In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer

Version: Unabridged
Author: Jennifer Armstrong , Irene Gut Opdyke
Narrator: Hope Davis
Genres: Educational, Autobiography
Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)
Published In: March 2016
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 7 hours
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IRENE GUT WAS just 17 in 1939, when the Germans and Russians devoured her native Poland. Just a girl, really. But a girl who saw evil and chose to defy it.

“No matter how many Holocaust stories one has read, this one is a must, for its impact is so powerful.”—School Library Journal, Starred

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Reviews (3)

Written by Anonymous on December 21st, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Love the book!

Written by Katie Reed on October 18th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

An amazing story of World War Two and the struggles people went through. Most of the books have been from the Jewish side and it was interesting to see the other side.

Written by Cynthia Brannon on March 4th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

My book club has read many Holocaust books. There are as many compelling stories as there were victims. Please don't deprive yourself of this truly heroic story because it took place during WWII. It is a deeply touching story of survival and profound bravery in the face of evil. If it had been fiction, it would have almost been unbelievable. IT IS TRUE. Since I listened to it on AB, I got to hear Irene's actual voice and my book reading friends were jealous. I have a new hero and her name is Irene Gut.

Author Details

Author Details

Armstrong, Jennifer

Jennifer Armstrong is the author of numerous award-winning picture books, both historical fiction and nonfiction. Two of her picture books, "Hugh Can Do" and "Chin Yu Min and the Ginger Cat, " are ALA Notable Books. Her first novel "Steal Away, " was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, an ALA Notable Book, and a Golden Kite Honor Book, and her novel, "The Dreams of Mairhe Mehan" is a BCCB Blue Ribbon Book. In 1999 her nonfiction account of Sir Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated 1914 voyage, "Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance, " was awa

Opdyke, Irene Gut

Opdyke was a young woman during WWII. She was forced to work for the German Army, and in this capacity she helped the Jews. For her actions the Israeli Holocaust Commission named her one of the Righteous Among the Nations. She was presented with the Israel Medal of Honor.