Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Jacob's Rescue by Malka Drucker and Michael Halperin

Jacob's Rescue by Malka Drucker and Michael Halperin
117 pages

An amazing story based on true events of a young boy and his brother, who are hidden away during the Holocaust. Alex and Mela hide Jacob and his brother, David, sometimes going without shelter and food to save these boys.

(from jacket cover)
Once Jacob Gutgeld lived with his family in a beautiful house. He went to a proper school and played hide and seek in the woods with his friends. But everything changed the day the Nazi soldiers marched into Warsaw, Poland. The year was 1939. Suddenly it wasn't safe to be Jewish in Poland anymore. Eight-year-old Jacob and his relatives who remained found themselves convinced to a walled in ghetto, where night and day the terrible click click of the soldiers' boots echoed on the cobblestones. It was then that Jacob's aunt Hannah decided that the boy had only one hope of rescue-to pretend he was not Jewish.
One afternoon, while the soldiers were on their break, Jacob slipped through a hole in the wall to meet Alex Roslan, a kind non-Jewish man who agreed to be Jacob's new 'uncle.' The Roslan family called Jacob 'Genyek,' and at the risk of their own lives they kept his identity as a Jew hidden.
For all of them, every day of hiding meant a new danger, a new threat of discovery. Jacob worried about his real family, longed to go to school and to go outside like the Roslan children. Yet the fear, the hardships, and the hunger brought Jacob closer and closer to all the Roslans-until at last the time of hate and war came to an end and a new chapter began in all their lives.

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