This book is powerful and poignant. These words written by Franta Bass, age eleven (find the remainder of her words on page one and page 196), provide a glimpse into the content of the text:
I am a Jew and will be Jew forever,
Even if I should die from hunger,
never will I submit.
I will always fight for my people,
on my honor...
The power of Ms. Rappaport's words and voice made me understand more clearly the tragedy of this time in our world's history. A perfect addition to any text set about the Holocaust and its impact on humanity. The photographs and personal accounts shared in this book provide richness and draw us closer to the lives of those who risked everything to save the lives of others. Ms. Rappaport has written about defiance... about standing up against oppression. It must have been so daunting for people like George Loinger, Marianne Cohn, Mordechai Anielewizc, and all those whose story she tells to fight for the survival of others. This book chronicles a harrowing time in our history eloquently, purposefully, and with the same passion that we find in all Ms. Rappaport's writing... every teacher and student should read it.
The power of story... of sharing story... of remembering story, that's what Beyond Courage does for us. As long as we have people like Doreen Rappaport, we can never forget! Powerful. Beautifully written. Unforgettable.