The last train : a Holocaust story

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Call NumberJ 940.53161 A66L
Dates[2013]; ©2013
Statement of Responsibilityby Rona Arato.
Creators & ContributorsArato, Rona (author)
Arato, Paul (subject)
SummaryThe Last Train is the harrowing true story about young brothers Paul and Oscar Arato and their mother, Lenke, surviving the Nazi occupation during the final years of the Second World War. Living in the town of Karcag, Hungary, the Aratos felt insulated from the wareven as it raged all around them. Hungary is allied with Germany to protect its citizens from invasion, but in 1944 Hitler breaks his promise to keep the Nazis out of Hungary. The Nazi occupation forces the family into situations of growing panic and fear: first into a ghetto in their hometown; then a labor camp in Austria; and, finally, to the deadly Bergen Belsen camp deep in the heart of Germany. Separated from their father, 6-year-old Paul and 11-year-old Oscar must care for their increasingly sick mother, all while trying to maintain some semblance of normalcy amid the horrors of the camp. In the spring of 1945, the boys see British planes flying over the camp, and a spark of hope that the war will soon end ignites. And then, they are forced onto a dark, stinking boxcar by the Nazi guards. After four days on the train, the boys are convinced they will be killed, but through a twist of fate, the train is discovered and liberated by a battalion of American soldiers marching through Germany. Publisher
Physical Description 142 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Carrier Typevolume
LanguageEnglish
PublisherToronto : Owlkids
DistributorBerkeley : Publishers Group West
AudiencePublisher recommendation: Age 9 and up
RecognitionGifted in 2013 by The JCC Jewish Book Festival