Author: Jack Mayer
Publisher: Long Trail Press
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
During World War II, Irena Sendler, a Polish Catholic social worker, organized a rescue network of fellow social workers to save 2,500 Jewish children from certain death in the Warsaw ghetto. After the war her heroism was suppressed by communist Poland and remained virtually unknown for 60 years-- until three high school girls from an economically depressed rural school district in southeast Kansas stumbled upon a tantalizing reference to Sendler's rescues, which they fashioned into a history project.
Author: Tilar J. Mazzeo
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2017-06-06
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
The "extraordinary and gripping 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"--Dust jacket.
Author: Jack Mayer
Release Date: 2015-10-01
Historical fiction based on the true story of Ernst Techow, a young fascist assassin responsible for the 1922 murder of the highest-ranking Jew in Weimar Germany, Foreign Minister Walther Rathenau. Rathenau's mother's letter, read at Ernst's trial, offers her forgiveness if he confesses his guilt and repents before the court of heaven. Her letter becomes the fulcrum of Ernst's redemption. A literary portrayal of Germany from the beginning of the 20th Century to W. W. II, BEFORE THE COURT OF HEAVEN is also a thriller and the tender love story of Ernst and Lisa.
Author: Jennifer Rozines Roy
Release Date: 2015-08-01
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Amid the horrors of World War II, Irena Sendler was an unlikely and unsung hero. While many people lived in fear of the Nazis, Irena defied them, even though it could have meant her life. She kept records of the children she helped smuggle away from the Nazis' grasp, and when she feared her work might be discovered, she buried her lists in jars, hoping to someday recover them and reunite children with their parents. This gripping true story of a woman who took it upon herself to help save 2,500 children from the Warsaw Ghetto during the Holocaust is not only inspirational; it's unforgettable.
An inspiring story of unarmed civilians of all ages who took on the Gestapo, the SS, and the Wehrmacht--and outwitted them at least 20,000 times. * Individual profiles of and insights from the rescued and the rescuers * 28 photographs including the Warsaw ghetto, a prisoner's letter from the Mauthausen Concentration Camp, and Nazi posters issuing regulations in occupied Poland * Primary sources such as archival documents, first person memoirs, including unpublished testimonies of the period, and interviews with both rescuers and rescued * Early interviews with Irena Sendler the subject of the Hallmark film, The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler, which was watched by 10 million viewers * A map of Poland showing areas annexed or occupied and partitioned for administrative purposes by Germany
Erin Fristad survived 15 years commercial fishing in Alaska. She went to sea for months at a time living in tight quarters with men she was neither related to nor intimate with. She fended off drunks, heard the confession of many an infidel, and rode the waves of passion like a highliner. She fell asleep to sounds of humpback whales, bathed in hotsprings under the Northern Lights, and saw men reduced to tears by their drive to make living on a relentless ocean. Erin fell in love with a way of life shaped by the natural world and threatened by changing values, environmental destruction and greed. When she thought fishing had proved her hardworking and savvy, she went crabbing and learned she was a greenhorn all over again. These poems bring women to their feet cheering the unflinching honesty with which they portray working is a man's world. And the men of this world, they rise too, offering gratitude as these poems document the wild landscape where they feel most at home, but few people will every understand. These poems look deep into the lives and hearts of commercial fishermen and fisherwomen-into the wild in all our hearts-to praise the bittersweet complexity of what it means to be human. *** By this book's light you peer through a porthole of visceral poetry and prose into a life onboard where the hiss of the stove, seething fish-hold, deckhand's mood, rough weather and scant wages all cast you free from landed comforts. You are no longer their prisoner. By choosing the working life, Fristad's fine intelligence has great gifts for the reader's mind. -Kim Stafford, author of The Muses Among Us: Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer's Craft *** With The Glass Jar, Erin Fristad opens for everyone a surprisingly human and direct path into the mind and heart of today's commercial fishing deckhand. Whether it's a consideration of the sublime of the wild, a frank depiction of the ugly side of crewmates or a yawp of praise at being alive one more day, this fierce writing beats with the blood at the heart of all living beings. -Moe Bowstern, writer, artist, fisherwoman and editor/publisher of the award winning zine, Xtra Tuf since 1996.
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Jewish children in the Holocaust
Web site created by students at Uniontown High School in Kansas to honor a Polish Catholic woman who saved approximately 2,500 Jewish children in the Warsaw Ghetto. Provides facts about Sendler's actions during the war and details the students' efforts to commemorate her through educational programming and outreach.
When historian Goodwin was six years old, her father taught her how to keep score for ‘their’ team, the Brooklyn Dodgers, which forged a lifelong bond between father and daughter. Set in the suburbs of New York in the 1950s, Wait Till Next Year is a coming-of-age memoir in the era of Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese and Duke Snider, when baseball truly was a national pastime that brought whole communities together. With her radio by her side and scorecard to hand, she recreates the postwar era, when the corner store was a place to share stories and neighborhoods were equally divided between Dodger, Giant, and Yankee fans. Weaved between the games and the seasons, Goodwin tells the story of a changing America – from the lunacy of the Cold War alarm drills to McCarthy and the Rosenburg trials – as well as her own loss of innocence encapsulated by her mother’s death, her father’s lapse into despair and the Dodger’s departure from Brooklyn in 1957 following the destruction of the iconic Ebbets Field stadium. Poignant, unsentimental and deeply eloquent, Wait Till Next Year is a profound memoir about childhood and loss, baseball, and the power of sport to bind families and heal loss and reveal as metaphor the evolving heart of a nation.
Author: Inge Auerbacher; B U Gilbride
Release Date: 2009-12-07
Two very young girls, one a Catholic from Poland, the other a Jew from Germany, are caught in a web of terror during World War II. These are their unforgettable true stories. “War does not spare the innocent. Two young girls, one a Catholic from Poland, the other a Jew from Germany, were witnesses to the horror of the Nazi occupation and Hitler’s terror in Germany. As children they saw their homes and communities destroyed and loved ones killed. They survived deportation, labor camps, concentration camps, starvation, disease and isolation. “This is a moving personal account of history. Urbanowicz and Auerbacher’s painful pasts and similar experiences should guide us to make correct decisions for the future.” Aldona Wos, M.D. Ambassador of the United States of America, Retired, to the Republic of Estonia Daughter of Paul Wos, Flossenburg Concentration Camp, Prisoner Number 23504 “Most Holocaust survivors are no longer with us, and that is why this volume is so important. It is a moving testimony by two courageous women, one Catholic and one Jewish, about their youthful ordeals at the hands of the Nazis. They succeed in ways even the most astute historian cannot — they literally capture history and bring it to life. It is sure to touch all those who read it.” William A. Donohue President, Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights “Such an original book, written jointly by both a Jewish survivor and a Polish-Christian survivor of the Holocaust, Children of Terror points the way toward fresh insight, hope and redemption. If “Never again” is to be more than a slogan, tomorrow’s adults must be nourished and informed by books such as this. A fabulous piece of work, perfect for the young people who are our future.” Rabbi Dr. Hirsch Joseph Simckes, St. John’s University, Department of Theology “The authors were born in the same year but into different worlds: one a Polish Catholic and the other a German Jew. Despite their dramatically different traditions and circumstances, they shared a common trauma — the confusion and fear of being a child in wartime. Auerbacher and Urbanowicz vividly describe the saving power of family, place, and tradition. Young readers of Children of Terror will come away with a deeper understanding of the Second World War and a profound admiration for the book’s authors.” David G. Marwell, Ph.D., Director of the Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
Abe Korn was only 16 when the Nazis invaded his hometown of Lipno, Poland, on the first day of World War II. He survived the entire war as a Jewish prisoner, enduring two Nazi ghettos, eight concentration camps, and a 45-day Death March from Auschwitz. Astonishingly, Abe kept his sense of human dignity- with gangrenous feet he struggled to stay on the healthy workers list; with scan supplies he bargained for food and coal and helped others survive. Abe never gave up hope. He always believed he could live one more day, and on April 11, 1945, when Buchenwald was liberated, Abe was finally free. After Liberation, Abe focused on going to school and earning a living. Eventually, as a man earnest to forgive past sins and take individuals at face value, he married a German Lutheran, who later converted to Judaism. They moved to the United States, where Abe had a remarkably successful business. Abram Korn died in 1972. Abe left the rough draft of a manuscript of his story. Twenty years after his death, Abe's son, Joey began completing his father's story and the First Edition of Abe's Story was published by Longstreet Press on April 11th, 1995, the fiftieth anniversary of Abe's liberation. The current edition is published by Sugarcreek Press. To the family he raised proudly in the Jewish tradition, Abe left a legacy of powerful inspiration. For modern-day readers seeking the best in Holocaust literature and riveting drama, Abe's Story is an incredible story of hope, of the human potential to do good in the face of horrible evil. Abe's Story is about hope, not despair. It's about life, not death. It's a powerful source of inspiration for a all who read it. "Important testimony." ¬- Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Price Laureate and author of Night. "Powerful. Unforgettable. Abe's Story is an inspiration to all who read it." - Pat Conroy, author of Prince of Tides and Beach Music. "An extraordinary memoir by an Auschwitz survivor, whose son rescued the manuscript from oblivion." - John Stoessinger, Trinity University, author of Might of Nations and Why Nations Go to War.'