Historical Heroes is a segment that looks at a famous figure and examines how they chose to live their life. Throughout history there have been plenty of brave men, and one of the best examples is Jewish freedom fighter, Mordechai Anielewicz. As the leader of the Jewish Fighting Organisation, Anielewicz was a key figure in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. This was a significant Jewish rebellion that took place during World War II. Anielewicz became a symbol of the resistance and he represented what happened when people fought back against the Holocaust.
When you think of Japan, certain images come to mind, like cherry blossoms, geisha and samurai. The role of men in Japanese society has been explored in many stories, so when a novel focuses on women, there’s something new to explore. This is the case with The Shogun’s Queen, written by Lesley Downer. The book is set during the 1850s, when Japan was starting to get in touch with the rest of the world and the western nations were muscling in. The protagonist is a young Japanese woman called Okatsu, who’s sent to the women’s palace of Edo Castle to marry the shogun and convince him to save Japan and its culture.