Women Heroes of WW2 – By Kathryn J. Atwood


Goodreads Synopsis: Twenty-six engaging and suspense-filled stories unfold from across Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Denmark, Great Britain, and the United States, providing an inspiring reminder of women and girls’ refusal to sit on the sidelines around the world and throughout history.

An overview of World War II and summaries of each country’s entrance and involvement in the war provide a framework for better understanding each woman’s unique circumstances, and resources for further learning follow each profile. Women Heroes of World War II is an invaluable addition to any student’s or history buff’s bookshelf.

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I really love reading about history, especially when it’s about WW2 so as soon as I saw this at my library I knew that I would have to read it.

This is a short read, it’s not even 300 pages, and it’s broken down into short chapters focusing a woman who helped the war effort somehow.  From women who were spies, or joined the resistance, or helped to save the lives of numerous Jewish people.

I really enjoyed reading this book because I learned about several women that I had never even heard of before. Of course it talks about Sophie Scholl and Irena Sendlerowa but it was still nice to read about their stories again.

What I really liked about this book was two things. First I really liked that they chose women of all ages, from teenagers to older women with children and families. It goes to show no matter how old you are, you can always fight for what is right. I think this is a really important factor for any history book to share.

The second thing I really liked was that this book had two women of color among it’s ranks.  I don’t know about you, but sometimes it feels like all we ever read about are white heroes of WW2, but that’s simply not true to history.  There were Cherokee code breakers and black air-pilots and much more. So it was really great to read about two women that I had never heard of. Of course ideally I think this book should have featured a more balanced white to POC ratio in their book, but maybe they can put out a second book with more women heroes?

In the end I did enjoy this book and think it would make a great resource for my household someday.  I gave it four stars on Goodreads.

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