The basis for the Broadway show, Irena's Vow, this book tells the true story of Irena Gut Opdyke, a young Catholic woman who risks her life to save a dozen Jewish laborers in Poland during World War II. The housekeeper of a Major who has a soft spot for her, she uses her position to hide the Jews in the basement of his house. A universal story, Irena's courage and bravery in the face of real danger will inspire you personally and restore your faith in humanity.
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
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Irene Gut Opdyke was presented with the Israel Medal of Honor and a special commendation from the Vatican. She died in 2003.
Jennifer Armstrong is the author of many highly acclaimed books for young readers. She lives in Saratoga Springs, NY.
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