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)


“Dear Heidi, Thank you so much for taking the time to visit Renbrook yesterday. The experience was powerful for the students and adults alike. Knowing our history and our stories is so critically important. . . .Thank you for creating an authentic experience for our students that they will not soon forget.”

Marek Beck, PhD — Head of Upper School — Renbrook School

“It was an absolute pleasure getting to experience Heidi sharing her mother’s experience, through engaging stories and interesting and personal artifacts, with our students. She not only kept the attention of 75 7th and 8th graders (along with about a dozen teachers and other staff), she left a mark on them. After she left, and … Continue reading Matthew Allen — Teacher — St Albans City School

Matthew Allen — Teacher — St Albans City School