[Edith Velmans] Edith's Story The True Story of a Young Girl's Courage and Survival During World War II [ambulances Book] DOC – mzines.co.uk

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When Hitler invaded Holland in 1939 Edith van Hessen was a popular Dutch high school student She also happened to be Jewish In the same month that Anne Frank's family went into hiding Edith was sent to live with a courageous Protestant family took a new na Numerous times while reading this book tears welled in my eyes and I felt shaky Edith Velmans descriptions of her life in Nazi occupied Holland resounded so closely to my mother s that I felt I was reading the diary of a family friend of hers except for one thing my mother and her family didn t change their names and dive in order to hide their Jewish identity But that s a whole different story and book a book I one day hope to writeIndeed Edith was a teenager just a few years older than my mother when the Germans invaded the Netherlands and the occupation evolved from a political curiosity to a nuisance to something twisted and sinister that meant life and death to those of Jewish descent and those that tried to help them and resist The author uses excerpts from her diaries letters from relatives and her later recollections to craft a narrative that really takes you into that period of Dutch history It starts with her somewhat childish antics as a young teen just before the war her fear and excitement with the invasion the puzzlement and absurdity of labeling your clothes with the Jewish Star of David badge and then the ultimate decision with her parents to send her and her brother into hidingOne aspect that hits home is how regular everything in daily life was right up until it wasn t Her family photos show birthday celebrations school sporting events fun times with high school friends on the family sailboat right up until the month she was taken in by a Christian family in another town as household help and her brother went off to join the underground in the eastern part of the country What happens next is on one hand heartbreaking as family members and various friends and acuaintances typically disappear into the Nazi deportation machinery and on the other hand a testament to optimism and human resilience as she matures and waits out the war helping those around her as best she can It is a very well written counterpointThank goodness that the author kept so much of her own and her family members writings There is one note from her mother given to her earlier in the occupation after Edith was the butt of a racist incident at school and I think it sums up the mood of the book and the theme of this period in history uite wellJust as God created nature and the sun to shine over the world so that everything may look radiant and joyful do did He also invent rain which depressing as it can be is nevertheless crucial to life since it provides us with food and waterSo it is in our own lives darling There are all sorts of disappointments we have to deal with humiliations sorrow shame grief etcBut we also have our share of happiness success love and lots Now in your case you just had a terrible disappointment because of the gross insult you experienced But you must also take into account who did this to you and then my darling perhaps you can tolerate it easilyand think Someone like this can t insult me Your true friends remain your friends and you have made plenty of those in your short lifeA heavy burden has been imposed on us now on you and on thousands of others and we must try whatever comes to keep our heads highThat will depend on our will power and self confidence Yes if we didn t have those life would not be worth living I compare this time that we Jews are living through now to a little child that is being bullied by a big boy who wants to grab him and wrestle him to the groundNothing lasts forever my dear As long as you know that I for one am with you and together we will head forward with open eyes and an open heart God will protect us if we stay true to our course keeping in mind our responsibilities and duties to ourselves and to our fellow manAlthough it may seem trite given what happened to so many of the Jewish people who had faith in their fellow man the words resound with me The sentiment and unfolding of historical events was so authentic to me providing another level of understanding of what my family went through even if a few mysteries remain for me yet to discover

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Edith's Story The True Story of a Young Girl's Courage and Survival During World War II

Unting wartime events and the details of her feelings as the war runs its course Edith's Story ultimately affirms life love and extraordinary courage The most vivid evocation of the experience of Nazi Occupation that I have ever read The Independent London I never realized that there could be such suffering in the world and that anyone could live through it Excerpt from Edith s diary July 1 1945This is the story of a carefree childhood interrupted by war Edith grew up in Holland in a warm and loving family She kept a diary during these years and the book alternates between diary entries family letters and her own recollections as an adult Having both her teenage perspective and her adult perspective gives us a truer picture of this timeShe is 14 when the Germans invade Holland and we see the slow disintegration of her life At 16 Edith leaves her family changes her identity and hides with a Christian familyThis is a moving story Like all Holocaust memoirs it is a story of loss and death It is also a story of courage and humanity

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Me and survived by posing as a gentile Ultimately one third of the hidden Dutch Jews were discovered and murdered; most of Edith's family perished Velmans's memoir is based on her teenage diaries wartime letters and reflections as an adult survivor In reco An interesting counterpart to The Diary of Anne Frank I loved the depictions of day to day life during the war and occupation Really fascinating even when you know it s not going to end well for most of the people


10 thoughts on “Edith's Story The True Story of a Young Girl's Courage and Survival During World War II

  1. says:

    Numerous times while reading this book tears welled in my eyes and I felt shaky Edith Velmans' descriptions of her life in Nazi occupied Holland resounded so closely to my mother's that I felt I was reading the diary of a family friend of hers except for one thing my mother and her family didn't change their na

  2. says:

    Yes I have read yet another Holocaust story This is non fiction the story of Edith Van Hessen who was a teenaged

  3. says:

    This is another great book on the Jewish Holocaust It's amazing the things these people went through and to read

  4. says:

    Having read numerous accounts of Anne Frank I was very optimistic about this book All my speculations were proved right when I finished this book in a day Absolutely mesmerizing and beautifully written Must read

  5. says:

    A World War II book about the diary of a Jewish girl in hiding in Holland Sound familiar It is the diary of Edith who's story is uite a bit different from Anne Frank's Edith's older brother gets to America before the Nazi's come Her other brother is in the Resistance Edith lives a relatively normal life until 1943 when she goes to live with a gentile family and has false papers that identify her as a Christian In the meantime h

  6. says:

    An interesting counterpart to The Diary of Anne Frank I loved the depictions of day to day life during the war and occupat

  7. says:

    A great story of a Dutch Jewish girl that was hidden during the war the fate of her family and all of the evil

  8. says:

    A great Holocaust memoir Edith is a young Dutch Jew and we join her story as the Germans invade her country and start a campaign against her religion Finally after persecution and the grim life that follows she is hidden with a family who risk their lives to keep her safe while her family become separated It was interesting to get s

  9. says:

    I never realized that there could be such suffering in the world and that anyone could live through it Excerpt from Edith's diary July 1 1945This is the story of a carefree childhood interrupted by war Edith grew up in Holland in a warm and

  10. says:

    i've said this before and i always will after reading this kind of books these are the ones that will stick with me for years to come This story was completly different to the other three i had read as most eneded up the person being in a conceration camp However this story showed the stregnth of a girl who went into hi

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