Like Women’s History? Enjoy biographical sketches? Fascinated by World War II? If any of those sound like you, Women Heroes of World War II is a book you should try.
Atwood has assembled brief accounts of twenty six women from eight countries and their efforts to defeat the Nazis. The entries are just enough to whet your appetite to learn more about each woman profiled, and a bibliography is thankfully included.
Coincidentially, I started this book shortly after finishing Code Name Pauline, and the books not only share an author, but Pearl’s story that is told more completely in Code Name Pauline is also one of the entries in this book.
As much as I enjoyed this book, I was very excited to learn that the author has a new book coming out later this year with a very similar theme – Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics.
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.
Title: Women Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue
Author: Kathryn J. Atwood
Category: Nonfiction / Biographies / World War II
My Rating: 4 Stars
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