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Sunday, June 14 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Writing the Holocaust for children: why the truth still matters

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Ten years ago, at the 'any questions' stage of a talk, a young man asked 'Who is Hitler?' Of 200 students about half had heard of him, but usually only as a cliche villain. History must be retold each generation, or we forget. Each generation, too, needs to find new parallels and relevance to their own lives, or the future they will help create. The Holocaust was so vast - and in many ways with us still - and no one or even a million stories can ecompass it. But mostly the books I can set with the Holocaust as a background, Hilter's daughter, Pennies for Hitler, and Goodbye Mr Hitler, were written because when times are at their hardest humans are also capable of the greatest kindness, compassion and innovation. The Holocaust shows the evil humanity is capable of. But as I talked to its survivors, I also saw its greatness.

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Jackie French

Jackie is an author, the 2015 Senior Australian of the Year, 2014-215 Australian Children's Laureate, patron of organisations for children's literature, theatre, ecology and literacy.

Sunday June 14, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm AEST