The Woman in White: An Extraordinary Life by Ada Aharoni – Book Review

The Woman in White: An Extraordinary Life

BY: ADA AHARONI

Synopsis:

This is a book about the remarkable life of Thea Woolf, the Head Nurse of the Jewish Hospital in Alexandria, Egypt, during World War II. It is about choosing one’s own road, about the power of human will and the love of mankind. Thea speaks from the heart; she is real and inspiring, strong and wise – an unforgettable role model who has been called “Sister Theresa of the Middle East.” This is not only an exciting and revealing personal account, but also a kaleidoscope of astonishing historical episodes from World War II, giving the reader a sense of having lived through those important events. Its narrative registers a strong protest against war and also instills in us the hope that it can one day be banished from our lives forever. This fascinating biography shows Muslim-Jewish harmony that gives hope for the future. Whoever knew that Muslim Egyptians helped Egyptian Jews save Jewish refugees from the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust during World War II? In this book, we discover how Thea Woolf initiated and led this heroic mission. The close collaboration depicted between Alexandrian Jews and Egyptians, and their vital cooperation in saving Jews from the Nazi Holocaust, is an important example of what the relationship between Israelis and Palestinians could be today. The amity with which Muslims and Jews lived in the recent past proffers the hope that it is possible to aspire to such a reality in the future.The Woman in White: An Extraordinary Life, also describes the wonderful Jewish Hospital in Alexandria, that saved the lives of many soldiers of the Allied army under Montgomery, fighting Rommel at El Alamein. This is an extraordinary book that should be read by all!

Book Review:

Nursing is one of the noblest jobs and I have a lot of respect for this fraternity. When I got to read and learn more about Sister Thea Wolf living in Alexandria, also known as “Sister Theresa of Middle East”, I was mesmerized by her contribution to the mankind. The book tells the story of this German Nurse during World War II. She saved so many people who were destined to die.

I was filled with admiration after reading the inspiring biography.  Thea Wolf was a kind soul who showed by her actions that humanity is above any religion or cultural differences. As rightly said in the blurb, this book is not only an exciting and revealing personal account, but also a kaleidoscope of astonishing historical episodes from World War II, giving the reader a sense of having lived through those important events. This book is full of hope and inspiration. With so many compelling revelations, this book is an excellent biography.

The author has done an equally good job in penning the book that makes it a delight to read. It is definitely a page turner. After reading The Woman in White: an Extraordinary Life, you are left with more compassion and love. I also loved the title a lot.

Overall, The Woman in White: an Extraordinary Life is a fulfilling and inspiring biography which should not be missed by anyone. A must read.

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