On the Eastern Front

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, August 2, 2017


AudiobookSYNC’s penultimate week of the 2017 season takes a journey back to World War II’s Eastern Front. A well-researched teen novel and a memoir reveal lesser known stories of young women involved in the war.


Golden Kite Award-winning BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY, by Ruta Sepetys, takes us to Lithuania and into the wartime life of 15-year-old Lina, who has been deported with her mother and brother to Siberia. Imprisoned there, uncertain of her own fate and the fates of her loved ones, Lina paints and draws in an effort to maintain her own humanity. Narrator Emily Klein’s Earphones Award-winning performance brings Lina and her family to life, pulling the listener into a harrowing and fact-based account of spiritual as well as physical survival.

Irene Gut Opdyke and Jennifer Armstrong detail Opdyke’s experiences when she was a 17-year-old German Catholic pressed into service by the Nazis. IN MY HANDS: MEMORIES OF A HOLOCAUST RESCUER recounts how she turned the situation into an opportunity to save Jewish prisoners starving in the ghetto. Narrator Hope Davis lends her voice to making Opdyke’s situation, and her heroic actions, fully resonate with today’s listeners.

Thanks to Listening Library for these two audiobooks that are free to download and keep forever. Be sure to secure them before 7 am Eastern Time on August 10.

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