The Holocaust is without a doubt one of the most tragic and heartbreaking events in recent history. Yet, far too many people still don’t fully understand the truly devastating toll it took on Jewish people as a whole. Why is Great-Grandma So Sad? brings the Holocaust to the forefront and makes it personal. Learning about this horrific event and telling others is incredibly important and Susan Heagy has done a wonderful job doing just that.
Ms. Heagy has taken some of the personal accounts of Holocaust survivors to weave an intensely personal and powerful story of Sarah, her mother Rebecca and her beloved Great-Grandma Hannah. Sarah wants to know why Hannah is so sad and Rebecca decides it’s time to tell Sarah the Holocaust story. As gently as possible, and in terms a child will understand, Rebecca describes how Hannah was just seven when Hitler first began his reign of terror. She goes on to explain how Jews were persecuted, mistreated and heartlessly executed. The back of the book is devoted to several Holocaust survivors, their biographies and their stories.
Why is Great-Grandma So Sad? is an excellent story to be told to children and to be read by anyone. It’s a story about understanding and sharing our pasts, no matter how painful. It’s crucial to us all that we never forget this dark period in history. Kudos to Susan Heagy for doing such an excellent job by telling this important story and for doing it so magnificently!
5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton
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