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Overview Chronicling for the first time an important episode of Christian rescue of hidden Jewish children during the Holocaust, "Inge" is a dramatic, frank account of the life and feelings of a teenage girl struggling to survive the Holocaust on her own, and of how the effects of that experience reverberated through her life and on into the lives of her descendants.
Publishers Description Like "The Diary of Anne Frank" and the Academy Award-winning film "The Pianist, Inge" tells the moving, personal story of a young Jew's struggle to escape the grip of Nazi terror in occupied Europe.
In 1939, following Kristallnacht, Inge's family in Germany is broken apart, and she is sent alone to Brussels to live with wealthy relatives. Soon, she finds herself one of a hundred Jewish children fleeing for their lives following Hitler's invasions of Belgium and France.
For a time, it seems as if Inge and the others are successful, as they find shelter under the protection of the Swiss Red Cross in a fifteenth-century French chateau. There, Inge even finds love. But the rumors and horrors of the Holocaust are never far away, and eventually French gendarmes surprise the children, taking them from their protectors to a nearby transit camp. In their desperate attempts to escape, Inge and her boyfriend face unexpected life-and-death decisions -- decisions that will haunt Inge for the rest of her life.
This powerful, never-before-told story has been reconstructed from Inge's own sixty-six page manuscripts, together with information drawn from her personal letters and from the recollections of friends, relatives, and people who were with Inge in Europe. On one level, this book chronicles for the first time an important episode of Christian rescue of hidden Jewish children during the Holocaust. On a different level, "Inge" is a dramatic, frank account of the life and feelings of a teenage girl struggling to survive the Holocaust on her own, and of how the effects of that experience reverberated through her life and on into the lives of her descendants.
However it is read, "Inge" isa story of survival that will not be soon forgotten.
Awards and Recognitions Inge: A Girl's Journey Through Nazi Europe by Inge Joseph Bleier & David Gumpert has received the following awards and recognitions -
Independent Publisher Book Awards - 2005 Finalist - Autobiography/Memoir category
Citations And Professional Reviews Inge: A Girl's Journey Through Nazi Europe by Inge Joseph Bleier & David Gumpert has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Multicultural Review - 09/01/2005 page 79
Booklist - 05/15/2004 page 1593
Voice of Youth Advocates - 10/01/2004 page 322
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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.34" Width: 6.56" Height: 1.1" Weight: 1.35 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2004
Publisher Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN 0802826865 ISBN13 9780802826862
Availability 0 units.
More About Inge Joseph Bleier & David Gumpert
Inge Joseph Bleier survived the war and emigrated to the United States, where she married, raised a family, and worked as a registered nurse who headed the obstetrics and gynecology department at Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She died in 1983.
Reviews - What do customers think about Inge: A Girl's Journey Through Nazi Europe?
Inge Oct 24, 2007
Unlike many books about the Holocaust this one is truly different in its ending. Suffuring a fate like the Jewish in WWII is not imaginable and this books takes you to a girl and the trials she faced trying to survive and stay connected with her family. This books is an inspiring story of a young girl who tries to survive the terrible fate of her people while trying to stay with her family and the repercussions of this horrible time will never be healed. Although Inge does not get to finish the book herself, her nephew does a great job finishing where she left off. If you like emotional stories that suck you in and you don't want to put the book down, you will love this book!
Hard to put down! Mar 20, 2007
I won't go into a synopsis since the readers before me have very detailed ones. I checked this one out from the local library. I could not put it down. I was able to finish in 2 days. I found myself following her on her journey. The book is very well written and really involves the reader in what life may have been like for her. I am purchasing this one to keep on my shelf. Definitely worth reading and rereading.
Holocaust Story You Can't Forget Jun 21, 2006
This book takes you into the life of Inge Joseph who lived threw the Holocaust, but ultimitly could not get past it.
Inge Joseph was born in Darmstadt, Germany in 1925. She had an older sister and loving parents. When she was young Hitler took power and her life changed. In 1936 her father got arrested and shortly afterwards her sister then 16 went to live in America eventually living in Chicago.
Inge and her mother remained in Darmstadt with the help of her father's wealthy cousin. During this time however Inge left Darmstadt and went to live with her cousin in Belgium. After only living with him a short time he and his wife sent her to live in a hostil run by Mr. and Mrs. Frank (no relation to Anne.) After living there a while, the Nazis invaded Belgium and the Franks sent the girls to France with a group of boys from another hostil in the town they lived in.
The 100 kids went to France and stayed in a barn for a while, until the Swiss Red Cross got involved helping them with food, and finding them a castle to live in.
Life was not easy in the barn or castle, but Inge and some of her friends found love. During the time in the castle the oldest of the children were arrested and sent to a concentration camp, but managed to go back to Chateau le Haille (the castle). Several months later the person in charge decided that the oldest ones needed to escape.
After a failed escape leading to the deaths of Inge's friend and boyfriend Inge made it to Switzerland and finally to the United States to reunite with her father and sister.
Inge tried to get over her experiences, married a Austrian Jew and adopted a daughter named Julie, and also became a nurse. Unfortunitly she was not able to and became addicted to medication that caused her to die in 1983.
A very interesting story, one can't forget
A different look at the Holocaust Feb 25, 2006
Most books on the Holocaust reflect the horrible trials of those murdered or sent to Concentration Camps. This is a story of a young girl sent by her family to Belgium from Germany before the war. She is tossed into the whirlwind of war and her separation from her family is greatly traumatic for her. She faces her difficult teen years as a refugee in Southern France. The North of France is occupied by the Nazis, who ultimately control the French Government, both north and south. Each year she grows closer to her 18th birthday, she is painfully aware of the French laws will allow her to be turned over to the Nazis and deported. She is not alone in her travail. This story tells of the genuine goodness of those who helped shelter her and get her and many of her friends to Switzerland. There is love, loss and decency. A really different prospective. Should be read by all.
Inge A Girl's Journey Through Nazi Europe May 11, 2004
Much has been written about the millions who were murdered during the Nazis' Holocaust bestiality yet we know less about the effect on thousands of child survivors who suffered separation from family, deprivation and often multiple escapes during World War II. In "Inge" author Gumpert vividly portrays the anxieties and trauma of an innocent young girl under the duress of separation, escape and living on the margin. Inge discovers herself and turns from introvert to courageous escape artist, outwitting adult persecutioners. We also learn about selfless and heroic rescuers. It is fascinating to discover her interactions with peers and even the advent of teenage love during her turbulent youth.
The book vividly presents the gripping dangers and escapades of Inge's teenage years. Even more important, the author reveals Inge's lifelong and unsuccessful struggle to cope with the memories. One feels the author has perhaps finally provided the peace and redemption which escaped Inge during her lifetime.
As a fellow teenage refugee with Inge in 1940-41 (her first love was my best friend Walter), I knew the facts, but I am deeply moved by the compelling story told by this book.