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Inge : a girl's journey through Nazi Europe
Bleier, Inge J.
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Grand Rapids, Mich. : William B. Eerdmans Pub., [2004]

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xiv, 277 pages : illustrations, 1 map ; 24 cm
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Accelerated Reader AR UG 7.5 18.0 108525.
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In early 1939, after Kristallnacht, young Inge Joseph's family in Germany is broken apart, and her desperate mother sends her alone to Brussels to live with wealthy relatives. But she soon finds herself one of a hundred Jewish children fleeing for their lives following Hitler's invasions of Belgium and France. For a time, in 1941 and 1942, it seems as if Inge and the others have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams, as they find shelter through the Swiss Red Cross in an idyllic fifteenth-century French chateau. Inge even finds love there. But the rumors and horrors of the Holocaust are never far away, and eventually French gendarmes surprise the children, taking them from their protectors to a nearby transit camp. In their desperate attempts to escape, Inge and her boyfriend face unexpected life-and-death decisions - wrenching decisions that will haunt Inge for the rest of her life. manuscript, found after her death; David Gumpert has also drawn from Inge's personal letters, from the recollections of friends, relatives, and people who were with her in Europe, and from his own close relationship with his aunt. One of the most dramatic stories of Christian rescue of Jewish children during the Holocaust, Inge is at the same time a totally frank account of the life and feelings of a teenage girl struggling to survive the Holocaust on her own - and of how the effects of that experience reverberated through her life and on into the lives of her descendants. No matter how or why one reads it, Inge is a story of survival not soon to be forgotten.

Author Notes

Inge Joseph Bleier survived World War II and emigrated to the United States, where she married, raised a family, and worked as a registered nurse who headed the obstetrics and gynecology department at Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She died in 1983
David E. Gumpert is a nephew of Inge Joseph Bleier. A writer and a professional journalist, he has worked as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal and as an editor for Inc. magazine and The Harvard Business Review

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Booklist Review

In January 1939, when Bleier was 14, her parents sent her from Darmstadt, Germany, to Brussels to live with her father's cousin. Later, she was sent to a Jewish children's home there. When the Germans bombed the city, Bleier and other children were taken to a French village, where they lived in filthy conditions in an abandoned goat barn. In 1941, the Swiss Red Cross moved her and other Jewish children to an old castle in the south of France. In January 1943, she attempted to escape to Switzerland but was caught. Her second attempt, in October 1943, was successful. Gumpert is Bleier's nephew, and this book is based on a 66-page manuscript that he found after her death in Chicago in 1983. Gumpert also found some of her personal letters, and he was able to interview many of her friends and relatives, who gave him a number of black-and-white photos (32 of them appear in\b the book). The result is a compelling account of one woman's personal Holocaust struggle. --George Cohen Copyright 2004 Booklist

Table of Contents

Prefacep. viii
Acknowledgmentsp. x
Introductionp. xiii
Truthp. 1
Papap. 6
Departuresp. 14
Luxuriesp. 23
Paymentsp. 30
Visasp. 39
Gypsiesp. 46
Parachutesp. 53
Huntedp. 60
Plaguesp. 67
Communityp. 74
Relaxationp. 78
Curiosityp. 83
Gratitudep. 88
Givingp. 97
Springtimep. 103
Competitionp. 108
Paradisep. 114
Romancep. 123
Celebritiesp. 127
Melodiesp. 132
Togetherp. 137
Controlp. 141
Laundryp. 145
Instinctp. 150
Regroupingp. 153
Waitingp. 162
Onionsp. 172
Meetingsp. 176
Chessp. 181
Snowp. 186
Explorationp. 190
Commanderp. 193
Sentencep. 197
Fallingp. 200
Lightsp. 206
Reunionp. 211
Reflectionp. 215
Jewchildrenp. 219
Peacep. 223
Judgmentp. 227
Bicyclingp. 230
Irenep. 235
Lambp. 241
Leavesp. 246
Regulationsp. 249
Debtp. 252
Mutti?p. 254
Advancementp. 257
Optimismp. 261
Epiloguep. 265
Afterwordp. 266