Cover image for When we were shadows / Janet Wees.
When we were shadows / Janet Wees.
Publication Information:
Toronto : Second Story Press, [2018]

Physical Description:
160 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"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."-- Provided by publisher.


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1 Bob Harkins Branch 940.5318092 WEE Book Junior Collection

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Walter is a young child when his parents decide to leave their home in Germany and start a new life in the Netherlands. As Jews, they know they are not safe under the Nazi regime. Walter is at first too young to appreciate the danger that he is in, and everything seems like a great adventure. But as his family is forced to move again and again, from city to countryside to, eventually, a hidden village deep in the Dutch woods, Walter's eyes are opened to the threat that surrounds them every day and to the network of people who are risking their lives to help them stay hidden. Based on a true story, the book shines a light on a little-known part of WWII history and the heroes of the Dutch resistance--particularly those involved in the hidden village--without whose protection, Walter, his family, and hundreds of others would not have survived.

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