About the Book

Beneath White Stars

Original narrative poems and historical accounts of courage and resistance accompanied by pen and ink illustrations.

Beneath White Stars: Holocaust Profiles in Poetry features Holly’s narrative poetry about real people from the Holocaust whom she has known personally or whose stories she has taught. Melding historical detail and keen insights with the grace of poetry, she brings to life a wide variety of individuals struggling against the horrors of the Holocaust. In these pages children are sent from home to face new lands alone, teens risk their lives to resist in ghettos and forests, prisoners rise above the miseries of ghettos and concentration camps through art, and diplomats and clergy employ their wiles to save all those they can. Brief biographical sketches, maps, and a personalized timeline further animate these courageous individuals.

Illuminated by Byron Marshall’s pen and ink drawings, Beneath White Stars: Holocaust Profiles in Poetry opens a unique window on bright lights that shone even in the darkest of times.

"The verse presented in this collection does true service to the one purpose to which we must all contribute—remembering. I have been pleased to incorporate some of this fine and emotive poetry into my online course on the History of the Holocaust.”

Kenneth Hanson, PhD

Professor and Coordinator of Judaic Studies
University of Central Florida

"I've been a Holocaust educator for 40 years. Even with this background, there were new people whom I was privileged to 'meet' in this magnificent book. These poems touched my heart."

Fred Guttman

Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Emanuel, Greensboro, North Carolina
Mid Atlantic Regional Director, International March of the Living