Berne, Emma Carlson. Escaping Nazis on the Kindertransport. Capstone Publishers 2017 112p $29.99. ISBN 978-1-5157-4545-7 ms Nonfiction VG-BN
This insightful book presents primary-source information about the Holocaust. Of the six million Jews killed by the Nazis, more than 1.5 million were children. The Kindertransport succeeded in rescuing nearly ten thousand children from the clutches of the Nazis. It began after Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, in November 1938, and lasted until the formal start of the war. The idea was proposed by a delegation of British Jewish leaders and members of the Society of Friends who requested their government offer sanctuary to Jewish children under the age of seventeen. Well-researched and well written, this book provides an excellent examination of one of mankind's darkest periods. It begins with a brief explanation of the rise of Hitler and his plans to annihilate the Jewish people, and discusses the Kindertransport through the first-person accounts of seven children who escaped. The difficulties and struggles these children had in leaving their families and going to a strange place are not minimized but explained in context. The author continues with a description of their trips by train and boat, their lives in England during and after the war and, while a few were amazingly lucky to reunite with their parents, their ultimate discovery that most of their families had perished in the concentration camps. Berne offers the information in a well balanced, succinct, and lucid manner. The writing is clear and concise, presenting the topic through both primary sources and narrative accounts. The text is enhanced by the inclusion of black-and-white photographs and documents, and maps. The book ends with a glossary, a timeline, a bibliography of books and Internet addresses, source notes, and an index.
Summary: This insightful book presents primary source information about the Holocaust. Of the six million Jews killed by the Nazis, more than 1.5 million were children. The Kindertransport succeeded in rescuing nearly ten thousand children from the clutches of the Nazis.
Kindertransport, Holocaust-Jewish -- Susan Ogintz