"Passionate, powerful, riveting,"
– Hazel Rochman, starred review for Booklist
"Compelling history that makes us look at the war anew,"
–Publishers Weekly, starred review
"This book is an extraordinary achievement, particularly because, although the author’s theme is Europe’s children, she is in fact, with astonishing research, writing a new history of World War II. And remarkably, in writing about the children, she does – as one might expect – write not only about their suffering, but also about their joys."
– Gitta Sereny
“A work of impressive scholarship . . . Cruel World is a historical gem. For anyone interested in an unglossed WWII history, it is a must read. It revives memories that the world forgets at its peril.”
–Jackie Loohauis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
". . .a thoroughly researched and incisively written account of horrendous crime, suffering , folly, and indifference, as well as of heroism, sacrifice, and the will to survive . . . Cruel World‘s originality lies in its broad sweep–more shocking and upsetting than any book that deals with ‘only’ one persecution. By broadening her scope to include every affected nationality . . . Nicholas makes us aware how children across Europe were caught up in the Nazis’ cruelty."
–Ruth Kluger, Washington Post Book World