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The cat with the yellow star : coming of age in Terezin

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The cat with the yellow star : coming of age in Terezin
Call No: J 940.53161 R89c

Call NumberJ 940.53161 R89c
Dates[2006]; ©2006
Statement of Responsibilityby Susan Goldman Rubin with Ela Weissberger.
Creators & ContributorsRubin, Susan Goldman (author)
Weissberger, Ela (author)
Weissberger, Ela (subject)
SummaryEla Stein was eleven years old in February of 1942 when she was sent to the Terezin concentration camp with other Czech Jews. The horrendous three-and-a-half years she spent there were full of sickness, terror, separation from loved ones, and loss, yet Ela forged lifelong friendships with other girls from Room 28 of her barracks. Adults working with the children tried their best to keep up the youngest prisoners' spirits. A children's opera called Brundibar was even performed, and Ela was chosen to play the pivotal role of the cat. Full of sorrow, yet persistent in its belief that humans can triumph over evil, this unusual memoir tells the story of an unimaginable coming of age.
  1. Sudetenland, November 1938 : Kristallnacht
  2. Prague, Czechoslovakia, 1938–1942
  3. Terezin, Czechoslovakia, 1942–1943
  4. Terezin, 1942–1943
  5. Terezin, 1943
  6. Terezin, 1943–1944
  7. Terezin, 1944–1945
  8. Czechoslovakia and Israel, 1945–1958
  9. New York, Vienna, and Prague, 1958–1986
  10. Los Angeles, California, 2003–2004
Epilogue: So many went, so few came back
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Physical Description 40 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 26 cm
Carrier Typevolume
PublisherNew York : Holiday House
Edition1st ed.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index
  • American Library Association (ALA) Notable Children's BookMiddle Readers, 2007
RecognitionGifted in 2008 by Ela Weissberger