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Forging Freedom

(Reposted to this site on 9/29/2005)

Forging Freedom
A True Story of Heroism During the Holocaust
by Hudson Talbott

(Grades 5-8)
Materials from this book are reproduced with permission of Hudson Talbott
Copyright © 2000 by Hudson Talbott, All rights reserved.

Jaap Penratt was a teenager in Amsterdam who could not sit by while the Germans were persecuting the Jewish people. He started by forging papers and later led groups of people to safety. His heroic efforts saved more than four hundred Jewish people while he put his own life in danger. Jaap Penratt was recognized by Yad Vashem in Israel as one of the Righteous among the Nations. This illustrated book and the accompanying lesson plan are suitable for students in grades 5-8.

Two chapters from the book are included on this web site:

A New Plan, Autumn 1942
Paris

A lesson plan for Forging Freedom is included at: Forging Freedom Lesson Plan.

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video-clipSelect the video icon to play the video of Jaap Penratt responding to the question why he felt that he wanted to help Jewish people when obviously he was risking his own life in doing it.