FAR ABOVE RUBIES
By Cynthia Polansky
On the morning of May 10, 1940, the last thing Sofie Rijnfeld expected
was the sky to start raining German paratroopers. She and Jan, her husband
of three years, were living contentedly in Amsterdam with Jan's six
daughters. Life held the promise of a bright future for the
Rijnfelds... until the German occupation of Holland and a six-pointed star
made of yellow cloth with the word "jood" in the middle.
As the Nazi persecution of Europe's Jewry escalates, all six Rijnfeld
girls are called up for deportation. Rather than allow her stepdaughters to
venture alone to an arcane fate, Sofie insists on accompanying them,
ignoring the dangerous implications. In Auschwitz, she discovers a strength
and ingenuity she never knew she had, but can her indomitable spirit help
keep her daughters alive?
This is based on the true story of a woman who refuses to be bested by
circumstances. Like a phoenix, she rises from the ashes of tragedy to
triumph as a heroine who calls to mind the passage from Proverbs, "A woman
of valor, who can find? For her price is far above rubies."