Hiding Edith: A True Story Paperback – May 31 2006
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Grade 4-6–Edith Schwalb was one of many Jewish children who were hidden by the Jewish Scouts of France in a large house in the village of Moissac. The townspeople helped to protect the children, warning the house mother of Nazi raids, during which time the young scouts disappeared into the hills on camping trips. Schwalb's story is told from the beginning of her family's hardships through the end of the war, and includes the typical privations and separations of Holocaust memoirs. What makes this book unique is the depiction of a special refuge that managed to save every resident child, except one who was removed by her parents. An introduction provides basic World War II history. Black-and-white photographs personalize the story. While the dialogue and emotions are somewhat fictionalized and certain facts have been compressed (as explained in the epilogue), the book seems to be a good reflection of the subject's experiences.–Heidi Estrin, Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL
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In her latest book, Kacer recounts some extraordinary history: in Moissac, France, under Nazi occupation, a French Jewish couple hid 100 Jewish refugee children--with the support of the townspeople. Kacer, who based her account on interviews, tells the story of one child, Edith Schwalb. Captioned black-and-white photos on almost every page show Edith at home in Vienna before the war, then in Belgium, and then, separated from her parents, living with the rescuers. She remembers her intense longing for her family even as she is kept busy with chores, school, homework, choir, and camping trips. Part of the Holocaust Remembrance Series for Young Readers, which also includes Kacer's The Underground Reporters (2005), this account of survivors, each story a triumph in the darkness of genocide, uses the truth of a young child's viewpoint to move readers and bring the history close. Link this to Howard Greenfield's The Hidden Children (1993). Hazel Rochman
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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)
If your child is sensitive then I would not recommend this book. Alone it is OK, but my experience is that it is being read in conjuction with other similar themed books (think Boy in Striped Pyjamas etc) which I feel is too much for young children to absorb. The horrors of the Second World War are difficult for adults to comprehend, so I don't know why we are asking children to. I know of two children, both smart and bright, who are receiving counselling due to reading too many books like this. In itself it is a heartwarming book (Edith is saved) but bright children can understand the backdrop (many Jewish children are not) and yet are not emotionally mature or tough enough to deal with it. I feel the subject matter is more appropriate for children aged 13 and up.