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Hiding Edith: -a True Story- [Paperback]

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Pages   151
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 6.5" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.24 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2006
Publisher   Second Story Press
Age  9-12
ISBN  1897187068  
EAN  9781897187067  

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Describes the wartime experiences of Edith Schwalb, a young Jewish girl who was sent to live in the French town of Moissac after the Nazi invasion.

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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.

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More About Kathy Kacer, Brendan O'kane, Donald E. Kieso, P. Skelton, Judith Butler, Paul Collier & Jon Buller

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Kathy Kacer has won many awards for her writing, including the Silver Birch, the Red Maple, the Hackmatack and the American Jewish Library Association Award. In 1999, she wrote the first book in Second Story Press' Holocaust Remembrance Series, The Secret of Gabi's Dresser. Since then, she's penned four other books for the series. A former psychologist who worked with troubled teens, Kacer now writes about the Holocaust for young readers and travels the country speaking about it. Kacer lives in Toronto with her family.

Kathy Kacer was born in 1954.

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A 2007 Association of Jewish Libraries Notable Book for Older Readers  Jan 28, 2007
Through the story of Edith Schwalb Gelbard, who survived the Holocaust by continually moving and hiding, the reader can relate to the situation in Europe before World War II, the plight of the Jews, the virtue of righteous Gentiles who helped them, and the courage and strength it took to survive the war. Edith was a young girl enjoying life with her family in Vienna in 1938. After the Anschluss, the situation deteriorated quickly, and the Schwalbs were forced to move to Belgium, escaping mostly at night and on foot. Once the Nazis took over there and Edith's father was arrested, the family moved to the "free zone" of France, again seeking safety. By this time, Edith's younger brother, Gaston, was born. They soon learn that Vichy France may be worse than they thought; the government enthusiastically collaborates with the Nazis. Seeing no alternatives, Edith's mother and older sister go to work as maids in non-Jewish homes, and Edith and Gaston are sent to a special school in Moissac, where they meet other children who have been sent there for their protection. Shatta and Bouli Simon administer the school with strict yet loving involvement, and Edith is content as she makes friends. The town's citizens are aware of the school and protect its inhabitants by warning when Nazis come to town. The students go off into the words camping until the danger has passed. But soon it is too dangerous, and Edith is sent to a Catholic school to hide. When that area is bombed, she is placed with a family. As the war ends, she returns to Moissac, and reunites with her mother, sister and brother. Her father died in Auschwitz. Edith now lives in Toronto with her family.

The book is written simply, so the story is not overshadowed by flowery narrative. With this simple retelling, the horror and inhumanity of the Holocaust are portrayed without graphic descriptions of atrocities, and the story of a little girl who must move from country to country and home to home is one to which the average reader can relate. This book is recommended for all libraries. REVIEWED BY KATHE PINCHUCK (BLOOMFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY - BLOOMFIELD, NJ)
Hiding Edith, A True Story  Oct 12, 2006
This is a beautifully written true story of Edith Schwalb, a Jewish girl from Vienna, and her journey to survival. Her adventure begins in May, 1938, and continues till the end of the war. Her family escapes first to Belgium, and then to the south of France, always trying to keep away from the Nazis. The middle of the war finds Edith being protected in Moissac, France, whose many residents conspire to keep the secret of a school's existence and that of its hundred Jewish children in hiding. Her bravery is remarkable, as is the courage of those who help to save her, such as Shatta and Bouli Simon. The Simons are a young couple who run the safe house in Moissac and teach the children what skills they need to survive. This is an easy-to-read memoir, although it is a sad and touching story. It is told from the point of view of Edith, who matures from a seven-year old girl at the start of the war. Her thoughts and fears are clearly delineated. She is moved to different locations during the war, and finally is re-united with much of her family. Her sister and brother live to survive the war. Photographs of the family, the schools Edith attended, and some historical events illustrate the text, and make it real. The author is a prolific chronicler of Jewish history for children who has won many awards for her writing. For ages 9-12. Reviewed by Shelly Feit

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