Shanghai Escape by Kathy KacerShanghai Escape by Kathy Kacer

Shanghai Escape

byKathy Kacer

Perfect | October 14, 2013

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Lily Toufar and her family arrive in Shanghai in 1938, having fled from Nazi-occupied Vienna and the persecution of Jewish families like theirs. Shanghai is a strange place for a young European girl, but it is one of the few places in the world to offer Jews refuge from the Holocaust. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and under pressure from Hitler, the Japanese government in Shanghai orders Jewish refugees to move into a ghetto in an area of Shanghai called Hongkew. Life changes for Lily and her family when they are forced to the ghetto. With little food to eat and poor sanitation, disease is rampant. Lily endures, but when rumors begin to circulate that the Japanese are going to open a camp like the ones where Jews are imprisoned in Europe, she fears for her and her family's safety. Based on a true story.
Kathy Kacer’s books have won a number of awards, including the Silver Birch, the Red Maple, the Hackmatack, and the Jewish Book Award. A former psychologist, Kathy now travels the globe speaking to children and adults about the importance of keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive. Kathy lives in Toronto with her family.
Title:Shanghai EscapeFormat:PerfectDimensions:240 pages, 8 × 6.5 × 0.5 inPublished:October 14, 2013Publisher:Second Story PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1927583101

ISBN - 13:9781927583104


Editorial Reviews

Kacer writes of a Jewish community determined to retain its identity and survive in the face of adversity. Young readers will share Lily's happiness as she celebrates Passover in the Ohel Moshe Synagogue and her joy when the war ends and her family leaves Shanghai for Toronto, "their tough and long struggle finally over." - Hadassah Magazine - 20141001