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Brave deeds : how one family saved many from the Nazis /
Ann Alma.
Toronto : Groundwood Books : House of Anansi Press, 2008.
95 p. : ill.
0888997914, 9780888997913 :
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Toronto : Groundwood Books : House of Anansi Press, 2008.
9780888997913 :
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 93).
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This item was nominated for the following awards:
Silver Birch Award, CAN, 2009 : Nominated
Review Quotes
...a great introduction for younger readers to the courage and principles of the Braals and others like them who saved a great many lives. engaging and informative story that inspires without being saccharine or preachy. Including such resources as an epilogue, historical notes, and a glossary means that the book will be a useful educational source as well. Brave Deeds makes a fine contribution to Holocaust and Second World War literature for children.
A vibrant, mischievous face beams out of Ann Alma's Brave Deeds...Alma brings this heroic domesticity to life in a way that's both informative and engaging.
...genuinely moving...librarians might recommend this to sensitive teens interested in the Holocaust.
...large in ideas and important...Brave Deeds is an informative resource...A tribute to people of courage, and a challenge to those whow onder if they would ever have such courage. Highly Recommended.
The author, [Ann Alma], is a friend of the Braals...and her information comes directly from the survivors...Alma's tribute to an ordinary family who took extraordinary risks is commendable, and the numerous photographs from the family's archives are very helpful.
The bravery of the Braals is more than apparent in the hiding of so many under such difficult circumstances, but it is played out movingly in the dailyness of life at Her Buitenhuis, in the provisions of meals almost from thin air, and the comfort and courage from a seemingly bottomless well.
The history is thrilling...the chores, hunger, and hardship; the terrifying raids; the heroic sacrifice...What will excite kids are the facts, fully explained...and the many archival black-and-white photos...
This item was reviewed in:
Kirkus Reviews,
Booklist, April 2008
Globe & Mail, May 2008
Quill & Quire, July 2008
Voice of Youth Advocates, August 2008
Horn Book Guide, September 2008
School Library Journal, September 2008
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Main Description
In the winter of 1944-45 when Holland was under Nazi rule, life for the Dutch people was extremely harsh and the future bleak. Everyone was cold and hungry. Thousands of people, especially Jews who had managed to escape transport to the death camps, were in hiding. Resistance workers bravely tried to sabotage the Germans as they fought to free Holland. But some went to extraordinary lengths they harbored in their homes people who faced certain death.Told through the eyes of a fictional child, this is the otherwise true story of the Braal family who, despite putting themselves and those they loved in great danger, saved many, many lives. Frans Braal, a resistance worker, and his wife, Mies, first took in an injured Canadian airman. He was just the beginning. The Braals moved to a larger place in the country, where they would be less visible, and took in anyone in need of help Jews, children, resistance fighters and people who were starving. The Braal family has made photographs and keepsakes from the time available for use in the book. An epilogue, historical notes and glossary are included.

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