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Reviewed with Kerry P. Callahan's Mordechai Anielewicz.
Gr. 5-8. Jewish resistance in the Warsaw Ghetto is the focus of these titles in the new Holocaust Biographies series. Filled with heart-wrenching quotes from ghetto residents, they discuss the history as much as the individual heroes. Beyer's fine biography of Ringelblum tells how Ringelblum secretly collected eyewitness accounts and recorded what was happening as the Nazis closed in. Less is know about Anielewicz, but readers will be caught by the story of the leading role played by Anielewicz and other young people, first in the underground and then in the uprising in the streets. Spacious type, wide margins, occasional subheads, and black-and-white photos make the books quite readable, and each volume includes a brief list of books and Web sites. The lack of source notes is a problem, especially for the book on Gestapo Chief Muller, which is not recommended. Who says that the U.S. helped him escape and then employed him in the fight against the Soviets. See the Series Roundup in this issue for other recommended titles. Hazel Rochman
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