Sunday, November 1, 2009

Hanneke Ippisch

I picked up a small book at Goodwill the other day, caught by the title since I always look for the opportunity to learn more about World War II. Little did I expect the story it held inside.

The author of “Sky, A True Story of Courage During World War II” was growing up in the orderly life of a Dutch minister’s family when the Germans occupied Holland. After three years of hearing about concentration camps, seeing the soldiers with guns, and having Jewish friends taken away, she volunteered to be part of the Resistance movement. At the tender age of eighteen she became an escort, helping the Jewish people who were in hiding get to safer areas. Wanting to do even more to help, she became a courier to one of the top Resistance leaders.

Through old photographs and photocopies of “false” IDs provided to her by the underground movement and her excellent telling of her story, she details life in Holland during the occupation. Thousands died from lack of food, coal, and electricity. People were killed for trying to bring in news from the outside world. But the real story is one of a young woman who heard a call to do for others – at no matter what odds.

We have learned about those in the armed forces who fought in this War, but we should also know that there were those who did not wear uniforms who also served.
Including this one very gutsy young woman.




Sky, A True Story of Courage During World War II” was written for young adults, and is a quick read, but the subject is equally appropriate for anyone looking for more knowledge about WWII. Excellent description of events, interesting background stories, very good photos and back-up. The author was encouraged by her children to put her story into print for the benefit of future generations. Local libraries can usually obtain a copy on inter-library loan if it is not on their shelves.

7 comments:

MyStory of HiStory said...

Sounds like a very interesting story! Thanks for sharing about it. Sounds like I'd enjoy & would like to have my girls read.

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the Goodwill......

The 4 Bushel Farmgal said...

Hi MyStory,
Yes, I'm sure it would be enjoyed. This is a book I'll keep.

Hi Kary,
I've shopped at Goodwill and the Salvation Army for many years, and I'm still surprised at the good things I find!

Scattering Lupines said...

What an unespected jewel! Thanks for sharing...

I love the theme of "call and response". We ALL have a call we can respond to, and this girl certainly heard hers loud and clear!

The 4 Bushel Farmgal said...

Hi Lupines,
Absolutely!

jen said...

I am so gonna get this and have read it to the kids they are very interested in World War 2 and the Nazi's terrible treatment of others. 2 years ago we read a story about a Danish girl and her families escape to sweden "can't remember the title,Last year we read the hiding place & watched the movie, we just started the Mascot so this will be next thanks for posting!

The 4 Bushel Farmgal said...

Hi Jen,
I'm sure they'll like it. I'm going to ask at the library for the one you mentioned about the Danish girl. Thank you!