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You may recall that recently I reviewed a book about remarkable children, which included the story of a child which has stuck with me ever since my own childhood. Today I’m sharing two books with you which are perfect for children in Upper Key Stage Two. The Life of Anne Frank and The Holocaust A History for Children are both published through Welbeck and offer a real insight into the reality of life for Jews during WWII in Europe.
I still have my copy of The Diary of Anne Frank that a read at around the same age as my ten-year-old son. It’s hard to believe that this February marked the 75th anniversary of Anne Frank’s death. I feel that it’s as relevant as ever that our children learn about Anne and the fate of millions of other Jews across Europe during World War II. The Life of Anne Frank comes in a slipcase and consists of a hardback book and folder containing a number of activities and facsimile documents.
The Life of Anne Frank book is written by Kay Woodward and starts by introducing readers to Anne and her family and how as the Nazis came to power, the family moved from Germany to Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
The book combines photographs and short bursts of facts to provide children with a great insight into Anne’s life and the events that led to her keeping her diary.
As we’ve been going through lockdown we’ve all become acutely aware of how our lives have changed, how our freedom has been curtailed, but imagine being hidden away, fearful of discovery every day.
Through the pages of the book, we learn about the people that helped Anne and her family stay hidden over their time in Prinsengract 263 along with the Van Pels and Fritz Pfeffer. We learn about daily life in hiding and the tensions of living in a confined space with the constant threat of capture and ultimately, death.
Ultimately the family were found, who knows if they were betrayed or if it was just bad luck. I have a very clear memory of Otto Frank, Anne’s father, being on Blue Peter when I was a child. He was the only member of the family to survive the concentration camps.
He went back to Amsterdam after the war and was given Anne’s unread diaries and he spent the rest of his life ensuring that future generations could read her words, and know her story.
There are symbols throughout the main The Life of Anne Frank book which takes you on to further activities in the booklet.
From maps to identification papers, to pages which will hopefully inspire children to start their own diaries.
The Holocaust A History for Children is written by Philip Steele and is a 95-page book commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in 1945. It is a really useful asset for Key Stage children and beyond who are learning about the Holocaust.
The pages are full of photographs, maps and graphics along with bitesize chunks of information in The Holocaust A History for Children.
Readers learn about the history of the Jewish people as they moved around Europe over the centuries through to life in Germany between the world wars, and the rise of hatred during the German depression.
They can see for themselves examples of posters used by the Nazis to illustrate their ideas and propagate hatred and prejudice amongst the population.
As the Germans march across Europe there’s a pictorial view of their invasion and the subsequent deportation of millions of Jews and other ‘undesirables’.
Children can read about the experiences of those who were dehumanized by the regime and reduced to numbers and symbols.
But they also learn about the people who rescued many people from certain death and ultimately after the war about those who were finally brought to justice at the Nuremberg trials.
The Holocaust A History for Children tells the stories of survivors and how the state of Israel was founded and provides a great source of reference for those learning about this bleak period of history.
I’ve included my Amazon Affiliate links (I do earn from qualifying purchases) for both books below for your reference.
I’ve teamed up with Welbeck Publishing to offer one reader the chance to win both The Life of Anne Frank and The Holocaust A History for Children, worth £24.98. For your chance to win both books please complete the Gleam form below. Good luck!
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The giveaway will close on 17th June 2020 at midnight.
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