Signs of Survival A Memoir of the Holocaust
I was my family's ears.
Meet Renee and Herta, two sisters who faced the unimaginable -- together. This is their true story.
As Jews living in 1940s Czechoslovakia, Renee, Herta, and their parents were in immediate danger when the Holocaust came to their door. As the only hearing person in her family, Renee had to alert her parents and sister whenever the sound of Nazi boots approached their home so they could hide.
But soon their parents were tragically taken away, and the two sisters went on the run, desperate to find a safe place to hide. Eventually they, too, would be captured and taken to the concentration camp Bergen-Belsen. Communicating in sign language and relying on each other for strength in the midst of illness, death, and starvation, Renee and Herta would have to fight to survive the darkest of times.
This gripping memoir, told in a vivid "oral history" format, is a testament to the power of sisterhood and love, and now more than ever a reminder of how important it is to honor the past, and keep telling our own stories.
What makes this memoir powerful is it's told in an oral history format. Readers can feel the loneliness, horror, that the sisters must have felt during this time. The memoir also personalizes what it must have been like to be a child witnessing and experiencing the horror of the Holocaust. The strength of this book has to be the power of the love of these two sisters that helps them survive through a dark time in history.
There's also photographs at the end of the book that show both sisters and the concentration camp they were liberated from.
Riveting memoir of two sisters who survived the Holocaust. I feel this book would be a perfect addition to elementary and middle school libraries.