Terezin wins at ALCS awards

Terezin: A Story of the Holocaust by Ruth Thomson has won this year's £2,000 ALCS Educational Writers' Award, with the prize presented on Tuesday evening (4th December) by Ed Vaizey, minister for culture, communications and the creative industries.

Published by Franklin Watts, the illustrated title is for 11-18 year olds, and tells the story of the Terezin/Theresienstadt fortified ghetto in occupied Czechoslovakia during the Second World War, where thousands of Jews were imprisoned. It features first-hand accounts of life in the town as well as works of art created there.

The judges described the book as being a "quietly impressive and unforgettable book which shows exactly what good non-fiction writing should be about . . . This is an exemplary winner, which packs a massive emotional punch."