Women Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue (Women of Action)
Kathryn J. Atwood
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An Amelia Bloomer List Recommended Title
A VOYA Nonfiction Honor List Selection
Noor Inayat Khan was the first female radio operator sent into occupied France and transferred crucial messages. Johtje Vos, a Dutch housewife, hid Jews in her home and repeatedly outsmarted the Gestapo. Law student Hannie Schaft became involved in the most dangerous resistance work--sabotage, weapons transference, and assassinations. In these pages, young readers will meet these and many other similarly courageous women and girls who risked their lives to help defeat the Nazis.
Twenty-six engaging and suspense-filled stories unfold from across Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Denmark, Great Britain, and the United States, providing an inspiring reminder of women and girls’ refusal to sit on the sidelines around the world and throughout history.
An overview of World War II and summaries of each country’s entrance and involvement in the war provide a framework for better understanding each woman’s unique circumstances, and resources for further learning follow each profile. Women Heroes of World War II is an invaluable addition to any student’s or history buff’s bookshelf.
Without telling her friends what their safety was costing her, Irene agreed to Major Rügemer’s demand. This situation lasted for several months until the Soviet army pushed the Germans westward, back toward Germany, and everyone in Ternopol fled to avoid the approaching Soviet armies. After parting from Rügemer and her Jewish friends, Irene found work as a courier for the Polish Home Army (the AK), which was fighting the enemies of Poland—the Germans and the Soviets—in any way it could. When
just to keep from fainting. But Magda’s stress was self-imposed; she willingly accepted her many duties and would have done nothing different. She explained it this way: “I never close my door, never refuse to help somebody who comes to me and asks for something. This I think is my kind of religion. When things happen, not things that I plan, but things sent by God or by chance, when people come to my door, I [feel] responsible.” If the activities of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon were becoming well
the Gestapo if they heard them say anything against the Führer.) Schools also became places of indoctrination, where history classes taught that Hitler was descended from great German heroes, math classes discussed how much money the state lost while supporting mentally challenged individuals, and biology classes taught the superiority of the Aryan race and the inferiority of the Jewish race. Many Germans were blinded to the cruelty and darkness of the Nazi regime. Hitler’s policies created
Franco didn’t want to anger Hitler by openly allowing Allied refugees into Spain, but he also didn’t want to offend the Allied countries who supplied him with certain domestic products. This caused a hit-or-miss situation for those trying to escape from Nazi-occupied France into Spain. If Allied refugees could get past the German guards on the French side of the border, they were sometimes arrested by Franco’s men on the Spanish side. And while some of these refugees were handed over to the
was stationed in 1944 to accomplish a two-sided mission. The first, and more obvious, reason for the mission was to evacuate stranded Allied airmen in the area and also assist the CFI with intelligence operations against the Germans. The Dawes team was so successful at locating strategic Nazi bombing sites that Hitler became enraged and vowed to forsake the Geneva Conventions (which forbade the mistreatment of enemy soldiers) and shoot any Allied airmen on the spot. The second part of the Dawes