Where did you get the idea for THE RIGHTEOUS SMUGGLER?
When my son was ten, we went on holiday to
Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada. People come
from all over the world to experience the wild north. My son
was hanging out on the beach with a boy whose family was from
The boy pointed to my husband's Jewish Star
and asked, "What's that?"
I explained to him that we were Jewish.
He became very animated and said that his
uncle in Holland had saved Jews during the war.
I told him that his uncle was a hero and that
I very much wanted to meet him.
He said, "You can't."
I asked, "Why not?"
He said, "Because, my uncle didn't survive."
Chills went down my spine.
I didn't know at the time that I would be
writing this story, but years later, a little voice in my
head kept telling me to write it and that is where the story
came from. A young non-Jewish Dutch boy could not stand by
and watch as his Jewish friends were in danger so he risked
his life to smuggle out Jews in his father's fishing boat.