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.