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Hana's Suitcase

Second Story Press | Holocaust Remembrance Series for Young Readers


In March 2000, a suitcase arrived at a children's Holocaust education center in Tokyo, Japan from the Auschwitz museum in Germany. Fumiko Ishioka, the center's curator, was captivated by the writing on the outside that identified its owner: "Hana Brady, May 16, 1931, Waisenkind (the German word for orphan)." Children visiting the center were full of questions. Who was Hana Brady? Where did she come from? What was she like? What happened to her? Inspired by their curiosity and her own need to know, Fumiko began a year of detective work, scouring the world for clues. Her search led her from present-day Japan, Europe and North America back to 1938 Czechoslovakia to learn the story of Hana Brady, a fun-loving child with wonderful parents, a protective big brother, and a passion for ice skating, their happy life turned upside down by the invasion of the Nazis.

 
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Überleben als Verpflichtung

Butzon & Bercker GmbH


Die deutsch-israelische Autorin Inge Deutschkron beschäftigt sich in ihren zahlreichen Publikationen mit der Verfolgung von Juden in der Nazi-Zeit - und damit auch mit ihrer eigenen Situation als Jüdin in Deutschland. Ihr Schicksal als Überlebende des Holocaust ist für sie eine andauernde Verpflichtung, die dunklen wie auch die lichten Erlebnisse in der Vergangenheit gegen das Vergessen wachzuhalten. In Nachfolge zu ihrem Bestseller "Ich trug den gelben Stern", in dem sie ihr Überleben im Berliner Untergrund zwischen 1943 und 1945 schildert, legt Inge Deutschkron in dieser Textsammlung nun eine Quintessenz aus über fünf Jahrzehnten vor, in denen sie gegen das Vergessen gesprochen und geschrieben hat. Und sie kommt zu einem Fazit, das Hoffnung gibt: "Es gab Menschen, die sahen nicht zu, wie sie uns verfolgten, peinigten, quälten. Sie standen uns bei, halfen uns, versteckten uns, ohne an ihr eigenes Risiko zu denken. Nur wenigen widerfuhr dieses große Glück. Meine Familie sah ich nie wieder. Auch die vielen anderen nicht, die mir Freunde waren. An sie denke ich, wenn ich spreche, wenn ich arbeite, wenn ich mein Leben lebe."

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"Die langjährige Bonn-Korrespondentin der israelischen Zeitung "Ma' ariv" gehörte zu den 1.700 Berliner Juden, die das mörderische "Dritte Reich" durch hilfsbereite Menschen überleben konnte. Ihr bot der blinde Otto Weidt eine andere Identität durch das Arbeitsbuch der Gertrud Dereszewski. Er besaß eine Werkstatt, "in der er dreißig jüdische Blinde beschäftigte (Rosenthaler Straße 39). Er hasste die Nazis und tat alles, um seinen jüdischen Arbeitern zu helfen. ..." (Frankfurter Allgemeine)

"Inge Deutschkron, Jahrgang 1922, ist vor allem Jugendlichen ein Begriff, denn seit Jahren liest die Holocaust-Überlebende in Schulen, führt junge Menschen durch das Museum, das sie für den Bürstenfabrikanten Otto Weidt in Berlin gründete - einer ihrer "stillen Helden", die sie während des Nationalsozialismus versteckten. ..." (WDR3)

 
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Magician of Auschwitz

Second Story Press


Magic can be found in the darkest of places... It is the time of the Second World War, and Werner is a boy alone in the Auschwitz concentration camp. Separated from his family, he doesn?t have a friend in the world. He shares his bunk with a quiet man named Herr Levin, who seems too gentle for this terrible place.

One night Werner is woken by the sound of prison guards yelling. But it?s not Werner they want, it?s Herr Levin. ?Do your magic!? they order him. Magic? In Auschwitz? Werner never expected to meet a magician in such a sad and frightening place. Nor did he expect that his life could be changed, not just by Herr Levin?s gift of magic, but by his gifts of hope and friendship. Includes a special section, with photographs, about the real-life Werner and the Great Nivelli.

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Kacer (the Holocaust Remembrance series) presents a true tale about children and the Holocaust... Like Kacer?s previous books, this story is infused with hope and a message about human capacity for good in the face of evil.

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A moving Holocaust story for younger readers about a young boy sent to Auschwitz and befriended by a magician? a poignant, inspiring story of friendship, hope and survival.

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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. Kathy lives in Toronto with her family.

www.kathykacer.com

 
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The Underground Reporters

Second Story Press | Holocaust Remembrance Series for Young Readers


In Budejovice, a quiet village in Czechoslovakia, laws and rules were introduced to restrict the freedom of Jewish people during the dark days of World War II. A small plot of land by the river was allocated to the village’s Jewish youth. While almost all areas of the village were off limits to the children, here they were able to meet and play.

A small shack on this land became the community center – a place to escape from persecution and discrimination. And it was here that some brave young people decided to create a newspaper, a magazine that would prove to themselves and their community that they were still creative, energetic, and adventurous. The magazine, Klepy (which means Gossip), was born on August 30, 1940, and over the next two years, twenty-two issues were created and circulated. The magazine included simple type-written stories, elaborate paintings, and editorials, all created in the midst of war.

The Underground Reporters chronicles the lives of the young people who contributed to the newspaper. The story is full of adventure, mystery and excitement. With drawings, poems, stories and jokes, The Underground Reporters looks at life with as much optimism as possible, providing hope for a peaceful world to come.

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Kacer's taut recounting of the grim background story highlights the brave gallantry of the children.

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Copies of the original editions and black-and-white photos salvaged from the war add to this incredible piece of Holocaust history.

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Kacer makes these children come alive, leading her readers into the story as if it were a novel, while commemorating the lives of the kids.

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The book can also be an inspiration for children about how the human spirit can triumph over adversity.

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Kathy Kacer’s books have won many 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. Kathy lives in Toronto.

www.kathykacer.com

 
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We Are Their Voice

Kacer, Kathy (Hrsg.) | Second Story Press | Holocaust Remembrance Series for Young Readers


Do young people today find meaning in the Holocaust? That’s the question that prompted a writing project across North America, Italy, and Australia asking young people to share their ideas about this time in history. Some students wrote short stories. Some discussed the impact of books they had read and wrote about the messages that they understood from these books. Several interviewed survivors and recorded their impressions. Many talked about how they have tried to make sense of this history in the world in which they now live. Others created works of art. Children wrote from their hearts with sensitivity, thoughtfulness, and great insight. Their teachers saw this opportunity as a gift, and it proves to all that young people can make a meaningful connection to the Holocaust. Their contributions give hope for a more peaceful and tolerant future, as in this excerpt from one grade 8 student’s letter to Otto Frank, after visiting the Anne Frank house: “I cannot imagine what it would have been like for you and your family not to stand on green grass or smell fresh air – not to do the simple things that I take for granted. … I am writing you this letter now, not because my teacher, mother, friends, or family told me to, but because my heart did. … You were able to live the unimaginable and then move forward. For that I would like to say thank you.”

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Kathy Kacer travels widely talking about the importance of remembering the Holocaust and how to talk about it with young people. She has written many award-winning books in the Holocaust Remembrance Series and her books are being sold in more than 20 countries. She embarked on this project with educators Karen Krasny, Alan Gotlib, Susan Gordin, and Shawntelle Nesbitt because they wanted to prove that young people do feel a meaningful connection to the Holocaust.

 
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Branded by the Pink Triangle

Second Story Press


A history of the persecution of gay men by the Nazi regime during the Holocaust. When the Nazis came to power in Europe, the lives of homosexuals came to be ruled by fear as raids, arrests, prison sentences and expulsions became the daily reality. When the concentration camps were built, homosexuals were imprisoned along with Jews. The pink triangle, sewn onto prison uniforms, became the symbol of their persecution. This book combines historical research with first-person accounts and individual stories to bring this time to life for readers. From the first chapter, with its story of a young Jewish girl who was rescued from the depths of despair and starvation in the camps by a fellow prisoner who wore the pink triangle, to the last, entitled It Gets Better, which outlines the strides forward in gay rights made in the decades since the war, the feeling of bravery and perseverance in the face of inhuman cruelty shines through.

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Ken Setterington is a storyteller, author, children’s book reviewer, and a librarian. He was the first Children and Youth Advocate for Library Services for the Toronto Public Library. He has been on the award committee for the Newbery, Caldecott and Sibert awards. The author of the picture book Mom and Mum are Getting Married!, Ken lives with his partner in Toronto.

 
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A Name Unbroken

The Azrieli Foundation | The Azrieli Series of Holocaust Survivor Memoirs


When Germany occupied Hungary in 1944, fifteen-year-old Miklos Friedman drew on his wits to survive. Recruited into forced labour, sent to a ghetto and, ultimately, to the Nazi camps of Auschwitz and Mühldorf, Miklos never stopped fighting to change his fate. After the war, he risked everything in order to leave his past behind. Decades later, a chance meeting in Toronto led Miklos, now Michael Mason, to discover the power of his new name.

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Michael Mason was born as Miklos Friedman in Beregszász, Czechoslovakia, in 1928. In 1948, to immigrate to Canada, he took on the identity of Miklos Moskovits, later changing his name to Michael Mason in response to antisemitic hiring practices. In Canada, Michael worked in a variety of businesses before becoming a denturist in 1973. Michael Mason lives in Toronto.

 
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Hiding Edith

Second Story Press | Holocaust Remembrance Series for Young Readers


The remarkable true story of a young girl named Edith and the French village of Moissac that helped her and many other children during the Holocaust. The town's mayor and citizens concealed the presence of hundreds of Jewish children who lived in a safe house, risking their own safety by hiding the children from the Nazis in plain site, saving them from being captured and detained and most certainly saving their lives.

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Edith's story stands out for its child-eyed perspective recounted in an easily readable, intriguing narrative.

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It is a tale that needed to be told, and told it is.

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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. Kathy lives in Toronto with her family.

www.kathykacer.com

 
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Die Ermittlung. Die wahre Geschichte einer deutsch-jüdischen Familie aus Hamburg

Acabus Verlag


Am 30. Januar 1933 sitzt ein deutsch-jüdischer Beamter in seinem Büro im Finanzamt Baumeisterstraße in der Hamburger Innenstadt. Soeben wurde Adolf Hitler zum Reichskanzler ernannt. Anfangs scheint es, als sollte Hitlers Ernennung den Beamten Gustav Wächter nicht nennenswert beeinflussen. Dann aber brennt in Berlin der Reichstag und die Veränderungen kommen Schlag auf Schlag. Das Berufsverbot für Juden betrifft zunächst vorrangig seine Söhne. Gustav Wächter ist schon zu lange beim Finanzamt, als dass er nach dem neuen Gesetz zur „Arisierung“ entlassen werden könnte. Um ihn loszuwerden, verfassen einige Kollegen ein anonymes Schreiben mit Vorwürfen gegen ihn, woraufhin eine Ermittlung eingeleitet wird. Diese Ermittlung, deren Akte im Hamburger Staatsarchiv erhalten ist, bildet ein einzigartiges Zeitdokument. Dieses Buch basiert auf den unveröffentlichten Dokumenten. Hier dürfen sich der deutsch-jüdische Beamte Gustav Wächter und seine Kollegen mit ihren eigenen Worten rechtfertigen oder anklagen. Wir lernen überzeugte Nationalsozialisten und Opportunisten kennen, aber auch die engen Freunde der Wächters.

 
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To Look a Nazi in the Eye

Second Story Press


The true story of nineteen-year-old Jordana Lebowitz’s experience attending the war criminal trial of Oskar Groening. Groening worked at the Auschwitz concentration camp and became known as the “bookkeeper of Auschwitz”. In 2015 he stood trial in Germany for being complicit in the deaths of more than 300,000 Jews. A granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, Jordana knew a great deal about the Holocaust and had travelled to Europe to visit Auschwitz. But she was not prepared for what she would see and hear at Oscar Groening’s trial, including how such an ordinary seeming man – who at first glance reminded her of grandfather – could be part of such despicable cruelty. Listening to Groening’s testimony and to the Holocaust survivors who came to testify against him, Jordana felt the weight of being witness to history – a history that we need to remember now more than ever.

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With living survivors seen through the eyes of a contemporary teen, the Holocaust is made present... 72 years after the liberation of the death camps, this immediacy is vital.

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Kathy Kacer’s books have won many 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. Kathy lives in Toronto.

www.kathykacer.com

 
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