Social Justice Stories

building compassion, tolerance, and responsible citizenship through social justice narratives

The Night Spies is set in the Central European country of Czechoslovakia, now known as the Czech Republic. After the Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia in 1939, life became impossible for the Jewish population. This book continues the story told in The Secret of Gabi's Dresser. By 1944, Gabi, her mother and cousin Max are forced to leave their home and go into hiding. They flee to a small town in the mountains of Slovakia where they are taken in by a brave farmer. It was an act of courage, as anyone who was found helping Jewish families risked their lives. There were many ways people resisted and fought back against the Nazis. The Night Spies revolves around the story of one partisan group who were fighting back. "Partisans" was the name given to people who rose up to fight the invading Nazi forces, but who weren't part of the military. They were also known as the Resistance. These groups existed all over Europe and played an important role, ultimately helping the Allies win World War II.