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Heroic Children - Revised Edition

Untold Stories of the Unconquerable

by Hanoch Teller

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The acclaimed, award-winning contemporary book about the Holocaust has just been
seriously overhauled and upgraded. This new edition has over 50 pages of explanatory end notes, an expanded Index, Bibliography, easy to follow Maps and two picture sections.

As Holocaust survivors become fewer and grow older, it is imperative that we not only remember those tragic events, but that we empower ourselves with the many lessons to be learned from those who endured the truly unspeakable.

In Heroic Children, noted author Hanoch Teller vividly chronicles the incredible lives and experiences of nine survivors who were only children when they encountered the unimaginable turbulence and horrors of the Holocaust. Each story, each voice - though born of pain and suffering - is unique and ultimately triumphant in its own way.

Heroic Children is filled with stories of courage, faith, sacrifice and survival, family devotion, the tenacity of hope in the face of evil, and the incomparable strength of Klal Yisroel. The heartwarming photographs of the nine survivors and their families, combined with Hanoch Teller's eloquent prose provide readers with an unforgettable reading experience.

You owe it to yourself — and your children — to read and share this remarkable book!


  • ITEM #: 7178
  • Dimensions: 6" X 9"
  • ISBN: 9781881939245
  • Weight: 1.7060 lbs
  • Binding: Hard Cover / 424 pages
  • Published by: Distributed by Feldheim

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  • Nine accounts of bravery and survival may have some things in common, but each story is unique.

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    • 7/26/17

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    • The Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter

    After an author’s note, a foreword, a preface and an introduction that prepare the reader for gruesome details of life in concentration camps, in hiding, and on the run, the reader learns about Michael Thaler’s life in the Ukraine; about a brilliant violinist, Cecilia Boruchowitz, who performed before German audiences; and about Albert Sharon (Szajdholc), who went from Brussels to France and Italy to save himself and his family. Israel Starck, claiming to be older than he was in order to survive, worked in several slave labor camps, as did Shlomo Zalman Teichman. Gutta Sternbuch had worked with Janusz Korczak in the Warsaw Ghetto, while Isser Fisher and his family survived by being buried in a hole under a tree. Dolly Hirsch Bestandig and Esther Biegelman survived the concentration camps by staying out of sight -- Dolly in a garbage bin and Esther in a bunk in Bergen-Belsen. There are photographs of the subjects before and after World War II, as well as a glossary, a short bibliography, acknowledgments, and a very detailed index. The endpapers of the front and back covers are a useful map with colored dots indicating each subject’s journey to survive.
    The title is somewhat of a misnomer, as most of the subjects were teenagers or young adults and in the case of children like Dolly, the account details her mother’s struggle to keep her alive. [Israel Starck tells his story with his daughter in A Boy Named 68818 (Feldheim, 2015).] The accounts are given in excruciating detail, which is a credit to the subject’s memory, but slow down the pace of the stories. Teller is a masterful storyteller, and his metaphors will either delight or irritate the reader:
    “A harmonious chord was struck between them [Rachel and Aryeh], and they were married in 1939. But the backdrop to their wedding was a cacophony of doom.” There is also an emphasis on Jewish observance in the camps. The book is a worthy addition to libraries with large Holocaust collections, particularly Orthodox ones.

  • A must read book / not depressing

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    • 7/26/15

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    • Leah in VA

    I try to read Holocaust books during the 9 days and on Tisha B'Av. This year I read this book. First of all, it is very inspiring to read about the strength and love for Torah and Mitzvos these children displayed. You may think you've read and heard all there is to hear, but these stories do bring out different concepts. Each child's story is well documented. There is an epilogue to each child, so you aren't left wondering what happened to them after the Shoah. Finally, there are lovely pictures, but before and after.
    Some of the parts are heart wrenching. I would recommend this book for teenagers and up.

  • Stirring, insightful, and well worthwhile

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    • 6/29/15

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    • Shema

    I've only just completed readings the accounts of the first two children; I am compelled to purchase copies for those dear to me who will appreciate this work.

    Great will be the day when the God of Israel wipes all tears away from His children, and the inhabitants of the earth would in turn love Him and His people.

    - A Christadelphian

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