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Even as a Jew, growing up in a Jewish household, I had only ever heard that “Jews went like lambs to the slaughter” during the war. Researching this book, I learned that the truth was quite different. From the beginning of Hitler’s ascent in Germany and all through the war, Jews resisted the Nazis with uprisings and escapes and rebellions. But resistance is not defined just by dramatic, militant events like these. ”
Beyond Courage is a history of Jewish resistance across many countries and in many forms. In five separate sections, Rappaport traces the deepening crises facing Jews across Europe as they come to realize that the faith they treasure and honor puts them at the center of Hitler’s maniacal cross-hairs. They may have lived in Germany, Belgium or the Netherlands for many generations, but now they are outcasts in their homelands, living in grave danger. How to survive? How to fight back? How to keep hope?
Rappaport spent six years exhaustively researching the answers to these questions. Through this research and through countless interviews with survivors who had new stories to tell, she has written an unforgettable account of those terrible years. Some stories are well known – the daring escape from Sobibor and the uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto, but the most moving accounts are the lesser known ones, when courageous people took unbelievable risks (and often suffered the consequences) so that others may escape to live in freedom and security. We meet Peter Ginz in Theresienstadt, for example, and Herbert Baum in Berlin, the Bielski brothers in occupied Belorussia and Marianne Cohn in Annemasse, occupied France. We learn of their resolve not to give in to the madness around them, but to remain undaunted against all odds and to act. The book begins with this poem written by eleven year old Franta Bass in the Theresienstadt Ghetto:
by Franta Bass I am a Jew and will be a Jew forever.
Even if I should die from hunger,
never will I submit.
I will always fight for my people,
on my honor.
I will never be ashamed of them,
I give my word.
how dignified they are.
Even though I am suppressed,
I will always come back to life.
The Round up:
At NC Teacher Stuff, Jeff Barger has a review of Worst of Friends, “a lively picture book that helps young readers understand the cantankerous and affectionate relationship between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.”
Myra has been on a reading tear as evidenced by her post on Gathering Books. Among the treasures she shares is Funny Business: Conversations With Writers of Comedy by Leonard Marcus.
Cathy and Louise have posted a review of The Main Event: the Moves and Muscle of Pro Wrestling at Nonfiction Detectives .
Amy at Hope is the word shares her review of Molly Bang’s new book, Ocean Sunlight.
At Bookends this morning, Cindy and Lynn share what they are doing to supporting Common Core implementations and they list some helpful resources from Booklist magazine. This is such a timely and informative post!
Perogies and Gyoza shares a book about the emotions animals and humans have in common called It’s Our Nature.
Jennifer at The Jean Little Library shares a review of Secret Garden a picture book about food chains and food webs in our backyards.
At SpeakWell, ReadWell, Jeannette features a picture book about the U.S. Constitution in honor of Constitution day.
Lisa at Shelf-employed shares a review of Surf Dog Miracles – amazing critters who surf for fun and for a cause.
Alice at Supratentorial shares a timely book about Autumn.
At Delightful Children’s Books, Amy shares a review of Balloons Over Broadway, and an interview with its author, Melissa Sweet.
Booktalking’s Anastasia features Seeing Red: The True Story of Blood. ..gory and fascinating indeed!
At Apples With Many Seeds, Tammy writes about Trash! about ragpicker children and recycling by Gita Wolf.
All About Books With Janet Squires reviews All About Fall: Animals In Winter.