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Inge Auerbacher was only three years old,in , when the massive pogrom called Kristallnacht, or the Night of the Broken Glass took place. At the age of seven she was sent to Terezin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia.
In this incredible little book, Auerbacher tells of her experiences of being a little girl in Terezin concentration camp, one of the few young children who survived the death camps. As she recounts: "Of fifteen thousand children imprisoned in the Terezin concentration camps in Inge Auerbacher was only three years old,in , when the massive pogrom called Kristallnacht, or the Night of the Broken Glass took place. As she recounts: "Of fifteen thousand children imprisoned in the Terezin concentration camps in Czechoslovakia, between and , about one hundred survived.
I am one of them. At least one and a half children were killed in the Nazi Holocaust. The reason most of these children died is that they were Jewish". Auerbacher takes the horror of these years, and imparts a message of hope.
She has created an account for young readers of her experiences, in a book filled with moving poetry and with the aid of haunting illustrations by Israel Bernbaum. There are also several photographs of her home town and of Inge as a child and her family life. Auerbacher explains that the silent voices of the innocent children who died in the holocaust must be heard, and that is why felt compelled to trace the historical events that made this great evil possible and to tell her own story.
The author talks about her home town, Kippenheim, a village in southern Germany, where she was born in She recounts the iddylic existance of her family and community in Kippenheim, until the horrific events of Kristallnacht. She traces the roots of anti-Semitism for young readers, and summarizes the rise of Hitler, and the holocaust, before talking about her own story.
This nightmare will not let us sleep. A page in history; one must learn. Yesterday us, and tommorow your turn? Ada taught her a song about the Holy Land, and promised Inge that they would soon go to there, "Just hold on a little longer" she used to say. Another friend was Ruth, a beautiful blond little girl of mixed Jewish and Gentile blood, who was brought up as a Christian, and who loved to draw.
Ruth died in Terezin because her Jewish heritage, even though she never considered herself Jewish. Here we are with honour and pride, a new generation at our side, the silent voices join us today, Never, never again we hope and pray".
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