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Young Adult Fiction Holocaust

Under the Iron Bridge

by (author) Kathy Kacer

Second Story Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2021
Holocaust, Europe, Prejudice & Racism
Recommended Age
12 to 14
Recommended Grade
7 to 9
Recommended Reading age
9 to 12
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2021
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Oct 2021
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  • Downloadable audio file

    Publish Date
    Apr 2022
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It’s 1938 in Dusseldorf, Germany, and Paul is feeling pressured to join the Hitler Youth. The last thing he wants to do is march around with a bunch of bullies, supporting the Gestapo and abusing the city’s Jews, but even Paul’s parents think he should go along with his classmates in order to keep himself safe.

Just when he’s starting to despair, Paul meets the Edelweiss Pirates, a group of teenage boys and girls who are working to undermine the growing power of the Nazis. When he joins the rebel organization, he finds out just how hair-raising and dangerous it is to sabotage the Third Reich and rescue Jews wherever they can. But choices have consequences, and during the terrifying violence of Kristallnacht, Paul must step out of the shadows and make a life-changing decision.

Inspired by the true story of the Edelweiss Pirates, a group that declared “Eternal War on the Hitler Youth,” Under the Iron Bridge is a tale of courage in the face of cruelty.

About the author


Kathy Kacer est une auteure primée qui a écrit de nombreux livres sur l'holocauste pour les jeunes lecteurs, dont The Magician of Auschwitz, L'histoire d'Edith, Le journal de Sara et Les espions de la nuit. Elle s'estime honorée de contribuer à faire connaître l'histoire familiale de Jenny Kay Dupuis. Kathy vit avec sa famille à Toronto.


Kathy Kacer has won many awards for her writing, including the American Jewish Library Association Award. In 1999, she wrote the first book in Second Story's Holocaust Remembrance Series, The Secret of Gabi's Dresser. Since then, she's penned four other books in the series. Kacer now writes about the Holocaust for young readers and travels the country speaking about it. Kacer lives in Toronto, Ontario, with her family.

Kathy Kacer's profile page


  • Short-listed, Forest of Reading Award, Red Maple
  • Winner, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Award, Snow Willow

Editorial Reviews

"(A) tense, exciting adventure about vital resistance. ... An accessible, well-paced story about courageous young people resisting the Nazis."

Kirkus Reviews

"A fast-paced, compelling story."

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

This well-written, easily understandable portrayal of some events of the Holocaust will be an asset to middle and high school libraries and history teachers.

School Library Journal

"Readers will be thoroughly engaged in this exciting, yet fraught, historical fiction novel inspired by the true story of the Edelweiss Pirates... Kathy Kacer continues her skillful, sensitive and informative treatment of Holocaust themed works."

AJL News & Reviews

"A novel I believe will encourage young people to ask themselves what they would do if faced with the same challenging moral questions these young characters must."

Parry Sound North Star

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