Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy was another book that I couldn’t resist while at the library. It’s another holocaust book, I seem to be reading a lot of these lately. Why am I so drawn to the misery of others?
A Middle Grade Fiction book, Yellow Star tells the true story of Jennifer Roy’s aunt. From the prologue, an excerpt from an interview with Sylvia Perlmutter, March 2003.
In 1939, the Germans invaded the town of Lodz, Poland. They forced all of the Jewish people to live in a small part of the city called a ghetto. They buildt a barbed-wire fence around it and posted Nazi guards to keep everyone inside it.
Two hundred and seventy thousand people lived in the lodz ghetto.
In 1945, the war ended. The Germans surrendered and the ghetto was liberated. Out of more than a quarter of a million people, only about 800 walked out of the ghetto. Of those who survived, only twelve were children.
I was one of the twelve.
This was an amazing story! Everything surrounding the Holocaust and WWII is incredible in the fact that everybody who survived it has a story to tell. Sylvia spent six years of her young childhood (age four to ten) in the ghetto. She didn’t understand the things she saw or heard around her. It was only through the sheer cunningness of her father that she was able to survive, especially as all children were systematically taken emptied from the ghetto and taken to concentration camps where they were killed.
Told in beautiful free verse, Yellow Star was a quick read that lingers with you far after you’ve finished the last page. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.
Visit Jennifer Roy’s website here.