The Road to Heaven by Michael LeCare
This is an essay about a time 42 years ago when the author was a small boy and a friend of his grandmother's speaks to his religious-school class. The friend is a Holocaust survivor and tells the class her story of survival, as well as what the conditions were like in a concentration camp. There are many of this type of essay available but this is one of my favorites.
Essay: 10 of 10
LeCare uses the children in the audience as a wonderful tool in the essay. He details their reactions to the atrocities that the survivor describes and they are the same reactions that the reader is having as we read the essay. When I read anything about the Holocaust I am just amazed that it actually happened. It is just so horrific that language cannot do justice to what actually happened. It is also just so incredibly uncomfortable and overwhelming to listen to or learn about. But it is important that people know, especially children.
Teachability: 10 of 10
If you are a teacher who teaches the Holocaust, this would make a wonderful addition to the unit. One of my co-workers teacher Maus and I am sure that when she reads this essay it will be introduced into her curriculum.