Two Pieces of Chocolate

  • Illustrated By: Gabrielle Grimard
  • Pages:32
  • Publisher:Second Story Press
  • Themes:Jewish children Holocaust, Holocaust survivors, Holocaust true story, Bergen-Belsen, concentration camp
  • Available:04/09/2024
  • Lexile:690L

In 1945, young Francine and her maman are sent to the Bergen-Belsen Nazi prison camp, where life is gray and hopeless. Determined to lift Francine’s spirits, Maman shares a secret: hidden inside her bag are two pieces of chocolate. They’re the first sweets Francine has seen in years, but Maman tells her not to eat them. “One day, when I see that you really need them…that’s when I’ll give the chocolates to you.”

When Francine meets Hélène, a fellow prisoner, she learns another secret: Hélène is pregnant. But there is very little food in the camp, and even less hope. Hélène and her baby are in grave danger. Remembering the chocolates, Francine realizes she may be able to help.

Francine’s act of kindness will make ripples in their lives for decades to come.

Inspired by a remarkable true story.

“Kacer’s smooth retelling does not shy away from the hardships and privations of Nazi death camps, but it does focus on life within the barracks rather than the horrors that took place in the rest of the camp.... With an informative afterword that clarifies the true parts of this story, Two Pieces of Chocolate makes a worthy addition to Holocaust literature and a reminder of the dangers inherent in authoritarian regimes. Highly Recommended.”

– CM: Canadian Review of Materials