Last weekend, Cam and I watched a German film about the end of Hitler's reign.
Downfall was interesting, educational and mind-boggling.
Seeing it prompted me to pick up a book I'd purchased awhile ago.
I'd wanted to share In My Hands, Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer with Sam, as a way to talk with him about the Holocaust and heroic people who risked their lives to care for others.
Since I was sort of between books, I decided to read it on my own. Irene Gut Opdyke, who, as a very young Polish woman, began fighting against the oppression and wickedness she witnessed, came along with me on most of my commutes this week.
I'd read the Diary of Anne Frank and seen Schindler's List and Life is Beautiful which gave me a tiny bit of insight into the experiences of Jewish people during the war.
But I didn't know much about how life was for others at that time.
Downfall gave an account of the situation faced by the German people at the end of the war. They were sacrificed without regard and sabotaged without remorse by their leader. Many felt powerless to disagree or challenge his madness, for fear of losing their lives.
In My Hands, told of the impact of the war on the people of Poland. I knew Jewish citizens were treated inhumanely but I didn't know that Polish people who weren't Jews were forced to work against their will and follow orders or die.
That some people, from every culture, took action for what was right, despite intense oppression, is inspirational. I admire their courage.