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A Girl Called Renee by Ruth Uzrad An Autobiography of a Jewish Teenager

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It takes a lot of courage and willpower to face one of the biggest turmoils of life. That too for a 12-year old girl hailing from a religious Jewish family. A Girl Called Renee is a sincere autobiographical attempt by Ruth Uzrad. Born in 1925, her tough time starts during World War II in 1939 when the German State secret police Gestapo working under Nazi regime arrest her father from their apartment in Berlin. Finding no other option for the safety of her three daughters, Ruth’s mother sends Ruth and her two younger sisters by train to Belgium. Ruth was the eldest among her siblings. But within a year, in 1940, German army invades Belgium and the Netherlands thus forcing Ruth to escape to France but with only her younger sister. Their youngest sister stays behind with a Belgian Foster family under safe hands.

A Girl Called Renee by Ruth Uzrad

In May 1940, German forces acquire Belgium and Ruth joins the Jewish underground movement in France. A Girl Called Renee by Ruth Uzrad is a story of turbulence in the life of a young girl. While joining French Resistance, the Jewish underground movement, Ruth changes her name to Renee. Soon she becomes an underground fighter and starts handling special tasks of saving Jews in danger. In fact, it starts a sequence of incidents in her life. As a matter of fact, when it becomes difficult to save herself from the German police, she finds no other option than crossing the border into Spain. And from Spain, she moves to Israel and decides to settle there. In fact, life was full of danger for Renee throughout this period. Probably, it was her determination and courage that made her successful in all her attempts.

A Girl Called Renee by Ruth Uzrad Is an Engrossing Story

A Girl Called Renee by Ruth Uzrad provides a number of good lessons for young girls. After reaching Israel, Ruth finds David Uzrad. They both married to live happily thereafter in Israel. Ruth died in 2015 at the age of 90. Ruth creates a good amount of interest in Introduction of the book itself when her granddaughter asks her if she had a stay in a holocaust ever in her life. And she replies in negative. Her granddaughter further asks why did she live in Nazi Germany. This beginning creates an immediate connection with the readers and thus makes it an engrossing and interesting read.

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