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Beyond courage : the untold story of Jewish resistance during the Holocaust
by Rappaport, Doreen.
Many Jews believed they were being "resettled," not exterminated. Others thought cooperation would save their lives. It didn’t. Still others . . . resisted! Beyond Courage does give you a glimpse of the atrocities of the Holocaust, but Rappaport places a greater focus on survival and the ingenious ways of doing so. This is an excellent read. I had a hard time giving up the library copy.   posted Mar 7, 2014 at 1:57PM

Irena’s jars of secrets
by Vaughan, Marcia K.
A children’s book about a young woman who helped rescue 2500 children during the Holocaust. I love her caring and the ingenuity of Zegota, the group who helped get the children out of Germany. The "jars" were Irena’s record of the children’s names, so they could be reunited with their parents after the war.   posted Feb 7, 2014 at 11:47AM

The other Wes Moore : one name, two fates
by Wes Moore
Two African American men with the same name, in the same neighborhood but with two different lives. The author, who read the audio version I listened to, was beginning to make poor decisions. His mother, by working 3 jobs, sent him to military school. He hated it, but his mom refused to let him come home. He, by the end of the book, appreciates not just military school but the opportunity to serve in the military. The "other" Wes Moore began to make bad choices, also. His mother, at least at the beginning, responded with denial. But she, too, was a hard working mom. Wes’s brother begged him not to get involved in drugs; but Wes followed Tony’s example, not his words. This Wes Moore ended up in prison for being part of a robbery where an off-duty policemen was killed. The author ended up at prestigious schools and met with many successes. What I like is that the author gives no "pat answers." He recognizes the values of mentors but places no blame and seems to take no credit--though giving his mom a great deal of the credit. It’s a great book! It gives a glimpse into teen years, where many meet that "fork in the road." Oh how impacting the decisions!   posted Mar 11, 2014 at 4:13PM

What your childhood memories say about you-- and what you can do about it
by Leman, Kevin
This title intrigued me, but I expected it to peruse it and pass it on. I actually found it quite helpful. Leman emphasizes that memories "with emotion" are the key. I discovered the roots of some of my attitudes and fears.   posted Feb 4, 2014 at 3:33PM

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