Category Archives: Biography/Memoir

“Irena’s Children” by Tilar J. Mazzeo

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Irena Sendler, honored as one of the “Righteous Among Nations” at Yad Vashem, a modest Polish Catholic, led a team of Polish citizens to save at least 2500 Jewish children from the Nazis amid the atrocities of the Warsaw Ghetto and the destruction of the city of Warsaw. The author brings the story to life, and I was overwhelmed by the group’s courage, daring and sacrifice of their own safety against impossible odds.

Evaluation: 5 out of 5

“An Invisible Thread” by Laura L. Schroff

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The author tells an inspiring story about how she, as a busy executive thirty years ago, befriended an eleven-year-old panhandler on a crowded Manhattan street. They met weekly for lunch, and she became a major influence in helping to turn his life around. She and the young man, who now has a family of his own, are still the best of friends, and he credits her, and rightfully so, for leading him to a life of productivity and respectability. The author is a Huntington native, and it was interesting to read about various familiar locations mentioned in the book.

Evaluation: 5 out of 5