We Are Witnesses

Five Diaries of Teenagers Who Died in the Holocaust

Jacob Boas

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The five diarists in this book did not survive the war. But their words did. Each diary reveals one voice, one teenager coping with the impossible. We see David Rubinowicz struggling against fear and terror. Yitzhak Rudashevski shows us how Jews clung to culture, to learning, and to hope, until there was no hope at all. Moshe Ze’ev Flinker is the voice of religion, constantly seeking answers from God for relentless tragedy. Eva Heyman demonstrates the unquenchable hunger for life that sustained her until the very last moment. And finally, Anne Frank reveals the largest truth they all left for us: Hitler could kill millions, but he could not destroy the human spirit. These stark accounts of how five young people faced the worst of human evil are a testament, and an inspiration, to the best of the human soul.

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“Holocaust survivor Boas bears powerful witness to what happened to ordinary families as they were crowded into the ghettos, persecuted, and murdered.”—Booklist, Starred Review

“The cumulative effect of the five journals is overwhelming.”—The Horn Book Magazine

“Boas brilliantly unfolds the history of the Holocaust through poignant excerpts from five teenagers’ wartime diaries, enhanced with skillful commentary.”—Publishers Weekly

“A riveting collection of texts that, rather than variations on a theme, remain stubbornly individualistic, adding up to a stereoscopic vision of the Holocaust.”—Kirkus Reviews

“We are privy to the thoughts of five adolescents who wrote about, and then died because of, the Nazis’ persecution of the Jews.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Starred Review

“Boas ably guides the reader through these literary landscapes of hell, where none of the writers survived. . . . [These] young people make the accounts more universal, and permit us to see the common humanity of each of these different witnesses.”—Jewish Bulletin

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Jacob Boas

Jacob Boas is a Holocaust survivor who was born in a concentration camp. He has a Ph.D. in modern European history and is a historian, writer, and translator. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife.

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We Are Witnesses
Five Diaries of Teenagers Who Died in the Holocaust
Jacob Boas

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American Library Association Notable Children's Books, NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, Booklist Editors' Choice

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March 2009
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ISBN: 9780312535674
ISBN10: 0312535678
Young Adult Nonfiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 208 pages
Age Range: 11 to 15
Grade Range: 6 to 10 Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 970L
F&P Level A-Z: Y
AR Quiz Number: 14905
AR Points: 8

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