Paul’s Journey is based upon the memories of Holocaust survivor, Paul
Oppenheimer. Paul is a survivor of the infamous Bergen-Belsen Camp
and the book describes his experiences from his early years in
Germany, his family’s emigration to Amsterdam and his deportation to
Westerbork and Bergen-Belsen. Paul’s story ends with his journey to
England as a refugee in 1945.
The book focuses on Paul’s personal testimony and gives students a
human perspective of this catastrophic period of history. The language
used is appropriate for younger students and does not dwell on the
horrific descriptions of events in the camps. There are moving
descriptions from Paul about his early memories and family life which
students may be able to relate to. There are also many images and
photographs in the book which can help students to understand the
events described and the individuals mentioned.