Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Emil and Karl

Read the forward of this book before you begin the book. Yankev Glatshteyn wrote this book in 1940 in Yiddish. A little knowledge of world history will tell you that this is a time before most American realized what was happening in Europe to the Jews and other minority groups.

As the book opens you meet Karl, who lives in Vienna, as his mother is brutally taken away by Nazis. Not knowing where to go, he turns to his friend Emil, a Jewish boy who has been recently persecuted at school. He finds Emil’s father has been taken by the Nazis and murdered. As the story continues, the boys are homeless.

In the midst of all the hatred that was perpetrated by the Nazis, there are still good and kind people who are willing to help these boys and other people like them. I found this book mesmerizing! To think that this novel was written in 1940!

This is a must read for those of you who want to learn about the Holocaust and how it began.

To learn about the author (also known as Jacob Glatstein)

Holocaust Timeline

What is happening in the world in 1940

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