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Hidden Child

Hidden Child

Isaac Millman

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)


A powerful story of survival, loss, and hope

Isaac was seven when the Germans invaded France and his life changed forever. First his father was taken away, and then, two years later, Isaac and his mother were arrested. Hoping to save Isaac's life, his mother bribed a guard to take him to safety at a nearby hospital, where he and many other children pretended to be sick, with help from the doctors and nurses. But this proved a temporary haven. As Isaac was shuttled from city to countryside, experiencing the kindness of strangers, and sometimes their cruelty, he had to shed his Jewish identity to become Jean Devolder. But he never forgot who he really was, and he held on to the hope that after the war he would be reunited with his parents.

After more than fifty years of keeping his story to himself, Isaac Millman has broken his silence to tell it in spare prose, vivid composite paintings, and family photos that survived the war.

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From Hidden Child:

Approximately 1,200,000 Jewish children were deported and murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators in the Holocaust of World War II. Most of those who survived did so by being sent into hiding. Some were...

Praise for Hidden Child

“This poignant account is a must.” —Starred, Booklist

“Powerful use of color and composition. [Millman's] writing is smooth and direct. A must.” —Starred, Kirkus Reviews

“We feel his desolation intensely, yet also feel the bravery of most of the ordinary people . . . who took in children.” —Chicago Tribune

“Stirring.” —Washington Post Book World

“An excellent example of storytelling that is truthful, poetic and authentic.” —The New York Times Book Review

“An extraordinary book and a moving tribute to those who vanished.” —Starred, Publishers Weekly

“Millman's direct, evocative language touches on the emotions of his past without overembellishing.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books


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Isaac Millman

Isaac Millman is the author and illustrator of the critically acclaimed Moses Goes to a Concert and its sequels. He lives with his wife in New York City.

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