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`Read E-pub º In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer õ IRENE GUT WAS justin , when the Germans and Russians devoured her native Poland Just a girl, really But a girl who saw evil and chose to defy it No matter how many Holocaust stories one has read, this one is a must, for its impact is so powerful School Library Journal, Starred A Book Sense Top Ten Pick A Publisher s Weekly Choice of the Year s Best Books A Booklist Editors Choice I have dyslexia You never have read every testemony or story about world war II and its heros Irene Gut Opdyke is a Polish nurse who rescuit Jews and aided them This is her story Keep in mind that she only was 17 when the war started Remarkable story. There was a bird flushed up from the wheat fields, disappearing in a blur of wings against the sun, and then a gunshot and it fell to the earth But it was not a bird It was not a bird, and it was not in a wheat field, but you can t understand what it was yet When I understood what the bird was, it was one of the most chilling things that I have ever read.This is the story of a Catholic girl in Poland In 1939 when Poland is invaded, she is 16 years old and training to be a nurse Like PolandThere was a bird flushed up from the wheat fields, disappearing in a blur of wings against the sun, and then a gunshot and it fell to the earth But it was not a bird It was not a bird, and it was not in a wheat field, but you can t understand what it was yet When I understood what the bird was, it was one of the most chilling things that I have ever read.This is the story of a Catholic girl in Poland In 1939 when Poland is invaded, she is 16 years old and training to be a nurse Like Poland itself, she is brutalized by Russians and Germans.Despite her own hardships, she is not blind to what is happening to the Jews She manages to escape the slow death of a work camp because of her pretty face and her ability to speak German She is placed as a servant in a Nazi officers club.She sees the murder of Jews in the ghetto and decides to help The most touching chapter in the book is when she fills a box with food including potato peelings from the trash and shoves it under a fence that leads to the ghetto The next day the box is empty and she replaces it with a new box It s just a drop in the ocean, but she feels she has to start somewhere This is the beginning of a path that leads to hiding Jews and an incredible story of luck and courage.Why did she risk her own life to help When so many others refused, why she did she choose to see Reading books on the Holocaust remind me that real people survived and real people died These aren t good vs evil narratives concocted by storytellers to give us convenient heros and devils Real heros are imperfect people who are able to look beyond their own survival to help someone else Real devils are imperfect people who allow themselves to be numb to the pain they inflict This numbness led to the murder of six million people and it is beyond comprehension But, we need to try I think this paragraph is the most eloquent description of why speaking about the Holocaust was is so difficult for the survivors We did not speak of what we had seen At the time, to speak of it seemed worse than sacrilege We had witnessed a thing so terrible that it acquired a dreadful holiness It was a miracle of evil It was not possible to say with words what we had witnessed, and so we kept it safely guarded until the time we could bring it out, and show it to others, and say, Behold I think this paragraph is the most eloquent description of why speaking about the Holocaust was is so difficult for the survivors We did not speak of what we had seen At the time, to speak of it seemed worse than sacrilege We had witnessed a thing so terrible that it acquired a dreadful holiness It was a miracle of evil It was not possible to say with words what we had witnessed, and so we kept it safely guarded until the time we could bring it out, and show it to others, and say, Behold This is the worst thing man can do When a book is so well written and the story so compelling then it generally defies any age categorisation I would recommend this book over and above The Diary of Ann Frank, simply because this is a survivor s tale which coveys the full horror of such events It was a privilege to read I thought, Gosh, should I really read another holocaust memoir The answer is yes, and you should too, even if you have read a zillion already You should read this memoir about what Irene Gut, a Catholic Polish girl of only seventeen, did to save others lives Each person s story is unique You know why you can go on reading one holocaust story after another It is because they show you not only the worst in man but also the best Horrible things happened to Irene and she suffered just as yo I thought, Gosh, should I really read another holocaust memoir The answer is yes, and you should too, even if you have read a zillion already You should read this memoir about what Irene Gut, a Catholic Polish girl of only seventeen, did to save others lives Each person s story is unique You know why you can go on reading one holocaust story after another It is because they show you not only the worst in man but also the best Horrible things happened to Irene and she suffered just as you and I would We are all only human, but she responded with bravery and help and kindness to others Her suffering did not make her bitter and she refused to give up At the same time, she recognizes the consequences of her own actions as a partisan.The story is told without melodrama It is exact and it is succinct This happened and then this and then that The events speak for themselves I like this Don t think that because it is matter of factly told you will be left unmoved The story begins with how her parents met She was their first child, born in 1922 in the village Kolzienice in eastern Poland, near the Ukraine border She was followed by fourgirls The war years, the invasion of that part of Poland where she lived first by the Russians, then the Nazis and then the Russians again, is the primary focus of the book The years after the war are briefly summarized where Irene came to live the USA, first NY and then California , whom she married William Opdyke a UN official and what she did gave lectures to school children This is Irene Gut Opdyke s story, as she told it to author Jennifer Armstrong What we are told is true facts have been verified The book came out in 1992, almost fifty years after the war This means of course that inconsequential details and even a few names had been forgotten With Irene s full support, the author has filled in the blank spots and given us Irene s story as it should be told That supplemented has in no way changed the truth of the events Neither the central protagonists names nor the events have been altered This is explained at the conclusion of the book There follows also a chapter entitled Historical Background It is short and discusses information pertinent to the political involvement and culpability of the people involved in Irene s life.The audiobook is very well read by Hope Davis The reading fits the text to a tee The speed is good It is movingly told, but not with over dramatization I want you to read this book It is inspiring Even during the worst of times people do make active choices determining what kind of person they want to be Ultimately, what one person does affects another