By Meg Wiviott
An area cat observes the alterations in German and Jewish households in its city through the interval major 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 little ones in a steady means which could open dialogue of this era.
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The Day the Holocaust Began: The Odyssey of Herschel Grynszpan, Praeger, New York, 1990. 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.
The violence continued into the morning of November 10th. Approximately 7,500 Jewish-owned stores and businesses, like Moshe’s butcher shop and Mitzi Stein’s seamstress shop in this story, were demolished. Local fire departments kept the blazes from spreading to German-owned buildings. Nearly every synagogue in Germany suffered damage. The Neue Synagogue in Berlin was set on fire, but a local police chief prevented its total destruction by chasing away the gang of arsonists. Approximately 100 Jews were killed, and hundreds more were hurt.
Mitzi Stein was sweeping up the glass in front of her store. Herr Gerber’s grocery was open for business as usual. Benno could not find Moshe the butcher. He never saw Professor Goldfarb or Sophie and her family again. Benno continued to sleep in his bed by the furnace. Hans continued to give him fresh milk, and Frau Gerber scratched his ears. Benno still watched Herr Schmidt leave for work. 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.