This is the true story of how a young boy survived World War 2 and was the youngest to survive Auschwitz.
Why I liked it: It told the story of a small town in Poland before the war and during the invasion. It truthfully explains what happened but through a kid's eyes (with other family members' understanding), so it's not overly horrifying, but touches on it enough to make it clear how these were not the best of times. That's another reason I liked it — because I knew from the beginning that he survived. He also realized how much his father risked in keeping his family safely together.
I would and have recommended this book to others. —Staci
"Survivors Club" by Michael Bernstein
In 1945, in a now-famous piece of archival footage, four-year-old Michael Bornstein was filmed by Soviet soldiers as he was carried out of Auschwitz in his grandmother’s arms. Survivors Club tells the unforgettable story of how a father’s courageous wit, a mother’s fierce love, and one perfectly timed illness saved Michael’s life, and how others in his family from Zarki, Poland, dodged death at the hands of the Nazis time and again with incredible deftness. Working from his own recollections as well as extensive interviews with relatives and survivors who knew the family, Michael relates his inspirational story with the help of his daughter, Debbie Bornstein Holinstat. Shocking, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting, this narrative nonfiction offers an indelible depiction of what happened to one Polish village in the wake of the German invasion in 1939.
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