Each month we will feature a book we love; old and new. Do you have a favorite book focused on the Holocaust or genocide? Or is there a book that is essential in your classroom? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org! We want to know what you are reading and what you love about it.
About the book, from World Outside My Shoes official website:
Why did Carl Wilkens decide to remain in Rwanda in 1994, with a genocide swirling around him? How did he and his wife Teresa maintain communication during the one-hundred days of terror when Tutsis were being hounded to death by Hutu militia extremists? How does the only American who chose to stay—in order to protect two Tutsi household workers–look back on that fearful time?
Working from tapes made for his family, which chronicle daily events from the sublime to the horrific, Carl reconstructs in fascinating detail both personal and political events triggered by the April 6 plane crash assassination of the Presidents of Rwanda and Burundi.
He takes us through the poignant good-bye to his family, as they join the mass exodus of expatriates leaving this dangerous situation. He affirms his presence in the neighborhood he has known for four years, by standing barefoot in the middle of the dusty road, waving farewell.
— Helen Kweskin, teacher