Beyond Courage : The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust
by Rappaport, Doreen







Introductionx
PART ONE THE REALIZATION
"I am a Jew and will be a Jew forever"
1(1)
Hitler in Power Germany, 1933-1938
2(15)
The Turning Point Berlin, Germany
4(7)
A Wrenching Decision Berlin, Germany
11(6)
PART TWO SAVING THE FUTURE
"While you have breath"
17(1)
Hitler's Campaign for World Domination
18(30)
Coffee and Tea Amsterdam, the Occupied Netherlands
20(9)
No More Saras Occupied Belgium
29(8)
The Most Important Game Annemasse, Occupied France
37(7)
"You Do Not Know the Extent of My Courage" Annemasse, Occupied France
44(4)
In the Forests
48(11)
A Shtetl in the Wilderness Naliboki Forest, Occupied Poland
50(9)
PART THREE IN THE GHETTOS
"Broken people"
59(1)
The Final Solution
60(47)
The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Occupied Poland
64(17)
"Scream the Truth at the World!" The Ringelblum Archive, Warsaw Ghetto, Occupied Poland
81(6)
A Banner Raised Theresienstadt Ghetto, Occupied Czechoslovakia
87(7)
"Resist to Our Last Breath" Vilna Ghetto, Occupied Lithuania
94(13)
PART FOUR IN THE CAMPS
"During the cold nights"
107(1)
Transit Camps
108(14)
The Ambush Mechelen, Occupied Belgium
110(12)
Labor Camps
122(14)
Three Feet a Day Novogrudok Labor Camp, Occupied Belorussia
124(12)
Concentration Camps
136(18)
A Secret Celebration Kaufering IV Labor Camp, Hurlach, Germany
138(6)
The Sonderkommando Revolt Auschwitz-Birkenau, Occupied Poland
144(10)
Death Camps
154(13)
"Like Thunder in the Spring" Sobibor Death Camp, Occupied Poland
156(11)
PART FIVE PARTISAN WARFARE
"This song was written with our blood, and not with lead"
167(1)
Harassing the Enemy
168(8)
Sabotage! Berlin, Germany
170(6)
Phantom Patriots
176(6)
Long Live the Resistance! Paris, Occupied France
178(4)
The Occupation of Greece
182(7)
Invisible Warriors Evvia, Occupied Greece
184(5)
Young Warriors
189(8)
The Violinist Ovruch, Occupied Ukraine
190(7)
"I am a Jew and will be a Jew forever"
196(1)
Acknowledgments197(2)
Pronunciation Guide199(1)
Important Dates200(5)
Source Notes205(3)
Bibliography208(14)
Photography and Art Credits222(2)
Index224


A stirring chronicle that shares meticulously researched accounts of heroic Jews who organized to help others and sabotage the Nazis during the Holocaust includes information about Georges Loinger's efforts to smuggle thousands of children from occupied France into Switzerland and the four brothers who led more than 1,200 refugees into the forest to build a village and an army.





*Starred Review* With all the shelves of Holocaust books about the millions lost in the genocide, this is one of the few histories to focus in detail on Jewish resistance across Europe-those who fought back and saved others. The intricate deceptions are as compelling as the confrontations, and the underground escape stories make for thrilling adventure. The horror of what was left behind is always present: the ghettos, the camps, the transports, the Jews who did not support armed resistance, and those who did not get away, including some who fled to forests and starved to death or were murdered by their anti-Semitic neighbors. In addition to the chapters on the Warsaw Ghetto and Theresienstadt, there are also lots of lesser-known accounts of incredible resistance. In the Vilna Ghetto, arms were hidden in the library, the cemetery, in walls, and in wells. Always there are stories of the survivors' guilt, as with a man who left his mother to die alone. The uncluttered book design helps make the detailed history accessible, with spacious type on thick, high-quality paper and portraits, photos, and prints on every page, all meticulously documented in extensive chapter notes and a bibliography. That many young people played important roles in the resistance is a special draw for YAs. An important addition to the Holocaust curriculum. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.





In a book that is the very model of excellence in nonfiction, Rappaport dispels the old canard that the Jews entered the houses of death as lambs led to the slaughter. Although "[t]he scope and extent of Jewish resistance during the Holocaust cannot possibly be contained in one book," Rappaport offers an astonishing and inspiring survey. By shining a spotlight on individuals and their involvement in given situations-Kristallnacht, deportations, guerrilla resistance, among others-throughout Europe, she creates intimate personal snapshots of the years of the Nazi occupation. She tells of people who committed acts of destruction as well as those whose resistance was in the simple act of celebrating and maintaining their faith in impossible conditions. Well-known events-the escape from Sobibor, the battle for Warsaw-share space with less-familiar ones. Short biographies introduce readers to those involved, some of whom the author has interviewed. Archival images of people and places help readers envision the people and places that are mentioned: partisan forest hideaways, concentration camps, the ovens, barracks, groups of people on their way to death, diagrams of camps and more. Thorough, deeply researched and stylistically clear, this is a necessary, exemplary book. (pronunciation guide, chronology, notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10 & up) Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.






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