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To Hope and Back: The Journey of the St. Louis
     

To Hope and Back: The Journey of the St. Louis

by Kathy Kacer
 

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The true story of the ship St. Louis, which left Germany in May 1939 full of Jewish passengers seeking refuge in Cuba. Denied port in Cuba, the US, and finally Canada, the St. Louis was forced to return Europe, where many passengers later died in the Holocaust. Through the eyes of two children, Sol and Lisa, both of whom survived the war and shared their experiences,

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The true story of the ship St. Louis, which left Germany in May 1939 full of Jewish passengers seeking refuge in Cuba. Denied port in Cuba, the US, and finally Canada, the St. Louis was forced to return Europe, where many passengers later died in the Holocaust. Through the eyes of two children, Sol and Lisa, both of whom survived the war and shared their experiences, we see as their journey begins with excitement and hope, only to end in frustration and fear.

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Quill & Quire
"A tragic story about an historical event that deserves to be told, and which should provoke thoughtful discussion about a difficult subject."
CM Magazine
"The author tells this true story through the eyes of the innocent, building the suspense to a level where readers almost feel they are on the ship, themselves...Black and white photos of parts of the ship, family shots and documents bring this true story to life. To Hope and Back is recommended for middle years school libraries as a good resource about World War II."
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"Another excellent book to help young people remember the Holocaust...Highly recommended."
The New York Times
"Lisa and Sol's stories, related with poignancy and immediacy, will touch young readers. An unfortunate lesson on the complicity and international complexities that made the Holocaust possible."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781926920405
Publisher:
Second Story Press
Publication date:
09/01/2011
Series:
Holocaust Remembrance Series for Young Readers , #10
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
200
File size:
5 MB
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

Kathy Kacer’s books have won a number of awards, including the Silver Birch, the Red Maple, the Hackmatack, and the Jewish Book Award. A former psychologist, Kathy now travels the globe speaking to children and adults about the importance of keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive. To Hope and Back is her sixth book in the Holocaust Remembrance Series for Young Readers. Kathy lives in Toronto with her family.

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