Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust Audiobook, by Doreen Rappaport Play Audiobook Sample

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Author: Doreen Rappaport Narrator: Jeff Crawford, Emily Beresford Publisher: Candlewick on Brilliance Audio Audio Length: Release Date: September 2012 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781469206707

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In a stirring chronicle, Doreen Rappaport brings to light the courage of countless Jews who organized to sabotage the Nazis and help other Jews during the Holocaust.

Under the noses of the military, Georges Loinger smuggles thousands of children out of occupied France into Switzerland. In Belgium, three resisters ambush a train, allowing scores of Jews to flee from the cattle cars. In Poland, four brothers lead more than 1,200 ghetto refugees into the forest to build a guerilla force and self-sufficient village. And twelve-year-old Motele Shlayan entertains German officers with his violin moments before setting off a bomb. Through twenty-one meticulously researched accounts—some chronicled in book form for the first time—Doreen Rappaport illuminates the defiance of tens of thousands of Jews across eleven Nazi-occupied countries during World War II. In answer to the genocidal madness that was Hitler’s Holocaust, the only response they could abide was resistance, and their greatest weapons were courage, ingenuity, the will to survive, and the resolve to save others or to die trying.

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  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Sobering. Not for younger children or the faint of heart, but told in short stories, this title definitely reminds and expands one's view of the suffering and challenges confronted by Jews during WWII. Since these stories are told with an emphasis on courage and ingenuity, though sobering, it's not without hope and encouragement. "

    - Elizabeth, 2/17/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Honestly, I just skimmed this one, but it would be a great addition to any World War II study. "

    - Sheryl, 2/17/2014
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    " Well-researched, but not as engaging as I'd have liked. These are intense, amazing stories - there's no reason for these to not be on-the-edge-of-your-seat stories. But they weren't :( "

    - Ellie, 2/13/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This book is probably intended for high school students. It includes a good summary of the events leading up to the Holocaust and a timeline of events in addition to the stories of rescue and resistance. Although some of the stories have been told before, elsewhere (the Bielski brothers, the Warsaw ghetto uprising), many include more details, photographs, and new information about Jewish resistance during the Holocaust. Starting with resistance in Germany and then in occupied countries, concentration, labor, and death camps, and along the Eastern Front, the author achieves her purpose of documenting how not all Jews went to their deaths as "lambs to the slaughter." The bravery and selflessness of so many made a difference in what seems like a small number of lives compared to the six million who perished, but the author notes, where possible, how many descendants of the survivors have been given life through the resistance and rescue efforts--and even had only a handful been saved, we know that a person who saves a single life saves the entire world. If the subject of the book were not so tragic, I would be tempted to call it a "coffee table" book because it is styled and arranged so well and is, given the subject, easy to read. "

    - Lisa, 2/10/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Powerful stories of individuals who participated in the resistance movement. "

    - Nativida, 2/4/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A worthy addition to any middle school library. Beautifully designed, peppered with photos and maps (many missing in the arc), compelling and readable, though more than one profile felt chopped off. "

    - Brenda, 1/18/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Great chronicle of Jews who resisted during the Holocaust in various ways with most of the stories little known. The best known covered are the Bielski brothers and the Warsaw Uprising. An excellent addition to Holocaust literature for teens. "

    - Edward, 12/23/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Great source material. Beautiful layout, but the light brown color often made the captions and photos hard to read and distinguish. "

    - Kirsten, 11/7/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Really great book with a new perspective on the Holocaust. "

    - Sherry, 10/1/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Obviously a ton of research went into this book. It is informative, without a doubt. However, it didn't flow and needed editing. Great non fiction tells a story without the reader noticing the facts- but absorbing them nonetheless. This book missed the mark. "

    - Dawn, 6/7/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " A fantastic look at a lost part of history. "

    - Jacqueline, 3/17/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I requested this book from my library, and when I picked it up, I didn't realize it was from the juvenile section. Obviously, these are tales that should be known, and don't let the fact that this book is written for a younger audience turn you off. It's a very good read. "

    - Margie, 3/7/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " really, really rad. "

    - Lauren, 11/7/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Intense and well-researched chronicle of many stories of resistance. Definitely inspiring and powerful, but emotionally difficult, as you might expect. Would be an excellent source for students doing work on this topic. List of resources at back is great. "

    - Amy, 11/2/2012

About the Author

Doreen Rappaport is the author of numerous award-winning nonfiction books for young readers. Beyond Courage, her most ambitious project, took five years to research and write. She lives in upstate New York.

About the Narrators

Jeff Crawford is an audiobook narrator whose readings include several titles by Diana Palmer, Fern Michaels, and Chris Roberson.

Emily Beresford has been nominated for an Audie Award for best narration by the Audiobook Publishers Association and has received an Earphones Award from AudioFile magazine. She earned a BA degree from Green Mountain College in Vermont, with concentrations in creative writing, music, and English.