Thursday, May 7, 2009

Luba: The Angel of Bergen-Belsen

LubaThe angel of Bergen-Belsen

As told to Michelle R. McCann by Luba Tryszynska-Frederick

Illustrated by Ann Marshall

Publisher: Tricycle Press, 2003

ISBN #: 978-1-58246-098-7

Summary:

Luba Tryszynska questioned why she was spared death as she spent her first night at the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp. When she discovers a group of children hiding from the Nazi guards she has her answer. She was spared to protect these lost children. Knowing she faced execution if caught, Luba risked her life to bring food and provide shelter for these children. She succeeded in keeping them safe until the camp was liberated by British soldiers.

My Thoughts About This Book:

This story was extremely moving and inspirational. Luba truly exemplifies the definition of an angel for her selfless acts during one of the most horrific events in history. This story is well-written and Luba's voice is what you hear as you read the words. This is a story that needs to be read, and would be a must read for any unit on the Holocaust. I particularly enjoyed the afterward where the follow-up to Luba's story was shared as well as photographs. These additions helped bring the story further to life, and I enjoyed learning how the children thanked Luba for her help. Ann Marshall's oil and collage illustrations are the perfect touch for rounding out this beautiful story.

Review Excerpts:

From Booklist: "Just when it seems a nonfiction Holocaust book can't tell us anything new, along comes a story like this one, an inspiring, upbeat, true rescue account that is essential to the history. Just when it seems a nonfiction Holocaust book can't tell us anything new, along comes a story like this one, an inspiring, upbeat, true rescue account that is essential to the history."

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