“The Big Lie is about the lies told by the Nazis and the takeover of Poland and Hungary. It is a true story of a young woman (the author, Isabella Leitner) and her family, and how some of them survived the concentration camps, and how some did not. The story begins in the spring of 1944 when the Nazis invaded her quiet Hungarian town and sent her family and friends to concentration camps. She brings you on the journey to the camp, and how she never saw her mother or younger sister again.
Although I categorized this book as 'Intermediate' level, I would teach this book in 6th grade, when talking about propaganda. The subject matter could be too graphic for some readers. It would be a book that I would outline for the students, and have them choose to read it.
Students should discuss propaganda, and how media influences decisions that we make. Students can learn about different persuasive techniques, and come up with 60 second commercials to 'persuade' the audience to buy their product.”