Irene Gut Opdyke: Holocaust Rescuer

In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer


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Irene Gut Opdyke overcame obstacles and made a positive contribution to the wotld. Irene deserved the award for "Righteous Amoung The Nations" for all of her hard work, bravery, and kindness.

Irene Gut Opdyke overcame obstacles and had a positive impact on the world. Irene was very brave in facing the Nazi soliders. being a woman in the 1940's, she didn't have any real say in anything. Hiding these Jews from the soliders helped her rebel in her own way, saving 16 people's lives. Irene is a hero

Irene Gut Opdyke, Jennifer Armstrong

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Irene Gut Opdyke, Jennifer Armstrong

Irene Gut Opdyke’s memoir is a story of inspiration, turmoil, fear, and strength. The author could have portrayed herself as a victim of war, a lady in distress, constantly being handed the short straw. But instead, she tells her story as a person who was fortunate enough to be able to survive and explains her decision to help others was not to take the higher road, but that she could think of no other option. Her thinking, indeed, makes her a person of righteous standing, and one whom although definitely lucky, made fortune for herself by making self-sacrificing decisions in her life in order to better the lives of people around her. There were times when she was frightened to death or lied to corrupt authorities, but these times only reveal that she is a real person, not a selfish person. Irene Gut Opdyke may have been enslaved by German and Russian authorities during World War II but she sacrificed herself in the face of severe punishment and/or death in order to help liberate the innocent.

Locke, J.A. Kaszuba. “In My Hands by Irene Gut Opdyke” BookLoons Reviews, 2004.
This review uses many quotes to emphasize how great the reviewer thought this book was, and how descriptive the narrative of Irene’s story was. The review states that the book is a magnificent one and even notes, “I urge you to read this, even if it is the only book you read all year.” Clearly, this is a very enthusiastic review and provides not only praise but a summary of the book.