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This book features seven amazing true stories of brave boys and girls who escaped from the clutches of the Nazis during the Holocaust. Their compelling accounts are based on exclusive, personal interviews with the survivors. Using real names, dates and places, these stories are factual versions of their recollections. You will read how a brave teenage boy who was shot by a This book features seven amazing true stories of brave boys and girls who escaped from the clutches of the Nazis during the Holocaust. Their compelling accounts are based on exclusive, personal interviews with the survivors. Using real names, dates and places, these stories are factual versions of their recollections. You will read how a brave teenage boy who was shot by a Nazi guard still managed to escape the notorious Treblinka death camp... how a determined young girl who was repeatedly captured and tortured by the Nazis fled with her life time and again, including twice from a firing squad... how a 13-year-old boy with no possessions other than the clothes on his back survived for six months in Nazi-occupied territory... how a 12-year-old girl cheated death while she was being marched to the gas chamber... how a young Jewish girl talked her way out of a certain execution and then lived among the Nazis, pretending to be a Catholic... how a little boy survived a deadly Nazi ambush... how a young girl survived seven concentration camps, including the infamous Auschwitz II-Birkenau where she leaped out of a truck that was taking her directly to the gas chambers. Their compelling stories reveal that even in the darkest days of humanity, when all hope appears lost, the strength of the human spirit still shines brightly. (From Allan Zullo's website)


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This book features seven amazing true stories of brave boys and girls who escaped from the clutches of the Nazis during the Holocaust. Their compelling accounts are based on exclusive, personal interviews with the survivors. Using real names, dates and places, these stories are factual versions of their recollections. You will read how a brave teenage boy who was shot by a This book features seven amazing true stories of brave boys and girls who escaped from the clutches of the Nazis during the Holocaust. Their compelling accounts are based on exclusive, personal interviews with the survivors. Using real names, dates and places, these stories are factual versions of their recollections. You will read how a brave teenage boy who was shot by a Nazi guard still managed to escape the notorious Treblinka death camp... how a determined young girl who was repeatedly captured and tortured by the Nazis fled with her life time and again, including twice from a firing squad... how a 13-year-old boy with no possessions other than the clothes on his back survived for six months in Nazi-occupied territory... how a 12-year-old girl cheated death while she was being marched to the gas chamber... how a young Jewish girl talked her way out of a certain execution and then lived among the Nazis, pretending to be a Catholic... how a little boy survived a deadly Nazi ambush... how a young girl survived seven concentration camps, including the infamous Auschwitz II-Birkenau where she leaped out of a truck that was taking her directly to the gas chambers. Their compelling stories reveal that even in the darkest days of humanity, when all hope appears lost, the strength of the human spirit still shines brightly. (From Allan Zullo's website)

30 review for Escape: Children of the Holocaust

  1. 4 out of 5

    Julie Wright

    Sad stories because they are true. Thank you Sav for giving me this book from your book fair. WW11 intrigues me!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Martin Wallem

    Martin Wallem Nonfiction Mr Herman June 3, 2019 Spoilers Independent Reading Book Project: Review The book Escape is about the stories of children's journey through the Holocaust. In the book there are stories from seven different children who survived the holocaust. This book had few boring or slow parts. There were a lot of intense parts were the characters were in morbid danger. This book gave me a view into the brutal concentration camps during WW2 and I would suggest others to read it. Since th Martin Wallem Nonfiction Mr Herman June 3, 2019 Spoilers Independent Reading Book Project: Review The book Escape is about the stories of children's journey through the Holocaust. In the book there are stories from seven different children who survived the holocaust. This book had few boring or slow parts. There were a lot of intense parts were the characters were in morbid danger. This book gave me a view into the brutal concentration camps during WW2 and I would suggest others to read it. Since this book was composed of stories written by people people who actually experienced the holocaust it was very realistic. Unlike some other holocaust books this gives a full story through the person journey while other books miss out on important parts. This book is also very detailed and gives an almost in person view of what they experienced. “Alicia pulled her hand free and bolted. She zigzagged in a swath of bullets, trying to make it harder for the S.S. men to shot her. (Escape, Zullo, pg. 73)” Alicia is trying to escaping a mass execution and hide from the S.S. men. This book has the dates every so often which helps understand where/when the characters are during the war. “October 1938. Two Gestapo agents, backed by several armed S.S. officers with drawn guns, storm the apartment. (Escape, Zullo, pg. 7)” This is when David and his family were deported to Poland. This also taught me some history of when certain events happened during WW2 like the Final Solution which started in 1941. This book showed what is was like to be in a concentration camp during the Holocaust. There was minimal food and water in camps and most prisoners became skeleton looking figures because of this. Disease killed many prisoners and it easily spread because of close corters and bad to no sanitation. “Around this time, the camp was ravaged by a typhus epidemic. (Escape, Zullo, pg. 67)” But most prisoners were either worked to death, killed in gas chambers or were executed for being to weak work. I would recommend this book for others to read, especially if they are interested in the holocaust. This book shows the journey of seven brave children who survived the holocaust, and what they had to withstand. It is a very engaging book and doesn't get boring.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Allie Y

    "Escape, Children of the Holocaust" is about true stories of real kids that were in the Holocaust. Nazis were attacking innocent lives just because of their religion. All the Jews are trying to escape, including many children. The Children fight for their lives coming up with many escape plans and strategy's to possibly save their lives. Will they Escape? Their were many stories of innocent Children in this book. One Character that stood out to me, was a girl named Hanci. Hanci changed a lot in "Escape, Children of the Holocaust" is about true stories of real kids that were in the Holocaust. Nazis were attacking innocent lives just because of their religion. All the Jews are trying to escape, including many children. The Children fight for their lives coming up with many escape plans and strategy's to possibly save their lives. Will they Escape? Their were many stories of innocent Children in this book. One Character that stood out to me, was a girl named Hanci. Hanci changed a lot in the book, she went from having hope, and then losing it and then regaining her hope back again. As hard as the Holocaust was for Hanci she didn't want to give up she wanted to see her family again. She had many times where she did almost give up, but because of the inspiration from others she carried on. I really enjoyed the book "Escape" because of the history it teaches and all of the turning points in all the stories. This book was super interesting and I didn't want to put it down. It is a super inspiring book teaching who ever that reads it to be grateful for what they have. This book also teaches about history, it is always good to learn about new things. This was a super good book and I would recommend this to any body!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jamin

    Escape: Children of the Holocaust by Allan Zullo is an interesting book about how seven children survived the Holocaust. Each story is about twenty-five pages full of trauma and relief. The children are in their pre-teen years. Some get sent to camps, even when children weren’t supposed to. All of the children tried to save themselves and their families, but some had no family left after the Holocaust ended. There are two reasons why readers would like this book. One, it stirs up emotions. It is a Escape: Children of the Holocaust by Allan Zullo is an interesting book about how seven children survived the Holocaust. Each story is about twenty-five pages full of trauma and relief. The children are in their pre-teen years. Some get sent to camps, even when children weren’t supposed to. All of the children tried to save themselves and their families, but some had no family left after the Holocaust ended. There are two reasons why readers would like this book. One, it stirs up emotions. It is a sad reality of their experiences. Two, the stories are very interesting. Although this book is predictable, there is some suspense. The characters’ stories make for a sad-happy experience reading it. Most of the happiness came from the end of the stories, especially what their lives came to be. The book is about a piece of history and messes with the reader's’ emotions. People who like history or good stories would most likely enjoy this book. People who want a strong plot wouldn’t like it as much.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Gabi

    Escape: Children of the Holocaust tells the story of how seven children who managed to escape and survive one of the biggest and worst genocides in history. The name of each of the seven children is displayed as they recount their experiences. While this book is very informational and gives a lot of insight into what Jewish children were experiencing during the Holocaust, it can be a very heavy read that can evoke a lot of emotions. I even found myself having to take a break while reading. Since Escape: Children of the Holocaust tells the story of how seven children who managed to escape and survive one of the biggest and worst genocides in history. The name of each of the seven children is displayed as they recount their experiences. While this book is very informational and gives a lot of insight into what Jewish children were experiencing during the Holocaust, it can be a very heavy read that can evoke a lot of emotions. I even found myself having to take a break while reading. Since they are the stories of children, you become even more invested in their lives as a reader and feel for them more. However, I believe these stories deserve to be heard and this would be a good addition to a classroom of older students learning about the Holocaust or World War II. I think this would be better to read in small groups or as a class rather than alone because it can bring up topics that are new for students or ones that might make some students feel uncomfortable.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kristin Fisher

    This is a great book to read to the children or have the children read individually when learning about World War II and the Holocaust. Through these seven stories told by different children, you can really feel how terrifying and scary this time was. By reading the stories, you can start to feel the emotions these children were going through. Great descriptions of how life was before and during this time, as well as after. Sad event and sad story, but something that people need to be aware of a This is a great book to read to the children or have the children read individually when learning about World War II and the Holocaust. Through these seven stories told by different children, you can really feel how terrifying and scary this time was. By reading the stories, you can start to feel the emotions these children were going through. Great descriptions of how life was before and during this time, as well as after. Sad event and sad story, but something that people need to be aware of and know about.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Emily Younker

    Grades: 4+ Genre: Personal Narrative Within this emotional text, each chapter is unique to a new child focusing on their experiences through the Holocaust. Conducting this reading as a small group read will help students understand topics they may not know much about. This book is written to be read by students with accessible language and editing for appropriate age groups. Chapters include content such as escaping camps, deportation, family death/separation and many other related topics to the H Grades: 4+ Genre: Personal Narrative Within this emotional text, each chapter is unique to a new child focusing on their experiences through the Holocaust. Conducting this reading as a small group read will help students understand topics they may not know much about. This book is written to be read by students with accessible language and editing for appropriate age groups. Chapters include content such as escaping camps, deportation, family death/separation and many other related topics to the Holocaust.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten

    Holocaust stories are always difficult to read...but when they are about CHILDREN...times that by a million. My heart will always hurt, no matter how many different accounts I read. Studying this book as a part of sixth grade book club was great—it’s so important that they know these stories, and that it is never okay to treat any human in such an abominable manner. “This is not just a Jewish story. It’s a human story. If people don’t know the truth about the Holocaust, then it could happen agai Holocaust stories are always difficult to read...but when they are about CHILDREN...times that by a million. My heart will always hurt, no matter how many different accounts I read. Studying this book as a part of sixth grade book club was great—it’s so important that they know these stories, and that it is never okay to treat any human in such an abominable manner. “This is not just a Jewish story. It’s a human story. If people don’t know the truth about the Holocaust, then it could happen again to anybody, anywhere, at any time to any race or any color.”

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jake

    This was a very informative book. Multiple adults told their stories of themselves as children during the Holocaust sharing the stories of their experiences and what they went through. Most of them went to concentration camps, where living conditions were hard and everyone there was worked to almost absolute death. I would recommend this book to other people.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Maleena

    This book was very inspirational and moving. It told stories of survivors of the Holocaust with such detail, that it felt like you were experiencing those same things. Each of the seven stories was very enticing and drew the reader into what it felt like to be under the Nazi's control.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cipriani Graybosch

    this auto biography is about the children of the Holocaust it is super sad.would not recommend reading if you tear up easily.it shows how horrible the Nazi were to the Jews. they killed moms and dads separated family'es and killed children in gas chambers.this is my review of the book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Reese Mills

    This book is really good, but super sad at the same time. World War II is a very interesting war to learn about especially the Holocaust, but it's really sad. I don't read history books very often, but when I do I love it. It's really interesting to learn about different things from the past.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Autumn

    This book made me cry. The stories which were/are true life, we informative. This is definitely a book for 4th graders to adults to read. We must learn the stories of injustice to stop it’s spreading.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alexis

    I didn't like the writing style.I also didn't like the way that there was so many stories inside, I think I just wanted more from it and it didn't give that to me.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa

    The book was very interesting. The heart-wrenching stories had a big impact on my thoughts,and previous knowledge of the Holocaust.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kassidy

    I thought these stories in this book is a variety of different taste like survival, mystery, and it's based around true stories but putted into the authors words.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Traci

    My final book for 2017. The stories of these brave children will take your breath away make you cry and let you know how mentally and physically strong they are.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Mccall

    Sad story but great in that all the stories are true. Loved hearing about where these people are now. Perseverance at its finest.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Frankie K

    I kinda liked this book. Although I don't really like books like this, I thought it was interesting to know more facts about the Holocaust.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jaylie

    I liked this book. It was graphic at times, and I would say Grades 5+. It is nice how it has real stories and gives afterword.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    4.5 stars. I read Escape as a book group selection with 5th grade students. Important, historical and heartbreaking

  22. 4 out of 5

    Heyla Martin

    The book was very moving, and very eye opening about what World War Two was really like. The book is about different children that were captured, and escaped during the holocaust.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    The book gives a detailed account some children's experiences during the Holocaust. It is an important read for children in grade 6 and up.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Sampson

    Such a great book! Each chapter was a short story about a child who suffered during the holocaust. I loved reading about those events from the perspective of a child.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Hollis

    Zullo's Escape is a marvelous book and I would definitely recommend it. This book is great for anyone interested in the Holocaust especially the people and children of the Holocaust. This is a graphic book that contains very sad and gruesome content but if you can get past that is a very amazing book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    This book by far has changed my mind made me get intrested in reading again!!!! this book if you get it will blow your mind away on how people in the holocaust had to suffer trew thier struggle. it is a non fiction book and it has stories inside of the people (kids) that where between the ages of third teen and seventh teen and in there point of view it showed how family members from them where shot down or worked to death. when i was reading this i got really sorry because the story of eddy rem This book by far has changed my mind made me get intrested in reading again!!!! this book if you get it will blow your mind away on how people in the holocaust had to suffer trew thier struggle. it is a non fiction book and it has stories inside of the people (kids) that where between the ages of third teen and seventh teen and in there point of view it showed how family members from them where shot down or worked to death. when i was reading this i got really sorry because the story of eddy reminded me of what i would have felt if i lost my brother. eddy was shot in the shoulder i think and his brother dragged eddy to a pile of clothes and hid him there for some hours and eddy was losing to much blood his brother took him to the doctor he healed him but eddy was dying of thirst and his brother got his water and gave it to him and one day.... eddy was waiting for his brother and... he never came back. someone told him that his brother might have been pushed into a gas chamber... and that connected to me because eddy is my age and his brother was my brother age so i felt pain inside because i dont know what i would do if i was to lose my brother i would have probably killed my self. eddy tough he joined with this kid and they where going to escape and at the end they escaped but i was really connecting with eddy story. if you had a younger brother you would probably read this to because you dont know what you had until it's gone and ya sometimes you get in fights with your brother but he should really mean allot to you even if he is younger or older and there is this one other story for girls but i am not going to spoil it if you need your going to have to read this by your self. i gave this awesome book a five because it really touched my heart.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Santos

    This book by far has changed my mind made me get intrested in reading again!!!! this book if you get it will blow your mind away on how people in the holocaust had to suffer trew thier struggle. it is a non fiction book and it has stories inside of the people (kids) that where between the ages of third teen and seventh teen and in there point of view it showed how family members from them where shot down or worked to death. when i was reading this i got really sorry because the story of eddy rem This book by far has changed my mind made me get intrested in reading again!!!! this book if you get it will blow your mind away on how people in the holocaust had to suffer trew thier struggle. it is a non fiction book and it has stories inside of the people (kids) that where between the ages of third teen and seventh teen and in there point of view it showed how family members from them where shot down or worked to death. when i was reading this i got really sorry because the story of eddy reminded me of what i would have felt if i lost my brother. eddy was shot in the shoulder i think and his brother dragged eddy to a pile of clothes and hid him there for some hours and eddy was losing to much blood his brother took him to the doctor he healed him but eddy was dying of thirst and his brother got his water and gave it to him and one day.... eddy was waiting for his brother and... he never came back. someone told him that his brother might have been pushed into a gas chamber... and that connected to me because eddy is my age and his brother was my brother age so i felt pain inside because i dont know what i would do if i was to lose my brother i would have probably killed my self. eddy tough he joined with this kid and they where going to escape and at the end they escaped but i was really connecting with eddy story. if you had a younger brother you would probably read this to because you dont know what you had until it's gone and ya sometimes you get in fights with your brother but he should really mean allot to you even if he is younger or older and there is this one other story for girls but i am not going to spoil it if you need your going to have to read this by your self. i gave this awesome book a five because it really touched my heart.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    March 2011 Although this is written for kids, it's not really subject matter for kids. At least not any as young as mine. Rosa became interested in the Holocaust when we were at the musuem in DC last summer. She discovered this book and really wanted to read it/hear it, but when she had a nightmare about it, I decided that was enough for now. Maybe we'll continue when she's older. The stories are definitely interesting, but also graphic, disturbing, and heartbreaking. True to life! October 2012 Re March 2011 Although this is written for kids, it's not really subject matter for kids. At least not any as young as mine. Rosa became interested in the Holocaust when we were at the musuem in DC last summer. She discovered this book and really wanted to read it/hear it, but when she had a nightmare about it, I decided that was enough for now. Maybe we'll continue when she's older. The stories are definitely interesting, but also graphic, disturbing, and heartbreaking. True to life! October 2012 Ready to try it again! January 2013 We did it! We finished the book! It was very good in an educational way. Each of the stories is about a child who actually escaped and survived the Holocaust. Even though it is hard to read and imagine the horrors these children went through, they all have happy endings with their survival. We were fascinated to learn that most of the children these stories focused on eventually ended up in the United States and spoke publicly about their experiences. Several of them are volunteers at the very same Holocaust Museum that inspired Rosa to read this book in the first place!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rose Goodwin

    As I looked for books on this subject, I wondered if there was one that older elementary children might read that would be appropriate. The author did a great job taking down these true stories and not being too graphic, but still portray a time in history that should not be forgotten. The stories show a strength and courage to stand up for your faith and keep your humanity while others try to take it away from you. It is nonfiction, but so grievous that you cannot fathom what these seven differ As I looked for books on this subject, I wondered if there was one that older elementary children might read that would be appropriate. The author did a great job taking down these true stories and not being too graphic, but still portray a time in history that should not be forgotten. The stories show a strength and courage to stand up for your faith and keep your humanity while others try to take it away from you. It is nonfiction, but so grievous that you cannot fathom what these seven different children went through. I like that each story gives the child's recent history and how they developed into adults. The author also provided a map at the beginning of the book of where these camps and ghettos were located. The author's note says that this is a celebration of the "human spirit." The book would be good for biographies or testimonials of history and survival. Some children who like to read nonfiction, and have a prior knowledge of the Holocaust, would take to heart this book and understand just how incredible these children are. Reading level:5 Guided Reading (as suggested on the end cover of the book)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nick Alexander

    You are 13 years old in 1940 and you and your family are Jewish people living in Germany! You have heard horrifying and disturbing stories of Nazies kicking down doors and destroying every Jewish man , woman , child they come across! You are terrified of that possible fate so your family decides to leave everything you have and seek refuge in an allied country.But it could be too late the German soldiers are near but it is your only option. ESCAPE! The book Escape Tales of the Holocaust tells st You are 13 years old in 1940 and you and your family are Jewish people living in Germany! You have heard horrifying and disturbing stories of Nazies kicking down doors and destroying every Jewish man , woman , child they come across! You are terrified of that possible fate so your family decides to leave everything you have and seek refuge in an allied country.But it could be too late the German soldiers are near but it is your only option. ESCAPE! The book Escape Tales of the Holocaust tells stories like this to show the hardship Jewish kids had to go through. These tales are told in gripping detail and makes you feel for the children and wonder… How could any human possible commit such horrifying actions?! The book tells these kids stories in ways that will inspire you! I recommend this book to anyone interested in major world history events are WW2 fans that want to learn stories told from the mouths of normal people and not from the soldiers on the front line of combat. This is a great inspiring book that i give 4 out of 5 stars!

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