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Transcript of Prisoner B-3087
Could you imagine being in a concentration camp?
In the story
by Ruth and Jack Gruener and written by Alan Gratz, you read about the troubles Jack and other malnourished prisoners had to go through. Jack spent his early teens in concentration camps. From when he was 10 to when he was 16!
Yanek, or Jakob, was a young Jewish boy who grew up in Poland. He was like any other boy. He went to school, hung out with his friends, and ate dinner with his family, until the Nazis took over. He wasn't allowed to go to school anymore, his friends stopped playing with him and his family had barely enough food to eat because of food rations against Jews. Yanek's parents were taken away and most likely killed while he was getting food rations. Yanek was also caught after the rest of his extended family was taken. Yanek survived ten concentration camps before being liberated.
"Cruelty to prisoners Nazis could abide. But not cruelty to animals."
The Nazis cared more about the animals than the people. They thought of Jews as lower than animals. The quote shows how badly the prisoners were treated. They were treated like trash and were forced to work or die.
By Sean Bourdelais
This story took place in Nazi Germany during WWII. The Nazi's, led by Adolf Hitler, wanted all of the Jewish people to die, so that they could make Europe "pure". Hitler and the Nazis killed millions of Jews and thought of Jews as vermin.The nazis put all of the Jewish people into concentration camps. These camps were death camps where Jews would either work to death or be put in a gas chamber. All surviving prisoners were released by the Allies in abot 1945.
By Ruth Gruener and Jack Gruener and written by Alan Gratz
Genre: Biography/ Autobiography and historical fiction
Yanek and his family lived happily in a small apartment, but when the Nazis took over Poland other Jewish families were forced to move in with Yanek's family. One day Yanek discovered that his apartment building had a roof with a pigeon coop on it. He could see his entire street from the roof, including the Nazis that controlled it. His family moved into the pigeon coop, so that they could have their own personal space. One day Yanek's parents were taken to the death camps and he had to live alone. He was later taken by the Nazis to his first concentration camp. He found his Uncle while at the camp and he told him "Here at Plazow, you must do nothing to standout." (pg. 68). That's exactly what he did, nothing. He did all of his work when he was shipped from camp to camp. When he was shipped to Birkenau he took a train where people died all around him. When he stepped out of the train, it smelled like burning flesh. He was heading to the furnace with the rest of the surviving train passengers. They were told to remove their clothes and shoes and go inside. People in the furnace were all freaking out and panicking when they knew what was about to happen, but not Yanek. He embraced death, but when water came out of the showers instead of gas he was relieved. He was transferred to more camps and later released by American soldiers.
Star of David
"Work makes you free"
Young Jewish prisoners cheer on U.S. soldiers.
This book is very interesting and exciting. It is sad, but thrilling at the same time. You never know whats going to happen next and it keeps you guessing until the end. If he will survive or get tortured, etc.
I highly reconmend this book if you enjoy historical fiction.
Nazi Prison Guards
Prisoners were given numbers instead of names