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Hiding Edith: A True Story
     

Hiding Edith: A True Story

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by Kathy Kacer
 

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Hiding Edith tells the true story of Edith Schwalb, a young Jewish Girl sent to live in a safe house after the Nazi invasion of France. Edith's story is remarkable not only for her own bravery, but for the bravery of those that helped her: an entire village, including its mayor and citizenry, heroically conspired to conceal the presence of hundreds of

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Hiding Edith tells the true story of Edith Schwalb, a young Jewish Girl sent to live in a safe house after the Nazi invasion of France. Edith's story is remarkable not only for her own bravery, but for the bravery of those that helped her: an entire village, including its mayor and citizenry, heroically conspired to conceal the presence of hundreds of Jewish children who lived in the safe house. The children went to the local school, roamed the streets and ate good food, all withot having to worry about concealing their Jewish identity. And during Nazi raids, the children camped out until the coast was clear.

Intensively researched and sensitively written, this book, illustrated with photographs and maps, both comforts and challenges a young reader's spirit, skillfully addressing both the horrors and hope that children experienced during the Holocaust.

Editorial Reviews

Jewish Book World
"a beautifully written true story of a.... Jewish girl from Vienna, and her journey to survival."
Canadian Review of Materials Magazine
"Four stars out of four. Highly recommended. Kacer's account of Edith's life is crafted gently for young children, yet she includes mention of the horrors that people were only hearing about during the war. Hiding Edith, along with others in the Holocaust Remembrance Series published by Second Story Press, should be part of every elementary school library collection."
KLIATT - Maureen Griffin
This nicely printed "Holocaust Remembrance Book for Young Readers" is a must purchase for middle-school libraries. Edith Schwalb was a young child when her father was taken by the Nazis because the family was Jewish. She and her mother and siblings had to flee her native Austria and then Belgium. They survived in southern France during the period when six million Jews were killed. Most of Edith's story covers her preteen years when courageous citizens in France defied the Nazis and hid Jews. The Jewish Scouts of France financed the large house at Moissac where Shatta and Bouli Simon protected young Jewish children. The whole town cooperated in this life-saving venture, and hundreds of children were saved. Each time they were warned the Nazis were approaching, the children used their camping skills to hide in the forests. The author crafts conversations based on accounts from other inhabitants of the house, particularly Eric Goldfarb, to supplement Edith's own memory of events. As Edith relates her life at Moissac and a boarding school and then with a farm family, the reader learns of her fear, loneliness, courage, resourcefulness and growing maturity. Facts about the Holocaust are presented deftly for young readers and are supplemented with b/w photos. They can learn much and be strengthened in their own resolve to "remember who they are."
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Edith Schwalb was one of many Jewish children who were hidden by the Jewish Scouts of France in a large house in the village of Moissac. The townspeople helped to protect the children, warning the house mother of Nazi raids, during which time the young scouts disappeared into the hills on camping trips. Schwalb's story is told from the beginning of her family's hardships through the end of the war, and includes the typical privations and separations of Holocaust memoirs. What makes this book unique is the depiction of a special refuge that managed to save every resident child, except one who was removed by her parents. An introduction provides basic World War II history. Black-and-white photographs personalize the story. While the dialogue and emotions are somewhat fictionalized and certain facts have been compressed (as explained in the epilogue), the book seems to be a good reflection of the subject's experiences.-Heidi Estrin, Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The recent inundation of Holocaust literature draws much on personal history; Edith's story stands out for its child-eyed perspective recounted in an easily readable and intriguing narrative. In 1938, Edith and her family wisely leave their home in Vienna, escaping the pending Nazi occupation, keeping a step ahead of the persecution as they next move to Belgium and then France. When her father is finally arrested in Paris, her mother makes the difficult decision to send Edith and her younger brother away to a safety home for Jewish children in the southern countryside. Kacer's clear-cut, poised description magnifies a child's emotional turmoil as she copes with fear, separation from parents, loneliness, her hidden identity and her mistrust of strangers. Edith's survival story also illustrates the benevolent attitude of the village's non-Jewish French citizens, who willingly took part in a conspiracy to protect the children's secret background. As unimaginable as it may seem for today's youngsters to comprehend the experience Edith endured, Kacer has succeeded in allowing the young reader into the apprehensive and troubled mind of this child survivor. Another sensitive addition to the Holocaust Remembrance Series. (Biography. 8-11)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781897187067
Publisher:
Second Story Press
Publication date:
09/01/2006
Series:
Holocaust Remembrance Series for Young Readers
Pages:
120
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

Kathy Kacer has won many awards for her books about the holocaust for young readers, including Hiding Edith, The Secret of Gabi’s Dresser, Clara’s War and The Underground Reporters. A former psychologist, Kathy tours North America speaking to young people about the importance of remembering the Holocaust. For more information, visit www.kathykacer.com.

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Hiding Edith : -a True Story- 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“Hiding Edith” starts off very nicely, and it eases upon the characters’ situations. It flows very smoothly, and leads up to the main part of the story. It is told in a good way with no foul language, and it is suitable for young readers. But at the same time, it would be something good for any age to read. This would be something informational for students learning about Anne Frank or the Nazi raid to read as well. This book was one of the best nonfictional books I have read. This is the story about a girl who must suffer the tragedy of Hitler taking over. She must face things no little girl should ever have to go through. Edith experiences life changing events, and loses people very dear to her. She must leave her mother, Mutti, who she is very close to, and this affects her a lot. She travels to many different places with her small brother, Gaston, having to adjust to all the new lifestyles. This book is very good for young readers. It tells about the life of a Jewish girl who must go through many horrible things. It shows what many families during this time period had to go through. Edith, her mother, father, and two siblings live a hidden lifestyle that is fascinating to hear about. Her mother is very worried about everything, especially all the moving around, but she tries to seem brave for her children. “We should have left,” whispered Mutti. “When Hitler invaded Belgium, we should have known it would be a matter of time before the soldiers started looking for the Jews. It’s just like Austria.” This has become one of my favorite books. As of, it teaches so much. Also, while you are learning, you are enjoying the book. You feel a connection to the characters after reading it for awhile, and I think that’s the best part of the book. Edith shows the characteristics of a normal child, which helps the reader enjoy the book. Overall, this is an educational and interesting book that is exceedingly pleasant.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago