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3.76 out of 53.76 out of 53.76 out of 53.76 out of 53.76 out of 5 3.76 (21 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Yankev Glatshteyn Narrator: Humphrey Bower Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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First published in 1940, Yankev Glatshteyn's Emil & Karl is an eerily moving glimpse of the worst of the Holocaust to come. In his elegant translation from the original Yiddish, Jeffrey Shandler brings us this literary gem in English for the first time.

Vienna, 1938. Two boys, one Jewish, one not, fend for themselves after their parents are taken away by the Nazis. Emil and Karl, best friends, are brave and loyal in a world of persecution and cruelty.

The Holocaust has recently been rediscovered by children's authors as a new generation of young people, growing up at an ever greater distance from the reality, risks losing a sense of its horror. But Yankev Glatshteyn's Emil & Karl is an exceptional novel, not just for its raw and compassionate portrayal of what was suffered by the Jews in Austria, but for its historical accuracy. Written in 1940 in Yiddish, this heart-wrenching story of two nine-year-old friends caught up in the earliest tremors of anti-Semitic hatred in Vienna is all the more shocking because its author had no idea of what was still to come.

Despite the casual violence done to their families - Karl's parents were socialists and Emil is Jewish - the boys find moments of kindness, courage and hope along their painful journey. Emil & Karl is a moving story of friendship and survival in a time of hate. It will resonate with readers of all ages. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Fabz | 1/9/2014

    " have to read for school, its alright so far "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kismeth | 1/8/2014

    " Horrible events, important book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 InYourFaceNewYorker | 12/18/2013

    " Written in 1938, this book is a fascinating look at the beginnings of the Holocaust as it starts to unfold. Very suspenseful and hard to put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily Kinyanjui | 10/20/2013

    " This book explains true friendship and caring and risking lifes and saddness "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin Reilly-Sanders | 9/10/2013

    " Two young boys who's parents are removed from their lives in various different ways try to survive in Vienna. As some of the events in the story are rather graphic, it's hard to remember that this was written in Yiddish in 1940 before the worst atrocities of WWII had even begun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 3/25/2013

    " I remember reading this book one year in school. I found this book very moving, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I felt the ending was sad and I felt Glatshteyn could have added an epilogue showing the two beng reunited. A little disappointing but on all a GREAT read!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 1/23/2013

    " Although the content is obviously tough to swallow, it's a beautifully written book that depicts the horrors of the time through a child's eyes. A good introduction to this history for kids, and a bittersweet reminder for adults. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vicki | 6/29/2012

    " 2 young boys who are friends are all that's left of a neighbohood in Vienna after their families & friends are taken away during 1940 WWII ok "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan Wilson | 5/19/2012

    " I liked this book alot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Muphyn | 5/19/2012

    " I'd like to give it 3.5 stars actually. It wasn't quite what I had expected but then again, given that it was published in 1940 and aptly describes the situation in World War II Vienna, it is quite a remarkable little YA book. Maybe I should give it four stars after all... :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 5/12/2012

    " AUSTRIA - a young adult book, which sometimes I actually find more informational. This was originally published in Yiddish before the WWII, but takes place in 1940ish - right before the war. It was widely read by Jewish-American students in Yiddish schools. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 1/21/2012

    " For the advanced 5th-7th grade child. A simple story of two friends during World War II. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Prechana Limgee | 8/21/2011

    " The friendship of two young kids is just sooo lovely. And they are so brave to still keep their friendship even in the middle of a war. Friendship like their's is hard to find...I really liked the story but the ending was just so unsatisfactory... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 8/12/2011

    " A sad story set in Nazi Vienna of the friendship between two small boys, one of them an Austrian Jew. What makes this book particularly interesting is the fact that it was written in 1940. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhonda | 1/27/2011

    " The story of two boys whose friendship endures many trials. If you enjoyed 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas' you will like this one too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A.J. | 11/1/2010

    " Amazing to think this was written in 1940. Heart-breaking and surprising. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 8/12/2010

    " AUSTRIA - a young adult book, which sometimes I actually find more informational. This was originally published in Yiddish before the WWII, but takes place in 1940ish - right before the war. It was widely read by Jewish-American students in Yiddish schools. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 8/1/2010

    " Two young boys who's parents are removed from their lives in various different ways try to survive in Vienna. As some of the events in the story are rather graphic, it's hard to remember that this was written in Yiddish in 1940 before the worst atrocities of WWII had even begun. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Fabz | 5/25/2009

    " have to read for school, its alright so far "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 2/11/2009

    " Although the content is obviously tough to swallow, it's a beautifully written book that depicts the horrors of the time through a child's eyes. A good introduction to this history for kids, and a bittersweet reminder for adults. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 7/22/2008

    " For the advanced 5th-7th grade child. A simple story of two friends during World War II. "

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