Irena's Children

Irena's Children

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

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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.
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, ©2016.
Edition: First Gallery Books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781476778501
1476778507
9781476778518
1476778515
Characteristics: xiii, 317 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates :,black and white illustrations ;,24 cm

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Ethiopianwolf
Dec 10, 2019

This was such a great book! It took a while to get into but hang in there, you'll be so glad you read it. The quiet heroism of Irena Sendler is extremely touching.

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Davidah
Aug 19, 2019

Once I started reading, it was hard to put down. Very well written. I now have a better understanding of the magnitude of the suffering of Jews and the Resistance fighters during this dark period of history. I also better understand why Israel says "never again".

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lianaherman
Aug 17, 2019

Irena has strength and endurance beyond the ordinary. An truly amazing account of a truly amazing woman. A must read for everyone.

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lilypad_1
Jul 26, 2019

Irena's is another amazing woman resister in WW2, the Holocaust would not have happened if people had reacted like she did( wearing star of david even though she was not a jew, standing with jews in class when they were first being segregated- the citizens who were fearful went along with Nazi's and anti-semites turned Jews in and the people that were giving them a piece a bread. Anyway, am so glad her story is finally out and maybe others will find courage to stand up for what is right. How she kept track of all the children and families is beyond belief. The daily stress, in and out of the ghetto several times a day for months hiding babies under her coat, her resourcefulness is just unbelievable.
She also continued to help bring the children and their parents together after the war was over but most of the children were left without parent or family members due to "the final solution".
It is sad that she had to live many years under communism and that her children were penalized under that system because of her activism fighting Nazi's(she was a socialist).
Her love life took a couple twists that were unexpected. She is my heroine.

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ctkvlk
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.

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EmilyEm
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.

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vsanchy
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.

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Barsby
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.

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miaone
Mar 12, 2017

I want to read this so badly; when is the library going to obtain some print copies?

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.

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