They hid wherever they could for as long as it took the Allies to win the war -- Jewish children, frightened, alone, often separated from their families. For months, even years, they faced the constant danger of discovery, fabricating new identities at a young age, sacrificing their childhoods to save their lives. These secret survivors have suppressed these painful memories for decades. Now, in The Hidden Children, twenty-three adult survivors share their moving wartime experiences -- some for the first time.
There is Rosa, who hid in an impoverished one-room farmhouse with three others, sleeping on a clay pallet behind a stove; Renee, who posed as a Catholic and was kept in a convent by nuns who knew her secret; and Richard, who lived in a closet with his family for thirteen months. Their personal stories of belief and determination give a voice, at last, to the forgotten. Inspiring and life-affirming, The Hidden Children is an unparalleled document of witness, discovery, and the miracle of human courage.
This book should be required reading in high school and esepecially college classes for psychology or history students, as well as political science degrees. As an avid readr of WWII I found this book to be so informative and revealing of the suffering and tragedy of the time and people. Yound people today in junior and high school fret over the most simple of issues like a non-workiing cell phone or a poorly taken selfie photo. Hardly anything worth worrying about yet so traumatic to them today. How times have changed.