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A Cuddly Kristallnacht

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Parenting columnist Marjorie Ingall documents her quandary today in Tablet Magazine: A new children’s book that tells the story of Kristallnacht through the eyes of a cat (Benno is his name) has been critically acclaimed, but, to Ingall, is “so distasteful I have trouble forming coherent sentences about it.” But this isn’t just feline talk: Ingall enters a broader debate about when to introduce children to the Holocaust, and how.

Good Kitty, Bad Kitty

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d schafir says:

My husband became a slave laborer in 1940 in the now unknown Bismarckhutte Nazi Camp when he was 12. The other 48 members of his family were slaughtered by the Nazis and their willing helpers. Before entering the camp he was forced with his community to watch the kosher butcher and his assistant hung in the Jewish cemetery of BEDZIN Poland because he had more chickens in his possession that the Nazis deemed legal. My grandchildren were raised on the Holocaust stories as it permeated the house through relics and stories. Children understand better than you give them credit for.

Very well said.

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