Edith's Story by Edith Velmans-Van Hessen

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The true story of a Jewish girl's courage, love, and survival during World War II.

Something was changing. Parents worried, friends went abroad. But it wasn't until after the Germans actually invaded Holland, not until school was closed to her and public transportation forbidden, that the yellow star sewn to her coat took on real meaning for Edith Velmans. She had been a popular teenager. Suddenly she was a nonperson. Edith went into hiding in a Protestant household the same month as Anne Frank. To deflect suspicion, Edith was given the chore of looking after a German officer billeted with her hosts, sleeping in the room next to hers. Forty years later, using her own diaries and letters, she reconstructed the story of her family's near annihilation by the Nazis in World War II.

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About Edith Velmans-Van Hessen

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After the war, Edith Velmans became a psychologist and eventually settled in the United States. In 1996, she was knighted by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. She and her husband now live in Sheffield, Massachusetts.
 
Published November 30, 2014 by van Horton Books. 215 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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This significant Holocaust memoir of a girl hiding in Holland will be compared to Anne Frank's diary, though it is very different.

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Since Velmans was a Jew hidden by a Dutch Christian family during the Holocaust, this memoir, which was first published in Europe and won the U.K.'s 1998 Jewish Quarterly Wingate Literary Award, has b

Nov 29 1999 | Read Full Review of Edith's Story

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Since Velmans was a Jew hidden by a Dutch Christian family during the Holocaust, this memoir, which was first published in Europe and won the U.K.'s 1998 Jewish Quarterly Wingate Literary Award, has been compared with The Diary of Anne Frank.

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