We Must Not Forget
Holocaust Stories of Survival and Resistance
What is this book about?
Deborah Hopkinson unearths the heroic stories of Jewish survivors from different countries so that we may never forget the past.
As World War II raged, millions of young Jewish people were caught up in the horrors of the Nazis’ Final Solution. Many readers know of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi state’s genocidal campaign against European Jews and others of so-called “inferior” races. Yet so many of the individual stories remain buried in time. Of those who endured the Holocaust, some were caught by the Nazis and sent to concentration camps, some hid right under Hitler’s nose, some were separated from their parents, some chose to fight back. Against all odds, some survived. They all have stories that must be told. They all have stories we must keep safe in our collective memory.
In this thoroughly researched and passionately written narrative nonfiction for upper middle-grade readers, critically acclaimed author Deborah Hopkinson allows the voices of Holocaust survivors to live on the page, recalling their persecution, survival, and resistance. Focusing on testimonies from across Germany, the Netherlands, France, and Poland, Hopkinson paints a moving and diverse portrait of the Jewish youth experience in Europe under the shadow of the Third Reich. With archival images and myriad interviews, this compelling and beautifully told addition to Holocaust history not only honors the courage of the victims, but calls young readers to action — by reminding them that heroism begins with the ordinary, everyday feat of showing compassion toward our fellow citizens.
“The text is organized into three parts: ‘Fleeing from Evil, Hiding from Horror,’ ‘Families Torn Apart,’ and ‘Desperation and Defiance.’ Each section provides an introduction to the people discussed and information about the specific dates and times in which they were living. The extensive back matter is incredibly detailed and researched. The text shows how ordinary citizens can ignite and lead a revolution. From a husband and wife who spent years on the run to others who were able to escape to America to families being cared for and taken in by other families, the varied stories are harrowing and heartbreaking. Readers witness a life of chaos and uncertainty in the face of evil. VERDICT An important and timely book that spotlights the untold stories of survivors of the Nazi regime and the Holocaust.” (School Library Journal, starred review)
author, Deborah Hopkinson
ages 9 and up, 2021