After the War

Cover: Violet Tobacco

Summer 1945. The Second World War is finally over and Yossi, Leo and Mordecai are among three hundred children who arrive in the English Lake District.

Having survived the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps, they’ve finally reached a place of safety and peace, where they can hopefully begin to recover.

Will life by the beautiful Lake Windermere be enough to bring hope back into all their lives?

Publication date : 6 August 2020 by Barrington Stoke. (Apologies – this publication is slightly delayed from May in the interests of keeping publishers and printers safe. )

After the War is about the three hundred child concentration camp survivors who came to the Lake District nearly 75 years ago (who were known as the Windermere Boys). 10% of author royalties will be donated to the Lake District Holocaust Project.

“When Tom Palmer approached me to ask if he could write a book about the Jewish children and their stay in the Lake District, I was immediately taken by his desire to totally immerse himself in the story. We worked with him on this extraordinary book project and he was always full of the same compassion as those who helped the children in their early days of recovery. He was also utterly dedicated to doing the story justice, and I am sure you will see that he has. It is a story from the past, told in the present, with lessons for us all for the future. ” TREVOR AVERY

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Check out our gallery of school responses to After the War here

Resources

A book cover prediction sheet. Look at the cover of After the War and answer questions about what you think the story might be about.

 

VE Day paper dolls. Work as a family to decorate paper dolls of the children of VE Day. Then put it up as bunting to help mark the 75th anniversary of their liberation.

VE Day comprehension. Read the section of the book where the children talk about their very different experiences of VE Day, then answer some questions.

 

VE Day Black Out poetry. Create your own black out poetry using a VE Day scene from After the War.

 

 

 

 

Book trailer here

 

Films of the settings about research and writing After the War to come

For more resources and a free chapter in advance of publication please email admin@tompalmer.co.uk

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Researching After the War

I really applaud the way you’ve got so many historical details into such a short text, and made it emotional too. It’s honestly brilliant, and I’ll be recommending it to all the Jewish schools, and reminding HET about it. You haven’t shied away from those cruel and harsh memories, and you’ve represented it very fairly. I should think the survivors would be pleased at your perpetuation of their memories. ” CLARE ZINKIN book blogger and teacher

 

 

 

“What a brilliant way for many thousands of children to learn the truth about the Holocaust, as well as the value of friends and family.” MARION FOTHERGILL, former resident of the Calgarth Estate

Read my blog about reading and writing history for the FCBG here.

Writing After the War

This year, I have been heavily researching and planning a new children’s story, After the War.

 

I am very grateful to have the kind support of key witnesses, d from Trevor Avery and the Lake District Holocaust Project and from pupils at Grasmere Primary.

There are many stages to my writing “process” but here’s an indication …

Stage 1

 

 

 

 

Stage 2

 

 

 

 

Stage 3

 

 

 

 

 

If you are want to know more about how I write – often useful for teachers to show pupils – I have some short writing tips films here.

Useful links

www.worldjewishrelief.org/theboys – gives information about their role in the rescue and features some of the children’s brief stories

www.worldjewishrelief.org/kindertransport – they were also instrumental in organising the kindertransport and this page has more information.

www.worldjewishrelief.org/archives – more information about the files they hold

 

Reviews

“The sense of brotherhood in this book floored me. It’s gripping, tough, meticulously researched and you feel that in every page. That – and its huge heart.” Phil Earle

“What an immensely beautiful & heartfelt story you have created. I don’t have the right words to truly express the impact this book has had on me. But my goodness it was a story that needed to be told & you have done it so well. I love how you have shown how the War impacted/affected the lives of so many, & in so many ways. It must have been an extremely difficult story to create, but you have crafted a most wonderful tale. The story of Yossi, Leo & Mordecai will be forever engrained in the hearts and minds of the reader & therefore these horrific events will not be forgotten. I will be encouraging colleagues in UKS2 & KS3 to share this with their pupils Using the words from Trevor Avery: ‘It is a story from the past, told in the present, with lessons for us all in the future.’ Truly an exceptional book.” VALDA VARADINEK (teacher)

“It’s really powerful. Really good. I think it’s particularly hard-hitting as its told in such simple language – I really applaud the way you’ve got so many historical details into such a short text, and made it emotional too. It’s honestly brilliant, and I’ll be recommending it to all the Jewish schools, and reminding HET about it. You haven’t shied away from those cruel and harsh memories, and you’ve represented it very fairly. I should think the survivors would be pleased at your perpetuation of their memories. ” CLARE ZINKIN book blogger and teacher

“What a brilliant way for many thousands of children to learn the truth about the Holocaust, as well as the value of friends and family.” MARION FOTHERGILL, former resident of the Calgarth Estate

“When Tom Palmer approached me to ask if he could write a book about the Jewish children and their stay in the Lake District, I was immediately taken by his desire to totally immerse himself in the story. We worked with him on this extraordinary book project and he was always full of the same compassion as those who helped the children in their early days of recovery. He was also utterly dedicated to doing the story justice, and I am sure you will see that he has. It is a story from the past, told in the present, with lessons for us all for the future. ” TREVOR AVERY

“We thought the book was terrific, Kim obviously thought it was great too.  You have done an amazing job on pulling it all together, on a very difficult and hard subject to cover, particularly for children. ” ROSEMARY SMITH

“How do people find the strength to endure the unendurable? How can they rebuild their lives after witnessing the very worst of what human beings can do to one another? How can love and friendship survive the horrific brutality of war and genocide? After the War tackles these huge questions by following the journey of three boys rescued from Nazi concentration camps at the end of the Second World War. After they are taken to Lake Windermere to recover, we see them struggle to come to terms with the loss of everyone they’ve ever known and to put the horrors of the camps behind them. This powerful story of a friendship forged in the worst of circumstances is ultimately a tribute to the resilience of the human spirit and a moving act of remembrance.” AILSA BATHGATE

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