Rogasky says several times during her narrative that normal people in a normal world cannot imagine the horrors of Nazi Germany. This is true, yet she successfully draws a vivid picture of the world in which the Jews (and others) lived and died. The ghettoes, train rides, and concentration camps take on a stark new reality. The sorrows and secret, brief joys of the people who lived there are sensitively portrayed. Rogasky's prose has an underlying anger at the past; the reader feels and shares her almost-uncomprehending horror at the regime which changed the world. She employs the use of photographs, statistical reports and other original source materials to flesh out the narrative and bring the era to life.
This book is aimed specifically at middle-graders, and is not appropriate for younger readers. Parents should probably read along with their kid since they'll have lots of questions on the subject.
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