In My Hands : Memories of A Holocaust Rescuer

In My Hands : Memories of A Holocaust Rescuer

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In My Hands began as one non-Jew’s challenge to any who would deny the Holocaust. Much likeThe Diary of Anne Frank, it has become a profound document of an individual’s heroism in the face of the greatest evil mankind has known.

In the fall of 1939 the Nazis invaded Irene Gut’s beloved Poland, ending her training as a nurse and thrusting the sixteen-year-old Catholic girl into a world of degradation that somehow gave her the strength to accomplish what amounted to miracles. Forced into the service of the German army, young Irene was able, due in part to her Aryan good looks, to use her position as a servant in an officers’ club to steal food and supplies (and even information overheard at the officers’ tables) for the Jews in the ghetto. She smuggled Jews out of the work camps, ultimately hiding a dozen people in the home of a Nazi major for whom she was housekeeper.

An important addition to the literature of human survival and heroism, In My Hands is further proof of why, in spite of everything, we must believe in the goodness of people.
The questions, discussion topics, and author biography that follow are intended to enhance your group's reading of In My Hands , written by Irene Gut Opdyke with Jennifer Armstrong. This awe-inspiring memoir of a young Polish girl who became a Holocaust rescuer--responsible for saving twelve Jews--portrays with stunning vividness the triumph of a real-life heroine over the grossest of human atrocities.

Baker & Taylor
Recounts the experiences of the author who, as a young Polish girl, hid and saved Jews during the Holocaust.

& Taylor

Recounts the experiences of the author, who, as a young Polish girl--forced to work for the German army because of her blond hair and blue eyes--secretly assisted the Jews, from passing on information to smuggling prisoners from the work camp into the forest. Reprint. 60,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1999
ISBN: 9780385720328
Characteristics: 248 p ; cm
Additional Contributors: Armstong, Jennifer


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AL_KATI Oct 10, 2016

I cannot stop talking about this book. It's devastating, impactful, and amazing. One of the best Holocaust memoirs I have ever read, especially because I don't often come across the story of a rescuer.

Zeesa Aug 14, 2016

I have read this book more than once. It is the story of a truly righteous woman who risked so much to save her Jewish friends, She was a pure and courageous soul. This is a must-read.

Dec 02, 2015

A different perspective from a Holocaust Rescuer who had to pretend to be German to save others from execution.

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Feb 22, 2011

In My Hands is a truly inspiring book about Irene Gut Opdyke's adventures, trumas and miracles that she went through during the Holocaust.


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