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Gr 6 Up-This unique and instructive treatment discusses the one-and-a-half million young Jewish victims of the genocide (and the murder of other young people who belonged to minority groups); the German youth brainwashed and exploited by Hitler's totalitarian regime; and, most tellingly, the children of survivors and of their Nazi oppressors and supporters. Supplementing his clear narrative with full-page, black-and-white historical photos, Gottfried traces the sad history of how the non-Jewish population in Nazi-occupied countries (especially in France, Poland, and Hungary) aided their occupiers in killing Jews-especially the young and infirm. (He pointedly excludes Denmark and Bulgaria from this list because the political leaders of both countries refused to cooperate with the Nazis.) The book clearly makes the point that "the Holocaust was a tragedy for all children" because for 10 years it legitimized genocide and racism in Western civilization, leaving a destructive imprint on and forming a dark legacy for future generations. The author concludes that only by accepting the truth of the Holocaust and understanding its horror can "the children of today safeguard the children of tomorrow."-Jack Forman, Mesa College Library, San Diego (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.