Synopses & Reviews
"The day for deportation arrived. We knew our end was near." -- Janina Heshele, Poland
From the centuries-old enmities of Northern Ireland, to the Holocaust and World War II, to the Israel-Palestine conflict, young people share their innermost secrets of growing up.
"I'm not allowed to go out with Neil, but the attraction is there between us. I realise that here in Northern Ireland relationships between Catholics and Protestants are strained. But should religion affect how you view a person?" -- Lisa Burrows, Northern Ireland
Unable to talk openly, these young people took refuge in writing. Often they had to hide their journals and set down their thoughts in secret.
"The Intifada -- that was the start of my grown-up life....The echoes, the ghosts, and the voices make me wonder: Will I ever be able to forgive and forget? Will time ever bury such a tragedy and help me to start over again as a normal human being?" -- Ghareeb, the West Bank
On these pages they vividly record their experiences and offer eyewitness accounts of fear and courage, tragedy and triumph.
This book features an abridgement of three titles in the award-winning "Children of Conflict" series--true stories in which young people involved in conflicts from Northern Ireland to World War II to the Holocaust share their innermost secrets of growing up, in stories that started out as secret journal entries.
Table of Contents
The Holocaust and World War II. Janine Phillips, Poland -- Dirk Van der Heide, Holland -- Janina Heshele, Poland -- Helga Kinsky-Pollack, Austria -- Mary Berg, Poland -- Ina Konstantinova, Russia -- Colin Perry, England. "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland. "Eamon," John McConnell -- "Internment," Margaret McCrory -- "Kneecapped," Margaret E. Simpson -- "Clutch of fear," P.J. Quinn -- "Condemned," Brenda Murphy -- "The Leaving of Liverpool," Kevin Byers -- "Unwelcome Callers," Alison Ostnas -- "Neil," Lisa Burrows -- "The road rats cometh," Stephen Hoey. The Israeli/Palestinian conflict. "Going to Jerusalem" Gunter David -- "A Christian Palestinian's story," Wadad Saba -- "Marked for destruction," Ibtisam S. Barakat -- "Born in Bethlehem," Marina N. Riadi -- "Alti Zachen," Victoria Kay-Feinerman -- "A look into memory," Ghareeb -- "Face of peace," Redrose -- "My life on the firing line," Racheli Tal -- "Two awful weeks in March," Liran Zvibel.