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The counterfeit countess : the untold story of the Jewish heroine who defied the Holocaust

White, Elizabeth B.2024
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"The Holocaust has given rise to many accounts of resistance and rescue, but The Counterfeit Countess is unique. It tells the remarkable, untold story of 'Countess Janina Suchodolska', a Jewish woman named Janina Mehlberg who rescued more than 10,000 Poles imprisoned by their country's Nazi occupiers. Using the identity papers of a Polish aristocrat, she worked as a welfare official while also serving in the Polish resistance. With guile, cajolery, and steely persistence, 'the Countess' persuaded SS officials to release thousands of Poles from the Majdanek concentration camp. Incredibly, she eluded detection, survived the war and eventually emigrated to the USA. Drawing on the manuscript of Mehlberg's own unpublished memoir, supplemented with prodigious research, historians and Holocaust experts Elizabeth White and Joanna Sliwa have uncovered the full story of this extraordinary woman. Unsparing yet inspiring, The Counterfeit Countess is an unforgettable account of selfless courage in the face of unspeakable cruelty, and a major addition to the history of the Holocaust"-- Provided by publisher.
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Imprint:
London : John Blake Publishing, 2024.©2024
Collation:
xxix, 305 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-290) and index.
ISBN:
9781789467475978178946746897817894674759781789467505
Dewey class:
940.531835092B940.531
LC class:
D804.66.M355
Language:
English
BRN:
554488
LocationCollectionCall numberStatus/Desc
Beaumaris LibraryAdult Non Fiction - Biography940.531 MEHOnloan - Due: 15 Jul 2024
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