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

Edith s Story The True Story of a Young Girl s Courage and Survival During World War II In while the Germans occupied Holland fourteen year old Edith van Hessen was filling her diary with the intimate carefree details of a typical teenager s life thoughts about boys school her

  • Title: Edith's Story: The True Story of a Young Girl's Courage and Survival During World War II
  • Author: Edith Velmans Hester Velmans
  • ISBN: 9780553381108
  • Page: 467
  • Format: Paperback
  • Edith's Story: The True Story of a Young Girl's Courage and Survival During World War II

    In 1940, while the Germans occupied Holland, fourteen year old Edith van Hessen was filling her diary with the intimate, carefree details of a typical teenager s life thoughts about boys, school, her family, her friends, her future By 1942, as Edith was contemplating her first kiss, the Germans had begun to escalate their war against the Jews Soon this bright, fun loviIn 1940, while the Germans occupied Holland, fourteen year old Edith van Hessen was filling her diary with the intimate, carefree details of a typical teenager s life thoughts about boys, school, her family, her friends, her future By 1942, as Edith was contemplating her first kiss, the Germans had begun to escalate their war against the Jews Soon this bright, fun loving girl was grappling with one of the most unfathomable events in human history Edith s family assimilated Dutch Jews were caught in the cross fire of the Holocaust, and Edith began a bitter struggle to survive.In this extraordinary work, Edith Velmans weaves together revealing entries from her diaries with reminiscences and letters smuggled between family members during the occupation Edith s Story stands as a profoundly important addition to the literature of the Holocaust, documenting one girl s grief, loss, courage, and ultimate triumph over devastating tyranny and despair For as Edith is hidden in plain sight by a Christian family, we witness how a young woman must deny, bargain with, and finally face the horrors of war and how, confronting evil as a child, Edith survives to become an extraordinary woman.

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    1. Ian

      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 write.Indeed, Edith was a teenager just a few years older th [...]

    2. Terri Lynn

      Yes, I have read yet another Holocaust story. This is non-fiction, the story of Edith Van Hessen who was a teenaged girl who was full of herself and seemed too stupid to understand what was going on around her. She just wanted to chase boys and have fun and offered no help to her mother, father and grandmother even as they suffered health problems and the Nazis began marching into her town of The Hague, Holland. Her father worked for an American firm and had gotten visas for all of them but only [...]

    3. Kristen MacGregor

      This is another great book on the Jewish Holocaust. It's amazing the things these people went through- and to read about their personal thoughts and experiences and think, they're just like me! She was a teenage girl obsessed with boys- just like I was. Not that I was racist and thought she wasn't a "normal" human it's just that Holocaust victims have been put sort of on a pedestal in my mind as great people in history. When in reality they really WERE just "normal" human beings trying to make i [...]

    4. chucklesthescot

      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 so much detail about the restrictions placed on daily Jewish life-the segregation,curfews,simple things like not being able to visit your friends houses as they w [...]

    5. Ryan Buckby

      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 hiding right under the nazi's noses. It truly showed what lengths some people went to hide and save jewish people from deportation to these horrible camps. This memoir was beauti [...]

    6. Rae

      Amazing story, well told. I mean I don't even know what to say. Maybe because she didn't go through such horrific experiences as others, though she certainly didn't have it easy, I could relate to it in a different way.

    7. Shubhada Kale

      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 for World War II literature readers.

    8. Patricia Hullet

      A great story of a Dutch Jewish girl that was hidden during the war, the fate of her family and all of the evil that happened during the Nazi Occupation. My heart broke reading this truly moving story.

    9. Sandie

      This is the story of a young girl living in The Netherlands during WWII and how the war affected her and her family. I realized I did not know much about the war affected The Netherlands. Educational, enlightening and sometimes just hard to read. This is her life.

    10. Kirsten

      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).

    11. Dena

      This was an amazing story of a woman hidden in plain sight by a Dutch family during WWII. It was tragic of course but the excerpts of the diary and the commentary she provides are just beyond insightful. Highly recommend this.

    12. Hanneke Vlak

      Great book. This reminded me of the stories my parents told us about wartime Holland. My grandmother hid a Jewish family, the de Groots, they lost their son in one of the camps. They survived but my parents never heard from again. Terrible time in Europe. Very readable, i will keep it, it's nearly like a family memoir.

    13. Rebecca Nebesar

      Anne Frank's story is not the only diary-based record of the Nazi horror that should be read. What makes Edith Velmans' book special is that her story is based not only on her journals, but also on family letters, and on her own memories, interpretation and elucidation of the wartime era. You see, she survived the war. Raised in The Hague, she went "underground" for about three years from age 15-18 to avoid the fate that met so many, including her family. Coincidentally in 1950, in Amsterdam aft [...]

    14. Deb

      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 quite 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, her mother and father both become ill. Mom goes to the hospita [...]

    15. Laura

      "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 time [...]

    16. Tina

      The true story of Edith Von Hessen, a Dutch Jew who was hidden in plain sight during the German occupation. She states at the beginning of the book that she never thought her story was important enough to tell because she survived and did not suffer the horrible trials that others suffered. Part of the story is told through the journals that she kept before she went into hiding and also through the letters from her family that she defiantly saved even though their existence could condemn her. I [...]

    17. LaurenG

      This book gave you an insight on how life was like to be a Jew in World War 2. This book gives descriptive imagery on how she lived during these though times. A compliment I would give this author is how descriptive she is being and how well she describes the characters and the setting. A criticism I would give the author is that she jumped around on the dates in the book. The author will be talking about a topic and then the next page would be talking about something that happened two months la [...]

    18. Linda

      As the cover says, this is the story of an Anne Frank who lived, a girl hidden by her secular Jewish parents in Holland when the march of the Nazis comes ever closer. Would I have the courage that Edith's 'aunt and uncle' have when they choose to hide her – in plain sight? Would I have the courage to be Edith or even more, to be Edith's parents who make the wrenching plan to trust their daughter to strangers? An engaging, quick read. Edith's pre-war diaries (and her very dangerous war-time dia [...]

    19. Diane

      Yet another incredible book about the Holocaust. I have read a dozen or more and am so awed and humbled by what people have lived through. This book describes in great detail the rich love and family ties of a Jewish family in Amsterdam torn apart by the war and the invading Nazis. Edith is a Jew hidden in plain site and this book is her depiction of what transpired in the those years. One common thread these books have is that they humanize and personalize this tragedy and introduce readers to [...]

    20. Julie

      The evolution of the character, from her self absorbed, young, carefree self before the war, through the war torn days of the Netherlands is so very evident in the way she tells her tale. Pre-war she tells her tales through her journal entries. Once she goes in to hiding, the tale is told through the letters she exchanges with her mother and father. I wish she had shared a little more of her emotional state during the war/hiding years. Overall, a good read about this awful time period in history [...]

    21. Kadie Bennion

      I liked that this was a little different view of WWII than the normal concentration camp stories. Overall a good read, it is kind of a story about the girls' parents as much as the girl herself, and they were interesting to read about. In one part of the book, the mother breaks her hip, and I was kind of surprised by how long she was in the hospital. I think it ended up being close to a year. Things have sure changed a lot that way!

    22. Bruce

      An interesting memoir of a young girl who survived the Holocaust through the bravery and assistance of righteous gentiles. Using diaries she kept before she went into hiding, letters sent to her during her period of portraying a gentile by family members under the guise of being friends which she kept tho' told not to,a diary kept after liberation and memories Velmans wrote her story later in life. In it she describes her self-doubts, fears and concerns during a horrific period of her life.

    23. Clarice

      This book is really exciting because it's like a different and new perspective in the time era the Anne Frank's diary was written. Edith was about 15 when the war started and Anne was about 11 so you get more opinions from Edith. I really enjoyed this book because it gives a lot of information about Edith's time in the Netherlands.

    24. Holly Varner

      This is an amazing story! The family's journey through WWII and the losses they suffered at the German's hands is well written here. The ravages to the Jews is eloquently explained in these pages - truly devastating. This is a tear jerker!

    25. The Bookloft

      Bookseller: DebbieSelections from Edith's diaries and letters to and from her parents recount the events following Hitler's invasion of Holland, rendering a tale infinitely compelling in its humanity. This is a heartbreaking story, all too familiar and yet infused with optimism and goodness.

    26. Brenda

      I first read this book several years ago,a and was enthralled to read ths Holocaust story from this perspective of a Dutch Jewish girl, "hidden in plain sight". This book has travelled with me for many moves, a real keeper and one that is good for a re-read.

    27. Janet

      Excellent non-fiction about a young Jewish Dutch girl living in the Netherlands during WWII. Her family hides her in plain view with a gentile family in another city. A different take on the Holocaust - this story isn't about concentration camps, but about hiding and the goodness of others.

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