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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tilar J. Mazzeo Narrator: Amanda Carlin Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2016 ISBN: 9781508223726
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Widow Clicquot comes an extraordinary and gripping true 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 II.

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. She started smuggling children out of the walled district, convincing her friends and neighbors to hide them. 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 percent of their families would perish.

In Irena’s Children, Tilar Mazzeo shares the incredible story of this courageous and brave woman who risked her life to save innocent children from the Holocaust—a truly heroic tale of survival, resilience, and redemption. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Mazzeo…draws from interviews with Sendler’s daughter and children she saved to offer new details on Sendler’s early life and her remarkable undertaking.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • "[An] incredible account.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “This account of tremendous bravery is recommended for teens and adults who are drawn to inspirational stories.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “While this is not the first biography of Sendler, its succinctness and overall readability will introduce many readers to a truly brave and otherwise remarkable woman who initiated and spearheaded ‘a vast collective effort of decency.’”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Mazzeo chronicles a ray of hope in desperate times in this compelling biography of a brave woman who refused to give up.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Amanda Carlin’s steady narration reveals the courageous story of Irena Sandler…Listeners who don’t want to hear gruesome details of wartime cruelty may find that Carlin’s gently modulated delivery makes the brutality tolerable. Her voice has a wistful edge suited to the narrative…Her narration is mostly unaccented, except for the sparse dialogue, for which she uses a Polish accent sparingly. Carlin humanizes this ‘feather of a person with an iron spirit.’”


  • A Kirkus Reviews Pick of Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2016
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About the Author

Tilar J. Mazzeo is a cultural historian, biographer, and passionate student of wine and food culture. A member of the International Food, Wine, and Travel Writers Association, she divides her time between the California wine country and Maine, where she is an assistant professor of English at Colby College.

About the Narrator

Amanda Carlin is an actress and Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. She has appeared in such television shows as Law & Order, Lost, Bones, and The West Wing.