Very good story and better yet that it is a true story. Sad that these things had to take place during the Holocaust, but yet at the same time , there is people who can tell us about it. And hopefully History NEVER repeats itself !
This 2006 book deserves great credit for correcting the badly understated child-survival figures given elsewhere. Several other books say 100 children survived of 15,000 who were in Theresienstadt. These figures were never plausible in view of the release of Danish inmates, the transfer of others to Switzerland, and the survival of half the 30 or so comrades of Ela, the subject of this book. The figures given here are 4,096 survivors of 10,632 children who were there. The authoress credits Beit Theresienstadt, an authoritative memorial foundation in Israel which apparenly has sought to track every single person who was in Theresienstadt. "Terezin" in the book's title is Czech for Theresienstadt in German, as the 18th Century fortress-town was known when the Nazis used it to house a ghetto. Theresienstadt was not a concentration camp (despite the jacket blurb), but a well-run ghetto, wonderfully rich in cultural activities provided by distinguished Jewish artists and intellectuals who were collected there. But most inmates were eventually transferred to real concentration camps in the east. Another correction: the appealing title is a misstatement: the children wore the yellow star EXCEPT on stage; thus Ela was actually the cat withOUT the yellow star. Read also The Girls of Room 28 (or hear audio) and see my comment there. See also my comments on Fireflies in the Dark, A Century of Wisdom, and I Never Saw Another Butterfly.
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