Friday, November 1, 2013

What Do You Mean You Never Read: 'In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer' by Irene Gut Updyke with Jennifer Armstrong




Every once in a while, we like to point out the older books that we love so much we can't believe you haven't gotten to experience them yet! Today, Maria points out a particularly amazing biography:

In My Hands: The Story of a Holocaust Rescuer by Irene Gut Updyke with Jennifer Armstrong

The story of Irene Gut Opdyke is one of the most unforgettable biographies you will ever read.  A young Polish Catholic, just seventeen and studying nursing when the Germans and Russians invaded Poland and changed her life forever.  Forced to work first as a waitress, her first act of valor began by placing food under a fence so some  Jews in the ghetto could have a morsel to eat.  Her acts of daring progressed until while working for Nazi Major Eduard Ruggemer she managed to hide twelve Jews right under Ruggemer’s nose.These Jews would help her do chores during the day when the major was gone and would hide in the attic at night. That is until one day when he happen to come home unexpectedly in the middle of the day.  This passage is one of the most suspenseful ones in the book, and if your heart doesn’t skip a beat at this point in the story you need to have it checked out.

In My Hands is a story of courage, bravery, and determination all from a young teenager who experienced the horrors of the Holocaust and lived to tell a fine author, Jennifer Armstrong all about it. You will feel you are experiencing what Irene is as you read the book.  Irene was celebrated at the Holocaust Museum before her death in 2003.

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