To Hope and Back

To Hope and Back

The Journey of the St. Louis

Book - 2011
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The true story of the journey of the ocean liner St. Louis, which left Germany in 1939 full of Jewish passengers bound for Cuba, only to be turned back when it was not allowed to dock, as seen through the eyes of two young children.
Publisher: Toronto : Second Story Press, c2011.
ISBN: 9781897187968
Branch Call Number: J 940.53180922 Kac
Characteristics: 204 p. : ill. --


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Apr 17, 2013

This book is a very great book and I will recommend this book to anyone. In the beginning I felt great that they got free from the Nazi. In the middle when they were not welcome in Cuba and the Nazi had a plan. But in the end it was a great book.

Apr 15, 2013

My teacher is Jewish so this was a really good adventure and learning experience for me and i think all people should read this great great book

Apr 04, 2013

really good book. the book is kinda similiar to "Making Bombs For Hitler". both books had Nazi Germany. amazing book.

Mar 26, 2013

This is a good book on the SS ST.Louis because it explains how Nazi Germany hated Jews and how the Jews saved themselves from the Germans. In my opinion this is a very good and interesting book.

Mar 21, 2013

Nice book. I was bored at the beginning. It was a little more interesting in the middle and the end. I enjoyed it, so I would rate it 7 out of 10.

Mar 04, 2013

Cool Author Fact: KATHY KACER has a Masters in Psychology and worked with troubled teens and their families for many years.

SPL_Childrens Nov 12, 2012

In May of 1939, the St. Louis, an ocean liner, left Germany to find a new home across the Atlantic Ocean for its almost 1,000 passengers. Under the Third Reich, Germany was becoming a dangerous place for Jewish people of all ages, even children. Fearing for their lives, 938 people boarded the St. Louis in hopes of finding safety in Cuba or the United States.
Their hopes for refuge were dashed when the liner was denied entry to both countries. At first, it appeared the liner would have to return to Germany, but soon came the joyful news the ship’s passengers would be allowed into Britain, the Netherlands, France and Belgium. (However, the latter three countries were later invaded and occupied. Close to a third of the St. Louis’s passengers did not survive the Holocaust.)
To Hope and Back recounts the voyage of the St. Louis for young readers through the eyes of two real-life children: Lisa, whose family shared a large first class cabin, and Sol, who traveled below in third class with his parents. In this very realistic account, readers will feel as if they are actually on board the ship. They will share the families’ feelings of despair and will share in the great relief that was felt by all when safe havens were finally found.
Extra insight is provided with chapters entitled “What the Captain Knew,” in which readers will learn how Captain Schroeder advocated for and assisted his passengers. An epilogue continues the story of Lisa as an adult and Sol, now living in the United States.
A forward to the book provides helpful background information, and black and white photos are included. Readers will be interested to know that in January 2011, a monument named, “The Wheel of Conscience,” designed by Daniel Libeskind, was unveiled at Pier 21 in Halifax as a memorial of this voyage. Toronto author Kathy Kacer has spoken to young people around the world about the importance of remembering the Holocaust. She is the author of many other children’s stories about this subject, such as Hiding Edith and The Diary of Laura’s Twin.

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