Jean Ellen Reynolds, Ph.D. is a former teacher and administrator in Carterville, Il. She earned her degrees from Southern Illinois University. Carol H. Cross is a retired elementary English/Social Studies teacher (E. St. Louis, Alton, and Carterville in Illinois plus N. Haven, CT) with an MS Ed. Both are grandmothers, European travelers, and friends as well as colleagues.
When the authors had the opportunity to perserve this story for the enjoyment and edification of the present and future generations, it was a labor of love. Young people have said, "We knew there was a war and that concentration camps existed, but this book makes it so personel." As teachers Cross and Reynolds are dedicated to sharing the past in the hope of preventing similar tragedies in the future. They also want to encourage more joyful international relationships through pen pals (e-mailing?) to further the understanding of people in other cultures.