Hiding Edith tells the true story of Edith Schwalb.
The Schwalb family were amongst the many Jewish families who fled their homes as Nazi power increased in the lead-up to World War II.
Edith was sent to Moissac, a small town in the south of France where the whole village kept the secret of a couple (Shatta and Bouli Simon) who ran a children's home in the area and protected the identity of the Jewish children who stayed there.
Eventually the home is forced to close and Edith experiences many other dangers, surviving to tell her tale.
Kathy Kacer captures the spirit of young Edith in this dramatic and moving account of Edith's personal experience during World War II.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 160 pages, Illustrations, 1 map
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 01/09/2009
- Category: True stories
- ISBN: 9781408113653
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Review by boppisces
This is the story of young Jewish girl Edith Schwalb who was born in 1932 in Vienna, Austria. When her family is forced to leave their home to escape the Nazis, Edith is both bewildered and frightened. They leave Vienna and furtively travel all the way to southern France. Edith's father is eventually caught and sent to a concentration camp. Hher mother deposits her and her younger brother in a children's home in the town of Moissac in France. The story of the town itself is inspiring; all the residents have come together to hide the Jew's in their midst, the home being is funded by the Jewish Scouts of France. During Nazi raids, the major forewarn's the home and the children are taken on camping trips in the surrounding hills until the coast is clear. At the end of the war, the heroic couple who ran the house, Shatta and Bouli Simon, had saved more than five hundred Jewish children.