Children’s Letters to a Holocaust Survivor


About the Book

From the author of Escape from Sobibor, comes Children’s Letters to a Holocaust Survivor: Dear Esther by Richard Rashke.


In October 1943, Esther Terner and 300 other Jews escaped from Sobibor, a Nazi death camp in eastern Poland. It was the biggest escape of WWII and the subject of Escape from Sobibor. That book, and movie based on it, brought Esther many invitations to speak in public schools. Her courageous story generated hundreds of letters from children expressing their love, concern and outrage. Those letters became the inspiration for the play, Dear Esther.

Historic Heroines is pleased to publish a collection of those heartfelt letters, poems and drawings school children sent Esther along with the play, Dear EstherChildren’s Letters to a Holocaust Survivor: Dear Esther is a powerful testament to Esther’s Terner’s strength and the empathy of the children she touched.


Publisher: Historic Heroines
Available in: Paperback and eBook.
ISBN-13: 978-0997288506
Published: April 19, 2016

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What People are Saying

See the great reviews for Children’s Letters for a Holocaust Survivor on

“Deeply moving, brilliant and powerful.”
–  United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

“A work of extreme importance…Yes, there were miracles.”
–  The Arizona Tribune

“Riveting and Powerful.”
–  New York Jewish Week

“Brings to life hope in despair.”
–  Marquette University Tribune

About the Author

RICHARD RASHKE is a lecturer and author of non-fiction books including The Whistleblower’s Dilemma: Snowden, Silkwood and Their Quest for the Truth, Escape from Sobibor, The Killing of Karen Silkwood, and Useful Enemies: John Demjanjuk and America’s Open-Door Policy For Nazi War Criminals. His works have been translated into eleven languages and have been the subject of movies for screen and television. He is also an alto sax player and composer. He lives in Washington, D.C.


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