Hiding Edith

Hiding Edith


By Kathy Kacer


The true story of Edith Schwalb, a young Jewish girl who was saved from the Nazis by the courage of the entire French village of Moissac.

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 without having to worry about concealing their Jewish identity. And during Nazi raids, the children camped out until the coast was clear.

Hiding Edith details not only the amazing courage and struggles of one young girl, but the inspiring spirit of the people she met. Shatta and Bouli Simon, the couple who ran the house, taught the children everything they needed to survive, including how to change their identities in new hiding places once conditions in Moissac became too risky. Sarah Kupfer, another Jewish child in hiding, became Edith's closest friend, sharing both birthdays and bomb attacks, losses and love. And Muti, Edith's mother, sacrificed everything she could for her children—even the comfort of having them close at hand. 

A Holocaust Remembrance Book for Young Readers

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About the Author

Kathy Kacer’s books have won a number of awards, including the Silver Birch, the Red Maple, the Hackmatack, and the National 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.

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Product Information

  • Release: May 31, 2006

  • $14.95 Paperback

  • 152 Pages

  • 6.5 x 8

  • Children’s Nonfiction

  • Ages 9-13 / Grades 4-8

  • Guided Reading: Y

  • ISBN: 9781897187067


  • Character Education
    > Prejudice & Tolerance

  • Language Arts
    > Biography

  • History & Social Studies
    > War & Conflict

  • Holocaust Studies


Awards for Hiding Edith

  • 2009 Yad Vashem Award for Children's Holocaust Literature Winner

  • 2008 Hackmatack Children's Choice Award Winner

  • 2007 Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award Winner - Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading

  • 2009 Golden Oak Award Finalist - Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading

  • 2007 Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Finalist

  • 2008 Rocky Mountain Book Award (Alberta's Children's Choice Awards) Finalist

  • 2007 Sydney Taylor Awards - Notable Book for Older Readers

  • 2006 Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction Finalist

  • 2007 Association of Jewish Libraries Sydney Taylor Award – A Notable Book for Older Readers

Praise for Hiding Edith

"Intensively researched and sensitively written, this book both comforts and challenges a young reader's spirit, skillfully addressing both the horrors and the hope that children experienced during the Holocaust. Edith's story stands out - as unimaginable as it may seem for today's youngsters to comprehend the experience Edith endured, Kacer has succeeded in allowing the young reader into the apprehensive and troubled mind of this child survivor. Another sensitive addition to the Holocaust Remembrance Series." - Kirkus Reviews

"A beautifully written true story... easy to read, although sad and touching." - Jewish Book World

"… this account of survivors uses the truth of a young child's viewpoint to move readers and bring history close." - Booklist

"Kacer has made an engaging, intelligent story out of many hours of interviews with Edith Schwalb." - Toronto Star

"Kacer makes a difficult topic manageable for young readers, avoiding graphic horrors without trivializing the events." - Resource Links