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Escaping the Nazis on the Kindertransport
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Escaping the Nazis on the Kindertransport

Tells the stories in their own words of several of the thousands of Jewish children rescued from Nazi Germany between 1938 and 1940 and brought to new homes in the United Kingdom. Memoir pieces, poems, photographs, and other primary sources bring their stories to life.

Reading LevelGrades 3-4
Interest LevelGrades 3-6
Lexile Level850L
AR Points6
AR Quiz #187193
PublisherCapstone Press
Page Count112
Capstone Interactive eBook
List Price: $53.32 School/Library Price

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Kirkus Reviews

"In their own words, the survivors poignantly recount the pain of leaving loved ones behind and their experiences as refugees. The final chapter briefly explains what became of each survivor after the war. That Berne tells this story in language that makes it accessible to middle graders is no small feat, and though it is a brief account, it does its best to encompass the enormity of the Holocaust. . . .A powerful, insightful perspective on the Holocaust." - Kirkus Reviews

November 1, 2016

Jewish Book Council - Dina Weinstein

"This book breaks down the big, almost unfathomable numbers into bite-size stories of those who benefited from the Kindertransport and those who organized it against all odds. Eight chapters focus on individual children, describing their lives before, during and after the Kindertransport, making the now elderly, and often deceased participants’ stories current for today’s readers. First-person writing from Kindertransport participants, in combination with handwritten page numbers and family photos, make the book feel like a primary document. . . .Young readers will take away from this story that in the face of overwhelming horror, smaller, brave acts can change the course for many." - Jewish Book Council

October 13, 2017


Publishers Weekly

"...Berne poignantly recounts the true stories of seven children who fled Nazi Germany and Austria via the Kindertransport. They were just a few of the thousands of young Jewish refugees who traveled without parents aboard boats, trains, and planes to live with families in England. An explanatory narrative provides context and a sense of immediacy. . . .a clear and concise introduction to the Holocaust." - Publishers Weekly

November 25, 2016

Imagination Soup - Melissa Taylor

"Memorable, gripping short stories tell about some of the 10,000 children who escaped the Nazis without their parents, traveled to England, and lived with host families until the war was over. Some were reunited with families while others were not, but they were all saved." - Imagination Soup

February 16, 2017


Booklist - Erin Anderson

"Using their memoirs, photographs, poems, and artifacts, Berne captures the bittersweet nature of the story, as 10,000 children of all ages boarded trains to freedom. Since the stories are told from the perspective of the young people who lived them, middle-grade readers will find the narrative engaging and resonant. Readers don’t learn the fate of the evacuees or their families until the very last pages, heightening the emotional connection to main characters. The Kindertransport is a rare bright spot in one of the bleakest events in human history, and it is impossible to remain indifferent about the outcome of these intensely hopeful stories." - Booklist

November 15, 2016

Association of Jewish Libraries Reviews - Anne Dublin

"This non-fiction book describes the experiences of seven Jewish children who travelled from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, or Poland in order to reach a haven in Great Britain just before Europe was engulfed by war. . . .On sepia-colored, glossy paper, the children’s writings, interviews, and photos are interspersed so that we can almost hear their voices. . . .a useful resource for reluctant readers who are doing a research project." - Association of Jewish Libraries Reviews

September 1, 2017



National Council for the Social Studies and the Children’s Book Council

2018 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People

February 1, 2018