The Magician of Auschwitz

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Young Werner arrives at the Family Camp of Auschwitz, but is aware this is a prison camp run by Nazis. He finds a spot on the third tier of sleeping pallets. In the middle of one night, he is awakened by guards. They don’t want Werner. They want the pale, older man who also sleeps there. The guards tell Herr Levin to perform tricks. They give him a deck of cards, and he performs flawless tricks. As time goes on and the guards come again and again, Herr Levin adds other magic tricks. He explains to Werner, it is a matter of life and death to perform well.

It’s hard to know how and when to introduce the story of the Holocaust to young children. This book is marketed for 3rd to 5th graders, and that is probably appropriate placement. It gives an introduction to the Holocaust without going into the true horrors of the time. This is a good introductory piece with a compelling true story. The back matter gives the facts of the story and some information about the Holocaust. This is a fine book, well designed and written for such a young age group.

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Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 32 pages
Publisher Second Story Press
Publish Date 2014-Sep-15
ISBN 9781927583463 Buy this Book
Issue November 2014
Category Children's


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