Hidden Child by Isaac Millman

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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.


About Isaac Millman

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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.
Published September 7, 2005 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 80 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Children's Books.

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Millman, who lived his first years as Isaac Sztrymfman in Paris, provides a crystal clear, heart-wrenching chronicle of his years in hiding during the Holocaust.

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Publishers Weekly

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Millman (the Moses series) here tells his own story: during the Nazi occupation of France, he was a hidden child. Millman is the surname of the American family that adopted the author/artist after

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The most heart-wrenching moments—a final glimpse of Papa waving through the barbed wire of the internment camp, Mama's tears on Isaac's cheeks as she hands him to the bribed guard, Héna's whispered confidence, "I'm a Jew, too," when she discovers an abandoned Isaac sobbing in front the building t...

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3-6 This succinct memoir details Millman's experience as a young boy, when he hid during the years of mass persecution of Jews in occupied France.

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