The Righteous Smuggler

Based on real events, THE RIGHTEOUS SMUGGLER tells the story of Hendrik, the young son of a poor Dutch fisherman who decides to risk his own life to save his friends.

In 1940, when his country is invaded by Nazi soldiers, Hendrik is forced to grow up faster than he ever expected. He and his parents see their community being destroyed and their Jewish neighbors persecuted. Hendrik hates that his very best friends can't come to school anymore and that their former classmates are turning against them only because of their beliefs.

When Jews are being taken away to be imprisoned or worse, Hendrik's family decide they must do something. But what can they do against the Nazi patrols? With the help of a mysterious boat captain they begin their dangerous campaign of "smuggling."

The book is a tribute to the Righteous Gentiles who risked their lives in the underground to help Jews during World War II.

The Canadian Children's Book Centre, Starred       Selection, 2006

FAQ: 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 Netherlands.

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.

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