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)


* This was an amazing opportunity for students to connect literature and history in a rich, meaningful way. * Heidi and her mother gave a stirring, emotionally engaging presentation, and our students were riveted!

Amy Ma — Upper School English teacher — Renbrook School

“Thank you very much for talking with our Hebrew school classes, both presentations were amazing. I really appreciated how well you could read your audience. Who would have thought that the younger class would be so full of questions. . . . I hope that we can continue to work together on Yom HaShoah programs … Continue reading Elyse Holsberg — Congregation Shir Shalom

Elyse Holsberg — Congregation Shir Shalom