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My Secret Camera: Life in the Lodz Ghetto [Paperback]

By Frank Dabba Smith, Mendel Grossman (Photographer), Howard Jacobson (Introduction by), Dwight Bacquie (Narrator), Ryan Anderson (Narrator), David Hilliard, Becky Freeman & B. Teissier (Editor)
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Pages   40
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 10.25" Height: 9"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 21, 2008
Publisher   Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Age  7
ISBN  1845078926  
EAN  9781845078928  

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Photographs taken secretly by a young Jewish man document the fear, hardship, generosity, and humanity woven through the daily life of the Jews forced to live in the Lodz ghetto during the Holocaust.

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In 1940 as Nazi troops rolled across Europe, countless Jewish families were forced from their homes into isolated ghettos, labor and concentration camps. In the Lodz Ghetto in Poland, Mendel Grossman refused to surrender to the suffering around him, secretly taking thousands of heartrending photographs documenting the hardship and the struggle for survival woven through the daily lives of the people imprisoned with him. Someday, he hoped, the world would learn the truth. "My Secret Camera" is his legacy. -An important historical record of life during the Holocaust -Features an introduction by Howard Jacobson, author of "The Very Model of a Man "and "Roots Schmoots: Journeys Among Jews" -Features 17 beautifully composed photographs

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More About Frank Dabba Smith, Mendel Grossman, Howard Jacobson, Dwight Bacquie, Ryan Anderson, David Hilliard, Becky Freeman & B. Teissier

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Roly Smith is a freelance writer, editor and consultant and the author of over 60 books on walking and the countryside. He was recently dubbed 'Mr Peak District' by his local newspaper. Based in Bakewell in the heart of the Peak, Roly was formerly Head of Information Services to the Peak District National Park Britain's busiest before taking voluntary early retirement in 1997 to concentrate on his freelance career. Previous to that, he enjoyed a 20-year award-winning career in journalism. He was chairman of the Outdoor Writers' and Photographers' Guild from 1990 to 2002 and was made an honorary life member in 2005.Mendel Grossman was born in Lodz in 1917. After the occupation of Poland by the German Army in September 1939, he joined the underground in the town. Forced to live in the Lodz ghetto he used his position in the statistics department to obtain the material needed to take photographs. By hiding his camera in his raincoat, Grossman was able to take secret photographs of scenes in the ghetto. Grossman continued to take photographs after he was deported to the Konigs Wusterhausen labour camp. Mendel Grossman died while in the camp in 1945. After the war his hidden negatives were discovered and his work was published in the book, With a Camera in the Ghetto (1977).

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My Secret Camera By: Frank Dubba Smith  Nov 18, 2004
My Secret Camera By: Frank Dubba Smith gives the reader a great insight on how Jews were dehumanized by {...] army. The reader gets a true feel for how tragic it is when someone is treated with little or no respect at all by all of the graphic and detailed pictures in this book. One of these pictures is one that has two young boys hauling an enormous bowl packed full of filthy clothes worn for months or weeks with no wash.

The pictures in this book were amazingly detailed considering the circumstances the photographer was placed in. I thought that the epilogue gave a great story about the way the pictures actually came to be published. My secret Camera may possibly be the best book I've ever read on this specific subject, Nazi terrorism. This book was terrific!

I really enjoyed reading My Secret Camera but I would only recommend it to children or even adults that have little or no feel for how badly some people were/are treated in a few places around the world. This book would really "wakes up the reader" to how terrible people can be even in today's societies. This book had phenomenal wording, terrific and detailed pictures which gives the whole book a great overall summary. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars for all of the reasons above. READ IT TODAY! Please! Thank You, AJ.
A grim visual reminder but very weak text...  Aug 14, 2002
Mendel Grossman did humanity a great service in risking his life to bring the world visual proof of the horrific tragedies within the Lodz ghetto during the holocaust. Unfortunately the text of this book is written in such an over-simplified style that the publisher's targeted age range; 3rd thorough 5th graders are easily bored by it.

Aside from a few weak descriptions of these powerful images, I felt besieged by Frank Smith's one-sided listing of war facts. Smith's prose melodramatically recites the war's background from a narrow perspective that seems designed to inflame young readers about the suffering of only one race. With so many other races alongside the Jewish people targeted for Nazi genocide, I felt that a more sober and complete narrative about this tragic time in history would have provide the book with the necessary facts to place it among the best of it's genre.

My Secret Camera deprives its readers of a powerful chance to merge the photography of this Jewish ghetto and a first-hand historical account of this terrible time in history. After reading and owning so many incredible and moving Jewish and non-Jewish authored books about the holocaust, I can only recommend you purchase this book for it's pictures - it's not worth reading.

Haunting and Important Document on the Holocaust  May 15, 2001
I bought this book because the boy on the cover bears a striking and uncanny resemblance to every member of my family. Took it home and cried for hours. Unforgettable.
An important photographic document  May 7, 2001
"My Secret Camera: Life in the Lodz Ghetto" combines the photographs of Mendel Grossman with a simple text by Frank Dabba Smith. Grossman was one of the many individuals who suffered under Nazi rule before and during World War II. Using his camera, he carefully documented the lives of the Jews who were confined by the Nazis to the Lodz ghetto.

Grossman's photographs in this book capture many haunting images: the despairing faces of the trapped people, two children harnessed like animals to a cart, people waiting on a bread line. But the fact that Grossman's stark visual testament survived the Holocaust is ultimately inspiring. This is an important book for teachers and parents to share with young readers.

A must for schools  May 6, 2000
Tha little boy on the cover of the book is my brother, Moishele Minski. Standing behind him is my mother, Nacha Minska. They perished in the Nazi gas chambers. I was there in Lodz ghetto. That book is a painfilled reminder of what hate, prejudice and indifference lead to. Ruth Minsky Sender Author of THE CAGE. TO LIFE. THE HOLOCAUST LADY. Survivor of LODZ GHETTO.

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