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Isabella Leitner. The Big Lie
Scholastic  $4.99  ISBN 0-590-45570-2  79 pg.
Reviewed by Chelaine, Age 11

“You will be ready at 4:00 A.M for deportation,” he announced. “Each of you can take 50 kilos of belongings. Be ready on time, or you will be shot!”

The Big Lie is a true story written by Isabella Leitner, a Jewish girl sent to the death camp in Auschwitz, Poland.  Isabella described how the Nazis changed her entire family’s lives. She dedicated this book to her younger sister, Potyo, whom was put to death in a gas chamber at Auschwitz.

Six years prior to Isabella’s capture, her father had fled his homeland and was trying to find a way to immigrate his family to America.  Meanwhile, in Auschwitz, Isabella’s family was being separated and some of them put to death. Her memories were of many long, lonely days and being terrified of losing her life.

I would rate this book with five stars.  I found the story very dramatic and action-filled.  Isabella was able to paint a clear picture of her experiences during that devastating era. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys an easy, historical read.


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