Thanks to My Mother

Thanks to My Mother

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Susie Weksler was only eight when Hitler's forces invaded her Lithuanian city of Vilnius. Over the next few years, she endured starvation, brutality, and forced labor in three concentration camps. With courage and ingenuity, Susie's mother helped her to survive--by disguising her as an adult to fool the camp guards, finding food to add to their scarce rations, and giving her the will to endure. This harrowing memoir portrays the best and worst of humanity in heartbreaking scenes you will never forget.
Winner of the Mildred L. Batchelder Award
An ALA Notable Book
An NCSS-CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 246 pages
  • 149.86 x 220.98 x 20.32mm | 317.51g
  • PUFFIN
  • Hawthorn, Australia
  • English
  • Reprint
  • illustrations, map
  • 0141305967
  • 9780141305967
  • 575,410

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HER MOTHER'S COURAGE KEPT HER ALIVE.Susie Weksler was only eight in 1941 when Hitler's forces invaded her Lithuanian city of Vilnius. Soon her family would face hunger and fear in the Jewish ghetto -- but worse was to come. Through three concentration camps and a winter "death march", Susie survived forced labor, starvation, brutality, and the terrifying "selections". With courage and ingenuity, Susie's mother helped her to survive the Holocaust -- by hiding her, disguising her as an adult to fool the camp guards, finding food to add to their scarce rations, and giving Susie the will to endure. Susie's harrowing story portrays the best and worst of humanity in heartbreaking scenes that you will never forget.
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"One of the most . . . moving memoirs that [has] emerged from the Holocaust. It is a living testament to the incomprehensible reality of the Holocaust". -- SLJ
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