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The Good Doctor Of Warsaw by Elisabeth Gifford

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 in another.

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.”

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Paws In The Proceedings by Deric Longden

Laugh Out Loud

Paws In The Proceedings by 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 hilarious.

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Smoky The Brave by Damien Lewis

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 hearts.

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Saving Buddy by Nicola Owst

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 better.

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