When We Were Shadows

When We Were Shadows


By Janet Wees


Walter and his family stay one step ahead of the Nazis, hiding to save their lives.

The true story of Walter and his Jewish family, who were hidden from capture in the Netherlands throughout the Second World War. The story spans Walter’s life from six to fourteen and is accented by Walter’s letters, first as a child to his grandparents, and later, sharing memories with his granddaughter. We learn of the strangers who shelter Walter and his family, the Resistance who risked their lives to see them to safety again and again, and of the Hidden Village, a community in the forests of Holland that hid more than 100 people. Throughout we see the courage and resilience of a boy faced with unimaginable hatred and terror.


About the Author

Janet Wees has been writing since she was nine years old. A retired teacher, she spends her time writing children’s picture books, reading, walking, writing letters, cycling, and traveling. She lives in Calgary, Alberta.

Product Information

  • Release: April 3, 2018
  • $14.95 Paperback
  • 200 Pages
  • Children's Nonfiction
  • 6.5 x 8
  • Ages 9-13 / Grades 5-8
  • ISBN: 9781772600612


  • Reflecting Diversity
    > Cultural & Ethnic Diversity
  • Character Education
    > Prejudice & Tolerance
    > Courage
  • History & Social Studies
    > WWII & The Holocaust