An utterly amazing, true, first-person account of one girl's experience in wartime. Irene Gut Opdyke was a Catholic Polish nursing student when WWII ...Show synopsisAn utterly amazing, true, first-person account of one girl's experience in wartime. Irene Gut Opdyke was a Catholic Polish nursing student when WWII broke out. She soon became mired in the horrors of central Europe as, at various times, a partisan, a refugee, a housekeeper to the Nazis and, over all, as a heroine. She singlehandedly saved the lives of at least 16 Jewish people from the Holocaust. Now living in America and aged 77, Irene, with the help of a respected historical novelist, has told her story with all the power and passion that such a remarkable history can inspire.Hide synopsis
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"In My Hands" is the memoir of a woman who as a young girl, rescued several Jews and helped others from the clutches of the Nazis during WW II. As a Polish nursing student she experienced the Russian/German division of Poland, ending up in Soviet occupied Poland before Hitler invaded Russia. Numerous experiences toughened her on her life's path which placed her among the Righteous of Nations. The lively narrative makes this a quick read.
This is a wonderful example of a women's unselfish acts of bravery in a time of horror. She risked her life countless times to save Jewish people. I am thankful for people like her who did the right thing despite the danger to herself. She should be an example for all of us. I think this should be recommended reading for High School students. I would recommend this book to everyone. May this horror never happen again.
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