New York : Scholastic, 2013
IL 5-8, RL 4.9
Gruener was only 10 years old when the Nazis took over
his hometown of Krakow. Forced into the Jewish
ghetto, Yanek soon loses all he has loved and
known. Alone, Yanek is finally taken by the Nazis,
tattooed with the number B-3087, and sent to the first
of 10 concentration camps he will suffer through ... and
survive. The book is co-written by Yanek himself
(now Jack), and his wife, based on their experiences. (Isinglass
Teen Award Committee, 2015)
during the Holocaust was a terrifying experience for ten
year old Jewish school boy, Yanek Gruener. During
the next six years he was transferred to 10 different
Nazi camps and survived. The author based this
fiction book on the true story of Jack Gruener, whose
will-to-live enabled him to endure unspeakable
hardships. If this story intrigues you look
for other personal accounts of Holocaust survivors, the
Diary of Anne Frank being the most famous. Also
try the Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson. Mr.
Leyson was one of those fortunate to be on “Oskar
Schindler’s List” of essential workers. (Pennsylvania
Young Reader's Choice Award, 2015)
If only I could have seen into the future…if there had been any way to know what was going to happen…If only. I was just a kid and had no idea what would happen to my family and my world. Up until 1939, I had a normal life, living in a nice home with my family with plenty to eat and drink. Then, the Germans arrived in our town. We heard the rumors but chose to ignore them believing that the world would never allow the Jewish race to disappear from Europe. Families were removed from their homes and began to disappear, and finally my family was sent away. I was the only one left. That didn’t last long. I was taken first to Plaszow and my work in the concentration camps began. Words cannot describe the things I did and the things I saw. I don’t know how I held on and survived living in ten of the concentration camps operated by the Germans. The horrors of these places are too much for me to describe, so you’ll have to read my story in Prisoner B-3087. (Prepared by: Kay Falls, York Intermediate School, South Carolina Junior Book Award)
|SUBJECTS: Gruener, Jack -- Fiction.
Jews -- Poland -- Krakow -- Fiction.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Poland -- Fiction.
Holocaust survivors -- Fiction.
Krakow (Poland) -- History -- Fiction.
Poland -- History -- Fiction.