Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps by Andrea WarrenSurviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps by Andrea Warren

Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps

byAndrea Warren

Paperback | September 17, 2002

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The life-changing story of a young boy’s struggle for survival in a Nazi-run concentration camp. Narrated in the voice of Holocaust survivor Jack Mandelbaum, this harrowing true story includes black-and-white photos from the archives of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

When twelve-year-old Jack Mandelbaum is separated from his family and shipped off to the Blechhammer concentration camp, his life becomes a never-ending nightmare. With minimal food to eat and harsh living conditions threatening his health, Jack manages to survive by thinking of his family.

In this Robert F. Silbert Honor book, readers will glimpse the dark reality of life during the Holocaust, and how one boy made it out alive.

  • William Allen White Award Winner
  • Robert F. Silbert Honor
  • ALA Notable Children’s Book
  • VOYA Nonfiction Honor Book
  • Andrea Warren says, "I'm always looking behind facts and dates in search of how extraordinary times impact ordinary people. I think the most engaging way to study history is by seeing it through the eyes of participants. Each of us wants to know, If that had been me at that time, in that place, what would I have done? What would have h...
    Title:Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death CampsFormat:PaperbackPublished:September 17, 2002Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

    The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

    ISBN - 10:0060007672

    ISBN - 13:9780060007676

    Appropriate for ages: 10 - 10


    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Poignant Memoir "First they came for the Communists And I did not speak out Because I was not a Communist Then they came for the Socialists And I did not speak out Because I was not a Socialist Then they came for the trade unionists And I did not speak out Because I was not a trade unionist Then they came for the Jews And I did not speak out Because I was not a Jew Then they came for me And there was no one left To speak out for me" - First They Came, Pastor Martin Niemoller A poignant memoir of Jack Mandelbaum, a Holocaust survivor, who was separated from his family at age 15 when he was sent to concentration camp. He spent the next 3 years of his life in a series of concentration camps and known as #16013, where numbers were used by the Nazis as a way to strip off your identity & dehumanize you. He endured unimaginable hardships - malnutrition, hard labour, lice, dysentery, inclement weather, brutal living conditions. He survived these horrific atrocities through the friendships he forged, and above all, he was determined not to hate his captors & vowed to see his family again. I enjoyed this memoir. It was well written with mellifluous storytelling. It chronicled Jack's life from the beginning, his captivity, liberation & his life after the war. What I find that is different in this memoir was that Jack shared about the time after his liberation, & the effects of the imprisonment to its survivors. He and all the other survivors endured physical & mental distress from the imprisonment. I find it so heartbreaking & harrowing at the same time. I read a lot of memoirs about Holocaust survivors over the years. They may seem to be similar in a way but I see each of their stories as personal & unique. I admired their strength & will to survive, their willingness to share their stories & the most admirable & strongest virtue is their forgiveness towards their captors. It is not an easy task and yet sometimes forgiveness may be the only path we ought to take in order to move on.
    Date published: 2018-06-24

    Editorial Reviews

    “A valuable addition to Holocaust literature for children and teens and should be in every middle school collection.”