Tuesday, March 5, 2024

HIDDEN YELLOW STARS by Rebecca Connolly, Reviewed by Winnie Thomas #ReleaseDay

Hidden Yellow Stars is a compelling book based on a true story of two women in Belgium who joined a resistance movement to save Jewish children from the Germans in WWII. Schoolteacher Andree Geulen and Ida Sterno work together with others to hide the children, painstakingly changing their names and keeping track of them in order to, hopefully, reunite the families later. Knowing their very lives are at peril, they selflessly risk all to give these children a chance of surviving.

This poignant and heartbreaking story has been carefully researched by talented author Rebecca Connolly. I recommend this book to those who enjoy well-written historical fiction based on actual happenings.
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Shadow Mountain Publishing through NetGalley. All opinions are my own. 4.5 stars

BackCover Blurb:
Based on the true story of two World War II heroines who risked everything to save Jewish children from the Gestapo by hiding them throughout Belgium 1942.

Young school teacher Andrée Geulen secretly defies the Nazis in Belgium, who are forcing Jews to wear a yellow Star of David. Andrée is not Jewish, but she feels a maternal connection to her students, who are living in constant fear, and decides to take action. No child should have to suffer under such persecution. But what can one woman do against an entire army?

Ida Sterno is a Jewish woman who works with the Committee for the Defense of Jews in Belgium, a clandestine resistance group tasked with hiding children from the Gestapo. She wants to recruit Andrée because her Aryan appearance can provide crucial security measures for their efforts. Andrée agrees to join and begins work immediately by adopting a code name: Claude Fournier.

Together, Andrée and Ida, and their undercover operatives, work around the clock to move Jewish children from their families and smuggle them to safety through the secret channels established by the resistance. As each child is hidden, Andrée commits to memory their true name and history. Someday, she vows, she will help reunite as many of these families as she can.

But with the Gestapo closing in and the traitorous Fat Jacques who has turned from ally to enemy and is threatening to identify and expose any Jew he meets, Andrée and Ida must work even harder against increasingly impossible odds to save as many children as possible and keep them safely hidden—even if it might cost them their own lives.

Shadow Mountain Publishing, March, 2024
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