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Resistance to the Nazis

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?I did not become a resistance fighter, a smuggler of Jews, and a defier of Nazis all at once. First steps are always small: I began by hiding food under a fence. Now I was smuggling Jews to the Janowka forest.? Irene Gut Opdyke was a teenager when the German army invaded Poland in 1939. She was forced to work in an ammunition factory, and then a laundry for the army. At the same time, she began helping Jews to escape from the Nazis. ?Resistance to the Nazis? shows how Irene Gut Opdyke was just one of many ordinary people who found ways to resist ...

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“I did not become a resistance fighter, a smuggler of Jews, and a defier of Nazis all at once. First steps are always small: I began by hiding food under a fence. Now I was smuggling Jews to the Janowka forest.” Irene Gut Opdyke was a teenager when the German army invaded Poland in 1939. She was forced to work in an ammunition factory, and then a laundry for the army. At the same time, she began helping Jews to escape from the Nazis. ‘Resistance to the Nazis’ shows how Irene Gut Opdyke was just one of many ordinary people who found ways to resist Hitler's armies in Europe, and to save people from the Holocaust. This book explains the different forms of resistance, from the efforts of people to keep their culture alive in the concentration camps, to fighting the German arm by sabotaging supplies and communications. Each book includes: first-hand accounts from people involved in the Holocaust; an in-depth study of a key topic mentioned in the book; detailed timeline to help place important events; and a further reading and sources section.

Describes how certain people, both Jews and Gentiles, were brave enough to stand up to the Nazis during the Holocaust despite the price they would pay if caught.

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Gr 6-9-Competent introductions to two facets of the Holocaust. Each one has brief explanations of its topics and a black-and-white or full-color photo or reproduction on each page. Camp System describes the types and placement of camps, their organizational systems, and daily life. On a map at the end, there is a color-coding mistake in the identification of the German labor camps, but the listing of the camps on the following page is correct. Both well-known and lesser-known figures are highlighted, and even small acts of personal resistance within the camps are remembered. Resistance details both outright warfare and underground activities. Both titles are an excellent blend of overview and personal stories, and each one relates the events well. Similar to Deborah Bachrach's The Resistance and William W. Lace's The Death Camps (both Lucent, 1997), Shuter's books will reach a slightly younger audience as well.-Paula J. LaRue, Van Wert City Schools, OH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403408143
  • Publisher: Heinemann Raintree
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Series: Heinemann The Holocaust Series
  • Pages: 56
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 10.64 (h) x 0.47 (d)

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