Irena's Children: The Extraordinary Story Of The Woman Who Saved 2,500 Children From The Warsaw Ghetto
  • Irena's Children: The Extraordinary Story Of The Woman Who Saved 2,500 Children From The Warsaw Ghetto
  • Irena's Children: The Extraordinary Story Of The Woman Who Saved 2,500 Children From The Warsaw Ghetto
ISBN: 1476778515
EAN13: 9781476778518
Language: English
Release Date: Jun 6, 2017
Pages: 352
Dimensions: 1" H x 9" L x 6" W
Weight: 1.11 lbs.
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Widow Clicquot comes an extraordinary and gripping account of Irena Sendler--the female Oskar Schindler--who took staggering risks to save 2,500 children from death and deportation in Nazi-occupied Poland during World War I.

In 1942, one young social worker, Irena Sendler, was granted access to the Warsaw ghetto as a public health specialist. While she was there, she began to understand the fate that awaited the Jewish families who were unable to leave. Soon she reached out to the trapped families, going from door to door and asking them to trust her with their young children. Driven to extreme measures and with the help of a network of local tradesmen, ghetto residents, and her star-crossed lover in the Jewish resistance, Irena ultimately smuggled thousands of children past the Nazis. She made dangerous trips through the city's sewers, hid children in coffins, snuck them under overcoats at checkpoints, and slipped them through secret passages in abandoned buildings.

But Irena did something even more astonishing at immense personal risk: she kept a secret list buried in bottles under an old apple tree in a friend's back garden. On it were the names and true identities of these Jewish children, recorded so their families could find them after the war. She could not know that more than ninety Read More chevron_right

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   It is always heartening to know the huge challenges and ...
It is always heartening to know the significant challenges and hurdles that people must brave to do what they believe is right. During a very difficult time in history, Irena was a very brave person. She and many friends brought many Jewish children to safety, even out of the Jewish ghetto in Warsaw.
 
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   It was an amazing read. The author brilliantly lays out all the ...
The author brilliantly lays out all the characters and the role they played. I cannot read enough, learn enough about this period of our history... may we never forget all that had to endured during that time.
 
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   WHAT A COURAGEOUS WOMAN!
Until I started reading this book, I had never heard of Irena Sendler. How a person making its own network of resistance fighters was able to rescue 2,500 children from death and deportation in the Warsaw Ghetto is a miracle on its own. The author lays out brilliantly all the characters and the roles they played. Indeed, Irena Sendler was one of those unsung heroes who bravely risked everything to help those in need. I have to admit that the longer I read about what went on during WW II, the more I learn about this time in our history. May we never forget all that had to endure during that time period.
 
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   Good read
Rarely surprising, the history of the people seems to miss. I think that the heroes we don 't really know are the most fascinating and unselfish people.
 
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   An Extraordinary Story of of Courage
Well-written and engaging story about the Christians who have risked their lives to save Jews. I had also realized how the Poles suffered during WWII.
 
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   A true story that may repeat itself in time!
A friend had told me about this book, so I bought it thinking it would be just another book! Literally, I could not put this book down! It is the true story of uncommon courage and the desire to survive during WWII some of the world's worst conditions. The drive and determination that these people had and was directed by Irena is a story that will last forever in my heart! In a time when no one had nothing, people joined together and shared what they had and struggled to gain their freedom. One can only know that these are very determined folks who gave it all! It showed me how spoiled we are in the USA and how in today's culture, true feelings seem to rank above hurtful injuries and struggling to live. This one is read with a box of tissues!
 
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   Then and now....
Here it is 2017 and I finished reading this terrible book... and previously The Zookeepers Wife... and the Nightingale... and Sarah's key... My heart is so sad to read about the remarkable war crimes of the Nazis in Europe. These stories must be told and passed so that this will never be repeated. What precious hero's and heroines were these people to think of these wonderful children and make a way for their escape, having strong Jewish roots in Britain and a family that fought in WWII to preserve our freedom, I am so grateful. And today it breaks my heart to see unrest here in our country, from white supremacists and pro Nazis... They have not a clue what these evil men stood for the complete annihilation of millions of innocent people. This is an excellent historical account of this woman's journey to save the Jewish children in Warsaw, what a remarkable team of people became her network during those years.
 
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   Incredible Must read
One of the most powerful stories I have read about WWII and the amazing impact that a single courageous person can have on the world. I have newfound respect for the Polish people and their incredible will to survive.
 
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   A compelling story
Amazing documentary about courage and fear, most of us couldn 't imagine. A bit difficult to follow with the countless people involved and the flow at times.
 
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   Unimaginable bravery
These stories of people who have suffered the dangers of Hitler's regime by risking everyone to save the innocents should reaffirm our faith in humanity. May there always be those who stand up and speak out for those who can not.
 
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