The History Department has a wide range of historical fiction available in our History Library. Many students take advantage of this and enjoy stories set as far back as Anglo-Saxon England or borrow books depicting life in more recent eras such as 20th century Cuba.
We always welcome feedback on the books we have on our shelves. The following is a fantastic review of the book ‘After the War: From Auschwitz to Ambleside’ by Emily G in Year 8.
“After the War: From Auschwitz to Ambleside” by Tom Palmer is a compelling and insightful book that looks at the aftermath of World War II and the experiences of those who were affected by the war. The story follows the journey of a young boy named Yanek, who is a survivor of Auschwitz, as he tries to come to terms with his past and adjust to life in England after the war.
The way it is written is both informative and emotional, allowing readers to gain a deeper understanding of the impact of the war on individuals and communities.
One of my favourite parts of the book is its in depth look into Yanek’s struggles as a survivor of Auschwitz. Tom does an excellent job of depicting the trauma and psychological scars that Yanek carries with him as well as the challenges he faces in adjusting to life in a new country. Through Yanek’s point of view, I gained a greater appreciation for resilience, strength and spirit.
The book also looks at things such as the importance of family and community, the power of forgiveness and the need for hope in the face of a new situation. These things are explored in a thoughtful way, giving a deeper understanding of these issues.
Overall, “After the War: From Auschwitz to Ambleside” is a powerful and though-provoking book that genuinely made me think how privileged I, and the people around me, truly are. It is a real show of the human capacity for resilience and hope and a reminder of the importance of understanding and learning from the past.”