by Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson


Welcome to the parent guide for this text! Read below to find out about what your child is reading in class and how you can support him/her at home.

This week in class, we’re reading "A Holocaust Survivor, Spared from Gas Chamber by Twist of Fate" by Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson.

In 1942, a young Polish boy named Jack Mandelbaum was torn from the rest of his family - who were sent to the gas chambers of Auschwitz - to work in a labor camp. This article reports on the story of his survival.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Fate & Free Will and Resilience & Success as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

"How does a person overcome adversity?" and "Can we control our fate?"

Ways to support your child: