Make Waves Teen Review

Surviving Hitler, by Andrea Warren

In Surviving Hitler, Janek “Jack” Mandelbaum tries to outwit the Nazis.  He is separated from family and friends, many of whom perished in the Holocaust.  It all began with the German invasion of Poland in September of 1939. 

Jack’s father fears their hometown, Gdynia, will be bombed, so they travel to Grandfather’s home in the countryside of Poland, and this is where Jack catches his first glimpse of the Nazis.  Jack and his family move again, and this time, Jack begins to strengthen his body by doing labor work. 

After this, Jack endures something similar to a “round up” and a separation that will last forever.  He enters the unfamiliar world of concentration camps.  While he outwits the Nazis, not many people he knows survive.  The author did a great job telling this story.  I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read non-fiction.

Hannah-Jane Macleod, age 14


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