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We are Witnesses: Five Diaries of Teenagers Who Died in the Holocaust

by Jacob Boas

Published by Henry Holt, 1995
196 pages
ISBN: 0805037020

Age 12 and older

"The anguish of an entire generation" is expressed by five Jewish teenagers whose diaries are excerpted and carefully documented here by Boas, who is a Holocaust survivor. David Rubinowicz (Poland), Yitzak Rudashevski (Lithuania), Moshe Flinker (Holland) Éva Heyman (Hungary) and Anne Frank (Holland) never met each other, nor did they meet Boas. Each teenager found a means of intellectual stimulation, and all remained ethically alive during a time when, for each, hate and bigotry seemed to prevail. They did not known their powerful written testimonies would inform and inspire survivors and later generations. McKissack's moving introduction suggests the chilling consequences of ignoring the types of "race superiority" alive today. CCBC categories: HISTORICAL PEOPLE, PLACES AND EVENTS; ISSUES IN TODAY'S WORLD; BIOGRAPHY/AUTOBIOGRAPHY.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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