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We Are Witnesses

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Edith Frank- Died January 6, 1945 from illness.
Anne and Margot both came down with Typhus in March 1945. Anne was just 15 years old when she died.
On July 18,1945 Otto met two sisters who delivered the news of Anne and Margot's deaths. When Otto returned to Amsterdam he found Anne's diary. He felt like he met a new entire person.
A rising for Anne
Otto got sections of Anne's diary published. Many people did not want to publish her diary because they thought it wasn't interesting. Then Otto found the right book company. Her book went viral and is now in more than 60 different languages and has sold more than 31 million copies.
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We Are Witnesses by: Jacob Boas
Presentation by: Natalie Shoemaker

These Jews have three things in common:
They all are the same race-Jewish
They all have diaries based off the same events
Finally and sadly, they all died for no apparent reason
August 4,1944 a german police officer accompanied by 4 Dutch Nazis arrested everyone that was hiding in the Annex. They were deported to the Auschwitz death camp.
Before the Flinker's left, Mr. Flinker was able to obtain false papers allowing the family to obscure their Jewish identity. Even though they lived as "non-jews" didn't mean they were exactly safe. Belgium was still under German occupation, and all the people, Jewish or not, were still subject to harsh occupation. For their identity of not being Jewish Moshe switched his name to Harry.
We Are Witnesses is about five teenagers diaries. The diaries consist of current events involving: Hitler, and that certain Jews life.
These diaries are about five interesting teenagers: David, Eva, Anne, Moshe, and Yitzhak.
Otto and Edith Frank gave birth to Margot Frank in 1926. Following Margot's birth, Anne was born 3 years later in 1929. The Frank's lived in Frankfurt,Germany.
The Frank's lived a pampered life. They had engagement parties, private balls, and dinners. Until 1933, when Hitler came into power. Soon after that the Frank's moved to Amsterdam.
Anne Frank
Warning to reader:
This book and presentation can be depressing, but it can be very informational too. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy :)
The Frank's went into hiding July 6, 1942. They went into hiding behind a movable bookcase. This hiding spot was soon known as the Secret Annex. While they were in hiding they were constructing the Secret Annex. They lived with two other families, so all together it consisted of 8 people.
Moshe Flinker
Moshe was born in The Hague on October 9, 1926. When the Nazi's invaded Holland, on May 10, 1940, he was 13 years old. In 1942, Moshe and his family fled from Holland into Brussels. Moshe was a deeply religious young boy; in addition to, he was 16 years old when he started his journal.
My name's Harry and I'm not Jewish!
Betrayed, the Flinkers were arrsted on April 7, 1944, Passover Eve. The Flinker's were transported to Auschwitz, were Moshe and his parents were murdered; However, his younger brother and his five sisters survived. Upon their return from the camps, they found Moshe's diary in the basement of the apartment building they were living in during the war.
Moshe Flinker
Moshe was born in The Hague on October 9, 1926. When the Nazi's invaded Holland, on May 10, 1940, he was 13 years old. In 1942, Moshe and his family fled from Holland into Brussels. Moshe was a deeply religious young boy; in addition to, he was 16 years old when he started his journal.
Before the Flinker's left, Mr. Flinker was able to obtain false papers allowing the family to obscure their Jewish identity. Even though they lived as "non-jews" it didn't mean that they were exactly safe.
My Name's Harry and I'm not a Jew
Belgium was still under German occupation, and all the people, Jewish or not, were still subject to harsh occupation. For their identity of not being Jewish Moshe switched his name to Harry.
Betrayed, the Flinkers were arrested on April 7, 1944, Passover Eve. The Flinker's were transported to Auschwitz, were Moshe and his parents were murdered; however, his younger brother and his five sisters survived. Upon their return from the camps, they found Moshe's diary in the basement of the apartment building they were living in during the war.
David Rubinowicz
David was born on July 27,1927, in Kielce. He had a younger brother, Herszel, and a little sister named Malka. His parents names were Josek and Tauba.
On July 16,1941, German militiamen entered the house, searched "every corner", and announced that his father was to report to the militia. Josek and Tauba both went. Later that day, David figured out his father had been taken into "temporary custody."
Josek and Tauba had been taken to jail and were released the following day. After their release the militiamen popped in and out of the house like it was their house.
In March 1942, the Rubinowiczes were forced to move to the nearby town of Bodzentyn.
September 21, Jews were crammed into cattle cars that would take them to Treblinka, a death camp. David arrived there at 11:24 a.m the next day. Treblinka swallowed 850,000 Jews. Fewer than forty survived.
Yitzhak Rudashevski
Yitzhak was born on December 10, 1927, in Vilna, the son of a typesetter and a seamstress mother.
While the war was going on Yitzhak loved learning and he also joined a reading club. On March 21, 1943 there was a party at Yitzhak's reading club.
Less than three weeks later,Yitzhak seems to have stopped writing. His final diary entry is dated April 7, 1943. On the fifth, five thousand provincial Jews were rounded up and shot at Ponar. "The ghetto was deeply shaken, as though struck by thunder" Moshe stated. Horrific scenes fill the final entries of his diary: "railroads, with corpses, children running from homes trying to escape the terrible mood. "The women and the children were "disposed of" in Maidanek, the death camp located near Lublin, Poland. Yitzhak's final words were :"We may be fated for the worst."
Eva Heyman
"I was born on Friday the thirteenth," Eva started off the diary she began keeping on her thirteenth birthday, February 13,1944. Eva grew up in Nagyvarad.
Marta's story: "Marta was over at our house. First we went riding our bicycles. Then we had an afternoon snack. Suddenly the bell at the front gate rang five times. It was Marta's cook. The cook came in and said :Martika, come home. The police are there and you have to go with Papa and Mama." "I still remember Agi turning white as the plaster on the wall."
Marta's story: "Agi paced up and down the room in such a strange manner, and she kept calling Aunt Pasztor, Marta's grandmother, on the telephone, but there was no answer. The tension was awful. Agi cried and cried and kept telephoning. Then Agi rushed into town and they told her tens of thousands of people like Marta and her family had been taken to Poland in a train. From the moment the Germans came Eva couldn't stop thinking of Marta.
March 26,1944: "Dear diary,ever since the Germans are here, all I can think about is Marta. She was also just a girl, and still the Germans killed her. But I don't want them to kill me!" March 27: "I would be perfectly happy with Uncle Poroszlay in there pigpen, just so the Germans shouldn't kill me with a gun as they killed Marta." April 18: Maybe I'll be taken to Poland because I have a red bicycle like Marta."
April 20, Dear diary: had Marta known in Varad what a horrible death was in store for her when she went with her father?" On May 13, Eva had a dream about Marta: "Suddenly, it occurred to me how Marta must have felt when she had been shot to death by the Germans."
Trains to Auschwitz came for Eva. Eva's last diary entry is May 30. That day she entrusted her diary to Mariska, the cook who promised to take good care of it. Eva's last diary entry: "All I think about is Marta, and I'm afraid that what happened to her is going to happen to us."
I would give We Are Witnesses 2 stars because the book was informational; however, the way the author told the story made it not interesting. I would primarily recommend this book to Social Study teachers who are teaching units on the Holocaust.
Anne Frank
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