Pieces of the Past

Pieces of the Past

The Holocaust Diary of Rose Rabinowitz

Book - 2013
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A young Jewish girl recounts her experiences during a horrifying time in recent history.

As Rose begins her diary, she is in her third home since coming to Winnipeg. Traumatized by her experiences in the Holocaust, she struggles to connect with others, and above all, to trust again.

When her new guardian, Saul, tries to get Rose to deal with what happened to her during the war, she begins writing in her diary about how she survived the murder of the Jews in Poland by going into hiding.

Memories of herself and her mother being taken in by those willing to risk sheltering Jews, moving from place to place, being constantly on the run to escape capture, begin to flood her diary pages. Recalling those harrowing days, includingwhen they stumbled on a resistance cell deep in the forest and lived underground in filthy conditions, begins to take its toll on Rose.

As she delves deeper into her past, she is haunted by the most terrifying memory of all. Will she find the courage to bear witness to her mother's ultimate sacrifice?

Publisher: Toronto : Scholastic Canada, 2013.
ISBN: 9781443113076
Characteristics: 163 pages :,illustrations, portraits ;,20 cm.


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Jul 02, 2019

This was one of the more powerful books in the "Dear Canada" series, and it really made me think, about all of the unfair struggles (especially for Jews) during the war and in general. This is a good, short and simple read, but impactful. While reading this book, I wanted to cry and hug Rose, because I felt so bad for her. I could go on about how sad this book is, but I should probably stop here. 4 1/2 stars.

May 07, 2019

My second favourite book in the dear Canada series right now! It was so sad and such a powerful story, it really made me appreciate all that I have!

Apr 04, 2018

This book is sooooo sad! I almost cried. It really helped me to understand the horrors of that time for the jewish people.

Catmamakim Jul 03, 2015

My 10-year old daughter loved this book and gives it a 5/5. Honestly I think that this is the first book (and not a graphic novel) that she didn't put down until she was finished reading it. Will continue to read others in the series.

May 12, 2015


Jan 18, 2015

I love this book, it is so sad that all her family member died just because of her.

Dec 30, 2014

Honestly, this book was amazing. I received it as a birthday gift two years ago in grade four, and just cannot stop reading it. It shows both how life was during the war, and after the war. This book is by far one of the best in the series. This author is also very good. I am addicted to her books. I found at while the young girl poured her heart out, saying she felt out of place, and explaining how she made friends. Written in diary entries, rose describes her struggle in her new country, and her struggles with her past...

Jan 24, 2014

Having read most of the Dear Canada series, I can honestly say this is by far the best. The story is haunting and well-written, and the lesson is tied effortlessly to contemporary life (and contemporary issues of growing up) without being obvious. Definitely worth a read, for adults as well as young adults, but I wouldn't recommend it for children under 12.

SPL_Childrens Nov 07, 2013

After the long, dark years of World War II, the fighting, the battles and the bombs had finally ceased. Peace had been declared. The war was over.

For many adults and children, however, the trauma caused by the horrors of World War II was far from over. Rose Rabinowitz was one of those children.

Rose was the only member of her Jewish family to survive the Holocaust. When the war ended, she immigrated to Canada from Poland and lived with a foster family in Winnipeg. Suddenly she had to adjust to living in a strange new country with a new language, new family and new school – all while still coping with her nightmarish memories of the recent war. Not surprisingly, Rose found it difficult to trust other people and to accept friendship. She had problems getting along with her new foster sister and she was bullied at school.

When her foster father gave her a diary, Rose was able to set aside her reservations and write about her former life in Poland, the grim realities of the Warsaw Ghetto and the Holocaust, and her present struggles in Canada. She wrote about her family members and what had happened to them.

In recording her memories, Rose was able to begin moving forward in rebuilding her life.

Rose’s story is based on real events and conditions of the war years. Documents, maps and photos are included in this poignant novel, one of a series of books that skilfully melds historical fact and fictional lives, entitled “Dear Canada”.

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Jan 18, 2015

xuehuahu thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 15

Dec 30, 2014

SeanTo thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

Jan 24, 2014

thelipreader thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

SPL_Childrens Nov 07, 2013

SPL_Childrens thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 13


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