I got an ARC of this book through NetGalley. Thank you Capstone!
Escaping the Nazis on the Kindertransport by Emma Carlson Berne
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Release date: February 2017
I didn’t know what to expect when I went into this book. It’s such a serious subject to be brought up for children aged 8-12. In school we didn’t cover World War II until I was about 12 or 13 years old. But I have to say this book does a great job in telling this story.
You got to see the reasons behind why the children had to flee, and in a very private manner. The usage of photographs, poems and the survivors’ own writing made it feel real. This has happened. It isn’t just a story.
On the last pages you get to know what happened to the children you’ve read about after they arrived in England. This left a feeling of hope even though the author made it clear how few they were. 10 000 children on the Kindertransport. 6 million Jews killed only in concentration camps.
If you want to read this as an adult, remember it is written for children. It doesn’t go deep but gives a easy look at what happened. If you’re interested in the children’s story, then don’t let the fact that this is a children’s book keep you from picking it up.
“You’re five years old. You’re on a train with a group of other children. You’ve said goodbye to your parents and are travelling to a new country. You may never see your parents, or your native land again. This was the experience of 10 000 children who escaped the Nazis on the Kindertransport. Memoir, poems, photographs, and other primary sources tell the tales of seven of these children. The experiences of these young refugees shed light on how it felt to lose one’s home and family in World War II, and how it might feel for today’s refugees.”