“A true story about a girl being Jewish trying to make it through Germany. When Germans people are against her.”see full review » see other reviews »
“A true story about a girl being Jewish trying to make it through Germany. When Germans people are against her.”Jammy Dodger wrote this review Tuesday, May 22, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A collection of entries in a poesiealbum or poetry album kept by Jutta, a young German Jewish girl in 1938. The poems in the album are written by close friends and family members. The poems are an account of the girls experiences as the Nazi's take over Germany and Jutta's family manages to escape to New York.”Cheryl P wrote this review Wednesday, October 26, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is an interesting book off this year's DCF list. I don't know that it will grab every kid but it will be good for students who are interested in learning about the Holocaust. The author tells her mother's story of being a Jewish girl in Germany during the Holocaust, using entries from her mother's childhood diaries and entries in her poesiealbum (a kind of autograph book that German girls had their friends write entries in).”Kelly T wrote this review Sunday, September 25, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“the year of goodbyes by Debbie Levy offers an insider's view to the life of a young Jewish girl in Germany during 1938. Based on the author's mother's poesiealbum, or autograph album, we discover the story of friendship, family love, and final farewells during this dark period in world history. This little book includes poetry, photocopies of original entries, vintage greeting card fronts, plus back matter of family photos, information about what happened to those left behind, and photos of family and friends mentioned in the book. Lovely format.”JMA wrote this review Monday, February 21, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book tells the true story of what happened to a 12-year-old girl named Jutta (Debbie Levy's mother) in 1938. Actual entries in a posiealbum (autograph book) serve as stepping stones in a crucial year in history, when people of Jewish ancestry in Germany and Austria were systematically...”Hixson LMC wrote this review Tuesday, November 30, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Jutta Salzberg is 12 and has just received her first posiealbum. She lives in Hamburg, Germany in 1938 where it is common for young women to have autograph books for poetry, pictures or even lucky stickers called posiealbums. It is a very important year for recording memories and events, especially for Jutta. Jutta is Jewish. In 1938 Jutta was to come to realize that being Jewish meant more than being German, more than being kind and dutiful, and more than being anything else.
In 1938, Adolph Hitler increased the pressure on his armies and police forces to rid Germany of all Jews. Hitler blamed a lot of Germany’s troubles on the Jews and encouraged good Germans to shun/boycott Jewish people and businesses. Some Jews were expelled and some were sent to concentration camps. More and more people disappeared with each passing day. Through it all, Jutta and her friends try to make the best of the situation, but there are so many goodbyes. First, many of Jutta’s friends leave Germany for places safe from Hitler’s reach. Later in the year Nazi police conduct mass arrests throughout Germany and many of Jutta’s friends and relatives are sent to concentration camps. Most do not survive.
To find out what happened to most of the contributors to Jutta’s posiealbum, and even Jutta herself, don’t skip the afterward. It is sobering to find that some of the lovely children who wrote heartfelt wishes in the posiealbum died. But, it is important to remember them.
“No one could have ever guessed that when Hitler came, so many lives would change..and even end. This book is about a young girl's perspective of the Holocaust and what her, her friends and her family had to go through in order to live.”Lexi Liz wrote this review Sunday, October 31, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“poesiealbum = poetry albums shared with and wrtten by girl fiends
...which, I have learned,
are not camps at all,
but prisons for people
who have committed no crimes.
...but then I open my eyes
because I have reached the limit of my imagination.
Tears in my eyes I write this "review", simple, "happier ending" than for many yet so unbelievably horrfying and sad. A very well presented and preserved account of hope and survival.”
“This book tells the true story of what happened to a 12-year-old girl named Jutta (Debbie Levy's mother) in 1938. Actual entries in a posiealbum (autograph book) serve as stepping stones in a crucial year in history, when people of Jewish ancestry in Germany and Austria were systematically stripped of their rights, subjected to violence, and arrested without cause. Jutta was one of the lucky ones who escaped to America before the rising tide of violence erupted into World War II and the tragedy of the Holocaust. Remembrances from Jutta's friends and relatives introduce chapters, written in verse form, that describe her experiences--many of them typical of any teenager anywhere--and report some of the history of the era. Debbie wrote these verses in consultation with her mother to reflect her voice, feelings, and thoughts as she was living through this memorable year. The book also includes excerpts from Jutta's diary. Together the poesie writings, verses and diary entries reflect a year of change and chance, confusion and cruelty. Most of all, they describe a year of goodbyes.”Ms. Poole wrote this review Wednesday, September 8, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No