In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer

  • by Irene Gut Opdyke, Jennifer Armstrong - contributor
  • Narrated by Hope Davis
  • 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Irene Gut was just 17 in 1939, when the Germans and Russians devoured her native Poland. Just a girl, really. But a girl who saw evil and chose to defy it.

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What the Critics Say

"No matter how many Holocaust stories one has read, this one is a must, for its impact is so powerful." (School Library Journal)
A Book Sense Top Ten Pick
A Publisher's Weekly Choice of the Year's Best Books

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Loved this book.

Hope Davis does a wonderfull job . This was the first book on the Holocaust I've read from a Polish author. I highly recommend it.
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- amy woda

Gripping Memoir

I have read an endless number of books that cover people’s experiences through WW2 and the Holocaust, and I continue to be riveted by the experiences of the survivors and the tales they lived to tell.

Throughout them all, I notice 3 consistent themes:

1 - Luck. Be it cruel or merciful, there is a lot of luck involved. The good or bad luck of being able to speak German, having a limp, having blond hair, looking Arian, having connections in the community, playing an instrument, being rich, being poor … Random accidents of birth leading to so many outcomes, both positive and negative, are so often attributed to either serendipity or misfortune.

2 - Courage. If you are blessed with good luck and have the brains to recognise it, the courage to DO SOMETHING is astonishing. As opposed to being frozen in fear, they take action! Driven by an unseen force to take incredible risks in order to help others and improve their own circumstances - admirable doesn’t begin to cover it! Would you be so brave in the same conditions?

3 - Resilience. The sheer force of will to live through it all and survive is not to be overlooked. The temptation to just give up must be so strong when day after day you are losing those around you and are subject to unspeakable horrors, yet these people just keep going and living and surviving! It’s beyond impressive.
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- Simone "Follow me on Goodreads too!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-19-2015
  • Publisher: Listening Library