Shores Beyond Shores: From Holo­caust to Hope, My True Story

Irene But­ter, John D. Bid­well, and Kris Holloway

  • From the Publisher
January 1, 2013

As Irene’s Pap­pi fights to save his fam­i­ly dur­ing the Holo­caust, Irene’s child­hood is lost. Play is restrict­ed. Fam­i­ly and friends dis­ap­pear. Final­ly, with the Dutch police at their door comes the real­i­ty that Irene’s father has not moved his fam­i­ly far enough from Hitler’s Germany.

By Jan­u­ary 1945, the fam­i­ly is strug­gling to sur­vive a death camp. Irene tends her ail­ing par­ents, cares for starv­ing kids, and even helps bring clothes to her Ams­ter­dam neigh­bor Anne Frank, before her fam­i­ly is offered a sin­gu­lar chance for freedom…providing the Nazi doc­tor says they are healthy enough. After two weeks of heart-lift­ing mir­a­cles and heart-break­ing tragedies, Irene arrives in the Alger­ian desert to jour­ney into redemp­tion and wom­an­hood, with­out her par­ents or brother.

Irene’s first per­son mem­oir, Shores Beyond Shores, is an account of how the heart keeps its com­mon human­i­ty in the most inhu­mane and tur­bu­lent of times. Irene’s hard-earned lessons are a time­less inspiration.

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