To Look a Nazi in the Eye

To Look a Nazi in the Eye


By Kathy Kacer with Jordana Lebowitz


She had expected to hate him. But hate, just like forgiveness, can be complicated.

The true story of nineteen-year-old Jordana Lebowitz’s time at the trial of Oskar Groening, known as the bookkeeper of Auschwitz, a man charged with being complicit in the death of more than 300,000 Jews. A granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, Jordana was still not prepared for what she would see and hear. Listening to Groening’s testimony and to the Holocaust survivors who came to testify against him, Jordana came to understand that by witnessing history she gained the knowledge and legitimacy to be able to stand in the footsteps of the survivors who went before her and pass their history – her history – on to the next generation.

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About the Author

Kathy Kacers books have won many awards, including the Silver Birch, the Red Maple, the Hackmatack, 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.

About the Author

Jordana Lebowitz attended the trial of Oskar Groening in 2015. She is dedicated to Holocaust remembrance and set up a Nazi cattle car exhibit at her university that was seen by more than 2,000 people. From Toronto, she has worked for Holocaust organizations in Australia and California and travels frequently.

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Product Information

  • Release: September 12, 2017

  • $13.95 Paperback

  • 256 Pages

  • 5.5 x 8.25

  • Teen Nonfiction

  • Ages 15-19 / Grades 9-12, College

  • Lexile: 840L Guided Reading: Z+

  • ISBN: 9781772600407


  • Character Education
    > Prejudice & Tolerance

  • Language Arts
    > Biography & True Stories

  • History & Social Studies
    > Government & Citizenship
    > Social Justice
    > War & Conflict

  • Holocaust Studies


Jordana Lebowitz, whose true story of witnessing the Nazi war criminal trial of Oskar Groening is told by Kathy Kacer in To Look A Nazi in the Eye, talks about how her life-changing trip to Germany began.

Awards for To Look a Nazi in the Eye

  • 2018 Sydney Taylor Honor Book for Teens

  • 2018 Canadian Jewish Literary Award, Memoir/Biography Category - Winner

  • 2018 Koffler Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature - Shortlisted

Praise for To Look a Nazi in the Eye

"With living survivors seen through the eyes of a contemporary teen, the Holocaust is made present... 72 years after the liberation of the death camps, this immediacy is vital." - Kirkus Reviews

"The fact that with each passing year, fewer and fewer survivors are alive to tell their stories makes this account important.... A stirring reminder of the importance of history and activism." - School Library Journal

"The book is filled with serious quandaries and issues but is also an exciting page-turner. Highly recommended for ages 14 and up." - Jewish Book Council

"Kacer deftly handles the complex and tense dramatic nonfiction narrative and its layers of emotion… A must-have in a YA collection." - AJL Reviews

"Focussing on the real stories and feelings of real human beings who lived through the worst horrors imaginable, Kacer keeps the book both an engrossing read and a powerful messenger. Highly Recommended." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"By the time readers reach the end of the book, they will realize as Jordana does that the trial wasn’t so much about justice for the millions of Jewish people who were murdered, but about sending a message worldwide that hatred will not go unchecked. That there are consequences.... That young people must listen to the lessons of history and take an active role in making this world a better place." - Edmonton Jewish News

"To Look a Nazi in the Eye addresses topics such as prejudice, tolerance, the Holocaust, social justice, citizenship, as well demonstrating that young people can and do have a voice." - Terri Lawrence-Taylor, Professionally Speaking