Interview: Are children ready for Holocaust books?

Survivor Tzipi Cohen explains why she told her story in a children's book, after many years of hiding her tribulations.

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Tzipi Cohen, a Holocaust survivor who was a young girl in Budapest, Hungary at the time of World War II, spoke to Arutz Sheva on Thursday for Holocaust Remembrance Day about the unique children's book recounting her experiences during the war.

The book, which is entitled "The Doll's Tzipi" and is an initiative of the Shem Olam Institute, deals with heavy material, but when asked about those who might question whether children are ready for stories from the Holocaust, Cohen has no doubts.

"It's healthier for them if they start young. It's part of us, it's part of our history," she explained.

For her grandchildren, she noted that having her story in a book format makes it theirs, something they can tangibly own.

During her time in America where she lived after the Holocaust, Cohen recalls that it was a source of embarrassment to be a Holocaust survivor and different, and for many years she didn't want to share her story. As a result some of her friends didn't even know she was a survivor, even after 70 years of friendship.

Stressing that Jews have to remember what the nation of Israel went through, Cohen warned about the current global situation.

"It should never happened again. We're not in a good place today, and it's frightening. And the kids have to be strong and they cannot think that they're like every other country because they're not."

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