Posted on 01/27/2021 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

This year, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, there truly is a book about the horrors of this genocide for all ages of readers.

NPR featured Nicky & Vera: A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued, which Peter Sís wrote for children ages six to eight.

It’s an illustrated retelling of the true story of Nicholas Winton, who saved 669 children from the Nazis, as seen through the eyes of one such child: Vera Gissing.

Check out the full story on NPR’s website (or listen below) to preview Nicky & Vera, to hear from Gissing’s descendants, and to learn about a poignant reunion of Winton and some of the people he saved.

Over in the Guardian, author Liz Kessler — who herself recently released When the World Was Ours, a YA novel based on her father’s escape from Nazi-occupied Austria — reflects on the Holocaust in contemporary literature.

There’s no denying, she writes, that the Holocaust has become a trend, something that makes her uncomfortable.

But while she’ll never not be unsettled by selfies at concentration camps, Kessler hopes that the “popularity” of the Holocaust in literature will serve as a way to keep her family’s story (and those of so many others) alive.

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