A Story of the Holocaust by Ruth Thomson


A Story of the Holocaust by Ruth Thomson

Terezin - A Story of The Holocaust is an award-winning book that tells the Holocaust story of the Terezin/Theresienstadt fortified ghetto - where the Nazis imprisoned thousands of Jews during the Second World War - and from where many were sent to their deaths. This unique book features first-hand accounts of life in the town as well as moving works of art from some of the artists who were incarcerated there. A detailed introduction sets the scene for the creation of Terezin and the Final Solution. Created by award-winning children's author Ruth Thomson using material from Yad Vashem and other key Jewish sources. Multi-award-winning - The School Library Association Information Book Award 2012 and 2012 ALCS Education Writers' Award. Critically acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic.


A quietly impressive and unforgettable book which shows exactly what good non-fiction writing should be about. Striking images from Terezin are powerfully combined with first-hand accounts from those who lived there, to tell a remarkable and harrowing story few us knew much about before. By investigating life inside one camp, the author lays bare the horrors faced by everyone caught up in the Holocaust. This is an exemplary winner, which packs a massive emotional punch. We'd go as far as to call this one of the finest children's non-fiction books for many years. 2012 ALCS Education Writers

/publisher, Simon Adams; languages teacher, Louise Trevelyan; school librarian, Jenny Berggren Shocking, inspirational and forthright without ever becoming sentimental or over-emotional; a striking delivery that will stay with the reader for a long time. School Library Association Thomson's work is an informative and beautifully illustrated reference guide to Terezin... an invaluable educational tool for young people wanting to know more about the Holocaust. Jewish News Striking, inspirational and forthright, without ever becoming sentimental or over-emotional; a striking delivery that will stay with the reader for a long time... astonishing. School Librarian

About the Author

Ruth Thomson is an award-winning educational author (with an MA in Museum and Gallery learning) , who specialises in writing books on art and history. Her art books include Grisly & Gruesome, Saints and Looking at Paintings for the National Gallery, London, a short biography of Georgia O'Keeffe and several hands-on art packs for Tate galleries. She has also co-written Posters and Propaganda in Wartime, published in conjunction with the Imperial War Museum. Her history books include a series about Victorian childhood and books about Plains Indians and Aztecs. Ruth's interest in Terezin was sparked during research for an educational pack on Holocaust art for the London Gallery of Jewish Art. The gallery owns a powerful series of prints by Leo Haas, one of the artists featured in the book, and Ruth became intrigued to find out more about the place that had inspired them. As well as writing educational books, Ruth travels widely, collecting recycled artefacts, which she has shown in bespoke exhibitions at major British museums and galleries for the past 7 years. In her spare time, Ruth enjoys long-distance walking, stone carving and reading modern American literature.

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64 pages


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Publication date

10th January 2013



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