Hidden: A Child's Story of the Holocaust by
Illustrations by Marc Lizano; Ink by Greg Salsedo; Translation by Alexis Siegel
Publisher: First Second
Release Date: April 1, 2014
In this gentle, poetic
young graphic novel, Dounia, a grandmother, tells her granddaughter the
story even her son has never heard: how, as a young Jewish girl in
Paris, she was hidden away from the Nazis by a series of neighbors and
friends who risked their lives to keep her alive when her parents had
been taken to concentration camps.
Holocaust is a hard subject to broach with children. As a child, I was
fascinated by the subject for reasons that I can't even put into words
now, but it began with fiction. Devil's Arithmetic, Number the Stars,
The Shadow Children, and many many more became part of my regular
reading. This book is a fantastic addition to those stories.
with honesty, simplicity, and from the perspective of a child, Hidden
feels like an autobiography. It shows the people who were willing to
help, loss, betrayal, and the continued pain decades afterward. More
importantly, it showed these things through graphic novel style
illustrations that will draw in young readers, even the reluctant ones. I
can't say enough good things about this book and am so grateful that it
has been translated into English.