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Flory: A Miraculous Story of Survival
In 1939, as the Nazi occupation grew from threat to reality, the Jewish population throughout Europe faced heart-wrenching decisions--to flee and lose their homes or to go into hiding, hoping against all odds to avoid the fate of being discovered. Holocaust survivor Flory A. Van Beek faced this terrible choice, and in this poignant testament of hope she takes us on her per ...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins Publishers
(first published January 1st 2000)
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Such a good description of life as a jew during WWII. It definitely makes me appreciate the life we live, and realize how fragile it can be. I think everyone would do well to read it. This story is also an example of the best and the worst in humans.
This is Flory's story, told in her own words, of her survival in Holland during WW II. Flory and Felix try to leave Holland in 1939 on the Dutch ship Simon Bolivar. THey survive its sinking and spend 6 months in England recuperating. They are sent back to Holland (against their wishes) and go into hiding. Flory has the foresight to save many documents and her family pictures,etc. by burying them in the ground until the end of the war. These documents were later donated to the Holocaust Museum in ...more
Sep 27, 2014 Rowan rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Dutch Holocaust survivor wrote this story of her survival. Tremendously thought-provoking in imagining what that might actually be like to be desperately seeking a place to hide, what that might be like to provide housing for a refugee...and made me think about modern parallels to immigration in the United States. What might that be like to be undocumented and caught in raids here and now? It amazes me what people were willing to do for strangers and makes me think about what we might do here an ...more
This is the story of Flory van Beek's experience during World War II. Born and raised in Holland, she tried to leave when Hitler started his evil actions. She and her future husband survive the sinking of the Dutch passenger ship Simon Bolivar in late 1939. After six months of recuperation in England they go back to Holland where endure German occupation and war for six years. They are put into hiding by the Dutch resistance in the homes of good patriots. They survive the war but many of their f ...more
The holocaust through the eyes of a Dutch survivor. Another great historical count of the resilience of the human spirit. Heroic Dutch people hid Jewish families in their homes despite the risk to their own lives. Although the author lost a multitude of friends and relatives to the gas chambers, lots of miracles happened through various people who helped them survive. It is estimated that of the 140,000 Dutch Jews, only 6,000 survived.
A memoir by hiding from the Nazis in Holland during WWII. Not as compelling or engaging as some others I have read, but nonetheless another eye opening commentary on what it meant to be Jewish and frightened for a very long time.