Somewhere There Is Still a Sun: A Memoir of the Holocaust

Somewhere There Is Still a Sun A Memoir of the Holocaust Resilience shines throughout a boy s firsthand present tense account of life in the Terezin concentration camp during the Holocaust an ideal companion to the bestselling Boy on the Wooden Box Michae

  • Title: Somewhere There Is Still a Sun: A Memoir of the Holocaust
  • Author: Michael Gruenbaum Todd Hasak-Lowy
  • ISBN: 9781442484863
  • Page: 415
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Resilience shines throughout a boy s firsthand, present tense account of life in the Terezin concentration camp during the Holocaust, an ideal companion to the bestselling Boy on the Wooden Box.Michael Misha Gruenbaum enjoyed a carefree childhood playing games and taking walks through Prague with his beloved father All of that changed forever when the Nazis invaded PragResilience shines throughout a boy s firsthand, present tense account of life in the Terezin concentration camp during the Holocaust, an ideal companion to the bestselling Boy on the Wooden Box.Michael Misha Gruenbaum enjoyed a carefree childhood playing games and taking walks through Prague with his beloved father All of that changed forever when the Nazis invaded Prague The Gruenbaum family was forced to move into the Jewish Ghetto in Prague Then, after a devastating loss, Michael, his mother and sister were deported to the Terezin concentration camp.At Terezin, Misha roomed with forty other boys who became like brothers to him Life in Terezin was a bizarre, surreal balance some days were filled with friendship and soccer matches, while others brought mortal terror as the boys waited to hear the names on each new list of who was being sent to the East Those trains were going to Auschwitz When the day came that his family s name appeared on a transport list, their survival called for a miracle one that tied Michael s fate to a carefully sewn teddy bear, and to his mother s unshakeable determination to keep her children safe.Collaborating with acclaimed author Todd Hasak Lowy, Michael Gruenbaum shares his inspiring story of hope in an unforgettable memoir that recreates his experiences with stunning immediacy Michael s story, and the many original documents and photos included alongside it, offer an essential contribution to Holocaust literature.

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    1. One of the most powerful books I have read in a long time. Todd Hasak-Lowy set out to work with Michael Gruenbaum and to write a different kind of Holocaust book. Not just a story like so many other Holocaust books, but a book that would "read like a person living through those events at that time." He succeeds beautifully. The fact that you can hear this voice of Michael so clearly, does make the reader connect in a way I have not seen before in a holocaust memoir, other than perhaps the "Diary [...]

    2. Deeply affecting and moving memoir from a survivor of the Terezin concentration camp during the Holocaust. Crafted in the present tense, the events bring an immediacy and intimacy to this story, as if it is unfolding before the readers' very eyes. We too are unsure of what is about to happen, unaware of the horrors awaiting Michael and his family, hopeful - ever hopeful - that his story will never be repeated nor forgotten. Essential purchase, grades 6-9.

    3. After having taught the Holocaust through literature to my 8th grade students for a couple of years, I have a keen interest in anything Holocaust and World War II related. So when I came across this book, I knew I wanted to read it. In this first-hand account of the author’s childhood in Prague and then in the concentration camp of Terezin, the reader is exposed to yet another grisly aspect of the Holocaust. While Terezin was not a death camp and not completely a work camp, it was a miserable [...]

    4. A view of the war I hadn't seen before. I had heard of the "nice" concentration camps Nazi's showed to the Red Cross so it was fascinating to hear about it from someone who lived through it. I am still amazed, no matter how many WWII books I read, about how these things happened. Like the co-author said, "these stories are about absolutely real things that happened to absolutely real people". That really hit me. What if their story was my story? It's almost terrifying to think about, as a person [...]

    5. A memoir by Michael Gruenbaum of his experiences in Prague and the Terezin concentration camp. Although this is written for young people with accessible text, this is still an intense description of events. A powerful introduction for middle grade and young adult readers that is life-affirming.

    6. I bought Somewhere There Is Still a Sun from a @ Book flyer for my classroom. A memoir of the Holocaust by Michael Gruenbaum, I was hooked immediately. Michael “Misha” recollects living carefree in Prague under Nazi occupation with his parents and older sister and ultimately transport to Terezin Concentration Camp. Misha was 12 in 1942 when he, his mother and sister are transported to Terezin (his father was horrifically murdered prior to their deportation) where they would remain until the [...]

    7. I don't think I've read a Holocaust memoir about the Theresienstadt (Terezin) Concentration Camp. Very different in some respects. The people there were in horrible conditions but compared to other concentration camps such as Auschwitz or Birkenau they had "more" food and perhaps "slightly" better living areas. None of it was 'good' of course. This book is geared towards middle school readers. There are a few scenes that are very detailed and can be upsetting to some. I put this book in my young [...]

    8. Well, everything is more intense when your friend recommends a book (this book) which was written by a friend of her father's. A Terezin survivor, a childhood friend, they were both in the same 'camp' together, in the room they called "Nesharim." Harrowing, but such a clear picture of a time and a place, through a young boys eyes. The ghost writer did a really good job of making this story fast paced and real, not looking back, but very much present tense. I believe this is a book for young adul [...]

    9. Great piece of narrative nonfiction. Michael "Misha" Gruenbaum's memoir of growing up during the Holocaust enlightens readers on the horrors under Nazi occupied Europe. Misha's idyllic, somewhat privileged childhood turns suddenly into a nightmare when his father is taken from their family home and imprisoned. The nightmare continues as life becomes a daily struggle in one concentration camp after another. Misha, his mother, and his sister try to keep a positive attitude in spite of the inhumani [...]

    10. This book is written in first person and in present tense. This book takes place in 1939-1945. It a ten year boy named Michael Gruenbaum he lives Prague, Czechoslovakia. During the time the book took place was in World War Two. He was Jewish so it was hard for him. His Dad was murder it was hard time him to get food or even a shelter. He lived with his mother and sister. The boy was sent to a prison camp. It was hard for him but some good things happen during his life.

    11. I was asked what I was reading one day do you describe that you are reading a book about history and the crimes one human or many humans have done to anotherabout how horrible it is that people can do such things?? The book was well written, it made me laugh, cry's good, but I won't lie, it's sad, very sad. I had to put it down for a bit to read something else for a bit. There is some goodness in it too, but not to give away the whole story.

    12. This makes you think.Such an interesting and heartbreaking book. It was different to hear this story rd through the mind of a child who experienced it.

    13. Somewhere There Is Still a SunIn Somewhere There Is Still a Sun, Michael Gruenbaum and Todd Hasak-Lowy accomplish the near impossible. Without shying away, and yet without dwelling on the brutality, they manage to draw the reader into the life of a young boy caught up in the horrors—and joys—of life during the Nazi occupation of what is now the Czech Republic. Although written for the young adult reader, the book crosses over easily into the adult market. Michael Gruenbaum spent the first n [...]

    14. It is the first time I read a book about those ghettos which were moved to Terezin, and where the lucky ones survived, through the Transports East, they managed to stay in Terezin until the end of the war. The boy, the narrator, is just a big too young to be transferred like an adult to Birkenau and he, his mother ans sisters came back, after close to 3 years there In a way, it reminded me of La Vita e Bella, from Benigni, where the young son of the author is told it is a huge game. For the youn [...]

    15. If you were to think that reading a book such as this would only invoke a terrible sadness, you would be right. But despite the bitter nature of the theme we gain a sense of understanding, of universal empathy, re-emergence into a state of hope and peace amongst our fellow man, no matter what creed, religion or colour.Ten year old Michael Gruenbaum is incarcerated in Terezin Concentration Camp with his mother and sister for two and a half years. His father has already been tortured and murdered [...]

    16. Now, I feel like most of us here have in our past read a book or two about the Holocaust. And even if you haven’t, you all know about the Holocaust. In all my years, however, I don’t feel there has ever been a story about the Holocaust that has hit me just as hard as this one has.The story starts in Prague, Czechoslovakia on March 11, 1939. We are introduced to Michael “Misha” Gruenbaum, a young Jewish boy living in the small neighborhood of Holesovice. Within months, the Nazis have comp [...]

    17. **Original review postedhere. Right off the top, I don't read historical books, ever. I don't find them interesting enough. If there is a topic that interests me, I'll watch documentaries or movies. They always hold my attention and I retain a lot more that way. But I thoroughly enjoyed this historical memoir about a young boys life as a Jew in Prague and his surviving journey through the Holocaust. I think what made this more catchy was that it was a book geared to 10-15 year olds. It was told [...]

    18. I've really cut back on my reading about the Holocaust over the last few years, but I'm so glad I picked up this book. It's intended as a sort of introduction to the Holocaust for young people, but it's unlike other Holocaust books I've read in that it follows the author, Michael (Misha in the story) Gruenbaum, as a young Jewish boy in Prague and his experience of the Nazi occupation of Prague, including moving to the Jewish ghetto and eventual transport to Terezin (Theresienstadt) concentration [...]

    19. Looking to read a memoir of the holocaust? Michael Gruenbaum has teamed up with Todd Hasak-Lowry to write Somewhere There Is Still A Sun. This memoir is not reflective. In fact, it is actually written in present tense, first person present. I must admit that took a bit of getting used to on my part. In a way, it almost seems unnatural. But. It wasn't a distraction either. I did not stay focused on the mechanics of how it was written for long. I did get swept up in the narrative. And with good re [...]

    20. I found this sadly true story that Michael Gruenbaum tells about his life as a boy during the Holocaust fascinating. With the help of author Todd Hasak-Lowy, they reenact Michael’s life from the age of eight until fourteen – from shortly before anything bad happens to him, to significant events making his life continually worse before he is sent to the Nazi concentration camp Terezin, until he is freed from there at the end of the war. (It’s a little like reading “A Series of Unfortunate [...]

    21. This is a hauntingly beautiful memoir of Michael Gruenbaum, the young boy (from the ages of about 8-15) (now a man in his 70s) who lives through the increasingly tight restrictions placed on Jews in Prague before being sent to Terezin concentration camp in 1942. The story of his life there with his mother and sister is compelling, dark, and amazingly readable. The memoir is a cobbling together of memories, many interviews with Michael and fellow survivors and much detailed research but reads as [...]

    22. This is one of the most powerful books about the Holocaust that I have read in a long time. Even if you have read many others, I strongly suggest reading this one.Michael Gruenbaum was a young boy when the Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia and marched through his hometown of Prague. We follow his journey as the laws becoming stricter and stricter. His family is moved into the ghetto, where his father is taken by the SS. They are later deported to Terezin, where he becomes part of a group of boys know [...]

    23. Alas, another Holocaust book. Thats what everyone says when these come out. But it is important not to do that, too generalize the individual stories of everyone who survived this horrid time in our history. I have read a good amount of these books and took a break from them for a while. This is one that brought me out of that hiatus and I am glad it did. It is a look into concentration camps, but one I had not seen before. In this case, Misha was sent to the Terezin concentration camp, and even [...]

    24. I won this book as part of a "Historical Fiction" prize - this is not historical fiction, but a memoir from the Holocaust (which it clearly says in the title). This is a story told from the perspective of a child/adolescent as events were occurring and how he perceived these events. There were some descriptions that were very visual, which were pretty revolting or emotional, however when thinking of the impact that this would have on a child/young adolescent they are defiantly images that would [...]

    25. This book was so interesting. It is a memoir from a Jewish man who was taken from his home in Prague to the Terezin concentration camp when he was a child. He recounts his experiences while he was there (aproximately 2 years). Although Terezin is no picnic, it is the Ritz Carlton compared to the labor and death camps. The Jews here were treated much better and had a lot of privileges because this camp was a front for the Red Cross. They would show the Red Cross the camp and tell them that all th [...]

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