International Youth Write Books for A BOOK by ME

Bella from Azerbaijan, a FLEX scholarship recipient, was an exchange student at Davenport Central High School in Iowa during the 2010-2011 school year. While in the United States, Bella learned more about the Holocaust by visiting the Holocaust Museum in Skokie, Illinois with her Area Representative (Deb Bowen). A Muslim girl, Bella was touched when she learned many Muslims in Albania helped Jewish friends and neighbors escape the Nazis. In doing so, they risked their own lives, thus earning the title "Righteous Gentiles". She choose one of those stories about Albania and wrote a story through the eyes of the two young grandsons of the Righteous man who defied the Nazis. A gifted artist, her

Bowman Brothers tell story of Art Hilmo

It was a year ago (February 2011) when I learned about the story of a Righteous man named Art Hilmo. The Jewish Federation called me asking if I would visit Art and hear his story to see if it would be a good fit for A BOOK by ME. When I went to his small apartment, I knew right away this story needed to be told for the next generation. Art is such a humble man and according to him "I just did what anyone would do". Not true! He risked his life to save others -including many Jewish families -- taking them from Nazi occupied Norway to safety in Sweden in the dark of night on skis of all things! I introduced the story to a home school mom and asked her if her two boys (one would write and

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