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The Children’s Block by Otto B Kraus: Book of the Week




Alex Ehren is a poet, a prisoner and a teacher in block 31 in Auschwitz-Birkenau, the children’s block.

He spends his days trying to survive while illegally giving lessons to his young charges and shielding them as best he can from the impossible horrors of the camp.

But trying to teach the children is not the only illicit activity that Alex is involved in. Alex is keeping a diary…

The Children's Block by Otto B Kraus. Bookmark in Spalding's Book of the Week.
The Children's Block by Otto B Kraus. Bookmark in Spalding's Book of the Week.

Originally published as 'The Painted Wall', Otto Kraus’s autobiographical novel tells the true story of 500 Jewish children who lived in the Czech Family Camp in Auschwitz-Birkenau between September 1943 and June 1944.

Otto B Kraus was born on September1, 1921 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. He and his family were deported in May 1942 to Ghetto Terezin and from there to Auschwitz where Otto became one of the children’s counsellors on the Kinderblock.

The Children's Block by Otto B Kraus (RRP £7.99) is available from Bookmark in The Crescent, Spalding, at £5.99. There's a further 20% discount with the voucher in this week's Spalding Guardian (on sale October 24-30).


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