Your Name is Renee Ruth Kapp Hartzs Story as a Hidden Child

Your Name is Renee Ruth Kapp Hartzs Story as a Hidden Child

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In Nazi-occupied France in 1941, four-year-old Ruth Kapp learns that it is dangerous to use her own name. "Remember," her older cousin Jeannette warns her, "your name is Renee and you are French!"A deeply personal book, this true story recounts the chilling experiences of a young Jewish girl during the Holocaust. The Kapp family flees one home after another, helped by simple, ordinary people from the French countryside who risk their lives to protect them. Eventually the family is forced to separate, and young Ruth survives the war in an orphanage where she is not allowed to see or even mention her parents. Without the trappings of lofty language or the faceless perspective of history, this first-person account poignantly recreates the terror of war seen through the eyes of an innocent child. Your Name Is Renee is a tale of suffering and redemption, fear and more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 137.16 x 208.28 x 17.78mm | 294.83g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0195154991
  • 9780195154993
  • 720,930

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"Well-turned book... Cretzmeyer weaves in historical background to situate young readers, and...provides an unusually complete and clear account of a supremely turbulent experience."--Publishers Weekly"Ruth Kapp's story supplies another piece of the history of the Holocaust...A compelling story, recommended for all collections."--Library Journal"This moving biographical memoir details the horrendous life in hiding so many Jews experienced.... Cretzmeyer weaves imaginative narrative segments with more historical passages, bringing both the personal experience of Ruth Kapp and the factual record of the time into unblinking perspective.... A book that blends passion and terror with hope and perseverance in the shadow of this century's most shameful moment."--Bloomsbury Review"A compelling and cogent description of one brave individual's personal travail during the Holocaust. The Ruth Hartz story should be appreciated by all Americans who cherish human freedom and individual dignity."-Daniel Patrick Moynihan, U.S. Senator (New York)"A beautifully written book that dramatically captures the family on the run through the eyes of the child and through her voice."--The French Reviewshow more

About Cretzmeyer

Stacy Cretzmeyer lives in Pawley's Island, SC. She is a counselor and is a founder and Coordinator of the Women's Advocacy Center in Counseling Services at Coastal Carolina University. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of South more

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173 ratings
3.89 out of 5 stars
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4 35% (60)
3 24% (42)
2 5% (8)
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