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Combining prose with powerful imagery, Running from Giants follows a young boy’s struggle to survive in Nazi occupied Europe, from the forests where he and his brothers once happily played, to the horrors of the ghetto. While the narrative propels us through Srulik’s gripping true story, the black-and-white art reveals his journey through the imagination of a child caughtCombining prose with powerful imagery, Running from Giants follows a young boy’s struggle to survive in Nazi occupied Europe, from the forests where he and his brothers once happily played, to the horrors of the ghetto. While the narrative propels us through Srulik’s gripping true story, the black-and-white art reveals his journey through the imagination of a child caught in a land of giants. The story opens with Srulik Ackerman enjoying a peaceful childhood in the Polish town of Nowosiolki, until the Nazi whirlwind blows in leaving ten-year-old Srulik suddenly and brutally alone. An eyewitness to the horrors of the Holocaust, Srulik narrowly escapes death several times, only to make a final desperate bid for freedom during a fiery revolt in the ghetto. Margareta Ackerman was astonished when she learned that her grandfather, Srulik, was a Holocaust survivor. How had he overcome the past with his cheerful attitude and timeless smile intact? In Running from Giants, she retells his amazing story, with its profound message about the incredible strength of the human spirit....

Title : Running from Giants: The Holocaust Through the Eyes of a Child
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ISBN : 18817312
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Number of Pages : 59 Pages
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Running from Giants: The Holocaust Through the Eyes of a Child Reviews

  • Karen
    2019-05-07 10:32

    This book is short but packs a punch. The story of 10-year-old Srulik's running away in plain sight and evading the Nazis that killed the rest of his family would be almost unbelievable were it not for the evidence of his survival embodied in the author and in her book. Written as a granddaughter's retelling of her grandfather's memories, it gives modern readers a way in to another time and place.The story reads like a fairy tale, and the excellent illustrations add to the overall mood. The time described before the Nazis come feels cyclical, archetypal. But it is not Eden. When the brothers are very young, around 7 years old, Srulik's twin dies of an infection that he accidentally acquired while playing in the very forest that would later shelter and hide--and save--Srulik. This experience stands in chilling counterpoint to the future deaths that Srulik witnesses at the hands of the Nazis. The Nazis break into the story, an evil out of time, until they too become part of the forbidding landscape: footprints, giant Orwellian boots crushing human dignity. While this book may bring the reader to tears, it is not something that I would forbid a child of any age from reading if he or she showed an interest. Srulik makes little attempt to understand the origins or the banality of the evil he encounters, in this way he remains innocent. The story of his survival is inspirational in part because anyone might have been able to do what he did. He was special in the way that all children are special, and from his granddaughter's telling, he remained that way throughout life. He also meets many helpers along the way: good people who give him food, clothing, and shelter at great personal risk. Holocaust survivors and their stories are passing quickly out of our time. Books are still the best and really the only way we have to keep their stories alive.

  • Michael
    2019-05-20 09:07

    I’ve read many Holocaust memoirs and I must say that there is a lot of great ones out there. This one really surprised me. It has the intense, powerful directness of Night with the artistic creativity of Maus. It also brings something of its own, a unique multi-generational perspective that ties in the narrator, the survivor’s grand-daughter. The story is deeply touching. Like many other stories of child survivors, you can’t help but be in awe of the little kid who, against all odds, believed that he would make it - and did! But, unlike many other books on the subject, Srulik (that's his name) comes out of it all surprisingly psychologically healthy, and goes on to be a cheerful human being. That’s inspiring to anyone going through a hard time.The art is exceptional. It starts off fairy normal but quickly gets intense and surreal. The pictures stayed in my mind for days. They made me think, and I must say that’s not something I often expect from illustrations.I really enjoyed reading this book. It is a must read for anyone interested in this subject, whether you have already read many books on it or not.

  • Yael Shahar
    2019-05-21 04:25

    Running from Giants is a different kind of memoir, a story of events that no child should ever endure or witness, told simply and clearly. The author, Margareta Ackerman, is that child’s granddaughter, who reconstructed his story from his own articulate retelling: “Somehow, the young boy still lived in those laughing eyes, making sure not a moment of joy was wasted.”While told from a child’s viewpoint, the circumstances are vividly painted, with just enough left to the imagination. We follow young Srulik from the idyllic memories of a childhood in the countryside to a confused world ruled by giants, where every adult may become a betrayer. From the forests where he had played with his brothers to the prison of the ghetto, Srulik lives by his wits, his luck, and–more than once–the unexpected kindness of others.Ackerman’s clear, lucid prose throws the harshness of the narrative into sharp relief. This matter-of-fact tone conveys the sense of shock and horror experienced by the story’s young protagonist. And while the words tell us what is happening, Vivien Mildenberger’s simple line drawings convey the emotional impact of the events; of feeling small, helpless, and alone in the face of a seemingly omnipotent enemy.There is a clarity to this story, due partly to the way a child’s memory is drawn out of the mind of an elderly survivor. Events which at the time would no doubt have been lived in a jumble of confusion and fear now stand out starkly against the background. The effect is a heightened appreciation for serendipity–the sheer unlikelihood of Srulik’s survival. The reader is led through one miraculous escape after another. The element of chance makes it clear that for the vast number of others in Srulik’s situation, the story ended differently. They were one-miracle short of survival.But what also comes out in this stark narrative is that very often it was not miracles that saved Srulik. Rather, it was something even less predictable than chance: human kindness. Time after time, Srulik lived another day because some nameless individual chose to do the right thing.This crucial thread of kindness seems to me the real lesson–if one can dare to draw lessons from such a dark time. How many others would now be telling their stories to their grandchildren had one person along the way done the right thing, rather than the easy thing? This is something to think about whenever we feel that nothing we do can make a difference. For Srulik, it made all the difference in the world.

  • Ronen
    2019-05-11 07:20

    It's written by the survivor's granddaughter, and gives us a bit about her relationship with her grandfather, which helps lighten this heavy topic. She also talks about his happy attitude towards life after the war, adding a whole other dimension to the story.The illustrations in this book are phenomenal. I've never seen anything like this. The Nazis are shown as giants, making for a great analogy. But not only that, the art is very deep - many illustrations have multiple interpretations. So take your time when you look at these pictures!Even if you've read many books on the subject, you've never read anything like this. An incredible story, creatively delivered and illustrated. Highly recommended.

  • Linda Marie Marsh
    2019-04-26 06:08

    'They' say that timing is everything. 'They' say that there is no such thing as coincidence....everything happens for a reason. And i believe both.Once I picked up Running From Giants to begin reading i could not put it down. SO much power in so few words this is a short book that will leave tears in your eyes and a need for some quiet thoughts.What happened is that i read the book in bed, when i finished i took time to gather my thoughts, and then turned on the tv. And just what movie do yo suppose was beginning? The PIANIST starring Adrian Brody. A movie based on the life of a man who fought for survival during the Holocaust. Coincidence? I think not.The book as i said is short, a one-sitting read of 81 pages. A loving gift from a grand-daughter to her grand-father. A memoir that was as difficult to get him to speak of, as it was for her to write. The love, the strength, and the spirit that lives on reaches out and grabs your heart. It's the story of Srulik Ackerman as a young boy. The miracle of life. The torture of loss. But mostly its about enduring love.I've read many bios, many memoirs of relatives, many history books and watched countless documentaries. This book is one where the words along with the sketches are like watching a movie in your mind.My only critique would be that the end came too soon. Of course the war ended and so did his saga of the time. I just wish there was a bit more info!ALSO. A major bonus is the artwork used to illustrate their words, by Vivien Mildenburger. Stunning.

  • Lace
    2019-04-28 05:15

    I received this book free through Goodreads First Reads. I loved this book. It's heartbreaking and inspiring all at once. It's a holocaust story that shows both how horrible (most of) the Nazis were, and yet how helpful and frightened the citizens were. In school we learn about the Nazis being terrible people, and about the horrible things done to Jews, and about what the troops went through. This is one of the only survivor stories I've read that mentions how helpful non-Jews were and how much they were willing to give them food and clothes, and sacrifice their safety for others. This book is a beautiful, poignant short story about a boy's survival and the kindness of others. I would encourage anyone to read and share this book. I just finished it and my boyfriend is going to start reading it soon, too.

  • Cheryl
    2019-04-26 07:12

    I have read a good handful of books on or centered around the holocaust. When I got the chance to review this book, I thought it sounded like something I would like. Even though this book is only 86 pages short, I had a good time reading it. The way that the author told her grandfather's story of surviving the holocaust was one I am glad her grandfather shared. I really loved the idea of the illustrations being drawn to help enhance the story. There was nothing too scary that a younger reader could have a problem with by reading this book. In fact, I think this book should be read by everyone who is interested in the holocaust or likes to read memoirs.

  • Jeanne
    2019-04-21 09:32

    Written by the survivor’s granddaughter, Running From Giants is an incredible story of Srulik Ackerman’s strength and resilience. His struggle to survive in Nazi occupied Europe is heart wrenching. It is a story that I will never forget.

  • Torey
    2019-05-14 11:26

    I wanted to give it a higher rating, but it didn't really seem personal. Honestly, it felt like reading fiction of what someone THINKS a Shoah memoir should be.

  • Amy Hustead
    2019-04-28 09:29

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  • Jill Therese
    2019-05-20 09:16

    excellent book. very short but the writing was well done and i was absorbed immediately. It was about the writers grandfather. he was one of twins and his brother died of an infection in his knee at seven years old. this was very heartbreaking.

  • Nicole
    2019-05-14 06:28

    I've read a lot of books about the holocaust and this one gives a different perspective. He was such a young child when it happened, it's really heart breaking.