Daniel’s Story starts off with Daniel and his family riding to Poland on a train. They are Jews and are being sent off to a work camp. Daniel likes to look through a photo album he has from before the holocaust. Throughout the book he periodically refers to, and tells stories about, these pictures. Daniel is only 14 and is being sent off by the Nazis.
During the holocaust millions of Jews were killed and imprisoned in these kinds of places. The purpose of the book is to show how it was like living during the holocaust and to accompany a set of pictures in a holocaust memorial museum. I believe that this book was also written to show how, even with nothing left, people will still try to stick it out and hope for the better.
I think that the pictures the book paints really help to give the reader a feel for what Daniel goes through. Depictions of terrifying sights bring a sobering look at the holocaust. It is good to continue the knowledge of the holocaust so that it never happens again, and this book does a good job of ensuring that no one will ever forget it. Because Daniel is so hopeful the whole way through, it serves to inspire others not to lose hope.
Although I liked the book overall, I did not appreciate the time jumps in it. At times it was very confusing when all of a sudden the date changes and I have to regain my bearings. I think that because I am older I was able to successfully comprehend the story even when the time changed, but I do not think that younger readers and lower grade levels would have been able to get the same understanding out of the book.
Daniels Story is about the holocaust and depicts one fictional child’s journey through death camps, resistance fighters, and survival. It takes place during world war two, specifically the holocaust era, and provides a historical aspect as well was a personal view of its time. Although Daniel is a fiction character, his person is derived from several pictures, and was made to display the events of the holocaust. I would recommend that this book be read only in history classes upon covering the second world war, because the teacher could transcribe the events to the students. Because it is sophomores who take history, they should be the ones to read and profit from it. Aside from a casual read, this book could be used to teach students about the holocaust.