In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer

In My Hands Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer When World War II began Irene Gutowna was a year old Polish nursing student Six years later she writes in this inspiring memoir I felt a million years old In the intervening time she was separat

  • Title: In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer
  • Author: Irene Gut Opdyke Hope Davis.
  • ISBN: 9780307705761
  • Page: 240
  • Format: Audio CD
  • When World War II began, Irene Gutowna was a 17 year old Polish nursing student Six years later, she writes in this inspiring memoir, I felt a million years old In the intervening time she was separated from her family, raped by Russian soldiers, and forced to work in a hotel serving German officers Sickened by the suffering inflicted on the local Jews, Irene began leWhen World War II began, Irene Gutowna was a 17 year old Polish nursing student Six years later, she writes in this inspiring memoir, I felt a million years old In the intervening time she was separated from her family, raped by Russian soldiers, and forced to work in a hotel serving German officers Sickened by the suffering inflicted on the local Jews, Irene began leaving food under the walls of the ghetto Soon she was scheming to protect the Jewish workers she supervised at the hotel, and then hiding them in the lavish villa where she served as housekeeper to a German major When he discovered them in the house, Gutowna became his mistress to protect her friends later escaping him to join the Polish partisans during the Germans retreat The author presents her extraordinary heroism as the inevitable result of small steps taken over time, but her readers will not agree as they consume this thrilling adventure story, which also happens to be a drama of moral choice and courage Although adults will find Irene s tale moving, it is appropriately published as a young adult book Her experiences while still in her teens remind adolescents everywhere that their actions count, that the power to make a difference is in their hands Wendy Smith

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    1. Onvan : In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer - Nevisande : Irene Gut Opdyke - ISBN : 553494112 - ISBN13 : 9780553494112 - Dar 304 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 1992

    2. "There was a bird flushed up from the wheat fields, disappearing in a blur of wings against the sun, and then a gunshot and it fell to the earth. But it was not a bird. It was not a bird, and it was not in a wheat field, but you can't understand what it was yet."When I understood what the bird was, it was one of the most chilling things that I have ever read.This is the story of a Catholic girl in Poland. In 1939 when Poland is invaded, she is 16 years old and training to be a nurse. Like Poland [...]

    3. I think this paragraph is the most eloquent description of why speaking about the Holocaust was/is so difficult for the survivors. "We did not speak of what we had seen. At the time, to speak of it seemed worse than sacrilege: We had witnessed a thing so terrible that it acquired a dreadful holiness. It was a miracle of evil. It was not possible to say with words what we had witnessed, and so we kept it safely guarded until the time we could bring it out, and show it to others, and say, 'Behold. [...]

    4. I thought, ”Gosh, should I really read another holocaust memoir?” The answer is yes, and you should too, even if you have read a zillion already. You should read this memoir about what Irene Gut, a Catholic Polish girl of only seventeen, did to save others’ lives. Each person’s story is unique. You know why you can go on reading one holocaust story after another? It is because they show you not only the worst in man but also the best. Horrible things happened to Irene and she suffered ju [...]

    5. In My Hands in one of those books that you read and you can't get it out of your mind. This is the first novel I've read in quite some time that left me staying up all night until the darkness of sleep enveloped me. Irene's story is both an amazing adventure and an heroic tale of a woman who saved the lives of others by risking her own. It almost seems unbelievable that the things that happened to Irene could actually happen to one person. The entire book is filled with adventure and suspense. I [...]

    6. Kurt Vonnegut has defined a saint as a person "who behave[s:] decently in a strikingly indecent society." By his definition, Irene Gut Opdyke is a saint. I think there are more than a few people who would agree.I had the pleasure of seeing an adaptation of this on Broadway, and got incredibly lucky: the author's daughter was in the house that night and hosted a Q&A session after the show. It was during this session that she revealed a few remarkable stories the book doesn't touch onAs regard [...]

    7. This is the first Holocaust memoir I had read from a Polish point of view, and I was truly captivated. I have never read a story about one person having so much good fortune and bad luck all at the same time, it was almost like it was straight out of Hollywood. The things she was subjected to do, the things she risked and her uncompromising need to do what was right despite the consequences makes it nearly impossible to set this book down. I would lay awake at night, anticipating what was going [...]

    8. I did not ask myself, Should I do this? But, How will I do this? Every step of my childhood had brought me to this crossroad; I must take the right path, or I would no longer be myself. You must understand that I did not become a resistance fighter, a smuggler of Jews, a defier of the SS and the Nazis, all at once. One's first steps are always small: I had begun by hiding food under a fence. Now I was making plans to (142-143)In My Hands is nonfiction--a memoir--and it's a powerful one. Full of [...]

    9. First - this is a true story as told by Irene Gut Opdyke (a Catholic Polish girl) with Jennifer Armstrong as the Author. I bought this book at a popular used book store not knowing anything about the story or how it was rated. About halfway through the book I did a google check on it. It was what I expected - mostly a 4 and a 5 rated book. Irene is a big time hero. BIG TIME. What she went through and did to save a good hand full of Jews from the Nazies was mind boggling. To read her story reads [...]

    10. I have dyslexia. You never have read every testemony or story about world war II and its heros. Irene Gut Opdyke is a Polish nurse who rescuit Jews and aided them. This is her story. Keep in mind that she only was 17 when the war started. Remarkable story.

    11. I got to this memoir after my daughter recently saw and raved about the NY play ('Irena's Vow') based on the book.'In My Hands' was written by a 23 year old Polish a nursing student after surviving six years of separation from her family, rapes by Russian soldiers and several years of servitude to German officers.But it is not another Holocaust book. Or rather, it's a different kind of a Holocaust book. It's the story of an adolescent who decides that what's happening to the Jews is sickening. S [...]

    12. What an incredible story. It's hard to believe that this story is one of thousands - some written, some unwritten. I honestly didn't want to put this book down - it's well written and really helps you see how beautiful life was in Poland for most people before the war, and how one day was normal and the next day everything they knew had changed. I tried to put myself in their position over and over again and I still can't imagine how difficult life was for them. My heart was broken time and time [...]

    13. In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer, by Irene Gut Opdyke"In My Hands" starts with the author writing to the reader that if she tried to tell you what really happened during the war, told you everything at once, you wouldn't understand it. She includes an image that you won't comprehend until later in the book, the image of a bird falling, a bird that is not a bird. And as you come to understand what the bird really is, your heart will break, and you will know just what Irene means. Born [...]

    14. I picked up this book, one because of my love of history and specifically WWII and the time of the Holocaust, but also because of the different perspective it gave. I have read a a lot of Jewish accounts of the Holocaust, but not as many from the rescuer standpoint. Many I'm sure have read The Hiding Place, a definite must read, but I also enjoyed this book about a young Polish woman who rescued/hid about 12 Jews. At the start of the book, which is also at the start of the war, Irene was only 17 [...]

    15. Hands down, this is one of the best books I've read regarding WWII. I read this in two days--I just couldn't put it down. It's about an amazingly brave and courageous Polish woman who is caught between the Russian and German fight for Poland. She has a number of run-ins with Russia's Red Army and survives multiple horrors by them. Then she is sent to a concentration camp but is 'discovered' by a soldier there who mistakenly thinks she is German (she is blond, blue eyed and speaks German that she [...]

    16. I was mainly the storey that ripped me through this book, the writing was good, some of her words were so perfect they said mountains with out saying much or sent a clear perfect message that sat with me. Though some of it felt clumsy? Not sure the word I'm looking for there. There were some things I actually really liked that I wouldn't normally in a book, like the way she did not indulge in some of the big events or trauma and stuck with some details that seemed less important it felt like yo [...]

    17. "There was a bird flushed up from the wheat fields, disappearing in a blur if wings against the sun, and then a gunshot and it fell to the earth"I'm not sure if enjoyed is the correct word to describe this book, but I'm very glad I read it. It describes how a 17 year old Polish girl, Irene Gut, became a Holocaust rescuer and how she helped save several Jewish families by hiding them and sneaking them food in the woods, and how she hid another group in a German major's house.

    18. They say to "let the wine breathe" before it can be servedThe whole gamut surrounding this rests on the desire to experience the titillating flavorWell, it's kinda backwards with book reviewsOne has already enjoyed the contentsAnd jumping right into the review is very temptingspecially after reading a book that I really likedBut I often find myself writing satisfactory reviews only after I have let my thoughts "breathe"That said, this book joined my meager count of the holocaust books this year. [...]

    19. Around two weeks ago, I learned from my friend that she had two tickets to go see a new broadway play called "Irena's Vow." I heard that this show was about the Holocaust and had initial thoughts that the play would just be another depressing story about the Holocaust, but I was completely wrong. After the lights went down and came up at the end for the curtain call, I was amazed by the story and portrayal of the polish catholic girl, Irena Gut Opdyke. In the back of the theater, Irena's real da [...]

    20. "but it was not a bird" —Irene OpdykeThough I hadn't planned to write a review for this book, it seems fitting to make special mention of it in light of current events. A few days ago White Nationalists celebrated the election of Donald Trump with cheers of "Hail Trump!" accompanied by Nazi salutes in Washington, D.C. theatlantic/politics/aIrene is recognized as a Righteous Among the Nations by the state of Israel for saving the lives of 12 Jews during the Holocaust. This memoire chronicles th [...]

    21. Irene was seventeen when World War II started in 1939. The story starts when Irene, the oldest of five sisters, is captured by a German “łapanka." Irene was taken to an area closer to the German-Soviet front. She was forced to work in a munitions factory and soon enough she was moved into a German officer's house to work as his maid. Irene dared to challenge the evil of the Germans, so she began hiding Jewish workers, one at a time, into unimaginable places in the officer's house. She hid the [...]

    22. As an enthusiast of Jew related stories and WW2, it always breaks my heart to read something like what Irene had experienced.It has been decades since the Holocaust happened, but the memories of the brutality and extermination of Jews are refreshed to the new generation through the accounts of Irene.I cannot compare the experience of Irene to what Ellie Wesel experienced in the hands of the German officers. I can say he suffered much fear, anger, pain and anguish than Irene. Nevertheless, Ellie [...]

    23. This book is just amazing. Irene Opdyke is a hero. And just a small hero at that, but the things she did were filled with bravery, guts, ingenuity and pure unconditional love. This exciting memoir has such an impact on the horrors executed during WWII. Irene was a non-Jew helping to save the lives of a select group of Jews. What was so impacting for me was the horror after horror she witnessed as a teenager, yet it did not daunt her in any way to help poor Jewish people to safety. Although at on [...]

    24. I don't think I could add any more to what has been already said about this book in previous reviews. I was not ready for how compellingly beautiful the telling of the story would be. The first lines of the story draw you in like a magnet: "There was a bird flushed up from the wheat fields, disappearing in a blur of wings against the sun, and then there was a gunshot and it fell to the earth. But it was not a bird. It was not a bird, and it was not in the wheat field, but you can't understand wh [...]

    25. I found this book through the "Stuff you missed in history" podcast. Its really an astonishing read, as evidenced by the fact that I swallowed it all while hanging around the house on New Year's Day. Its the story of the "female Oscar Schindler," and it deserves every bit of that title.

    26. Excellent book - the reader is quite good as well. An amazing story of a young girl who did whatever she could to save people from execution. The accounts of the bombings she survived left me breathless. Mesmerizing story of a courageous girl.

    27. Well, that made me cry. It’s an odd thing, to try and review a Holocaust memoir. This one started off a bit slowly - Irene’s childhood is written more as a reflection of who she would become rather than who she was, it felt to me. Her heroism once the war started was incredible and the risks she took amazing. It’s an important story and one I think everyone should hear.

    28. An inspirational memoir of Irene Gut Opdyke's heroic experiences in her country (Poland) during WWII when it was occupied in turn by Germany and The Soviet Union. Brought to life by ghostwriter Jennifer Armstrong and narrated by Hope Davis.

    29. In My Hands descriptively recounts Irene's memories, growing up as Polish 'prisoner' and 'slave' to both the Germans and Russia during the Holocaust. Her tale most remarkably elaborates on her incredible courage and devotion to helping, hiding and rescuing several Jews. Each detail of even the slightest memory created an extremely vivid image in my head, I was swallowed by her words. The events she recorded seemed surreal but the way she so intensely described them, made them terrifyingly authen [...]

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