The War Within These Walls by Aline Sax
The Nazis invaded Poland and bit by bit began separating the Jews from the rest of the population with new rules and regulations meant to control and debase them. Eventually, in 1942, they moved all the Jews in Warsaw into an area now known as the Warsaw Ghetto. As more and more Jews were brought there, the conditions worsened until it was almost unbearable. This is based on a true story of a freedom fighter named Mordechai Anielewicz who fought against all odds to at least let the Nazis know they weren’t going to die without trying to stop them. This is a short book and one that struggling readers in high school who are studying the Holocaust can manage. The words may be understandable but the behavior and demeanor of the Nazis remains as shocking as ever. For a glimpse into a time in history we will always remember with a pain in our hearts, read this book. This book won a Batchelder Honor this year for one of the best translations into English.