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To Sleep with the Angels by David Cowan
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Jul 27, 11

it was amazing
bookshelves: crime, death, history

This is a fantastic account of the 1958 Chicago fire at Our Lady of the Angels School in which 92 students and 3 nuns died. It looks at the events of the fire, reaction of the Catholic church and surrounding community, why the cause remains "undetermined" (despite a confession from a student), and why the construction of the school was just an tragedy waiting to happen. The most touching are the recollections of the students (many of whom were burned and/or injured when jumping from windows), the nuns who taught at the school and helped to save students, and the families who lost children (2 of which lost 2 children). This fire is the reason that strict safety standards that we take for granted are now the norm in schools across our country. This book and "Rememberance of the Angels: 50th Anniversary Reminiscences of the Fire No One Can Forget" are fascinating, tragic, and unforgettable.
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