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  • Evocative and Profound in Its Simplicity

    "They aren't doing anything to us." Talk about laden with meaning! Set in Holland, the narrator describes her family's experiences during WWII when the Nazis come. As is noted in the book, this is not exactly an autobiography but based on the author's life. What stands out most to me is the innocence, particularly when the family members happily sew yellow stars onto their coats, blissfully unaware of what lies ahead. At least some of them are. The adults including an older brother have an inkling and realize something very wrong is happening but I wonder to what extent in the early stage. The quote above is what the father tells his family when they see soldiers in the streets at the beginning of the war. Then entire families begin to disappear and the family relocates. Only one member escapes. The simplicity is gut wrenching. So is the cover. Though very short, this book is profound and impactful. It would be an excellent and important story for children as well as adults to read. There are no graphic details, adult situations or offensive language. I have read well over one hundred fiction and nonfiction books on the topic and am moved every single time and was with this as well. My sincere thank you to Independent Publishers Group and NetGalley for the privilege of reading this book which was written in 1957, translated from Dutch into English. I am so glad she wrote this sweet yet chilling (as we know the outcome) book.

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