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Edith's Story by Edith Velmans

Edith's Story

Courage, Love, and Survival During World War II

by Edith Velmans

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Unabridged Edition
Running Time
8 Hrs. 14 Min.


Popular teenager Edith van Hessen was a Jewish high school student in Holland in 1939. When the Germans invaded, restrictive laws were gradually imposed: classes were closed to Jews, public transportation was forbidden, and the yellow star sewn on Edith's clothing took on significance. She went to live with a courageous Protestant family in another town the same month that Anne Frank and her family went into hiding. Unlike Anne, Edith passed as a relative, took a new name, and lived "hidden" in the open. Ultimately one-third of the hidden Dutch Jews were discovered and murdered. In all, fewer than one in five Jews in Holland survived. Most of Edith's original family perished. But her adoptive family protected Edith with love and courage. So she survived. This compelling memoir is based on her teen-age diaries, wartime letters, and her own later reflections as an adult survivor.

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