The Big Lie

Author : Isabella Leitner

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Age Group :Juvenile
Isabella Leitner has already made a valuable contribution to Holocaust literature with her Fragments of Isabella , an especially graceful memoir for adults that describes her wartime experiences. These included a traumatic deportation from her native Hungary, incarceration in Auschwitz and a death march from which she and two of her sisters escaped. Presenting this difficult material to children, Leitner focuses on the personal, saving a historical overview for an afterword (the afterword explains the title: Hitler´s tactic of blaming the Jews for the catastrophic depression of 1933 was known as the ´´Method of the Big Lie´´). Her approach allows readers to appreciate the young Isabella´s incomprehension of the Final Solution even as she generates a coherent and compelling narrative. The inescapable horrors of Auschwitz are neither spared nor sensationalized. What is missing, however, are many of the telling details that make Leitner´s adult work so affecting--and some other important details as well, such as the ages of Leitner and her siblings. If not quite as fully realized as Ruth Minsky Sender´s The Cage and To Life , Leitner´s book nonetheless conveys its message powerfully and responsibly. amazon.com

Isabella Leitner has already made a valuable contribution to Holocaust literature with her Fragments of Isabella , an especially graceful memoir for adults that describes her wartime experiences. These included a traumatic deportation from her native Hungary, incarceration in Auschwitz and a death march from which she and two of her sisters escaped. Presenting this difficult material to children, Leitner focuses on the personal, saving a historical overview for an afterword (the afterword explains the title: Hitler´s tactic of blaming the Jews for the catastrophic depression of 1933 was known as the ´´Method of the Big Lie´´). Her approach allows readers to appreciate the young Isabella´s incomprehension of the Final Solution even as she generates a coherent and compelling narrative. The inescapable horrors of Auschwitz are neither spared nor sensationalized. What is missing, however, are many of the telling details that make Leitner´s adult work so affecting--and some other important details as well, such as the ages of Leitner and her siblings. If not quite as fully realized as Ruth Minsky Sender´s The Cage and To Life , Leitner´s book nonetheless conveys its message powerfully and responsibly. amazon.com

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