• nbaumann

    Holocaust stories are still being written,
    although the survivors are dwindling. Like any other subject, this topic must
    be kept fresh to enthuse the teachers and involve their students. Holocaust
    educators have welcomed this new resource and many are using it as a follow-on
    to Anne Frank’s diary. 
    Written by a survivor who at one time went to school with Anne Frank, Storming the Tulips is an intimate encounter with history,
    as told by twenty former students of the 1st Montessori School in Amsterdam.
    They were children—contemporaries of Anne Frank—and this book is a companion to
    her Diary of a Young Girl. While
    Anne’s story describes her sequestered life in the Annex, Storming the Tulips reveals what children on the outside endured—on
    the streets, in hiding, and in the concentration camps.
    Their friends
    disappeared. Their parents sent them away. They were herded on trains and sent
    to death camps. They joined the Nazi youth. They hid Jews. They lost their
    families. They picked the pockets of the dead. They escaped. They dodged
    bullets. They lived in terror. They starved. They froze. They ate tulip bulbs.
    They witnessed a massacre. They collected shrapnel. And finally, they welcomed
    the Liberation. Some lost their families, most lost their homes, but they all
    lost their innocence as they fought to survive in a world gone mad.
    In 2011, Storming the Tulips was
    released and in August, School Library Journal recommended it as a teaching
    resource to accompany Anne Frank’s diary. http://ow.ly/4DyKo