Details from "Dear Canada: Pieces of the Past, the Holocaust Diary of Rose Rabinowitz" by Carol Matas (Scholastic Canada)
I chose to set the war section in the Warsaw Ghetto so young people could see that Jews did fight and did resist and to enable me to tell the story of the hidden children; children who had to hide to survive.
—Carol Matas, author
How do you write a Holocaust book set in Winnipeg? That was the challenge set for me by Scholastic Canada when they asked me to write the only book in their very successful Dear Canada series, a series about Canadian history.
After a lot of research and many false starts I finally settled on telling the story of the Jewish war orphans who were allowed to come to Canada after the war was over. In this way I was able to tell a very local story - 131 young people came to Manitoba out of 1,116 youths who went to various places in the country.
Settling here was a challenge for each of them and they each had a different story - just as the story of how each of them survived the Holocaust was also very different.