- My Survival: A Girl on Schindler's List by Rena Finder
Finder, Rena My Survival: A Girl on Schindler's List; written by Rena Finder with Joshua M. Greene. Scholastic, 2019 [144p] illus. with photographs Trade ed. ISBN 978-1-338-59379-2 $16.99 E-book ed. ISBN 978-1-338-59380-8 $10.99 Reviewed from galleys R Gr. 3-6
In this memoir, Rena Finder, one of the Jews who survived the Holocaust thanks to the efforts of Oskar Schindler to protect his Jewish laborers from the death camps, lays out her history as a young Jewish girl in Krakow during World War II. Her experiences include increasing anti-Semitism from her peers, the introduction of laws restricting Jews from walking on sidewalks and their having bank accounts frozen, relocation to an overpopulated ghetto, the generous conditions at Schindler's factory, and a brief stint at Auschwitz. This account brings an age-appropriate, somewhat simplified account of the events that necessarily leaves out some details while still maintaining the usual heart-wrenching emotions wrought by its tragedy. Finder excels in breaking down the narrative that the Holocaust and its events are long in the past; she emphasizes the still-present anti-Semitism after the war and implies that our current society may not have evolved beyond Hitler in the way it likes to think, which is particularly powerful and relevant. End matter includes pictures of Finder's family, Schindler, and Auschwitz with brief captions.