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.
About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
“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.