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I remember reading Harlequin romances written by Ida Cook under the pen name Mary Burchell and then learning that Ida and her sister were actually Righteous Gentiles who helped rescue Jews from Germany in the lead up to the WWII, I had to read their story. Of course, this book isn't just about their "cases" it is also about their love of opera and the friendships that these two unassuming and yet adoring fangirls/groupies made with some of the most famous conductors and performers of the age. The girls had moxie. They were working girls, earning a pittance as clerks, sitting in the cheapest seats in the opera houses of London, standing in line to meet the singers as they arrived at the theater and talking with them and getting to know them and eventually to be come life long friends with a number of them. It was under cover of their love of opera and through their contact with these international stars that they were able to help a dozen or so people leave Germany. Safe Passage tells their story.
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I read this because Ida Cook, the writer, helped refugees escape Nazi Germany. About half of the book is about Ida and her sister's beginnings. Plus, it's about how the 2 sisters save money and enjoy their passion, opera. I didn't think this part would be interesting, at first. But, you can't get to the later versions of Ida and Louise unless you hear about their determination to save money and travel to their favorite operas. It shows how resourceful they are in the first half of the book. This resourcefulness gives them the wherewithal to rescue the refugees and brave the Blitz later on in the book.
I recommend this to mine and my children's generation. Nothing is too hard or impossible to reach to these sisters.
I thought the narrator was marvelous. She did great imitations and accents. I felt like I was there during all of their experiences as the writing was spellbinding and the narration got my attention from the beginning.
I especially loved the part about life in London during the Blitz. I needed to know this part of world history. It was the little guy's view of history. Well written and incredibly interesting from start to finish.