Seeing the Horrors of WW2 Through a Child’s Eyes

By Anne Holm


This book moved VERY slow and the plot and character development was simplistic, yet there remains in this story a spark of something that is difficult to describe and likely will not resonate with all readers, compelling me to give this book a higher rating than I would otherwise. It’s a story of the crushing influence and lasting impressions a secular and oppressive institution have on a young boy who should have been in the bloom of “innocence” but instead must be taught to smile, to trust and to accept “something for nothing” in return as he leaves behind the Nazi concentration camp he lived in all his life in the dim hope of finding his long-lost mother in Denmark.

I would highly recommend the book to young readers because it is a delicate and non-graphic introduction to the holocaust, focusing on the effects rather than the source of WW2’s horrors.

2 thoughts on “Seeing the Horrors of WW2 Through a Child’s Eyes

  1. I’ve read it several times and think it a beautifully wound story. Part of that beauty, to me, is in its slowness. David’s journeys, both geographic and emotional, are just that — slow. At the beginning he literally has no hope of reaching either goal, and we see the light dawn very, very gradually. But it’s a beautiful process.

    As I remember it (it’s been a few years), there were a few slightly weird things (his religious views and relationship with Maria, as I recall), but they were weird because of the horrible, twisted world in which David grew up, and, upon reflection, served to further the story. My only real beef with the book is the ENDING. I am not at all into stories that end RIGHT AT THE MOST POIGNANT MOMENT. I don’t like imagining my own wrapping-up.


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