Hiding is not a game when you are trying to survive. And during World War II, more people died than survived. In Holland, thousands of Jews sought refuge in the homes and farms of non-Jews. There was a network to help people find places to hide. Sometimes you only stayed with a family for a week and then moved, because the danger was too great for everyone involved.

Close your eyes and imagine making yourself small enough to hide in a two-foot space at the bottom of a closet or attic. This was a reality for the authors’ parents, who were among the 14 lucky children who survived to share their stories in this book. But as you read about their horrific experiences, you’ll see that, at the time, they felt far from lucky.