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Graphic novel offers new way to learn about local survivors

The Holocaust Center for Humanity has had a long and successful history of using the stories of localSteve Adler Page 1 Holocaust survivors to teach the lessons of the Holocaust, inspiring students to confront bigotry and indifference and take action.

For several years, the Center’s Teacher Advisory Board recommended the creation of a graphic novel based on the stories of our survivors. In 2021, the Center began developing this novel and in late summer 2021 will be self-publishing a short, 50-page graphic novel about Steve Adler, a local survivor, which will engage and bring a more local link to the Holocaust for Washington state students. The book will be aimed at middle-grade (6-8) readers.

Graphic novel synopsis:

The novel tells the story of beloved Seattle Holocaust survivor, Steve Adler, who passed away in 2019.  Following the events of Kristallnacht (The Night of Broken Glass) in November 1938, Steve and his family were desperate to escape increasing Nazi persecution of Jews in Germany.  The nine-year-old Steve was among 10,000 children sent to England through the Kindertransport (children's transport) in 1939, where he lived as a refugee in group and foster homes.  Steve's parents and brother also successfully escaped Germany for England, although other relatives were not as fortunate.  Steve later emigrated to the United States, ultimately settling in Seattle, Washington. Throughout his adult life, Steve used his story to champion the importance of Holocaust education as a longstanding member of the Holocaust Center for Humanity's Speakers Bureau.  

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About the Authors

Julia Thompson and Paul Regelbrugge, with their joint passion for Holocaust education, were an obvious choice when it came to selecting authors for the Holocaust Center's new graphic novel. 

Julia Thompson, a creative and meticulous writer with a love of history and a close relationship with survivor Steve Adler, was the perfect person to adapt Steve's story into a graphic novel format. 
Paul Regelbrugge, accomplished author and educator with a deep knowledge of Holocaust history and wide experience in the classroom, brings the story to life in a way that connects to readers of all ages. 

Graphic Novel Naming Poll

The Holocaust Center held a naming poll from July 13-23, 2021, to let the community help decide on a title for the new graphic novel. The results of the vote will be revealed on July 26, 2021.


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Thanks to donors Krijn & Judy de Jonge, Debbie Killinger, and Michele Rosen for making this project possible.