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Doreen Rappaport is an award-winning author of forty-five books for young readers and three crossover books for adults and young adults. Her most recent crossover book is Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust.
Beyond Courage garnered six starred reviews from literary journals and was selected as one of the best non-fiction books of 2012 by The New York Times, Washington Post, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, School Library Journal, Jewish Image Magazine and Tablet Magazine.
The New York Times wrote “. . . it belongs in every library and home.” A. Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League, called it “a riveting collection. . . that will surely engage and inspire and challenge misconceptions held by many.” Jewish Book World wrote that it was “a reminder that tremendous acts of courage were carried out by ordinary people. . .under extraordinarily difficult circumstances.” Kirkus Reviews heralded it as “The very model of excellence in nonfiction.”
Among other awards, Rappaport particularly treasures a Sydney Taylor Honor Book from the Association of Jewish Libraries, along with awards from Bank Street College, the American Library Association and the National Council of Teachers of English.
Beyond Courage is the result of six years of travel to archives and places in Eastern and Western Europe and in the United States and consultations with prominent Holocaust historians and survivors to uncover the true story of Jewish resistance, and to correct the damaging and persistent belief that Jews ”went like sheep to the slaughter.” In its 220 pages are 20 true accounts of resistance activities in eleven German-occupied countries. The book includes poems, maps, 200 archival photographs, diary entries, and individual stories. The stories read like fiction but they do not have one iota of fictionalization.
Beyond Courage covers lesser known events such as the tunnel escape from the Novogrudok forced labor camp, the all-girls guerilla unit in the mountains of Evvia, Greece, led by Sara Yehoshua, and the magazine, Vedem, written and illustrated by 100 boys in Theresienstadt, as well as the most up-to-date scholarship on familiar events such as the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and the escape from Sobibor.
A dynamic writer-teacher-storyteller, Rappaport has been a featured author at the National Portrait Gallery, National Book Festival, the Smithsonian Museum of American History and at state and national educational conferences, universities, libraries, historical societies, book fairs, schools, and community centers. Since Beyond Courage was published, she has lectured all over the country at public libraries, Holocaust and national reading conferences, and in yeshivas, synagogues, and community centers.
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Beyond Courage: Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust