Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Irena's Jar of Secrets by Marcia Vaughan
She worked hard to help the Jews survive their imprisonment, even if the price of getting caught helping was death...
Lee & Low Books and Net Galley gave me a copy of this ebook for review (thank you). It was published November 15th in hardcover, so you can find a copy at your local bookstore.
This is based on a true story and there is a photo of the woman who did this marvelous, selfless thing. She followed in her father's footsteps and did what she could to help people.
She began with simple medical care, then moved to sneaking food to them, and finally began sneaking children out to keep them from being killed. She put their names in glass jars and buried them under her apple tree in the back. She knew not all parents would survive, but she promised to unite those she could.
These were very dangerous times for Jews and for those who tried to help them, but not everyone could look away. There are children surviving today that owe her thanks. We should remember her sacrifices and successes to pay tribute to her good works.