This was a hard read, but one that I would recommend. There were many heroes who participated in saving of Jewish children in Poland during World War II. Irena Sendler was one of those people. She is credited with saving 2500 children. Her story has been decades coming to life.
The author had the task of piecing together that story through Irena’s words, other eyewitnesses, documents and some conjecture. The facts speak for themselves. The thoughts attributed to certain people were subject to the conjecture. The author clearly explains and identifies those instances.
Irena did not always make the best decisions and her shortcomings are not glossed over. Her love life during that time figures into the how’s and why’s things happened. She rose high in the Warsaw resistance movement and as such was a target for the Nazis. And while she was well thought of within her circle, it was her knowledge of the names of the children saved that was most important.
The cast of characters at the end of the book would have been most helpful at the beginning. As Irena often said she was a part of a network. It was hard at times to keep all the people straight. Having that list at the beginning would alert the reader to its existence.
There is also a young reader’s version available.
I received a free copy of the book from NetGalley in exchanged for my honest review. Thank you.