The Missing: The True Story of My Family in World War II

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Candlewick Press, Oct 20, 2020 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 128 pages

An award-winning author and poet traces the history of his relatives lost in the Holocaust in a personal, powerful narrative with resonance for readers today.

“They were there at the beginning of the war, but they were gone by the end. I suppose they died in the camps.”

That’s all young Michael Rosen, born in England just after the end of the Second World War, was told about the six great-aunts and great-uncles who had been living in Poland or France at the beginning of that war. This wasn’t enough for him. So, as an adult, he started to search. He asked relatives for any papers they might have. He read book after book. He searched online, time and again, as more information was digitized and suddenly there to be found. In a unique mix of memoir, history, and poetry, scholar and children’s literature luminary Michael Rosen explores his family history, digging up more details than he ever thought he would and sharing them with readers so that now, a lifetime after the Nazis tried to make the world forget the Rosen family and the rest of Europe’s Jews, his readers can do something essential: remember. With an extensive list of titles for further reading, maps of France and Poland, a family tree, and an introduction by lauded author and anthologist Marc Aronson, this immensely readable narrative offers a vital tool for talking to children about the Holocaust against the background of the ongoing refugee crisis.


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User Review  - jennybeast - LibraryThing

Short book that tells a powerful story -- about the things families don't talk about, about grief, about the many mysteries left by the loss of so many lives in WWII. I love that Rosen links this ... Read full review

The Missing: The True Story of My Family in World War II

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This poignant memoir documents the author and poet’s genealogical detective work to discover his relatives’ fates during WWII. Growing up in England, the former British children’s laureate heard about ... Read full review


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Michael Rosen is one of the most popular contemporary poets and authors of books for children. He received the Eleanor Farjeon Award for services to children's literature in 1997 and served as Children's Laureate in the UK between 2007 and 2009. His books include the worldwide bestseller We're Going on a Bear Hunt and the award-winning Michael Rosen's Sad Book as well as What’s So Special About Shakespeare?, What’s So Special About Dickens?, and What Is Poetry? He lives in London.

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