Author(s): Irene Gut Opdyke
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. No matter how many Holocaust stories one has read, this one is a must, for its impact is so powerful. School Library Journal, Starred A Book Sense Top Ten PickA Publisher s Weekly Choice of the Year s Best Books A Booklist Editors Choice"
Irene Gut Opdyke (1922 2003) was named by the Israeli Holocaust Commission one of the Righteous Among the Nations, a title given to those who risked their lives by aiding and saving Jews during the Holocaust. She was granted the Israel Medal of Honor, Israel s highest tribute, in a ceremony at Jerusalem s Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. The Vatican honored her with a special commendation. And her story is part of the permanent exhibit at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Jennifer Armstrong is an award-winning author, perhaps best known for her books of history and historical fiction. Those books include The American Story: 100 True Tales from American History, Shattered, and Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World. From the Hardcover edition."