Discussion Questions & Activities

Some of the questions will be spoilers if you haven’t read the book up to that chapter yet. DO NOT READ THE QUESTIONS BEFORE YOU READ THE CHAPTER unless you don’t care about suspense or surprises.


Discussion questions and activities are loosely based on the Understanding by Design Framework of Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins. As evidence that it really is a small world, when I was in high school I took a class taught by Grant Wiggins.


Book as a Whole

Amsterdam Section (chapters 1-16)

Westerbork Section (chapters 17-28)

Thereisenstadt Section (chapters 29-39)

Liberation/Repatriation Section (chapters 40-49)


Mrs. Fishman’s presentation was engaging and informative!  The students were captivated by her mother’s story of survival and the pictures she shared. . . . She was able to give our students a personal connection to what we had been learning about in class.

Jaime Shea — Teacher — Ellington Middle School

“Mrs. Fishman’s presentation provided our students with a valuable example of the use of primary and secondary sources in research. . . . Mrs. Fishman created a narrative of her own process using visuals, including documents she found, pictures of her mother as a young girl, and photos of the building and surroundings in Amsterdam where her mother’s family hid. … Continue reading Matt Hopkins – grade 7 Language Arts Teacher — Nathan Hale-Ray Middle School

Matt Hopkins – grade 7 Language Arts Teacher — Nathan Hale-Ray Middle School