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Title: THE TOWER OF LIFE: How Yaffa Eliach Rebuilt Her Town in Stories and Photographs
Contributors: Chana Stiefel (Author), Susan Gal (Illustrator)
Published by: Scholastic Press
Release Date: October 4, 2022
Pages: 40
ISBN13: 978-1338225891

The true story behind the Tower of Life, a permanent Exhibit at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

There once was a girl named Yaffa. She loved her family, her home, and her beautiful Polish town that brimmed with light and laughter. She also loved helping her Grandma Alte in her photography studio. There, shopkeepers, brides, babies, and bar mitzvah boys posed while Grandma Alte captured their most joyous moments on film. And before the Jewish New Year, they sent their precious photographs to relatives overseas with wishes for good health and happiness. But one dark day, Nazi soldiers invaded the town. Nearly 3,500 Jewish souls — including family, friends, and neighbors of Yaffa — were erased. ​​​​​​​ This is the stunning true story of how Yaffa made it her life’s mission to recover thousands of her town’s photographs from around the world. Using these photos, she built her amazing TOWER OF LIFE, a permanent exhibit in the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, to restore the soaring spirit of Eishyshok.

A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection.

Awards & Praise

A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard

“There are many picture books about the Holocaust, but this one stands out...”
School Library Journal, starred review (read the full review)

“A loving testament to light and hope and the vision of a remarkable woman.”
Kirkus Reviews (read the full review)