- Hardcover: 128 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (1 April 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 068980508X
- ISBN-13: 978-0689805080
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 1.9 x 24.8 cm
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Sky: A True Story of Resistance During World War II Hardcover – Import, 1 Apr 1996
Gr. 6^-10. In Holland in 1943, teenage Hanneke joined the underground resistance movement against the Nazis. She acted as secret courier, helped hide Jewish children, and organized meetings; in the last months of the war, she was imprisoned and interrogated by the Germans. Now age 70 and living in Montana, she remembers those dangerous times, telling her story in brief vignettes, interspersed with photographs, news clippings, personal letters, and historical notes of the war years. There's no dashing romance or melodrama. When she finally returned home from prison, her family "smiled a lot and cried a little, but did not say too much." Readers feel the terrible waste, the barbarity that was part of daily life. Her style is direct, understated, even stoical, rooted in the concrete particulars of civilian life in an occupied country. Occasionally she makes a misguided attempt to be "literary," and the book begins and ends with vague cliches about trembling mouths and tears in large eyes. However, the power of this account is in the stark facts of what she witnessed and the courage she found to resist. Hazel Rochman
The author was seventeen and in prison for crimes against Nazi Germany: her only outlet being letters written on pieces of toilet paper and smuggled to the outside world. The author writes of her experiences as a teenage spy in Nazi-occupied Holland, providing drama and insights to all who read her story. -- Midwest Book Review
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The number of works on the Resistance in Belgium, Denmark and The Netherlands are few and far between; so, I was happy to see this personal memoir by Hanneke Ippisch about the Dutch Resistance. It is a concise and sweet autobiography of one woman inside the Dutch Resistance.
Time wise, the author's resistance story actually begins with May 10 1940: the "Sitzkrieg" turned again into the "Blitzkrieg" and Belgium and The Netherlands had soon capitulated. Hanneke Ippisch records how she and her family were awakened by the drone of heavy bombers and then everything changed. From page 17 to page 138, she tells the story of her involvement with the Dutch Resistance, support for the Jews, her own arrest, her interrogation and finally, her release just before the end of the war in Europe.
I found her writing to be direct and informative as she describes events that occurred. Contemporary black & white photos illustrate the book throughout. As the author said in her preamble, she was now seventy and ..." I cannot find the excuses to postpone this any longer." Nicely done.
Everyone who takes the opportunity to read this book should also attempt to invite the author, a marvelous woman now resident in Montana, to visit their community for one of her outstanding presentations to the local youngsters. They'll be touched by a most-humbly recounted true story of a young girl's heroism in an environment which most of us can only imagine in our worst nightmares. But they'll also be engaged in dialogue which will open their eyes and broaden their horizons to the way that people view and treat each other.
It's an extraordinary experience.