by Doreen Rappaport
In a stirring chronicle, Doreen Rappaport brings to light the courage of countless Jews who organized to sabotage the Nazis and help other Jews during the Holocaust.
Under the noses of the military, Georges Loinger smuggled thousands of children out of occupied France into Switzerland. In Belgium, three resisters ambushed a train, allowing scores of Jews to flee from the cattle cars. In Poland, four brothers led more than 1,200 ghetto refugees into the forest to build a guerilla force and self-sufficient village. And 12-year-old Motele Shlayan entertains German officers with his violin moments before setting off a bomb. Through 21 meticulously researched accounts — some chronicled in book form for the first time — Doreen Rappaport illuminates the defiance of tens of thousands of Jews across eleven Nazi-occupied countries during World War II. In answer to the genocidal madness that was Hitler’s Holocaust, the only response they could abide was resistance and their greatest weapons were courage, ingenuity, the will to survive and the resolve to save others or to die trying. Extensive end matter includes:
- timeline of important events
- pronunciation guide
- source notes
- maps integrated throughout text