The Tower of Life: How Yaffa Eliach Rebuilt Her Town in Stories and Photographs
“The story begins with Yaffa Eliach, a spirited young girl who grows up in a vibrant, happy 800-year-old town in Poland, filled with family life and rich traditions. Yaffa’s grandmother, who receives a gift of a camera from America, becomes the village photographer, and takes photos of all the family events: weddings, bar mitzvahs, and family gatherings. And on the Jewish New Year, the villagers send photos to their relatives overseas to wish them a “Gut Yontif”! But one dark day, the town is invaded. And quickly the once happy home to 5,000 Jewish people is uprooted. Yaffa survives the war and becomes a Professor of History and America’s foremost Holocaust expert. And when President Jimmy Carter invites her to create an exhibit for the new National Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC, she travels around the world hunting down her grandmother’s photos taken of people who fled from her beloved town, Eishyshok, along with their stories and memories. This breathtaking revival of the town’s collective spirit, which is a permanent exhibit at The National Holocaust Museum in Washington DC, will inspire all who read it.” — Provided by publisher. Sydney Taylor Book Award. For grades 2-4.