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Sky: A True Story of Resistance During World War II Hardcover – Import, 1 Apr 1996


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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

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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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Product details

  • 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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