Fireflies in the Dark

Fireflies in the Dark

The Story of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis and the Children of Terezin

Book - 2001
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Covers the years during which Friedl Dicker, a Jewish woman from Czechoslovakia, taught art to children at the Terezin Concentration Camp. Includes art created by teacher and students, excerpts from diaries, and interviews with camp survivors.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic, 2001, c2000.
ISBN: 9780439296946
Branch Call Number: N6834.5.D43 R83 2001x
Characteristics: 47 p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm.


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Jan 31, 2016

Commentary by Holocaust deniers and Nazis should not be permitted on this website. Are you Jewish? Were you there? Then, keep your reactionary diatribe to yourself.

Apr 19, 2013

Interesting photos and artwork of Terezin/Theresienstadt children and their teacher. Marred by the false, impossible statistic (boldface p 42) that only 100 children survived of 15,000 sent to Theresienstadt -- figures thrown around irresponsibly in several books to wring the maximum pathos. The correct figures are 4,096 survivors of 10,632 children, which the same authoress gives in her 2006 book, The Cat With The Yellow Star (see my comment with Library entry for Cat). Thus 61.5% of the children died -- a bad enough tragedy without inflating it to 99% to make it even more heartrending. The reviewers of this book speak of intolerable conditions, a horrific situation, and terrified children separated from their parents at Theresienstadt "concentration camp". This is all a gross mischaracterization. Theresienstadt was a ghetto, not a concentration camp, with rich cultural amenities thanks to the many Jewish artists and intellectuals housed there. An active creative life was maintained. Some children lived with their parents, but the Jewish leaders thought they would do better grouped together as at boarding school. They formed close friendships and had many happy times. (See The Girls Of Room 28 and my comment.) They could visit their parents freely in nearby buildings, spending more time together than many Americans do today. The large number who did not survive were done to death somewhere else after they were transferred away from Theresienstadt: it was not a killing or slave labor facility, though slovenly writers often assume as much. One other correction: the able, solicitous teacher Friedl Dicker-Brandeis achieved a sensitive artistic manner only after freeing herself from the soulless Bauhaus style in which she had been trained. See also my comments on A Century Of Wisdom, and I Never Saw Another Butterfly.


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