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  • Published: 1 October 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407097718
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

In My Hands



A remarkable, heroic true story from the Second World War.

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 inspire.

  • Published: 1 October 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407097718
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

About the authors

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. She died in 2003.

Jennifer Armstrong

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: USA

Praise for In My Hands

a haunting book

Sunday Express

Really excellent... one of those books that you must read... one of the most astonishing stories I have ever read... a truly inspirational life story

Bookseller

It is a book which lingers... an epic to match any heroic saga ... a poignant and exhilirating portrait

School Librarian

'A living history that all young people should read' Kids Out

Deserves to take its place with The Diary of Anne Frank on school reading lists... a brave, inspiring story

TES

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