Book Review: Terrible Things: An Allegory of the Holocaust, Eve Bunting

Aug 15, 2021 by Pat Black-Gould

Terrible Things: An Allegory of the Holocaust 

The story took place in a clearing in the woods where small creatures lived in harmony. Then one day, the Terrible Things came and captured all the feathered birds. What did the other animals do? Most did nothing. One little bunny tried to help but was told to mind his own business. When the Terrible Things returned, they took away all animals with bushy tails. What did the other creatures do? Nothing. Some even stated that didn’t like those bushy-tailed animals anyway.  As the allegory continued, more and more creatures disappeared, and the bunny was left alone to wonder why the animals didn’t stick together. Finally, the bunny leaves the clearing, in search of others who will listen to his story.

 “Terrible Things” sends an important message. It shows us the result of what happens when people don’t stand up for themselves and each other. So, if we think this is just  children’s book, any adult reading this will find that’s not the case at all.

This story reminds me of  Martin Niemöller's quotation:

First they came for the Socialists and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.

 

Terrible Things: An Allegory of the Holocaust: Bunting, Eve: 9780827605077: Amazon.com: Books

Martin Niemöller: "First they came for the Socialists..." | Holocaust Encyclopedia (ushmm.org)