In My Hands

In My Hands

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An utterly amazing, true, first-person account of one girl's experience in wartime. Irene Gut Opdyke was a Catholic Polish nursing student when WWII broke out. She soon became mired in the horrors of central Europe as, at various times, a partisan, a refugee, a housekeeper to the Nazis and, over all, as a heroine. She singlehandedly saved the lives of at least 16 Jewish people from the Holocaust. Now living in America and aged 77, Irene, with the help of a respected historical novelist, has told her story with all the power and passion that such a remarkable history can more

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  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 18mm | 214g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552561231
  • 9780552561235
  • 2,091,977

About Irene Gut Opdyke

Irene Gut Opdyke has spoken to hundreds of school, church and other community groups about her momentous wartime experiences. She has been honoured in both the US and in Israel, at the Avenue of the Righteous Gentiles in the Holocaust Memorial Yad Vashem. She has now collected her memories together in this autobiography of her girlhood, with the help of a respected American novelist. Author lives: USAshow more

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I knew I could only be killed once...I might as well be hanged for a sheep as for a lamb Irene was a seventeen-year-old nursing student when the Nazis invaded Poland. They took over her country and her life. Nothing in her innocent girlhood could have prepared her for the horrors she was to witness. However, instinctively, Irene knew she had to resist the evil in any way possible. Standing by was not an option. Eventually forced to work as a housekeeper to a Nazi officer, Irene carried out her most audacious and heroic act. She hid twelve Jewish people in the basement of the officer's villa and protected them even through the loss of her own freedom, and at the risk of her life. An utterly remarkable true story of one young woman's courage and humanity which will fascinate and inspire readers of all more

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