A Light In The Darkness
The Good Doctor Of
Warsaw by Elisabeth
Gifford is a powerful true story of Dr Janusz Korczak and his love and care of
children in his Warsaw orphanage during World War II.
This is a harrowing read and not for the faint
hearted. Elisabeth Gifford tells it as it was and life in the Warsaw ghetto
under the Nazis was horrendous. I am sure that the horrors described were even
more horrific in reality as we ‘see’ man’s inhumanity to man. Through it all,
Dr Korczak believed that deep down even then Nazis must have a heart, sadly he
was proved wrong. The Nazis were a systematic killing machine, operating with
brutality and efficiency. They never saw the individual.
Dr Korczak always believed in the rights of
children to be cared for, loved and safe. A decorated war hero from World War
I, Dr Korczak lectured and wrote about the need for children’s rights until the
Nazis stripped him of his rights as he was Jewish. It always seems so awful
that you can be good enough to fight in one war but not good enough to be seen
Dr Korczak could not abandon the children in
his care and transferred his orphanage to inside the ghetto. Far from
abandoning children, he ended up overseeing four thousand children in the
ghetto. “His orphanage is … a little oasis.” Whenever Dr Korczak saw a child in
trouble, he rescued them. “Korczak… represents: justice, kindness, fairness and
love. He is their candle held up against the darkness, the gleam of sunshine
that makes the ghetto smile.” Even when given a chance to escape the transport
to Treblinka, Dr Korczak would not abandon his children. “You do not leave a
child alone to face the dark.”
Laugh Out Loud
Paws In The
Deric Longden is the perfect book for the cat lover as the author describes
daily life with his cats.
Deric Longden is remarkably perceptive in his
observations. The traits that he sees in his cats, I see in mine. This book was
so easy to picture and empathise with. I have five cats and my life also
revolves around their needs. Like Deric Longden, I too, have a rescued cat who
needs to be handled with caution for fear of drawing blood and losing digits!
Deric Longden is a people watcher. As he goes
about life he keeps his ear to the ground. Some of the snippets he overhears are
Yorkie Doodle Dandy
Smoky The Brave by Damien Lewis is the true story
of a brave and loyal Yorkie called Smoky who was found dirty and starving in a
foxhole in a New Guinea jungle during World War II.
This is an inspiring story of the bond between
Smoky and her new owner serviceman Bill Wynne. It is a story of love and
loyalty, of going beyond the call of duty together.
Smoky became the mascot of the 26th
Photo Recee Squadron. She and Bill Wynne were inseparable. Where he went, she
went too. Along the way he taught her tricks that enthralled everyone they met.
Together they faced death, disease and disaster. Together they loved with huge
Of Love And Loyalty
Saving Buddy by Nicola Owst is the heart-warming
story of the rescue and recovery of a young Staffie named Buddy who was abused.
Staffie’s get a very bad press but they are
loyal and loving (I have known a few). Buddy was rescued by Nicola Owst and
with her love and care he was nursed back to life. Buddy gave joy to all those
around him – he also has his own Facebook page. Buddy is an ambassador for
rescue dogs everywhere.
We also hear Nicola Owst’s own story. Hers was
similar to Buddy’s in that she needed to be rescued from her situation.
Together Buddy and Nicola Owst came back to life. They rescued each other.
I loved the inclusion of photos of Buddy. It
enables the reader to make a real connection with him. I only had the photos in
black and white on the kindle. I imagine the paperback version will be even