Review: In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer

Irene Gut Opdyke (1999)

The amazing true story of a woman faced with the life-and-death decision to harbor Jews during WWII. A nursing student when the war breaks out, Opdyke suffers great hardship when she’s separated from her Polish family, assaulted by Russian soldiers and eventually forced to work in a hotel for Nazi officers. Her simple decision to sneak food into a nearby Jewish ghetto culminates in a risky plot to hide 12 Jews in the home of the German officer for whom she works. Though published for a young adult audience, this memoir is a riveting and incredibly moving story for readers of all ages. (I don’t want to give the impression that every book I read is filtered through a moviegoer’s eyes, but this story would make a fascinating film!)

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