Thursday, May 10, 2018

When We Were Shadows

This is the account of Walter, a Jewish boy whose family escaped to the Netherlands from Germany when Hitler rose to power.  Although they were safe for awhile, when the Nazis invaded the Netherlands the family was forced to go into hiding.  Because of an illness, Walter's sister Hannah was sent to a different location.  Walter and his family had several close calls and hide in various locations during the war but all managed to survive.

What I found the most interesting part of the story was the hidden village in the woods built by the Underground where over 100 refugees lived in underground homes and well camouflaged houses.  The site of this village and reconstructed homes can be visited.

This is a solid addition to World War II and Holocaust literature.

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