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Far Above Rubies
     

Far Above Rubies

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by Cynthia Polansky
 

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On the morning of May 10, 1940, the last thing Sofie Rijnfeld expected was the sky to start raining German paratroopers. She and Jan, her husband of three years, were living contentedly with Jan's six daughters in Amsterdam. Life held the promise of a bright future for the Rijnfelds . . . until the German occupation of Holland and a six-pointed star made of yellow

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On the morning of May 10, 1940, the last thing Sofie Rijnfeld expected was the sky to start raining German paratroopers. She and Jan, her husband of three years, were living contentedly with Jan's six daughters in Amsterdam. Life held the promise of a bright future for the Rijnfelds . . . until the German occupation of Holland and a six-pointed star made of yellow cloth with the word "Jood" in the middle ...

FAR ABOVE RUBIES is the true story of one woman's courage in the nightmarish hell of Hitler's regime, and her determination to survive it. As the Nazi persecution of Europe's Jewry escalates, all six Rijnfeld girls are called up for deportation. Rather than allow her stepdaughters to venture alone to an arcane fate, Sofie insists on accompanying them, ignoring the dangerous implications. After several months in a Dutch transit camp, they are transported to Auschwitz where Sofie discovers a strength and ingenuity she never knew she had. But can her indomitable spirit help keep her daughters alive?

Sofie's fortitude will be put to the test many times during the war. But even so strong a woman as Sofie is not left unscathed by the horrors of the Holocaust. Had her decision to go with her stepdaughters been the right one?

This is the story of a woman who refuses to be bested by circumstances. Like a phoenix, she rises from the ashes of tragedy to triumph as a heroine who calls to mind this passage from Proverbs, "A woman of valor who can find? For her price is FAR ABOVE RUBIES."

Editorial Reviews

Julie Sandland
Based on a real-life character whose life experiences she overheard at a Holocaust memorial, Far Above Rubies details the effect of the Holocaust on Dutch Jews, particularly those from Amsterdam who were rounded up and deported, often for the Polish extermination camp of Auschwitz. {Polansky} synthesizes historical fact here with well-drawn, memorable characters in recreating scenes from Amsterdam and the camps.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012788856
Publisher:
BookLocker.com, Inc.
Publication date:
04/07/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
422,592
File size:
577 KB

Meet the Author

Cynthia Polansky is a freelance writer living in Annapolis, Maryland. Her work has appeared in various print, video, and online venues under the name Cynthia P. Gallagher. This is her first novel.

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Far above Rubies 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently read The Diary of Anne Frank with my 14 year old daughter. Anne's story leaves one with many questions about the horrors of WWII and the Holocaust. There is no better book that complements Anne Frank's story and takes one inside the terrible world of this genocide. From a teen-agers perspective Far Above Rubies is the story that brings an appreciation as to just how bad life was for the Jews. Telling your child war is bad simply does not compare to sharing the stories and experiences people went through. Far Above Rubies is much more than a story it is a vivid education. This is a must read!
BarbaraE More than 1 year ago
Far Above Rubies: A Novel is a thin book, but starting in pre-war Holland it tells a powerful story. Imagine you married late in your life to a widower who has six daughters. The heroine in this novel,lovingly called "Tante Soof", overcomes the natural antagonism that her new stepdaughters have for her and she and the daughters form a bond that is almost stronger than with a natural mother. When the joy of an engagement lights up the family they never dream that the next moment everything will change forever for this loving Dutch family. In a matter of fact way, Cynthia Polansky details the horror of what it might have been like to live as a Jewish woman in the concentration camps. She spares no horrible scene and brings the reader into the action as if we were looking over her shoulder. Ms. Polansky doesn't dwell on the horrible, but she moves us through the heroine's experiences as she bravely faces each new challenge. I've read other books on the Holocaust, but this one made me realize what it might be like for a middle class woman to be tossed into that mess. What would it be like to leave everything you love for the selfless reason this woman does? It is based on a true story and after reading this book I wanted to be able to hug Tante Soof. After you read it, I think you will have the same feeling.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book from you (Cynthia) at Carroll Community College and I am so glad I did. I don't know where it is at the moment because I am Jewish and it is being passed around my family right now!!! What a beautiful, inspiring story. I read it in I think 2-3 hours. I couldn't put it down. How amazing was this woman. I thank you for writing something that I could read and really feel. This is something my children will read when they are older...
Guest More than 1 year ago
My husband brought this book home from a book expo and said you've gotta read this. Little did I know how it would effect me. This story based on the holocaust is chilling, but made me appreciate the true things in life. Currently reading this book to both our children so we can let them know what happend during the holocaust. This book is inspirational and after reading about Tante Soof, it makes you belive you can do anything.
SS45063 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It renewed my faith in what a woman can and would do even when the kids are not biological yours. There are so many challenges they face, but during WWII so did so many people. To be reminded of what evil there was and how we can overcome even the worst of it is a tribute to those who won't give in. As a mother I could feel her agony but marveled at some of the clever ways she managed to outsmart her enemies. I let housework and meals go until I had finished her story. Great writing!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the storyline of this book but found the last 1/3 of the story rushed and like the author was just trying to tie up loose ends. There were large jumps through the rest of the main characters life that I would've liked to had more detail on or just had eliminated. The author does a great job of describing the horrors of the concentration camps and the day to day struggles of surviving.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
PLEASE correct your editorial copy to read correctly. The extermination camps were NOT "Polish extermination camps." They were NAZI or GERMAN camps. Not, not, not Polish. The German Nazis rolled into Poland and committed horrific atrocities. The Poles did not invite them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An incredible woman! I loved this book and will read it over and over. My trials seem trivial after reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One woman's unyielding love strength courage and painful struggle to survive along with he five step daughters. I could not wait untill i could find time to read this story. The author drew me in as if i was right there observing her life in person. If you enjoy reading and learning about the dark times under Hitlers terror you must read thiswe must never forget the evil that covered Europe under Nazi Germany timr in power. We must never forgey lest t happens again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful yet painful novel. If you enjoy holocaust novels, or historical fiction in general I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great detailed true story i would definitly recomend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very Good Book and highly recommended.
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The story started out really good but the end seemed rushed. All in all it was still a good book and would tell others to read it. It's a great story but the end just didn't do much. More the way it was written then the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best story of a holocaust survivor who not only survived, but defeated the enemies. Living a purposeful life and touching the lives of many Sophie won the greatest victory of all. You will end this story with so many emotions . The strongest emotion was one of hope and life and a feeling of being short changed not knowing Sophie in life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this book. A must read.
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JohannaYork More than 1 year ago
I am an avid reader of all things Holocaust because I continue to struggle to understand how something so unbelievably tragic happened. This is the first book I have read that shows you how it is possible. It has shown me how I can be a better person. The story of Sofie and her step daughters is a beautiful one, despite the horror of the times. I will even go so far as to say it should be read by all mothers and daughters. FAR ABOVE RUBIES does not disapoint.
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Wonderful full scale telling from multiple views.
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DaiZee More than 1 year ago
This book is worth reading. Amazing.
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