By Meg Wiviott
A local cat observes the adjustments in German and Jewish households in its city in the course of the interval prime as much as Kristallnacht, the evening of damaged Glass that turns into the real starting of the Holocaust. This cats-eye view introduces the Holocaust to kids in a steady method which could open dialogue of this era.
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He still followed Inge to school. But life on Rosenstrasse would never be the same. Afterword For many, Kristallnacht (the Night of Broken Glass) marks the beginning of the Holocaust. Although the characters in this story are fictional, the setting and the events portrayed are real. This pogrom, on November 9, 1938, was triggered by an assassination of a German official two days earlier. Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi Minister of Propaganda, used it as an excuse to unleash gangs of Nazi youth and Stormtroopers (brownshirts) to destroy Jewish shops, homes, and synagogues.
Meg and her husband have two grown children and live in New Jersey. This is her first picture book. Josée Bisaillon grew up in St. Hyacinthe, Canada. Rather than following in her father’s footsteps as a veterinary surgeon, she elected to make cut-paper animals: they were colorful, low maintenance and always in fine health. Her illustrations, focused on animals, are a mixture of collage, drawings and digital montage, creating a richly detailed and multidimensional world.
Thalmann, Rita and Emmanuel Feinermann. , New York, 1974. Additional Children’s Books About the Holocaust Abells, Chana Byers. The Children We Remember. New York: HarperTrophy, 2002. Adler, David A. The Number on my Grandfather’s Arm. Y: UAHC, 1987. Bunting, Eve. Terrible Things: An Allegory of the Holocaust. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 1993. Gallaz, Christophe. Rose Blanche. New York: Creative Paperbacks Inc, 2005. Hesse, Karen. The Cats in Krasinski Square. New York: Scholastic, 2004.
Benno and the Night of Broken Glass by Meg Wiviott