Remember My Story

A Girl, a Holocaust Survivor, and a Friendship That Made History


By Claire Sarnowski

With Sarah Durand

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The inspiring true story about how a modern teen girl and her Holocaust-survivor friend fought against hate to create change.
In 2018, fourteen-year-old Claire Sarnowski stood with ninety-two-year-old Alter Wiener in front of the Oregon state senate to champion a cause the two friends both believed in: making Holocaust education mandatory in their state’s public school curriculum. Theirs was an unexpected friendship—she was in elementary school when they met, and he was an aging Holocaust survivor whose memoir she had read—and together they were going to change the American education system.

Alter had spent decades speaking to audiences of all ages and backgrounds about the Holocaust, teaching that “never forgetting” could help spread tolerance and prevent such an atrocity from happening again. But Claire knew hate crimes were still being committed, in her own town and even in her own school. She didn’t want Alter’s efforts on Holocaust education to be in vain.

From strangers to friends to law-changing history makers, Claire and Alter’s mission was always simple: Remember this story. This page-turning memoir is a tribute to a man who survived the worst of humanity, an ode to friendship and community, and an empowering call to activism.


  • “Claire Sarnowski’s memoir … proves our youth have the power to make positive change happen. Remember My Story is a call to action for all of us to do what we can to promote kindness and compassion in our world.” —Trudy Ludwig, author of Gifts from the Enemy
    Trudy Ludwig
  • "An inspiring and hopeful story." 
  • “In this winning memoir … both Wiener and Sarnowski embody the strength and resiliency of the human spirit, and their beautiful friendship and drive to advocate for change are inspiring.” 
  • "A hopeful memoir...Put this in the hands of young activists and any middle school students interested in bringing about change."
    School Library Journal

On Sale
Jan 9, 2024
Page Count
256 pages

Book club guide for Remember My Story by Claire Sarnowski and Sarah Durand. Downloadable.