Monday, March 21, 2011

Terezin: Voices From The Holocaust by Ruth Thomson

In Terezin: Voices from the Holocaust, by Ruth Thomson, you journey from pre-World War II to the end of the war focusing on the Holocaust but in particular a ghetto/concentration camp in Terezin, Czechoslovakia. Most of the people sent to Terezin died. They died either in Terezin due to health issues caused by ghetto life or during transport to Auschwitz, called going east , or in the gas chambers at Auschwitz. You see first-hand quotes, diary entries and drawings that were secretly hidden and every now and then a real photo of life in Terezin. This book gives you all the information you would ever want to know. It gives you information about what a ghetto/concentration camp is to even the food schedule.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about the Holocaust and anyone who likes to read interesting non-fiction books. Even if you do not like reading non-fiction this book makes it seem like you are reading a normal book just with facts thrown in. Having read other non-fiction books that can be heavy on the details, I thought the balance between the text and images were perfect.

In this book the life-like drawings make the reading more life-like and captivating. With quotes from real people that were in Terezin you really learn how horrible this was for all the Jewish people in the time period.

Reviewer Age:10
Reviewer City, State and Country: Rochester, New York United States