Like The Diary of Anne Frank and the Academy Award-winning firl The Pianist, Inge tells the moving story of a young Jewish girl's struggle to escape the grip of Nazi terror in occupied Europe. In 1939, following Kristallnacht, Inge Joseph's family in Germany is broken apart, and she is sent alone to Brussels to live with wealthy relatives. But she soon finds herself one of a hundred Jewish children fleeing for their lives following Hitler's invasions of Belgium and Frande. For a time, 1941 and 1942. it seems as if Inge and the others are successful, as they find shelter through the Swiss Red Cross in an idyllic fifteenth-century French chateau. Inge even finds love there. But the rumors and horrors of the Holocaust are never far away, and eventually French gendarmes surprise the children, taking them from their protectors to a nearby transit camp. In their desperate attempts to escape, Inge and her boyfriend face unexpected life-and-death decisions--wrenching decisions that will haunt Inge for the rest of her life. This powerful story--never told before--is based on Inge's own 66-page manuscript, found after her death; David Gumpert has also drawn from Inge's personal letters, from the recollections of friends, relatives, and people who were with her in Europe, and from his own close relationship with his aunt. One of the most dramatic untold stories of Christian rescue of Jewish children during the Holocaust, this book is at the same time a totally frank account of the life and feelings of a teenage girl struggling to survive the Holocaust on her own--and of how the effects of that experiences reverberated through her life and on into the lives of her descendants. No matter how or why one reads it, this is a story of survival that will not be soon forgotten.
Chronicling for the first time an important episode of Christian rescue of hidden Jewish children during the Holocaust, "Inge" is a dramatic, frank account of the life and feelings of a teenage girl struggling to survive the Holocaust on her own, and of how the effects of that experience reverberated through her life and on into the lives of her descendants.
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