We Had to Be Brave: Escaping the Nazis on the Kindertransport

October 31, 2020
We Had to Be Brave: Escaping the Nazis on the Kindertransport

Sibert Honor author Deborah Hopkinson illuminates the truestories of Jewish children who fled Nazi Germany, riskingeverything to escape to safety on the Kindertransport.Ruth David was growing up in a small village in Germany whenAdolf Hitler rose to power in the 1930s. Under the Nazi Party,Jewish families like Ruth's experienced rising anti-Semiticrestrictions and attacks. Just going to school became dangerous. ByNovember 1938, anti-Semitism erupted into Kristallnacht, the Nightof Broken Glass, and unleashed a wave of violence and forcedarrests.Days later, desperate volunteers sprang into action to organizethe Kindertransport, a rescue effort to bring Jewish children toEngland. Young people like Ruth David had to say good-bye to theirfamilies, unsure if they'd ever be reunited. Miles from home, theKindertransport refugees entered unrecognizable lives, where food,clothes -- and, for many of them, language and religion -- werestartlingly new. Meanwhile, the onset of war and the Holocaustvisited unimaginable horrors on loved ones left behind. Somehow,these rescued children had to learn to look forward, to hope.Through the moving and often heart-wrenching personal accountsof Kindertransport survivors, critically acclaimed andaward-winning author Deborah Hopkinson paints the timely anddevastating story of how the rise of Hitler and the Nazis toreapart the lives of so many families and what they were forced togive up in order to save these children.