Tapestry of Hope
Tapestry of Hope
Halocaust Writing for Young People
Tundra Books, Hardcover, 9780887766381, 256pp.
Publication Date: April 2003
Selected as a finalist for the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize
Selected by the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association as one of the PSLA YA Top Forty Nonfiction Titles 2003
"Tapestry of Hope" is an extraordinary anthology of writing about the Holocaust for young people. Irene N. Watts and Lillian Boraks-Nemetz have gathered well-known published writing and new first-person accounts, to reveal the heartbreak, courage, and hope that define one of history's darkest hours.
The editors present writing about hiding from the Nazis, life in the ghetto, resistance, the camps, escape, survival, and life after the Holocaust. Selections include poetry, prose, and first-hand accounts such as Andre Stein's "Hidden Children," Jack Kuper's "Child of the Holocaust," Jason Shermon's "A Blessing in Disguise," Kathy Kacer's "Gaby's Dresser," Eva Wiseman's "My Canary Yellow Star," Leonard Cohen's "All There is to Know about Adolph Eichmann," Jean Little writing about Anne Frank, Karen Levine's "Hannah's Suitcase, " and many others.
Lillian Boraks-Nemetz is a child survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto. She immigrated to Canada in 1947, making her home in Vancouver. She is the author of the highly successful trilogy of young adult novels: "The Old Brown Suitcase" (Ben-Simon, 1995), "The Sunflower Diary" (Roussan, 1999) and "The Lenski File" (Roussan, 2000). She has translated into English two volumes of poetry by Polish emigre writers and is an instructor of Creative Writing in the University of BC Continuing Studies Department.
As a theatre director and consultant, Irene N. Watts has worked with teachers and children at the Neptune Theatre in Halifax, the Citadel in Edmonton, and the Stratford Festival. The author of eleven plays for young people, she has taught drama and creative writing in all parts of Canada. A freelance director and theatre instructor, she is currently involved with "Arts Umbrella School for the Performing Arts" in Vancouver.
“Tapestry of Hope is an important reference work for teachers of the Holocaust in secondary schools and colleges…this anthology is a complex answer to the often-asked question: Why did so many survivors of the Holocaust wait so long before telling their stories?”
–The Globe and Mail
“…a timely addition to Holocaust resources.”
–Quill & Quire
“…very useful in a classroom situation when teaching about the Holocaust because a teacher has a large number of excerpts from which to choose… Tapestry of Hope has good educational value for both a history and a language arts program. Highly Recommended.”