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Safe Passage: The Remarkable True Story of Two Sisters Who Rescued Jews from the Nazis [Paperback]

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Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.88" Width: 5.24" Height: 0.82"
Weight:   0.48 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2008
Publisher   STEEPLE HILL #375
ISBN  0373892012  
EAN  9780373892013  

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Reveals how two decidedly ordinary Englishwomen and sisters, Ida and Louise Cook, decided, after hearing an aria from Madame Butterfly, to save their earnings and go "undercover" as eccentric opera fans to rescue dozens of people from the Nazis. Original.

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Gala opera evenings. Sudden wealth and fame. Dangerous undercover missions into the heart of Nazi Germany. Standing up to the perils of the Blitz. No one would have predicted such glamorous and daring lives for Ida and Louise Cook—two decidedly ordinary Englishwomen who came of age between the wars and seemed destined never to stray from their quiet London suburb and comfortable civil service jobs. But in 1923 a chance hearing of an aria from Madame Butterfly sparked a passion in the sisters that became a vehicle for both their greatest happiness and the rescue of dozens of Jews facing persecution and death.

Safe Passage is one of the most unusual and inspiring accounts to come out of the cataclysm of World War II. First published in 1950, Ida's memoir of the adventures she and Louise shared remains as fresh, vital and entertaining as the woman who wrote it. The Cook sisters' zest for life and genuine "goodness" shines through every page and explains why the leading opera singers of their day befriended and loved them. Even when Ida began to earn thousands as a successful romance novelist, the sisters never departed from their homespun virtues of thrift, hard work, self-sacrifice and unwavering moral conviction. They sewed their own clothes, traveled third class, bought the cheapest tickets during opera season and directed every spare resource, as well as their own considerable courage and ingenuity, toward saving as many people as they could from Hitler's death camps.

Uplifting and utterly charming, Safe Passage is moving testimony to all that can be achieved when conscience and compassion are applied to a collapsing world.

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vissi d'amore  Nov 22, 2009
This book combines a significant bit of history with wonderful writing. It deserves a wide readership, but for those of us who have a specific interest in opera, especially opera's past (e.g., Ponselle, Farrar, Pinza, etc.) and/or were born before rock"n" roll (i.e., before 1951) it is a must read.

The story is gritty; the prose is lilting; and the pathos is heartrending. If this book doesn't bring tears of joy and sadness to your eyes then courage, and poignance, and tragedy, and beauty, and the dogged spirit of human determination and goodness don't exist in this world.

Approximately one-third of the book documents, in perfectly pitched prose, the role that the Cook sisters played in rescuing refugees, mostly Jews, from Europe prior to the outbreak of war in 1939. [In 1965 the two opera-loving Brits were awarded the honor of Righteous Among the Nations from the Yad Vashem for the lives they saved.] It seems almost an understatement to say, paraphrasing Albert Camus, that in the midst of winter these two sisters were an invincible summer.
Safe Passage  Oct 15, 2009
Fascinating book, but more meaningful if you still remember the opera stars of yestertear.
The fact that these two women saved the lives of so many people would be of interest to everyone who is a student of the
This is a must have book  Oct 9, 2009
I love this book. I am savoring every word, every phrase. Ida Cook and her sister Louise were truly saints of our time and the book, as written by Ida, is a gem.

The detail, the humanity, the amazing rescue work that they did --- everything is recounted in a lovely writing style.

I truly recommend this book.
Prior to and during World War II  Nov 22, 2008
I found this book detailed with what was most important to these two girls/women prior to the war, which was their great interest in opera and coming to America to see great opera stars preform. Which then lead to their assisting others in order to save them from the holocaust. They were both very determined ladies.
83 pages into the book and think it is lovely  Nov 20, 2008
Cook's language and turns of phrases are generous and succinct at once. She creates vivid images. I am savoring this book.

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