Deborah Hopkinson

Award Winning Author of Fiction & Nonfiction for Children & Teens

We Must Not Forget

Holocaust Stories of Survival and Resistance

We Must Not Forget

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)

We Must Not Forget

author, Deb­o­rah Hop­kin­son
Scholas­tic Focus
ages 9 and up, 2021
ISBN 978–1338255775

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