After the War

After the War

by Carol Matas

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Overview

"Didn't the gas ovens finish you all off?" is the response that meets Ruth Mendenberg when she returns to her village in Poland after the liberation of Buchenwald at the end of World War II. Her entire family wiped out in the Holocaust, the fifteen-year-old girl has nowhere to go.

Members of the underground organization Brichah find her, and she joins them in their dangerous quest to smuggle illegal immigrants to Palestine. Ruth risks her life to help lead a group of children on a daring journey over half a continent and across the sea to Eretz Israel, using secret routes and forged documents — and sheer force of will.

This adventure will touch readers, who will marvel at the resources and inner strength of mere children helping other children to find a place in this world in which they can belong. Carol Matas, one of the foremost authors of historical fiction, brings the desperation and passion of this remarkable journey to life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689807220
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 09/01/1997
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 254,058
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 840L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Carol Matas is the author of many books for children and young adults, including Of Two Minds (with Perry Nodelman), Lisa's War, Code Name Kris, Sworn Enemies, and Daniel's Story (for the United States Holocaust Museum). She lives in Winnipeg, Canada, with her husband and two children.

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After the War 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We all know about the horrible things that Hitler did. This unfortunately involved the Holocaust of Jews. The book After the War, by Carol Matas, gives you brief statement about the main character in the camps. We also get information about what happens in the camps by the people she meets on her way. We find that the main character joins a kibbutz that is trying to leave. She is assigned to take a group of orphans all the way over to Palestine. I would recommend this book to any young reader that is interested in reading about history. It is great and always keeps you guessing what will happen. The book starts out while the main character Ruth went to her uncle’s house. As she was looking someone from a group takes her in and asks her to help get a group of orphans out of the country to Palestine. Once they are close to getting on the boat that will take them there, they learn that the British is trying to stop them. If they are caught, they will be taken to a prison on Cyprus. Once she is on the boat, she finds a member of her family. However won’t spoil who it was, you will have to find out on your own. It was filled with lots of action at the end when they are close to Palestine. The writer for this book did a good job with focusing on young writers. The book reads smoothly and the vocabulary is very easy to understand. The facts of the book are not just about one person, it is about what all the Jews were going through to get to Palestine. The encouragement that comes from the things they say like; “Don’t you think it takes courage to be happy, to feel, to love?” The author of the book has very good information on what they had to do. In the beginning of the book, you can see a map of the route they had to travel. It mostly talks about how they traveled to Palestine. For example, they talked about how they had to go by ship to Palestine. I would have liked to read more about the Holocaust in the book though. This book is not very emotional yet it does have some emotion in it. The author portrays the main character without a lot of emotion. By the end we, see her emotions come through. For example when the British attack she loses someone close to her and cries. She also loves someone and says “We love each other” After the War will capture young readers. It tells a whole different view what Jews go through. I enjoyed it, but it would have been better if it had more about the Holocaust.
lilibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After WWII ends, and 15 year old Ruth is liberated from Buchenwald, she tries to return home. Finding noone, she believes her whole family has been killed and she is the only survivor. Lying about her age, she joins a group smuggling Jewish survivors to Palestine.
Hamburgerclan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The problem recounting the saga of history is the question of where to end the story. History, of course, doesn't end... or at least it hasn't ended yet. Even if you bring the tale to the present day, all you need to do is wait until tomorrow, then go to the newspaper and find out what happens next. Of course, to be practical, you need to pick a stopping point--a place where events have reached a climax and one of the issues of history, at least, have been resolved. So it is with that bit of history we call World War II. To hear the tale of the war, you'll hear of the rise of Hitler and the Nazis, the expansion of German power, the oppression then slaughter of the Jews and others, the opposition of first France and Britain, then the Soviets and Americans. You'll hear of the battles, the strategies, the victories, the losses, the surrender and the liberation. And then they all lived happily ever after.... not. After the War is a tale set, naturally, after World War II. It's the story of a Jewish girl, Ruth, who has been liberated from Buchenwald. She returns to her home in Poland only to find that it's no longer her home. Her family is gone, her former residence is occupied by her uncle's maid, who answers the door wearing Ruth's mother's dress. She finds shelter with some fellow refugees, but finds that the shelter is tenuous at best. There are too many goyim who are only too ready to continue Hitler's agenda of lies and murder. Some of the Jews hold onto the hope of emigrating to Palestine, of founding a Jewish homeland where they can live, thrive and protect themselves. But the British have cut off all immigration there. How could anyone possibly manage to make the journey and get in? Ah, therein lies the tale. It's a well written one, with a depth of character and interesting plot. I found myself a bit torn reading it, sympathizing with the Ruth and her comrades, but also knowing the rest of the story, that an Israeli homeland would not guarantee perfect peace or justice.--J.
joririchardson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is short and to the point, being under 150 pages. However, it is a powerful story with in-depth characters and emotion.While there are many WWII books about the Holocaust, there are far fewer books that look at its aftermath and how it continued to affect the lives of the survivors. That is what this book does, being about a teenage Jewish girl who is the only one of her family and friends to have gotten out alive.Scattered through-out the story are various painful memories of the characters. The parallel of their recalled experiences with their present lives is both insightful and sad. This book made me cry and can be very depressing due to its honest, tragic view of the Holocaust. However, it also shows hope and a new life for the main character as she works toward fulfilling her dream of living in Israel, and begins to fall in love.This book is amazing.Also read its sequel - "The Garden"
kirkonly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a good book that takes place after WWII and lets you know about what happen to all of the Jewish children that survived the Holocaust and what they had to go through while trying to get to reach their homeland, Palestine. The main character is a little girl by the name of Ruth. She is the last one left of her family. You live through Ruth and go on an amazing journey while they (Ruth and some other kids) try to get the Palestine. This book was very intriguing. I am very interested in WWII and what happened after it, so this book was perfect for me. Event thought this book was fiction it was based on true events, so I could imagine what it was like after the war for children. This was an incredibly astounding book.From a teacher¿s point of view, ¿After the War¿ is a great book to use with older students. This book is a great book to use for a lead in to future lessons about WWII, the Holocaust, and can use this book for research projects and major classroom discussions. I didn¿t think the book was well written, but I found it very entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We all know about the horrible things that Hitler did. This unfortunately involved the Holocaust of Jews. The book After the War, by Carol Matas, gives you brief statement about the main character in the camps. We also get information about what happens in the camps by the people she meets on her way. We find that the main character joins a kibbutz that is trying to leave. She is assigned to take a group of orphans all the way over to Palestine. I would recommend this book to any young reader that is interested in reading about history. It is great and always keeps you guessing what will happen. The book starts out while the main character Ruth went to her uncle’s house. As she was looking someone from a group takes her in and asks her to help get a group of orphans out of the country to Palestine. Once they are close to getting on the boat that will take them there, they learn that the British is trying to stop them. If they are caught, they will be taken to a prison on Cyprus. Once she is on the boat, she finds a member of her family. However won’t spoil who it was, you will have to find out on your own. It was filled with lots of action at the end when they are close to Palestine. The writer for this book did a good job with focusing on young writers. The book reads smoothly and the vocabulary is very easy to understand. The facts of the book are not just about one person, it is about what all the Jews were going through to get to Palestine. The encouragement that comes from the things they say like; “Don’t you think it takes courage to be happy, to feel, to love?” The author of the book has very good information on what they had to do. In the beginning of the book, you can see a map of the route they had to travel. It mostly talks about how they traveled to Palestine. For example, they talked about how they had to go by ship to Palestine. I would have liked to read more about the Holocaust in the book though. This book is not very emotional yet it does have some emotion in it. The author portrays the main character without a lot of emotion. By the end we, see her emotions come through. For example when the British attack she loses someone close to her and cries. She also loves someone and says “We love each other” After the War will capture young readers. It tells a whole different view what Jews go through. I enjoyed it, but it would have been better if it had more about the Holocaust.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Such a thriller to everyone who loves history, or excitiment! It was such a page-turner. I personally love history about World War II, and this is a book that is easy to read, and understandable. So much detail is included. It is so unpredictable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i read this book years ago and i still find myself thinking of the characters and the story and how touching this book was. the discriptions are still vivid in my memory. this is a great book that shows the stuggle to continue on with life after horrable thing s happen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Carol Matas (the author) is an excellant writer. I have read this book at least six times and I cry every time. Although this book is based on a fictional character, the things that happened to her did happen to someone, somewhere during WW2 and we must never forget.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book 'after the war' has what i consider a little action. I didnt like this book becosue of that, how ever i am not a reader. It was about a girl and a group of people trying to get out of the country alive. The reason for this is becouse they are jewish and r trying to escape there country befor they gett killed. It is just after world war 2 and there is a group of people that is trying to kill the jews. they will do anything from braking into houses and shoting them. The group that was leaving there country walked bye night and hid in the day. at one time they even road a train to get farther south and europe. so as i have told yo uit is a life or death situation. So know i ma going to leave t up to yo uto see what you think of the storry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a great book, Id has to give it 4-½ stars on this on. Ruth is a well-made out character; it was an amazing herding those little kids to the Palestine. Nate was also a great character too the way he always had food for the and always kept the kids quiet when the nazis where by. I¿d give it five stars if it was real but it was based on a true story. I guess this book had a special meaning to it, which was, ¿If you believe in your self anything can happen if you truly believe.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was a good book 2 read
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was amazing, i have read it several times, and never hesitate to read it again, it had everything, without wandering away from the truth of what was going on at that time. if you like this book, like i did, you should read the sequel- The Garden
Guest More than 1 year ago
i think that this book is amazing. it made me think about life after the war, not just during it. Ruth is really brave. the book is pretty good, but it is hard to read with all the memories put in.if you are interested in the Holucaust, read this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was great. i have read more than 10 books on this subject including a real life 846 page book and for fiction compared to real life it really compares. Not gory but good enough for children to understand the real facts of what happened.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was fabulous. I have read a lot of World War II books, but this one is the best. It has absolutly everything in it: Suspense, action, drama, and romance. I would suggest this not to only young readers but older ones too. I think that anyone that wants to read a good story about the holocuast that they should read this one. I could not put the book down until I was done. It's short and wonderful. Everyone should read it.