In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer

by , | Read by Hope Davis

Published by Listening Library

In the fall of 1939 the Nazis invaded Irene Gut’s beloved Poland, ending her training as a nurse and thrusting the seventeen-year-old Catholic girl into a world of degradation that somehow gave her the strength to accomplish what amounted to miracles. Forced into the service of the German army, young Irene was able, due in part to her Aryan good looks, to use her position as a servant in an officers’ club to steal food and supplies (and even information overheard at the officers’ tables) for the Jews in the ghetto. She smuggled Jews out of the work camps, ultimately hiding a dozen people in the home of a Nazi major for whom she was housekeeper. An important addition to the literature of human survival and heroism,In My Handsis further proof of why, in spite of everything, we must believe in the goodness of people.

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In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer

Polish teenager Irene Gut endured harrowing depredations during the German occupation of her country, which only served to inspire her to risk her life further to rescue Jews from the death camps. All this she tells to writer Jennifer Armstrong, who tells it to us in the first person. Having boiled down incidents and personalities into simple clichés, Armstrong makes the tale an elemental read for narrator Hope Davis, whose pleasant, urgent voice delivers every ounce of the riveting true-life derring-do. Y.R. © AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine


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