The Prisoners of Breendonk: Personal Histories from a World War II Concentration Camp by James M. DeemThe Prisoners of Breendonk: Personal Histories from a World War II Concentration Camp by James M. Deem

The Prisoners of Breendonk: Personal Histories from a World War II Concentration Camp

byJames M. Deem

Hardcover | August 4, 2015

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Fort Breendonk was used to protect Antwerp, Belgium, from possible German invasion.&nbspIt looked like a small castle, but it was damaged in&nbspWorld War I&nbspand fell into disrepair . . . until the Nazis took it over in 1940, calling it a "reception" camp that held prisoners in transit from one camp to another. It soon became one of most brutal concentration camps in World War II.&nbspAbout 3,500 prisoners were held there-only 10 percent survived.&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp With access&nbspto the camp and its archives, and never-before-seen photographs and artwork, James M. Deem shares some of the countless stories of the individuals at Breendonk and offers readers an in-depth historical and anthropological look into the&nbsplives of those who suffered and survived the Breendonk concentration camp during World War&nbspII. For those who are interested in the Holocaust, these stories will be ones they've not yet encountered.
James M. Deem is the author of numerous books of nonfiction and fiction for children, including  Faces From The Past: Forgotten People of North America  and the 2009 Sibert Honor Book, Bodies From The Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery Of The Past . A retired college professor, Deem and his wife live in Tucson, Arizon...
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Title:The Prisoners of Breendonk: Personal Histories from a World War II Concentration CampFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.01 inPublished:August 4, 2015Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0544096649

ISBN - 13:9780544096646

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*Liberally illustrated with black-and-white photographs of the camp, its officials, and the prisoners, the book is well written and well organized." - School Library Journal, starred review * "A sobering study of man's inhumanity to man, and an important book that demands serious consideration and discussion." - Booklist, starred review "Breendonk does not share the infamy of such Nazi concentration camps as Buchenwald or Dachau, but in this insightful and revealing history, Deem rescues this Belgian prison from near obscurity and tells the stories of some of the thousands who suffered and died there. " -Kirkus "Deem tells a chronological history of Breendonk by weaving together dozens of personal histories? For many, Breendonk had been only the beginning, and by following a handful of prisoners to their various ends, Deem illustrates that each story had a unique trajectory." -Horn Book Magazine "Deem's unflinching look at the prisoner experience at Breendonk? gives voice to Breendonk's victims? a thorough history." -VOYA "