Women Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue

Women Heroes of World War II Stories of Espionage Sabotage Resistance and Rescue 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 h

  • Title: Women Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue
  • Author: Kathryn J. Atwood
  • ISBN: 9781556529610
  • Page: 406
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A 2012 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 assassinatA 2012 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.

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    1. This non-fiction text profiles twenty six women from eight different countries that fought against Nazi policy and occupation. They were women from all different walks of life that felt they needed to be involved in the rescue, resistance, sabotage and espionage movements during WWII. There were women like Irena Sendler, Sophie Scholl, Corrie ten Boom and Magda Trocme that I knew, but many whose stories I had never heard before.Kathryn Atwood has created a non fiction text that both adolescents [...]

    2. Five SUPERB stars!!! A high-praise salute to the many women HEROES of World War Two; housewives, students, shopkeepers, starlets, journalists - women from every walk of life who put aside personal safety to fight against tyranny and Jewish persecution in every capacity imaginable. Kathryn J. Atwood's meticulous research and respectfully straightforward writing might be geared to a young-adult audience, but it's really superbly suited for any reader desiring a brief summation of the European thea [...]

    3. After reading The Nightingale my friends and I were intrigued about the roles women played in WWII, not really even realizing there were heroic stories to be shared!!We didn't realize this was for YA, and is very watered down/ concise. It's a good starting point to follow up on some women they discuss here, but the stories are too short and the introduction? Hitler = really really bad. Ok. Got it. K thx. I've technically not read the WHOLE book, but there are good short stories to read while kil [...]

    4. Disclaimer: Kathryn Atwood is a friend. I've never met her in real life, and I brought this book. But she is a Friend (was before this book was published). Just so you know.Billed as a young adult history book, Atwood's Women Heroes of World War II can easily be read by people of all ages. This is great because it is a book that helps to fill two large gaps in World War II history.The first gap is that of the helpers or rescuers of Jews in World War II. This is a gap, I can hear you wonder. We [...]

    5. I found this a marvelous source of really gripping narratives about the women who resisted the Nazis. It leaves me profoundly heartened by the ability of the 26 women included to do life saving good in the face of such profound evil. It is the latter that I find so hard to understand, especially what might be called creative evil: going out of one's way to do harm to others. These women coped with that without despair and lived and died saving others.The book has great photos of the heroes and a [...]

    6. I went into Kathryn Atwood’s Women Heroes of World War II hoping the experience would leave me with the same fascination I experienced after watching HBO’s excellent series Band of Brothers. While the book does deliver in that regard, in some ways I feel like I got so much more.Atwood paints vivid stills of her twenty-six heroines, offering up generally their most significant wartime contributions as well as fascinating peeks into each woman’s personality. Perhaps my favorite profile is th [...]

    7. In Women Heroes of World War II, Kathryn Atwood has written a very moving account of 26 strong, courageous women who stood up to the Nazi scourge at great risk to their own lives. Some joined underground resistance movements in Nazi-occupied countries, others rescued Jews and Allied soldiers caught behind enemy lines or worked as spies, mingling with the enemy to gather useful information. And all of their stories are amazing. In Poland, 19-year-old Irene Gut worked for a high ranking German off [...]

    8. For those of you who, like me, struggle to get through non-fiction, this may be the book for you. It's classified as young adult non-fiction, which just means that you aren't overwhelmed with information. While some of the stories may have benefitted from a bit more detail, this book does its job well: it introduces you to many heroic women who did resistance work in World War II. It's meant to get you interested in these women, and provides resources for you to learn more about them. I liked th [...]

    9. This isn't a book that lends itself to sitting down and reading straight through. The individual stories start to seem too similar: clever girls, touched by the plight of others, finding a way to hide or briefly shelter Jews on an underground railroad, finding their strength in their faith. With Schindler's List you get more ambiguity, more real personality. While it would be useful to find a few pointers that would show us all how to remain moral in a horrifying world, these stories are too abb [...]

    10. No one knows how they will react in a situation of utmost peril. Fortunately, for most of us, we will never have to face that ultimate test of one's deepest resolve. None of the 26 heroines in Kathryn Attwood's new book, Women Heroes of World War Two, thought of themselves as heroes but their actions beggar belief. For the greater good they defied or tried to defy the evils of Nazism, each trying in her own, individual way to throw a small spanner into the giant machine that was Hitler's Germany [...]

    11. “Women Heroes of WWII,” is a collection of 26 stories, each containing a tale of an inspiring woman or girl who lived and breathed during WWII. From the four corners of the world, you learn about strong individuals who did what they could to make a difference in the dark world they were living in. Some rescued Jews, others wrote illegal pamphlets, some were spies, some lived to tell their stories and some died for what they believed in. From all walks of life, from various backgrounds, diffe [...]

    12. For years I have been disappointed that there was a recognition lacking for women who have fought for their countries. The overall worldwide view (excluding some countries who include both men and women in their military) has been that women should not be exposed to the horrors of war and combat. But many have been in combat and have served in different ways. Now we see women in front-line combat. And at last the recognition, at least in the US, that women who fight and die should be acknowledge [...]

    13. I would love to see this book used in classrooms. It does read like a textbooka very, well-written one! The stories for each hero are concise and delivered in a direct, explanatory manner. In my opinion, this is how history should be taught in our schools; in a way that is informative and understandable for students. It's a great introduction for twelve or thirteen year olds, to be exposed to non-military efforts against the Nazi's in WWII. For those in high school, the short biographies can ser [...]

    14. As a World War II history buff, I was intrigued to find a book that centers on the role of women. These "26 Stories of espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue" do not disappoint. Atwood details the heroic exploits of women from all over Europe: Germany, Poland, France, Holland, Belgium, Denmark, and Great Britain, as well as the United States. Whether famous entertainers like Josephine Baker and Marlene Dietrich or simply ordinary wives, students, teachers, these women step up to take their [...]

    15. This is the sort of book that you'd have to try really hard to screw up. The basic facts of these women's lives are so riveting on their own that you'd have to be a poor writer indeed to make it anything less than fascinating. Atwood is not a poor writer, and I think she did her best to present the best, most succinct, and most exciting accounts of each woman with an allowance of slightly less than ten pages per woman. I was actually most impressed with her selection. Yes, there should have been [...]

    16. Good read. A series of articles about women heroes of World War II. Exactly what the title promises. The book is targeted for junior high and high school students. It focuses on the European theater of the war, beginning with a short summary of the beginning of the war before turning to the individual countries and the heroines from that country. For each country, there is a short history of what happened to that particular country-- when it was invaded, or in the case of Germany, how Hitler cam [...]

    17. If you are interested in the woman who went behind enemy lines during WWII risking their all, then this is the book for you. The unashamed bravery of these woman, put us all to shame, I was often left amazed and inspired by their sacrifice.Wonderfully written and a must read! Great for the young and old.I was honored to have won a free autographed copy of this book in a giveaway and I would like to thank Chicago Review Press.

    18. Women Heroes of World War II tells 26 different stories of women involved in espionage, sabotage, resistance, and rescue before and during World War II. These women came from all different socioeconomic backgrounds, ages, and countries but each of them were fluent in the language of doing the right thing. Their stories are often the definition of bravery as they all put their lives on the line countless times in order to defeat the Axis Powers. Some of them even made the ultimate sacrifice in th [...]

    19. This book is best read with your teens or pre-teens aloud. There are real stories of courage, patriotism, and honor within these pages. Since it is organized first by geography, then person-by-person accounts, a few pages at a time can be read and discussed. Questions such as: What made this person brave? What things could have limited her or kept her from serving but that she did not allow to keep her from accomplishing her goals? How did her contributions, whether great or seemingly small, hel [...]

    20. This was an extremely informative, interesting book. I highly enjoyed it. I even learned from it. The stories of these brave women are inspiring. It takes a brave man to join the war and an even braver woman to join. They all put themselves in danger and risked their lives to help end the war. After reading this, I believe that WWII would not have ended as soon as it did if not for these women. I recommend this book to all the women/girls out there who are looking for inspiration. It truly makes [...]

    21. In her new collective biography, Kathryn Atwood recounts the heroic actions of women in the European theater of battle of World War II. Each quick-reading story profiles a woman who decided that surviving the war was insufficient and that active opposition to Nazi troops and agents was necessary to overthrow the menace of Hitler's regime. Some wrote and distributed anti-Nazi literature, others sheltered Jews and Allied soldiers, and still others became spies and saboteurs. All endangered their o [...]

    22. Loved this book! Easy, interesting, and inspiring stories! Loved that they came from all areas of the European theater and reflected all the various ways women resisted and helped during WWII. Definitely recommend! Read for popsugar 2017 challenge prompts:A book with pictures A book about an interesting woman (women!)

    23. As a specialist on rescue and resistance during World War II, I was impressed and enthralled with Kathryn Atwood's Women Heroes of WWII. Each well-constructed story, with historical background and unique elements of surprise, oppression, outraged reaction, and closure, carries its own weight as truth gathered from first-person testimony. Her detailed accounts of no less than 26 courageous women from various Nazi-Occupied countries raise burning questions in the reader's mind: How many other unsu [...]

    24. Thank you to the Author, Kathryn Atwood, for sending our school a copy of her book!! Not finished yet but want to say it is excellent, I especially like the links to websites she includes on the end page of the biographies so you can find out more about these courageous and selfless women.This is a well-researched and presented book, detailing war experiences in lives that history generally tends to exclude or trivialize. Of especial note is the age of some of these "women"; so many of them were [...]

    25. bought for my daughter after seeing Imitation Game and having a WW II discussion including the changing role of women. I was curious so I read a few pagesd couldn't put it down. Yes, it's written for a younger audience, but it's well written. There is just enough information on each spotlighted woman for it to be fascinating, and each written snapshot has both pictures and resources for further reading. It is NOT full of happy endingsbut intriguing nevertheless.

    26. The strength of the Nazi regime was in essence based on fear and mistrust among the people. But not everyone allowed that fear to predominate. A number of people in the occupied areas had the courage to turn themselves against the Nazis, either individually or by joining a group. They offered resistance in several manners, by distributing illegal leaflets, rescuing Jews, sabotage, or passing on information to the allies. Work that was certainly not without danger, it required guts. Most of the m [...]

    27. This book highlights 26 women (many very young) who saw evil and chose to bravely fight for the Allied cause during WWII. Some were journalists, some were spies--some were assassins. While I've already read about Irene Gut and Corrie ten Boom, the rest were new to me (and have given me a whole bunch of new books to read).Wonderful book for young readers that I will definitely purchase. I can't wait for my girls to be old enough to read these stories of strong, brave, and often very spiritual wom [...]

    28. (Biography) ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS! I'm adding this to my "Overcoming The Impossible" shelf. The stories are riveting and told in an easy to understand format. The book is divided up by country making it a great primer on the basics of the the Nazi regime's spread across Europe. Although not graphic, the author doesn't hold back on the details good or bad on each side. I will be referring back to these stories again and again.

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