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Irena Sendler and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto by Susan Goldman Rubin
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Oct 17, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: biography, ncbla, picture-book, holocaust
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Adding to the body of Holocaust literature, this story of an incredibly brave Polish woman who risked her life countless times in order to smuggle out from the ghetto in Warsaw at least 400 children is inspiring. Irena Sendler, a Gentile with a keen sense of right and wrong, acted when others were reluctant to do so simply out of her recognition that it was the right thing to do. To do nothing when the Nazis rounded up the Jews would have been wrong in her eyes. The author lends an immediacy to the story by describing how the Gestapo discovered what she was doing and questioned her, breaking her limbs in an attempt to break her spirit. The story is made even more poignant by the details provided by some of the children she saved back then, remembering her bravery decades later. The illustrations show the determination on the face of this woman with many of the scenes painted in dark colors to represent the darkness of that period in history.

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