Upcoming Event

Stars of the Night:

The Courageous Children of the Czech Kindertransport

  • Book Launch
  • Sunday, February 12, 2023
  • 4 PM
  • Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver

    950 West 41st Avenue Vancouver, BC V5Z 2N7

Cherie Smith JCC Jewish Book Festival and the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre present a book launch for Stars of the Night: The Courageous Children of the Czech Kindertransport.

Award-winning author Caren Stelson (joining via Zoom) teams up with acclaimed illustrator Selina Alko (joining in person) to sensitively tell a tale of survival and defiance in the face of tyranny.

In conversation with Dr. Abby Wener Herlin.

Please RESERVE A SPOT for this FREE event.

“A not-to-be-missed, inspirational book about courage, heart and the necessity of caring for others.” —Kirkus Reviews

This powerful story is told from the collective perspective of the children who were rescued from Czechoslovakia on the eve of World War II, as Hitler’s campaign of hatred toward Jews and political dissidents took hold. The narrative starts in 1938 and follows the children as they journey to foster families in England for the duration of the war, return to Prague afterward in an unsuccessful search for their parents, and eventually connect with Nicholas Winton, a British former stockbroker who was instrumental in bringing them to safety. Winton and the Czech Kindertransport ultimately rescued 669 children from Nazi persecution.