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

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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-lovi...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 2nd 2001 by Bantam (first published 1998)
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Kristen MacGregor
Nov 23, 2008 Kristen MacGregor rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kristen by: Lehi Utah Library
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 mak...more
chucklesthescot
May 16, 2010 chucklesthescot rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in Holocaust memoirs
Recommended to chucklesthescot by: received at bookcrossing
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...more
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.
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...more
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.
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, 1945


This 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...more
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...more
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!
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.
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.
Cori
Sooooooo interesting. I loved the day to day of life in WWII. Very Diary of Anne Frank but obviously a different experience. Makes me wonder what I would do in similar circumstances.
Erika
I really liked Edith's point of view. This was a good book to get the view of someone in hiding as opposed to at a camp, and how things worked on the "outside" for Jews.
Diana Trigg
Wonderful account of how Edith survived the war,a young Jewish girl hidden by a Christian family. A must read, in fact I have read it twice.
Stephanie
I love books about overcomers...this was just such a book. Even in the midst of her trials, she never loses hope. A great read!
Mary
I always like to read books about how Jews were helped during WWII. This one takes place in Holland.
Pam
One of many poignent stories about the resiliance of the human spirit in a time of incomprehensible horror.
Yeny
Beautifully written, Edith went into hiding while her whole family was torn apart by the nazis.
Tasha
Loved it! Fascinating story about survival and doing what needs to be done
Rosemarie
Well written but not as powerful as the Diary of Anne Frank.
Roma
Very well written memoires of a young Jewish girl in WO2 Holland.
Shirley
So glad one more person kept diaries of this period in the past.
Diane T.
Absorbing story about resiliency of a young woman
Ruth
Heartbreaking but beautifully written.
Djdee
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