I've been re-reading this book since I first stumbled across it in 5th grade. For being so small it's a painful read that packs an emotional punch. However hard it is to read, it's an absolutely essential Holocaust memoir, one that needs to be read, re-read, and taught for generations to come so we don't forget the brutal past. Heartbreaking, numbingly painful, and humbling; this book is educational and emotional. A must read for all, especially with the racism and bigotry rampant in this country.