Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust

By . 5 CDs. 4:37 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4692-0625-7. $64.97.
Gr 6 Up—Well-researched, informative, and inspiring, Rappaport's book presents 21 true stories of defiance and heroism in Nazi-occupied Europe during World War II. Hearing the accounts of the survivors during the Holocaust will inspire and inform students of the struggles and choices people had to make in order to survive. Divided into five chapters—"The Realization," "Saving the Future," "In the Ghettos," "In the Camps," and "Partisan Warfare"—the book presents an account of Jewish resistance attempts by courageous children and adults, from the well known Warsaw Ghetto uprising and the Bielski brigade in the Polish forest to the heroic actions of French resistance which led to the killing of over 3,000 Germans to an all-girl fighting unit in Greece. The narration by Emily Beresford and Jeff Crawford is clear and easy to understand, but the unaccented voices sound too modern to be authentic. A bonus CD includes the black-and-white archival photos from the book which are an essential, valuable visual aid for the audiobook.—Ellen Frank, Jamaica High School, NY

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