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Grandpa's Third Drawer: Unlocking Holocaust Memoriesby Judy Tal
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Of all the places in the world, Uri really loves to be at his grandparentsand#8217; house. There he can stay up way past his bedtime and eat as many sweets from the chocolate box as he likes. Thereand#8217;s only one forbidden place in that house: the third drawer in Grandpaand#8217;s desk. This drawer is locked. No one ever opens it untiland#160;one day when Uri finds the key to the third drawer. From that moment, nothing is ever the same.
Grandpaand#8217;s Third Drawer takes up the difficult challenge of discussing the Holocaust with young children, of teaching its heritage and memory, all in a gentle and unobtrusive manner. The story of a silent grandfather unexpectedly confronted by his curious and loving grandchild is accompanied by rich illustrations that show authentic preserved objects donated by Holocaust survivors from Theresienstadt.
The original Hebrew edition won the Israeli Zeand#8217;ev Prize for Childrenand#8217;s Literature in 2003 andand#160;won the first prize in Mitsand#8217;ad Hasfarimand#160;(a nationwide survey of all schoolchildren in Israel for first to third grades) in 2003 and 2012. Grandpaand#8217;s Third Drawer is now included in Israeland#8217;s and#8220;Paths of Memoryand#8221; nationwide Holocaust learning program in all schools.
"First published in Israel, this poignant book introduces the Holocaust with candor and discretion. Uri's visits to the home of his grandparents (who are originally from Germany) are idyllic: breakfast 'lasts for as long as you like,' and Grandpa Yuda plays Mozart on the piano. In their home, the boy senses a 'kind of quiet... the silence of people who come from a faraway world — a vanished world that still lives in memories.' That (rather adult) observation acquires even deeper resonance when Uri unlocks Grandpa's off-limits drawer filled with Holocaust artifacts: the Star of David pin that once identified Grandpa as a Jew, handmade dominoes that he and his sister played in the ghetto to keep 'a seed of happiness in our hearts,' and a concentration camp uniform. Prompted by Uri and the relics, Grandpa recalls the Nazis forcing his family from their home and sending him to a different camp than his parents and sister, whom he never saw again. Kopelman's collages incorporate photos of archival Holocaust objects and documents, bringing the tragedy into even sharper focus. Ages 5 — 8. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
This unique introduction to the Holocaust encourages young children to stand up for what they think is right, without waiting for others to join them.
Ages 6 and up
Rose Zar was 19 years old when the Nazis invaded her native Poland. Her father urged her to save herself by hiding “in the mouth of the wolf”—or within the enemy itself. She managed to obtain false papers, secretly changing her identity and surviving the Holocaust as maid and nanny for a Nazi SS colonel.
About the Author
Judy Tal Kopelman is a lecturer in creative writing and literature at Kinneret College, Sea of Galilee.
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