Nurturing Hope by Susan Hood

Comfortable Tuesday from New York Metropolis! I all the time really feel SUPER HAPPY when Susan Hood involves Watch. Join. Learn. we mentioned cherish hope, Lois Lowry, Denmark, non-fiction and extra. I wrote the phrases in purple, and Susan wrote the phrases in black† Thanks, Susan!

Anna and Elena Balbusso’s cowl illustration and Andrea Vandergrift’s cowl design for Harboring Hope to seize the extraordinary hazard of October 1943, when the Nazi troops in Denmark all of the sudden tried to spherical up Danish Jews and ship them to focus camps. Enraged at this assault on their pals and fellow residents, Danes rushed to their help, wanting to lend a serving to hand.


cherish hope is a non-fiction biography in verse a few younger Danish lady who fought again. Henny Sinding joined forces with the crew of a 40′ lighthouse workboat named Gerda III to assist 300 Jews escape to security in Sweden. Henny was a part of an amazing effort, a “little Dunkirk” wherein Danes teamed up with persecuted households to carry them to Sweden aboard greater than 600 small boats – sculls, kayaks, fishing boats, rowboats and sailboats.

Considered one of my all-time favourite books for highschool college students is Lois Lowry’s Quantity the celebs† That is the true Danish historical past behind that e book.

Denmark was distinctive throughout World Battle II in that the overwhelming majority of the Jewish inhabitants escaped the Nazis. As one survivor famous, “about 99 % of the Jews in Denmark survived whereas 98 % of the three million Jews in Poland perished.”

When Hitler invaded tiny Denmark, he had hoped it could be what he known as “a mannequin protectorate.” And but Nazi Adolf Eichmann stated after the warfare, “Denmark has triggered us extra bother than the rest.” The individuals of Denmark merely refused to permit Hitler’s “remaining answer to the Jewish query” to happen.

On the finish of the warfare, many Jewish households returned from Sweden to search out that their neighbors had taken care of their flats, watered their vegetation and even taken care of their pets. The Danes by no means forgot the individuals who had been captured and despatched to the Theresienstadt focus camp in present-day Czech Republic. They despatched meals, medication and inspectors. Ultimately, a joint Danish-Norwegian-Swedish Pink Cross operation picked them up in 23 white buses and took them to Sweden.


Non-fiction biographies in verse have all the advantages of verse novels – poetic language, placing imagery, puns, and loads of white house – with the added bonus that the story is all true! The format is an inviting strategy to introduce World Battle II historical past. All that white house cushions troublesome topics and the poetry imbues the details with emotion.

John Schu, it is best to have requested me how i discovered this story. Whereas visiting Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut, I got here throughout Gerda III, the precise boat Henny and her pals used throughout the warfare. The Danish parliament donated Gerda III to the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York Metropolis, they usually engaged Mystic Seaport to look after the boat and show it floating within the harbor. I used to be capable of board and climb down into the fish maintain the place the Jewish households had been hidden, which was a really hair-raising expertise. Due to Howard Veisz from Mystic, I obtained in contact with Henny’s household and traveled to Copenhagen the place Henny’s daughter Lillan and cousin Flemming helped me discover Henny’s home, the Nazi headquarters, the Naval Cadet faculty, the warehouse the place Jewish households hid had been, the church attic the place so many had been imprisoned, and the bookshop that served as a canopy for the resistance. We attended the transferring Might 4 ceremony at Ryvangen Memorial Park, the place tons of of individuals collect every year to pay their respects to the resistance fighters who died for his or her nation.

Henny’s story is a narrative my coronary heart wanted to listen to and I can not wait to share it with younger readers. It’s a story of individuals of all ages and from all walks of life – schoolchildren, shopkeepers, fishermen, academics, taxi drivers – who noticed injustice and did one thing about it. Individuals who had been steadfast, not bystanders. As Henny stated, “It was the appropriate factor to do, so we did it. Easy as that.”

Gerda III now in Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut

Photograph credit score: Mystic Seaport Museum, Joe Michael


To look cherish hope on March 21, 2023.

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