Monday, November 20, 2017

TO LOOK A NAZI IN THE EYE by Kathy Kacer Review

A Teen's Account of a War Criminal Trial
Written by Kathy Kacer
With Jordana Lebowitz
Second Story Press
$13.95 Paperback / $8.99 Digital
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-77260-040-7

Witness the true story of nineteen-year-old Jordana Lebowitz's experience attending the war criminal trial of Oskar Groening. Groening worked at the Auschwitz concentration camp and became known as the “Bookkeeper of Auschwitz.” In 2015 he stood trial in Germany for being complicit in the deaths of more than 300,000 Jews.

A granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, Jordana knew a great deal about the Holocaust and had travelled to Europe to visit Auschwitz. But she was not prepared for what she would see and hear at Oskar Groening’s trial. In TO LOOK A NAZI IN THE EYE award-winning author Kathy Kacer, writing with Jordana, captures the teen's witnessing of this pivotal moment of Holocaust history and brings the past into the present for young readers.

Through Jordana's relationships with the Holocaust survivors who came to testify against Groening, we see their bravery and perseverance, and their belief that justice can never come too late. Young people are hungry for stories like this, as they become aware of the intolerance and persecution around them and take up the mantle of social justice.

In TO LOOK A NAZI IN THE EYE we see a man through Jordana's teenage eyes who looks completely ordinary, yet who was a part of the horror of the Nazi death camps. Groening's testimony and his defence of his actions clarify the imperative that we cannot stand by and do nothing while others are hurt.

About the Authors

Kathy Kacer's books have won many awards, including the Silver Birch, the Red Maple, the Hackmatack, and the Jewish Book Award. A former psychologist, Kathy now travels the globe speaking to children and adults about the importance of keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive. Kathy lives in Toronto.

Jordana Lebowitz attended the trial of Oskar Groening in 2015. She is dedicated to Holocaust remembrance and set up a Nazi cattle car exhibit at her university that was seen by more than 2,000 people. From Toronto, she has worked for Holocaust organizations in Australia and California and travels frequently.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  The book is rough to get through without feeling so sad, it is real and the depiction of the scenes are brought to life.  I think that this book will open up eyes and start discussions because it is heartfelt and seems extremely honest.  Some might not have the stomach for the realness involved and this should never be forgotten. 

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