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Prisoner B-3087

by Alan Gatz

Published by Scholastic Press, 2013
260 pages
ISBN: 978𢠧45-459013

Age 14 and older

A novel based on the actual experiences of a Holocaust survivor follows Yanek Gruener from 1939 through his release from Dachau in 1945. During the intervening years, Yanek and his family see their neighborhood in Krak體, Poland become a ghetto after the Nazi occupation and eventually lose their home. For a time they live in a pigeon coop on an apartment building rooftop, but when his parents are grabbed from the street while out buying bread, thirteen-year-old Yanek is left alone. Yanek is sent to Plasz體, a nearby labor camp, and from there he抯 moved to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, then Trzebinia, Birkenau, Auschwitz, and other camps, ending up at Dachau in 1945 when it is liberated by U.S. troops. Yanek抯 story is one of horror upon horror, but his determination to survive helps him make it through incarceration in ten concentration camps. In an afterword, Alan Gratz states that he has altered Jack Gruener抯 experiences with his permission to 損aint a fuller and more representative picture of the Holocaust as a whole.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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