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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (148 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Doreen Rappaport Narrator: Jeff Crawford, Emily Beresford Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Under the noses of the German military and French police, Georges Loinger smuggles Jewish children out of occupied France into Switzerland. In Belgium, Youra Livchitz and two other resisters ambush a train destined for a death camp, allowing scores of Jews to flee from the cattle cars. Four brothers lead more than 1,200 ghetto refugees deep into the Byelorussian forest, where they build a partisan fighting force and self-sufficient village. Forced to make detonators for German bombs, Estusia Wajcblum smuggles out gunpowder, grain by grain, to be used to blow up the crematoriums in Auschwitz-Birkenau. Despite debilitating wounds to both his feet, fourteen-year-old Idel Kagan helps dig an escape tunnel out of a forced labor camp in Poland. Sarika Yehoshua forms an all-girl unit of guerrilla fighters in the mountains of Greece, teaching them to shed their traditional ways and become soldiers. And twelve-year-old Motele Shlayan entertains German officers with his violin moments before setting off a bomb. 

Through meticulously researched and stirring accounts—some well-known and some chronicled here for the first time—Doreen Rappaport brings to light the defiance of tens of thousands of Jews in Nazi-occupied Europe during World War II. These resisters answered the genocidal madness and unspeakable depravity that was Hitler’s Holocaust with the greatest weapons of all—courage, ingenuity, the will to survive, and the resolve to save others or to die trying.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 2/17/2014

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sheryl | 2/17/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ellie | 2/13/2014

    " 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 :( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lisa | 2/10/2014

    " 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. "

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