Introducing Young Children to the Holocaust

The following letter was sent to me by Prof. Rita Vinocur, Director of Museo de la Shoá in Uruguay. It made an impression on me and reinforced my mission of teaching children about the Holocaust. For more information about my next book or to tell me your story, you can call 917-681-8688 or email me at

Dear Eva,

It is a pleasure to write to you on behalf of our Institution Centro Recordatorio del Holocausto and as a daughter of a survivor of Auschwitz, Ana Benkel de Vinocur (Z”L) who also wrote books about the Shoah (see website: ).  She published some of her work on her own with many obstacles like you too.  I know how difficult it is to have a book published and how it seems like a child being born when it finally reaches light. Since the year 2009 there is a Primary public school with her name -Ana Vinocur – the only State School which has the name of a survivor of the Holocaust in the world according to Yad Vashem.

I have been in contact with those children and it is very hard indeed to teach them such a tough issue, so your work is going to help many teachers in the world.

We are a non- profit organization which also has a Museum of the Shoah -the first one in South America- and we work tirelessly but we don’t handle funds.

We work in several areas concerning education but our work is mainly voluntary. We would do much work with your book here in Uruguay if we had it. We would appreciate very much to have a copy of your book here in Uruguay. May be you could ask your publishers to send one copy for free to our Institution and we would be very grateful indeed and use it with young learners.  That would be great.

Thanking you in advance,

Prof. Rita Vinocur
Museo de la Shoá, Uruguay

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My First Mission – “The Promise”

My parents were holocaust survivors. I’ve always been interested in hearing their stories and would encourage them to share their experiences with my children. I read books on the topic and as an artist I paint commemorative pieces as well.

Last year, a close friend of mine joined her children for the seder and naturally Pharaoh and the story of the Jews in Mitzrayim were discussed at length. The children all knew the stories. My friend brought up the Holocaust as a comparison, and she was shocked to learn that the children’s knowledge was minimal at best. How could it be, she asked, that year after year, children are taught about the events leading up to yitzias mitzrayim, but there is no curriculum for Holocaust studies in her grandchildren’s schools. How could it be, that even the youngest of children know that the Jews were enslaved and tortured by the Egyptians, but nothing of the horrors that their own grandparents went through.

Her words stung me. I can only imagine how she must have felt. I felt embarrassed for my generation, ashamed of our schools. What can I say in our defense? Nothing at all. But moving forward there is much I could do – and it became my mission. I started by researching the availability of Holocaust books for children. There are books out but nothing appropriate for younger children, I’m talking about five to eight year olds. The books were either too scary or they were fictional depictions of events. I decided to fill that void and that is what led me to write The Promise.

I am getting wonderful comments & reactions from kids of all ages, and I want to encourage parents and educators to share their comments on my blog. For my next book, I would love to choose some memorable stories from different survivors. Please add your comments or tell us your story. For more information about my next book or to tell me your story, you can call 917-681-8688 or email me at

Their Story is an important part of our History!

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