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The Sound of Freedom
Contributor(s): Kacer, Kathy
ISBN: 1554519705     ISBN-13: 9781554519705
Publisher: Annick Pr
    OUR PRICE: $17.06  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: March 2018
Annotation: Anna and her family have only one hope left to escape certain doom.It’s 1936 and life is becoming dangerous for the Jews of Krakow. As incidents of violence and persecution increase day by day, Anna begs her father to leave Poland, but he insists it’s impossible. How could he give up his position as an acclaimed clarinetist in the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra?When Anna and her father barely escape from a group of violent thugs, it becomes clear that the family must leave. But how? There seems to be only one possibility. Bronislaw Huberman, a world-renowned violinist, is auditioning Jewish musicians for a new orchestra in Palestine. If accepted, they and their families will receive exit visas. Anna and her grandmother boldly write to Huberman asking him to give Anna’s father an audition, but will that be enough to save them?This poignant story is based on real events in pre-war Poland and Palestine. After saving 700 Jews and their families, Huberman went on to establish what later became the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Against an ominous background of the impending Holocaust in Europe and the first Arab-Israeli war, The Sound of Freedom still manages to remind the reader of the goodness in the world.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Historical | Holocaust
- Juvenile Fiction | Historical | Europe
Dewey: FIC
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.75" W x 1.00" (0.80 lbs) 250 pages
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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 February)

Gr 4–7—It's 1935 in Krakow, Poland, and Anna Hirsch's young life is on the brink of immense change. Lately, she has been noticing more and more unkindness and downright cruelty in Krakow towards Jewish citizenry like her own family. Anna witnesses the violent beating of the local butcher and Anna and her father are almost attacked at his music school. Anna sees only one way out. If her father is accepted in Bronislaw Huberman's new orchestra that will be based in Palestine, it would ensure safe passage for the Hirsch family out of Poland. Kacer's novel examines a little-known historical event preceding the Holocaust. Huberman was a real musician who founded the Palestine Philharmonic (as it was then known). Kacer, whose own parents were survivors of the Holocaust, writes a fictional account of a family saved by Huberman. The story is somber from the beginning as the author does not shy away from showing violence and hatred. But amidst a backdrop of despair, Anna and her family have hope, and their love for each other is a beacon of light. Kacer includes an author's note and a short bibliography encouraging more learning about Huberman. VERDICT A fine historical fiction addition to all library shelves.—Sarah Wethern, Douglas County Library, Alexandria, MN

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