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Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust (Booklist Editor's Choice. Books for Youth (Awards)) Hardcover – September 11, 2012

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  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1030L (What's this?)
  • Series: Booklist Editor's Choice. Books for Youth (Awards)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (September 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763629766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763629762
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 8.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

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, NYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.


In a book that is the very model of excellence in nonfiction, Rappaport dispels the old canard that the Jews entered the houses of death as lambs led to the slaughter... Thorough, deeply researched and stylistically clear, this is a necessary, exemplary book.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

With all the shelves of Holocaust books about the millions lost in the genocide, this is one of the few histories to focus in detail on Jewish resistance across Europe—those who fought back and saved others. The intricate deceptions are as compelling as the confrontations, and the underground escape stories make for thrilling adventure. . . An important addition to the Holocaust curriculum.
—Booklist (starred review)

This well-written and affecting volume is an excellent example of a history title with wide appeal. It belongs in every middle and high school library.
—School Library Journal (starred review)

These true stories . . . honor the incredible human spirit in the face of unimaginable suffering and torment.
—Publishers Weekly (starred reiew)

Rappaport’s engrossing storytelling will entice many teens to read cover-to-cover, while the organization and rich supporting features will guide teen researchers to specific topics, and the brevity and substance of individual entries will be valued by history teachers for classroom oral readings.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)

More About the Author

Doreen Rappaport is known for her ground-breaking approach to multicultural history and stories for young readers. In her many award-winning books, she brings attention to not-yet-celebrated Americans, along with well-known figures.

A former teacher of music and reading, Doreen knows how to capture children's attention. Her dynamic formats engage even the most reluctant readers.

Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is an Orbis Pictus Honor Book, Coretta Scott King Honor Book, Caldecott Honor Book for Illustration, ALA Notable Book, and is on the Blue Ribbon list of the Bulletin Center for Children's Books.

We Are The Many: A Picture Book of American Indians, introduces the accomplishments of sixteen distinguished American Indians.

Her classic Escape From Slavery presents the history of the Underground Railroad through adventure stories.

The Boston Coffee Party introduces children to a neglected event in history books and shows the active roles played by women during the Revolutionary War.

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I have read a lot about the Holocaust but this book was so interesting & informative.
R. Solomon
This book also details the courage of gentiles who assisted Jews, provided food and shelter, protected them and smuggled Jewish children to safety.
Charles S. Weinblatt
It has lots of photos throughout, and the author has included source material at the end of the book.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. Tanenbaum VINE VOICE on September 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In a stunning work of nonfiction for young people, award-winning author Doreen Rappaport has just published an ambitious new work profiling little-known true stories of Jewish resistance during the Holocaust, a book that took her six years to research and write. Her extensive research for this project included interviews with some of the survivors whose stories are told in this volume.

This is a massive topic for a book for young people, but Rappaport manages to make it comprehensible by dividing her story into discrete sections and concentrating on a selection of individual stories. The first section, titled Realization, deals with the years up until the beginning of the war, when Hitler came to power. The second, Saving the Future, discusses brave Jews who smuggled Jewish children to safety in Holland, Belgium, France, and the forests of the Soviet Union. In part three, Rappaport examines resistance stories from the ghettos, not only the famed Warsaw ghetto uprising, in which a few thousand Jewish fighters held off the might of the Nazi army for nearly a month, but organized escapes from the Vilna ghetto and secret magazines penned by children in Theresienstadt. Other chapters discuss resistance in the concentration camps and partisan warfare conducted by Jewish resistance fighters against the Nazis.

As Rappaport notes in her introduction, few of these remarkable and heroic stories are known to the general public. Even in Jewish families, we generally learn that Jews went to the gas chambers like "lambs to the slaughter." In this volume, she takes pride in showing that stereotype is untrue, and that there were many Jews who defied and resisted the Nazis in a variety of ways.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Maggie Knapp on December 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Inspiring and moving stories of about 20 pockets of Jewish resistance, from the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, to revolts in the labor camps, to many, many instances of individuals and small groups desperately (and often successfully) making a difference. The format of BEYOND COURAGE is an example of what I have recently seen called "picture book biographies" -- a larger book, with one or more photos on almost every page, with ample and intelligent text, and written for an audience of middle or high school readers. BEYOND COURAGE provides inspiring examples of bravery and sacrifice by men and women from many walks of life and many nations, but focused on resistance led by Jews. Along with dedicated Jewish businessmen there are students, women, children and sympathetic Germans, who may offer food or shelter or sneak a radio into package of flour. The book is arranged somewhat by topic (Saving the Future talks about efforts to smuggle out Jewish children; In the Camps talks about uprisings in labor and concentration camps.)

The book is amply illustrated with moving and well-captioned photographs, at an intensity that suits the older Middle School audience. One cannot have an honest book about this time without addressing inhumane acts, and this book is not the type to read before gently drifting off to sleep. However, it is easy to recommend to readers 12 and up, interested in this grim time. Excellent back matter (timeline, bibliography, websites, pronunciation guide, photo credits, index) will help young researchers and also serve as an excellent example of how to credit sources.

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How I got this book: purchased for the library
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Format: Hardcover
Not all Jews walked obediently into Hitler's gas chambers during the Holocaust. There are many stories of Jews who took up arms and fought the might of Nazi Germany. Despite being vastly outnumbered, out gunned and out-trained, these Jews refused to succumb to Hitler's genocide. They fought in city streets, villages, forests, ghettos and inside Nazi labor and death camps. Many Jews who escaped from the camps joined local partisans to continue this desperate fight. Jewish civilians understood that they had no chance to defeat Hitler's mighty Third Reich. Yet, with remarkable bravery, they refused to surrender.

Beyond Courage author Doreen Rappaport reveals powerful stories of defiance through twenty one scrupulously researched accounts of Jewish courage in eleven nations. The reader can sense the terror that continuously plagued Jews. We learn the names, faces and places of Jewish heroism. Readers sense the valor that drove Jews to accept the ultimate sacrifice, to die fighting rather than accept starvation, forced labor and death in a Nazi camp. Some events are told in book form for the first time.

Many captured Jews believed that they would remain alive as a source of labor. Soon tales of terror and mass murder arrived from Jews who had escaped Nazi death camps. By 1942, fresh stories flourished about thousands of Jewish families rounded up in Eastern Europe who were murdered and buried in huge pits. Jews under Nazi control gradually accepted that their days were numbered. No one heard from Jews deported to the East. Most Jews realized that they had two choices. They could meekly wait, hoping for a swift Allied victory, or they could fight back with whatever means possible.
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