as Matas does not pull any punches in her writing; she never does. While keeping the information age appropriate she does impart the horrors and terrors that occurred during this bloody, hateful period in world history. Rose's diary in the end becomes a record of the death of each member of her immediate family and also contains a strong religious flavour. As usual I greatly enjoy the end matter in this series which starts with an epilogue that briefly wraps up the lives of the fictional characters. This is followed by an in depth historical note about the events surrounding the time period in which the story takes place and finally ends with photographs from the era. There are some stunning pictures of the Polish Ghetto and Resistance Fighters here. The book also mentions several times a fact that is not publicized enough in my opinion, in fact I only learned of it some years ago myself, that Canada and the other Allied countries refused Jewish immigration during the war years and even after the war it took much too long, in my opinion, for Canada to open up it's Immigration to the Jews. This story concerns the 1947 immigration policy which allowed 1,000 European Jewish children into Canada on the assumption the Canadian Jewish Congress took full responsibility for them. A must read.
Date published: 2014-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insightful I found the book to be both interesting and insightful. The author portrayed Jews in the Holocaust very well. I never thought about war orphans like that, how their experiences had shaped how they viewed the world and their place in it.
Date published: 2013-06-05

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Dear Canada: Pieces of the Past"Once you start reading it you can't put it down." -The National Post (Diana Brimbecom, age 10)"Matas's book is a moving work of historical fiction." -Jewish Tribune"Historical fiction may tell of the past - but for prolific novelist Carol Matas, it must be applicable to the present. That's why it's important for school-age students to encounter such stories as her newest novel for young people, Pieces of the Past: the Holocaust Diary of Rose Rabinowitz." -The Winnipeg Free Press"[Pieces of the Past is] a work of art that is sure to resonate with an older audience as well as a teenaged one. The prose is crisp and well constructed, the dialogue is authentic, and she demonstrates a willingness to delve into sometimes painful subjects." -The Jewish Post and News"This is a powerful, deeply affecting book . . . an outstanding addition to the series, and I recommend it highly." -Resource Links