The pre-wartime exploits of two remarkable sisters who smuggled Jews out of Germany from 1934 on, posing as eccentric opera fans and financing the operations themselves.
Safe Passage brings back into print the life story of Ida Cook, one of Mills & Boon's best-loved novelists...In this gripping memoir, Cook tells the story of how she and her sister, Louise, transported Jews out of Germany in the years before World War II.
As young women Ida and Louise became passionate about opera, and saved their meager salaries so they could travel the world to see their favourite singers. They befriended many of these stars, one of whom, in 1934, asked the sisters to help a Jewish friend escape Germany. In the following years, going "undercover" as eccentric opera fans, and financing their mission using Ida's earnings from her romance novels, they were able to rescue dozens of people from the Nazis.
For their bravery and heroism, Ida and Louise received the honor of "Righteous Among Nations" from the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Authority, alongside such notable names as Oskar Schindler and Raoul Wallenberg.
“[The Cook sisters] defy the generalisation of social history: they were extraordinary.” - Telegraph
Publication date: 19/09/2008
Publisher: MIRA Books
|Publication date:||19th September 2008|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites, History,|
Ida Cook wrote over 100 novels for Mills & Boon under the pseudonym Mary Burchill. Ida also helped found the Romantic Novelist's Association and was president for many years.More About Ida Cook