Hiding Edith : A True Story

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Praise & Recognition

"It is a tale that needed to be told, and told it is."

The Globe and Mail

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

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


"Kacer expands upon her brilliant use of the Holocaust theme, found in The Secret of Gabi's Dresser and Clara's War."

Voice (Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario)

"Facts about the Holocaust are presented deftly for young readers and are supplemented with black and white photos."


"The story is told in an engaging style and manages to present this dark period of history in a clear, interesting manner."


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

Toronto Star

"Edith's story stands out for its child-eyed perspective recounted in an easily readable, intriguing narrative."

Kirkus Reviews

"This book is quite interesting and the photos provide another layer of education. The author did an excellent job in telling the story of Edith Schwalb Gelbard."

Holocaust Resources Blog

"Winning the Yad Vashem prize is a huge honor for Kathy and a source of great pride for Second Story Press and the Israeli publisher of the book, Schocken."


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

Canadian Library Association "Book of the Year for Children" 2007 - Short-listed

Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award 2008 - Winner

Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-fiction 2006 - Commended

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.

The remarkable true story of a young girl named Edith and the French village of Moissac that helped her and many other children during the Holocaust. The town's mayor and citizens concealed the presence of hundreds of Jewish children who lived in a safe house, risking their own safety by hiding the children from the Nazis in plain site, saving them from being captured and detained and most certainly saving their lives.

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Publication Date: May 31, 2006

Reading Age: 9 - 12

Genre: Children's Fiction

Product Format: Paperback

Pages: 152

ISBN: 978-1-897187-06-7

Kathy Kacer

About the Author

Kathy Kacer

Kathy Kacer’s books have won a number of awards, including the Silver Birch and the 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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