“In 1939, Germany invaded Poland. The occupying army slowly began tightening the noose around the Jewish people as schools were closed, curfews were instituted, rations reduced, and finally all Jews were forced to live in crowded ghettos. This was Yanek Gruener’s childhood. Then one day, Yanek is left alone as his entire family is taken away. Soon after he is also captured and becomes prisoner B-3087. What follows are six years of starvation, torture, and soul-numbing horror as he fought to survive in ten concentration camps, while countless others lost their lives to the madness.
Prisoner B-3087 is a fictionalized account of Jack Gruener’s experiences during the Holocaust. Grantz unflinchingly tells this story in honor of “Jack’s life so that generations that follow will never forget”. Each holocaust story told provides a glimpse into the atrocities propagated by the Nazis. Each is powerful in its own way. This story is no different as Jack’s spirit and propensity for hope shines through. The intensity of this story makes it most suitable for the upper middle grades and high school students. An author’s note provides a word of explanation about liberties taken with some events and timelines.