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Remember My Story

A Girl, a Holocaust Survivor, and a Friendship That Made History

In 2018, fourteen-year-old Claire Sarnowski stood with ninety-two-year-old Alter Wiener in front of the Oregon state senate to champion a cause the two friends both believed in: making Holocaust education mandatory in their state’s public school curriculum. Theirs was an unexpected friendship — she was in elementary school when they met, and he was an aging Holocaust survivor whose memoir she had read — and together they were going to change the American education system.

Alter had spent decades speaking to audiences of all ages and backgrounds about the Holocaust, teaching that "never forgetting" could help spread tolerance and prevent such an atrocity from happening again. But Claire knew hate crimes were still being committed, in her own town and even in her own school. She didn’t want Alter’s efforts on Holocaust education to be in vain.

From strangers to friends to law-changing history makers, Claire and Alter’s mission was always simple: Remember this story. This page-turning memoir is a tribute to a man who survived the worst of humanity, an ode to friendship and community, and an empowering call to activism.

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"The book meticulously describes the long, intense process of successfully getting the education bill through the Oregon state senate. Sarnowski and Weiner were devastated by hate speech and crimes in their own town and around the U.S. and the world, but this only strengthened their determination. Sarnowski comes across as a remarkable child: capable, intelligent, and wise beyond her years. Her intensely loving partnership with Weiner is at the core of the account... [but r]eaders will long remember Weiner and his hopeful instruction to be 'better, not bitter.'"

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Recommended Age 10 and up
Author Claire Sarnowski, Sarah Durand
ISBN 0316592897
Publication Date Jan 9, 2024
Publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Language English