Historical finds   If a different locale doesn’t hold your interest, perhaps a different era in history will. Norma Fox Mazer and Irene Gut Opdyke both write about the Holocaust, each with a distinctly different point of view. In Mazer’s Good Night, Maman, Karin Levi and her brother, like most European Jews, must flee the Nazis. They leave their ill mother behind as they board a ship for America. As Karin adjusts to her new surroundings, she begins to find a maturity and independence she did not realize she had. In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer, chronicles Irene Gut Opdyke’s path to becoming a member of the Resistance, smuggling and hiding Jews during the Nazi occupation of Poland. Opdyke’s unflinching account of attempts to save those otherwise doomed - hiding Jews in the air vent over a toilet, moving them from one building to another, hiding them in a Nazi major’s basement, taking supplies to others hiding in the forest - are all feats of courage recalled with candor and explained with humility, as if we are all capable of such heroic acts.Jamie Whitfield teaches middle school English and literature.

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