The 20th of June marks World Refugee Day. In a world where thousands of families flee for their lives each day, it is more important than ever that children hear the voices of refugees.
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, Refugee Boy, and Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl are three very different stories that explore this issue.
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr
The author of this story lived in Germany nearly 100 years ago. At the time, a dangerous political party called the Nazis rose to power. They believed that there was no place for Jewish people in Germany. See through the author’s eyes what is was like to be a Jewish refugee.
Anna is a young German girl – too busy playing with her friends to pay attention to what’s happening in the government. One day her parents tell her they must leave Germany because her father is wanted – dead or alive. Is this the start of a terrible nightmare or a big adventure?
Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah
What is it really like to be a refugee? Alem is from Africa. His father is Ethiopian. His mother is Eritrean. Coming from both places means Alem is in extreme danger. Ethiopia and Eritrea are at war, and Alem’s family aren’t welcome in either country. How can they escape?
How would you feel if you were separated from all that you knew? What would you do to cope? 14-year-old Alem’s home is becoming increasingly dangerous. His father is forced to do something unimaginable to save his son.
Anne Frank: The Diary of A Young Girl by Anne Frank
Hitler, the ruler of the Nazi party in Germany, made life horrendous for Jewish people in the Second World War. He started anti-Jewish laws and ordered all Jews to be sent to prison camps. Read Anne Frank’s diary to discover a personal account of what it was like to be a Jew during this terrible time.
Over 70 years ago, Anne Frank and her family went into hiding to escape the terrors of the Nazis. Over the next two years, Anne wrote in her diary, describing her deepest feelings and thoughts, and her frustrations at being stuck inside for such a long time. But her diary comes to a close suddenly in 1944, when her family’s whereabouts were betrayed…
Introduce one of these amazing stories to your class and encourage them to hear and understand the important voices of refugees.