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Shadow of His Hand: a Story Based on the Life of Holocaust Survivor Anita Dittman

(Daughters of the Faith #7)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  388 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Daughters of the Faith: ordinary girls who did extraordinary things for God.

Young Anita Dittman's world crumbles as Hitler begins his rise to power in Germany, but because she's a Christian and only half-Jewish, Anita feels sure she and her family are safe from the "final solution." She couldn't have been more wrong.

Shadow of His Hand is based on the real-life story of Ani
Paperback, 160 pages
Published July 1st 2004 by Moody Publishers (first published 2001)
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Jesseca Wheaton
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.
It took me so long to finish this. Maybe because of the writing style? The true-life story was so fascinating to learn about, and heartbreaking to read. Now I need to go hunting on my dad's bookshelves to find the "adult" version of this. ;)
Vera Godley
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
ISBN: 978-0-8024-4074-7 ~ $6.99 - (ages 8-12)

Wendy Lawton has written another inspiring and accurate portrayal of girls in history in her "Daughers of the Faith Series." Shadow of His Hand is the story of Anita Dittman growing up as a young girl and teen during the rise of Hitler's Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. Anita's mother is Jewish and her father Aryan. Her father determines that he must separate himself from the contamination of his Jewish wife and their children so he completely rejects
Grace Bittle
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Heidi Morrell
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
A moving story about a young girl who hold on to her face in the throat the horrors of Hitler's Holocaust. Anita has a strong faith that keeps her safe as well as guides her on the path to surviving the war. Because the story is based in fact it becomes that much harder to read but it is also a good reminder that there were good people helping to save as many other people as possible. ...more
Libby H
Anita and her Jewish mother and sister are abandoned by their Aryan father because of the punishments that may be unleashed upon him if he associates with Jews during this terrible time of persecution of Jewish people. What's left of the family are forced to struggle through with little to no money. Anita, her sister, and her mother are all placed into a concentration camp and she feels their outcome is by Gods grace. ...more
Rebekah Morris
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow! This story almost made me cry and yet I was awestruck by the mighty hand of God in Anita Dittman's life. Though it deals with the horrors of Nazi Germany and the Jews, there was nothing graphic or defiling in this book. I would recommend this to any WWII history lovers who want to read a true story about a half Jewish girl and what she lived though. ...more
Rosalie Sambuco
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A very interesting & religious story of a young girl (Jewish mother, Aryan father) and her life during 1938 until after WW. II.
Anita was 6 when the story began, hoping to be a ballerina star. Her father puts them out so he can promote himself in the Nazi party. Because of her Christian faith, Anita l survives the war.
Nancy Prater
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Unbelievably real, touching true story of divine providence helping a child survive the Holocaust during WWII. Written for a young audience, you still have the tears and heartache associated with the Holocaust, but it sparks discussion and lessons of empathy. The theme of seeing God's hand help Anita throughout the book is powerful. ...more
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is really good. It’s about a young girl and her experience with the holocoast. It’s so good and if you like history books I really recommend this book. It touches your heart and opens your mind. This book is amazing!
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful story of faith. And found faith in God. And how the love of a father can come around again. It’s a miracle they all survived. I do want to learn about the sister in England. I need to read the other book.
M.K. Laffin
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: school-books
Loved it! I love reading about history and have a special love for Jews in Nazi Germany, I believe this book illustrated the terrors there very well and Anita Dittman is now one of my favorite historical figures.
Jenny Shen
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was a quick read that I picked up at a yard sale. World War II is one of my favorite time periods to read from; I love reading books about Holocaust survivors.
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, fiction
Excellent WWII biography for young teens.
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a well-told, sad story of a girl protected and witness to so much. It was very interesting. Glad I found this series. I'm going to read more, and introduce it to my daughters. ...more
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A true and honest book, about the struggles that a girl faces in World War II, finds her faith in Jesus, and is saved many times again.
Erin O'Connor {If The Review Fits}
Absolutely inspiring.
Lisa Denford
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I rarely give 5 stars but it was an excellent story centred around God and some amazing people who faced adversity.
Cindy Gidge
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
What an incredible yet heartbreaking story.....a definite keeper that needs to be reread now and then. So powerful as well as encouraging.
Dec 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shadow of His Hand is the story of Anita Dittman, a young girl who survives Hitler’s Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. Trials begin early for young Anita when her own father rejects her, favoring her older sister over her. Soon Anita, her sister, and their mother are cast out of their house by their Aryan father who says he will support them financially, but ultimately does not. One Easter Sunday, Anita goes to church with friends and learns she has a Heavenly Father who will never leave her or f ...more
Stephanie Blake
Aug 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Junior Hill, a godly evangelist and personal friend, has authored many wonderful books. My personal favorite is "The Shadow of His Hand" which deals with suffering, pain and disappointment. It is worth repeating the quote from this book that is in chapter 15, “The Comfort Giver” of "The Prayer Driven Life":

"While God already knew how we felt, He wanted us to know that He knew! That’s why He left Heaven. That’s why He robed Himself in human flesh. That’s why He subjected Himself to every hurt and
Tasha enderby
Jan 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011, world-war-ii
This was a wonderful tale of faith, it follows a young women Anita Dittman and her Jewish mother and sister Hella. Anita's mother was married to an Aryan many years before Hitler's reign and though their marriage was never easy as Hitler grew stonger the father grew more hateful and one day threw Out Anita's mother and it was all totally legal. Anita comes to know God through a Catholic church when invited to an Easter mass and for this young half Jewish girl it was like coming home. She had alw ...more
Aug 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book a lot. All of Wendy Lawton''s "Daughters of the Faith" series are very good. This is about a little girl named Anita who has a mother which is a Jew and a German father. Sometime when Hitler comes to power, their father wants a divorce from his wife because he is ashamed to be seen with a Jewish wife. Their mother takes the Anita and her sister with her. Eventually when it is no longer safe for Jews to be around, they get a ticket for Anita's sister to sail to England. Anita' ...more
Hannah Walsh
Jun 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Anita Dittman is a wonderful example of a girl who never gave up hope - even when imprisoned in a cruel concentration camp, away from her mother and all her loved ones - and always believes God has a purpose for everything.

Anita's story is so amazing and inspiring - how a real girl, not much older than me, could go through all of that so bravely and full of hope.

I've always been interested in WWII, so I've read lots of different kinds of books about it. This one is now one of my very favorit
pamela harrington
So sad

So sad on what Hitler did to so many Jews and so many people that helped them. God was with so many as long has they kept their faith in Him. As hard as this is to do sometimes God will protect you. Anita found this how wonderful God really is and how He protected His children. God's Word will never leave us it will protect,heal, and comfort us. Anita faith was strong because she believed and stepped out in faith that God was and always will be with her.
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Just recently read this book with my girls for our bedtime reading. It's the true story of a young holocaust survivor, Anita Dittman, whose faith in God gave her strength she could never have imagined to get through the hardest time of her life. Powerful book. We are going to read some of the others in this Daughters of the Faith Series. I highly recommend these to read with your daughters. ...more
Jun 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
I had never heard of Anita Dittman before reading this book. I was astonished and encouraged by her firm faith in God. She clung to him when her world fell to pieces, and she trusted him to work his plan for her life. Inspiring!
Aug 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I am very interested in books regarding the Holocaust. I didn't love the writers style, however I am always amazed at what faith those that suffered during the Holocaust endured. It sure makes my trials seem small. ...more
Different view of the holocaust from the perspective of a confessing christian family. Who had Jewish ancestory, but didn't practice the faith but instead followed christ. A Good book for sharing with children about the 2nd world war and the holocaust. ...more
Pamela York
Sep 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
A good book to introduce the very difficult subject of the holocaust to 9 to 12 year olds. It may be a bit too upsetting for a very sensitive reader. In that case it would still be appropriate for teen reading.
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Wendy Lawton, award-winning writer, sculptor, and doll designer, founded the Lawton Doll Company in 1979.
Lawton is a long-time lover of classic Christian literature. She has written eight books in her young adult Daughters of the Faith series. These books were followed by a series of four teen books and a nonfiction adult book. She won the 1999 Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christi

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