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The prisoners of breendonk [electronic resource] : Personal Histories from a World War II Concentration Camp. James M Deem.

Deem, James M. (Author).
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  • ISBN: 9780544556447 (electronic bk)
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource
  • Date Published: 2015.

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Summary, etc.: Fort Breendonk was built in the early 1900s to protect Antwerp, Belgium, from possible German invasion. Damaged at the start of World War I, it fell into disrepair . . . until the Nazis took it over after their invasion of Belgium in 1940. Never designated an official concentration camp by the SS and instead labeled a "reception" camp where prisoners were held until they were either released or transported, Breendonk was no less brutal. About 3,600 prisoners were held there—just over half of them survived. As one prisoner put it, "I would prefer to spend nineteen months at Buchenwald than nineteen days at Breendonk." With access to the camp and its archives and with rare photos and artwork, James M. Deem pieces together the story of the camp by telling the stories of its victims—Jews, communists, resistance fighters, and common criminals—for the first time in an English-language publication. Leon Nolis's haunting photography of the camp today accompanies...
Target Audience Note: Text Difficulty 7
UG/Upper grades (9th-12)
8.3 ATOS Level
Reproduction Note: Electronic reproduction. Boston : HMH Books for Young Readers, 2015. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 116252 KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB).
Subject: Young Adult Nonfiction.
Genre: Electronic books.

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