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

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by Doreen Rappaport
     
 

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In a stirring chronicle, Doreen Rappaport brings to light the courage of countless Jews who organized to sabotage the Nazis and help other Jews during the Holocaust.

Under the noses of the military, Georges Loinger smuggles thousands of children out of occupied France into Switzerland. In Belgium, three resisters ambush a train, allowing scores of Jews to

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In a stirring chronicle, Doreen Rappaport brings to light the courage of countless Jews who organized to sabotage the Nazis and help other Jews during the Holocaust.

Under the noses of the military, Georges Loinger smuggles thousands of children out of occupied France into Switzerland. In Belgium, three resisters ambush a train, allowing scores of Jews to flee from the cattle cars. In Poland, four brothers lead more than 1,200 ghetto refugees into the forest to build a guerilla force and self-sufficient village. And twelve-year-old Motele Shlayan entertains German officers with his violin moments before setting off a bomb. Through twenty-one meticulously researched accounts — some chronicled in book form for the first time — Doreen Rappaport illuminates the defiance of tens of thousands of Jews across eleven Nazi-occupied countries during World War II. In answer to the genocidal madness that was Hitler’s Holocaust, the only response they could abide was resistance, and their greatest weapons were courage, ingenuity, the will to survive, and the resolve to save others or to die trying.
Extensive end matter includes:
- timeline of important events
- index
- pronunciation guide
- source notes
- maps integrated throughout text

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review
Rappaport…has written the kind of narrative that can change readers' perceptions; her commitment to recovering stories of Jewish resistance during the Holocaust is not only powerful but also historically significant. By gathering and carefully organizing accounts from throughout the Nazi era, she is able to relate the entire tragedy and at the same time to challenge us to see it anew: instead of the inexorable slide into death, we witness the choice to fight. At each beat of the familiar story of extermination, she finds examples of almost inconceivable courage, and actual success in resisting the Nazis…her book belongs in every library and home where we ask young people to learn about historical change…
—Marc Aronson
Publishers Weekly
In a thoroughly researched project far more ambitious and expansive than her acclaimed picture-book nonfiction, Rappaport (Lady Liberty: A Biography) has assembled more than 20 stories of Jewish resistance to the Holocaust, some never before told. From all corners of Nazi-occupied Europe, these harrowing accounts are heart-wrenching and hopeful as they pay tribute to the brave thousands who defied their oppressors in ways large and small. In one, 12-year-old Mordechai Shlayan sneaks explosives in his violin case and blows up a hotel where German officers are dining. In another, 22-year-old Marianne Cohn is caught smuggling children into Switzerland; she turns down an offer to escape to remain with some of the imprisoned children and is executed soon after. Introductions preceding each of the book’s five sections provide historical context; numerous photographs are sometimes graphic and often painfully poignant. Also included are maps, a pronunciation guide, bibliography, source notes, and index. These true stories, while at times hard to stomach, honor the incredible human spirit in the face of unimaginable suffering and torment. Ages 10–up. Agent: Faith Hamlin, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Sept.)
VOYA - Ellen Frank
More than seventy years have passed from the beginning of World War II, and most of the survivors are passing on. Beyond Courage remembers the victims as heroes, as people faced with the most heart-wrenching decisions of their lives. They chose courage to defeat their tormentors and to rescue as many as possible from murder by the Nazis and their collaborators. The courageous stories of twenty-one different resistance attempts are supplemented with a great variety of photographs, maps, and other illustrations from a variety of sources. There are chapters about the well-known Warsaw Ghetto uprising; the Bielski brigade in the Polish forest; the heroic actions of the French resistance that led to the killing of over 3,000 Germans; the little-known German resistance of Franke; the actions of Steinbrink and Baum, who blew up a German propaganda exhibit in Berlin; and other documented resistance efforts by teens, young children, and others. Reading this book will give people the power to believe that defiance is possible and human hope will live on. The book is a fast read and will hold the attention of those with only a superficial interest in the Holocaust. The reader comes away with a feeling of hope and survival and dwells on the survival tactics of the victims rather than the savagery of the Nazis and their cruel counterparts. The only criticism is that more newly uncovered heroism stories, such as the fight of Pawel Frenkel, recently documented in Moshe Arens's book Flags Over The Warsaw Ghetto (Gefen, 2011), should have been included as well. Reviewer: Ellen Frank
Children's Literature - Avee Gee
In this comprehensive book about Jewish resistance across eleven countries, Rapport sets out to debunk the myth that "Jews went like lambs to slaughter" during WWII. She succeeds, writing one of the most fascinating nonfiction textbooks that is both difficult and hopeful. Approaching the subject in a straightforward manner, she highlights the defiance of tens of thousands of Jews. Each of the five sections begins with a poignant poem written by an adolescent, followed by a brief historical piece that sets up the context. Rappaport profiles over twenty Jewish resisters—each a riveting story of defiance in the face of unimaginable circumstances. Part One: The Realization covers the period when Hitler assumes power from 1933-1938. Sixteen-year-old Ernst recalls a school day that started like any other, only this time his teacher arrived late and immediately sent his students home. Stunned to see his synagogue burning from the windows of the train, Ernst ignores his teachers' warning and gets off the train in an attempt to rescue the sacred Torah scrolls. Part Two: Saving The Future reveals untold stories of parents trying to smuggle their children to safety. After hiding their own son Paul with friends, Hertz and Hava Jospa of Belgium assume the Germanic names of Joseph and Yvonne and set out to create the CDJ, the Jewish Defense Committee, as a secret network of Christian families and institutions providing shelter for Jewish children. Parts three through five capture the spirit of partisan and other underground Jewish groups in ghettos, camps, and in the forests in order to survive and save lives at all costs. Included are maps, diagrams, photos, reproductions, a timeline of important events, and an extensive bibliography. This book is an essential textbook for any middle school or high school curriculum. Reviewer: Avee Gee
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up—In this landmark title, Rappaport documents Jewish resistance to the Nazi regime, presenting the stories of brave and committed people who disrupted the course of the mayhem and murder in 11 countries across Europe. Many of them were instrumental in getting Jewish children out of occupied Europe and to safety in Great Britain, Switzerland, and the United States. Others escaped from concentration camps, led insurrections in ghettos, attempted to orchestrate escapes from trains bearing Jews to death camps, or lived in outlaw camps deep in the forests. Many of them sacrificed their lives to save others, and many others bore both physical and psychic scars for the rest of their lives. The text is divided into six sections, discussing the realization on the part of the Jewish population of Germany that their situation was dire; saving Jewish children in occupied Europe; resistance in the ghettos; freedom fighters in the labor, concentration, transit, and death camps; and partisan warfare. The profiles give the backgrounds of the individuals involved in saving others, the situations in which they worked, and the outcome. Black-and-white and sepia photos extend the text and put faces to the deeds. Finishing with a detailed chronology, source notes, and an extensive bibliography, this well-written and affecting volume is an excellent example of a history title with wide appeal. It belongs in every middle and high school library.—Ann Welton, Grant Elementary School, Tacoma, WA
Kirkus Reviews
In a book that is the very model of excellence in nonfiction, Rappaport dispels the old canard that the Jews entered the houses of death as lambs led to the slaughter. Although "[t]he scope and extent of Jewish resistance during the Holocaust cannot possibly be contained in one book," Rappaport offers an astonishing and inspiring survey. By shining a spotlight on individuals and their involvement in given situations--Kristallnacht, deportations, guerrilla resistance, among others--throughout Europe, she creates intimate personal snapshots of the years of the Nazi occupation. She tells of people who committed acts of destruction as well as those whose resistance was in the simple act of celebrating and maintaining their faith in impossible conditions. Well-known events--the escape from Sobibor, the battle for Warsaw--share space with less-familiar ones. Short biographies introduce readers to those involved, some of whom the author has interviewed. Archival images of people and places help readers envision the people and places that are mentioned: partisan forest hideaways, concentration camps, the ovens, barracks, groups of people on their way to death, diagrams of camps and more. Thorough, deeply researched and stylistically clear, this is a necessary, exemplary book. (pronunciation guide, chronology, notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10 & up)
From the Publisher
In a book that is the very model of excellence in nonfiction, Rappaport dispels the old canard that the Jews entered the houses of death as lambs led to the slaughter... Thorough, deeply researched and stylistically clear, this is a necessary, exemplary book.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

With all the shelves of Holocaust books about the millions lost in the genocide, this is one of the few histories to focus in detail on Jewish resistance across Europe—those who fought back and saved others. The intricate deceptions are as compelling as the confrontations, and the underground escape stories make for thrilling adventure. . . An important addition to the Holocaust curriculum.
—Booklist (starred review)

This well-written and affecting volume is an excellent example of a history title with wide appeal. It belongs in every middle and high school library.
—School Library Journal (starred review)

These true stories . . . honor the incredible human spirit in the face of unimaginable suffering and torment.
—Publishers Weekly (starred reiew)

Rappaport’s engrossing storytelling will entice many teens to read cover-to-cover, while the organization and rich supporting features will guide teen researchers to specific topics, and the brevity and substance of individual entries will be valued by history teachers for classroom oral readings.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763629762
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
09/11/2012
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
513,350
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
1030L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
In a book that is the very model of excellence in nonfiction, Rappaport dispels the old canard that the Jews entered the houses of death as lambs led to the slaughter... Thorough, deeply researched and stylistically clear, this is a necessary, exemplary book.
—Kirkus Reviews

With all the shelves of Holocaust books about the millions lost in the genocide, this is one of the few histories to focus in detail on Jewish resistance across Europe—those who fought back and saved others. The intricate deceptions are as compelling as the confrontations, and the underground escape stories make for thrilling adventure. . . An important addition to the Holocaust curriculum.
—Booklist

This well-written and affecting volume is an excellent example of a history title with wide appeal. It belongs in every middle and high school library.
—School Library Journal

These true stories . . . honor the incredible human spirit in the face of unimaginable suffering and torment.
—Publishers Weekly (starred reiew)

Rappaport’s engrossing storytelling will entice many teens to read cover-to-cover, while the organization and rich supporting features will guide teen researchers to specific topics, and the brevity and substance of individual entries will be valued by history teachers for classroom oral readings.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Meet the Author

Doreen Rappaport is the author of numerous award-winning nonfiction books for young readers. Beyond Courage, her most ambitious project to date, took five years to research and write. She lives in upstate New York.
"How Jews organized themselves in order to survive and defy their enemy is an important but still neglected piece of history. I present a sampling of actions, efforts, and heroism with the hope that I can play a role in helping to correct the damaging and persistent belief that Jews ‘went like sheep to the slaughter.’ " — Doreen Rappaport

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Where is the nook version?