We Are Their Voice

We Are Their Voice


Created and Edited by Kathy Kacer


Do young people today find meaning in the Holocaust?

This question prompted a writing project that brought heartfelt responses from students from across North America and abroad. Their voices – in the form of letters, essays, poems, and art – provide amazing answers and a hope for a more peaceful and tolerant future.

“We can prevent history from repeating itself by never forgetting our past.” 
– Jocelyn Toupin, Grade 7 

“The Holocaust was a very dark period of history that should not and cannot be forgotten. If it is, then something like bullying, which can be seen by some as harmless, if left unchecked, could lead to similar disasters.” 
– Rebecca Howie, Grade 8

“I am writing you this letter now, not because my teacher, mother, friends, or family told me to, but because my heart did.” 
– from a letter written to Anne Frank’s father Otto Frank, by Rachel Meyerovitz, Grade 8 

“When they are gone, we are their voice.” 
– Ori Berman, Grade 8 

A Holocaust Remembrance Book for Young Readers

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About the Author

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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Product Information

  • Release: September 14, 2012
  • $16.95 Paperback
  • 160 Pages
  • 6.5 x 8
  • Children’s Nonfiction
  • Ages 9-13 / Grades 4-8
  • Guided Reading: Z
  • ISBN: 9781926920771


  • Character Education
    > Empathy
    > Prejudice & Tolerance
  • History & Social Studies
    > Canadian History
    > War & Conflict
  • Holocaust Studies


Praise for We Are Their Voice

"Journal entries, letters, drawings, and descriptive passages created by students throughout Canada, with some added entries from other countries as well, are brief but thoughtful, showing clarity of feeling and understanding of the role of memory in giving meaning to sacrificed lives." - Booklist

"At times, the students’ writings become historically impossible, but excellent editing points out the anachronisms and allows the synthesis of the time to be interesting rather than distracting...This is an innovative way to have young people process and respond to historical events." - School Library Journal

"The question, 'Do young people find meaning in the Holocaust?' prompted a writing project in Canada, the United States, Australia, and Italy that generated responses from sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students, both Jewish and Gentile. In a collection of essays, stories, letters, poems, and drawings, they lend their voices in ways that go beyond expectations... Educators will find the collection useful in the classroom, perhaps to spark lessons and projects of their own. Recommended for all libraries." - AJL Reviews (Association of Jewish Libraries)

"These child-authored stories are testimonies to the skill of each author to place himself or herself in the minds of Holocaust survivors." - The Canadian Jewish News

"On the back cover of the book the question 'Do young people find meaning in the Holocaust?' is asked. This collection of writings, as well as all the other pieces submitted in response to the project, shows us emphatically that they most certainly do." - London Jewish Community News