Terrible Things: An Allegory of the Holocaust

Author(s) Eve Bunting
Illustrator(s) Steve Gammell
Age Group 6-12
Publisher The Jewish Publication Society
ISBN 978-0827603257
Year 1996


This unique introduction to the Holocaust encourages young children to stand up for what they think is right, without waiting for others to join them. Terrible Things tells the story of a young rabbit who watches as time after time the "terrible things" swoop in and take away different groups of animals living in the forest, until the rabbits are last to remain. It is only when the rabbits are subsequently taken away by the terrible things that the reader learns that if all the animals of the forest had initially stood together against the terrible things, perhaps they would have all survived.