Destined to Live : A True Story of a Child in the Holocaust

by Ruth Gruener

Other authorsRachel Klein
Paper Book, 2007


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J 1938 POL


New York : Scholastic, c2007.


Pretty, carefree Aurelia Gamser (known today as Ruth Gruener) had an idyllic life in 1930s Poland -- until violent acts of anti-Semitism and the deportation of Jewish families to concentration camps changed everything in her world. Hiding out with a gentile family, her very life at risk every day, Ruth struggled to remain strong and sane. And though she was destined to live, her struggle continued after the war, when she began a new life in America, as a teenager who had been through horrors. This memoir will inspire countless readers and bestow important lessons about life, hope, and memory.

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This was a wonderful true story of a holocaust survivor, written as an autobiography. The author lived in hiding for much of the war, and successfully immigrated to New York after.

This book would be appropriate around 5th grade to be read independently, perhaps earlier if read with an adult. The
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vocabulary is simple, and is accessible for many levels of readers. This would be a good pre-cursor to reading Anne Frank, because it is shorter and has many photos.
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156 p.; 19 cm




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