Jewish Values: Brave Deeds: How One Family Saved Many from the Nazis

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A fictional account of a real-life and heroic Dutch couple, the Braals, who, as conscientious objectors, hid Jews and others hunted by the Nazis, forged documents, and fed and warmed hundreds of people in the countryside outside of Rotterdam during World War II. The story is told from the point of view and in the authentic voice of an unnamed, fictional child (representing “all children who go through war” )who lives with the couple while her parents are in hiding elsewhere. While the threats, fear, and deprivations are real, there is no overt violence. The author even shares charming details about the games, skits, presentations, food preparation, and outdoor play that keep the children entertained. The Jewish content is minimal, but one of the hidden children is identified as Jewish, and one can imagine other Jews living under similar conditions in Holland. In an epilogue, the author discusses the fate of Dutch Jews under Nazi occupation. The book is based on the memories of Mies Braal and includes photos from her personal archives.
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