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After the War: From Auschwitz to Ambleside

After the War: From Auschwitz to Ambleside

Tom Palmer
Barrington Stoke Ltd
ISBN: 9781781129487

What a thoughtfully written story, based on real-life events after WW2. It is set in the summer of 1945 and is about a group of boys who are taken to Windermere to recuperate after being liberated from the concentration camp. They have encountered horrors beyond comprehension and struggle with trusting anyone. Their first meal shows the uncertainty they have with not knowing when they will get food again.

After the War: From Auschwitz to Ambleside follows Yossi and his friends, Leo and Mordecai, as they begin the first step along their new life journey. Within their story, Tom Palmer has covered many sensitive issues such as the atrocious crimes of the Nazis, Auschwitz and the Ghettos. He has produced a book which teachers covering WW2 as a topic must read to their class.

Yossi has flashbacks throughout the story. This enables the reader to comprehend (as much as is possible) what life was like during this period in history. It is an amazing book, which includes photos and a message from the author, at the end, as well as a little information about the Holocaust. I couldn't put it down, and read it in a couple of sessions. What a gem!

176 pages / Ages 9+ / Reviewed by Donna Ritchie, teacher


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