Irena's Children

Irena's Children

The Extraordinary Story of the Woman Who Saved 2,500 Children From the Warsaw Ghetto

Large Print - 2016
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A New York Times Bestselling AuthorFrom the bestselling author of The Widow Clicquot comes an extraordinary and gripping true account of Irena Sendler -- the "female Oskar Schindler" -- who took staggering risks to save 2,500 children from death and deportation in Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II.
Publisher: Farmington Hills, MI :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning,, 2016
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410493101
Branch Call Number: LP 940.531835 MAZ
Characteristics: 587 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Sep 15, 2017

I found this book very interesting, especially in light of the somewhat soft-focused made-for-TV movie. I enjoyed the movie but this book put flesh and blood on Irena Sendler. She was no saint, she was human, though most definitely a "righteous Gentile" and a female Schindler. I enjoy stories of the resistance from WWII. My relatives are from Holland and the Dutch Resistance was fearless. Loved hearing the amazing network the Polish set up during their occupation.

Jun 10, 2017

This amazing biography takes readers into Nazi-controlled Warsaw, the Polish Resistance movement and a woman’s network doing extraordinary rescues during WW II. Irena Sendler was unaccountably brave, but always believed she was just trying to do the right thing. Poland’s history during and after the war is part of the story well worth knowing.

I couldn’t put this book down. A Kansas friend recommended reading it along with Jack Mayer’s 'Life in A Jar: The Irena Sendler Project,' which tells the story of three Kansas high school girls who took Irena’s story as the subject of their History Day performance and ‘rescued the rescuer’ from obscurity.

Jun 08, 2017

An excellent and inspiring account that gives insight into Warsaw and its ghetto during the Holocaust. Amidst the tragedy and darkness of Hitler's reign, Irena and her colleagues, normal and courageous citizens, are a beacon of light and hope reminding the reader of what is capable when a few are willing to make a stand against evil. The story includes heartbreak and death, yet also great triumph and survival. It was hard to put down.

May 13, 2017

As you read this book, that comes across more as a novel than nonfiction, you slowly feel immersed into a cold and brutal new world. It dawned on me, I hope more people appreciate this book also for its underlying thread -- kindness. Irene "Jolanta" Sendler and her network of co-heroes, most of whom were ill, tortured, and/or murdered were a courageous group who did what was decent, and believed it was just a normal thing to do even under such horrific circumstances. Recently, there was a news story about a woman who complained to a group of teenagers at a pool party to lower their music. One teenager thought it would be funny, I guess, to throw her into the pool. Unfortunately, it backfired. He ended up falling to the ground and she was body slammed into the pavement. He still decided to continue his stupid act by throwing this now injured woman into the pool as his friends fled the scene. All I could think was - this teenager needs to read this book instead of receiving a prison sentence. Everyone needs to read a book like this one to remind ourselves just how important we are to one another. Hope this makes sense.

KHCPL_Wagner Dec 28, 2016

Oskar Schindler saved 1,000 people during the Holocaust while Irena Sendler saved 2,500 children by smuggling them out of the Warsaw ghetto. This is her amazing true story.

Dec 18, 2016

The story of a Polish Christian who devoted her life to saving the lives of thousands of Jewish Children. Her courage and actions despite risking torture and execution by the Nazis is extraordinary. It also tells the reality of living in Poland from the viewpoint of Irena. An intensely compelling book and certainly worthy of being read by anyone who wishes to know one of the great heroes of the 20th Century.

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