Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust, Hardback Book

Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust Hardback

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Rappaport has gathered, scrupulously, sensitively and with great power, what must be the comprehensive account of Jewish resistance during the Holocaust. There are the stories many of us know and those that were buried by history, all of them stirring, mesmerizing. The clear, sober telling underscores the extraordinary heroism of her subjects. Rappaport has honored their memory and ourselves by uncovering these episodes and presenting them with such care. The book is beautifully designed and produced, as well. It is essential for children and adults.

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The authors presents “a sampling of actions, efforts, and heroism with the hope that [she] can play a role in helping to correct the damaging and persistent belief that Jews ‘went like sheep to the slaughter.’” Five years of research results in an important informational book, with back matter that includes a pronunciation guide, chronology, source notes, detailed bibliography, and an index.

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Great chronicle of Jews who resisted during the Holocaust in various ways with most of the stories little known. The best known covered are the Bielski brothers and the Warsaw Uprising. An excellent addition to Holocaust literature for teens.

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more amazing stories about the resilience of the human spirit in the face of horrific situations

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While this is certainly a needed book and an excellent source for research and academics, the narrative suffered for the inclusion of so much detail. Teens with a strong interest in the Holocaust or looking for research material will find what they're looking for in this book. Excerpts will also make a powerful addition to classroom units on the Holocaust (and great fodder for meeting Common Core standards!). Back matter is extensive and many archival photographs help bring the people and places to life.

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