B1128. IDA COOK. We Followed Our Stars. New York, William Morrow, 1950. 246pp. Photos; DJ. Front endpaper Autographed by both Ida & Louise Cook.
“Ida Cook was born 24 August 1904 in Sunderland, England. With her elder sister Mary Louise Cook she attended the Duchess' School in Alnwick and later took civil service jobs in London. Ida with her sister, Louise, developed a passionate interest in opera. During the 1930s, as part of the work they undertook to help Jews to escape from the Nazi regime, the sisters visited Germany on multiple occasions, using their true fanaticism for opera as a cover for their frequent travel. When returning to England, they smuggled valuables (such as jewellery), which allowed Jews fleeing Germany to satisfy the British financial security requirements for immigration. They worked with Austrian conductor Clemens Krauss and his wife, the soprano Viorica Ursuleac, who initially had told them of the persecution of the Jews. The sisters helped 29 people escape, funded mainly by Ida's writing. In 1965, the Cook sisters were honoured as Righteous Gentiles by the Yad Vashem Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Authority in Israel. In 2010 they were posthumously named a British Hero of the Holocaust by the British Government. In 1950, she wrote her autobiography, WE FOLLOWED OUR STARS.”
- Z. D. Akron