Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz

Yanek is a Jewish boy living in Poland when the Nazis annex the country.  He and his family are sent with the rest of the Jews to the ghetto where dozens of people live in one small apartment.  Yanek is smart and scrappy enough to survive in the ghetto while hundreds of others die around him.  But his intelligence doesn't save him in the end from being sent to a Nazi concentration camp.  And then another.  And another.  Ten camps in all, each with its own nightmares and barely survivable conditions. Even in an area filled with books on the subject this one stood out to me and presented horrors of the Nazi extermination plan that I didn't know.  As I was reading, however, I began to feel a little skeptical about the story because it seemed like a plot device to have Yanek being a prisoner in nearly every death camp.  And then I got to the end of the book and learned that it is based on the true experiences of a boy who survived the war and all of those camps!