The Cut Out Girl: A Story of War and Family, Lost and Found: The Costa Book of the Year 2018
*** WINNER OF THE COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR 2018 ***
***WINNER OF THE SLIGHTLY FOXED BEST FIRST BIOGRAPHY PRIZE 2018***
'A masterpiece of history and memoir' Evening Standard
'Superb. This is a necessary book - painful, harrowing, tragic, but also uplifting' The Times
Little Lien wasn't taken from her Jewish parents in the Hague - she was given away in the hope that she might be
“Without families you don’t get stories.” (Lien, the girl of this title). This sounds like something we might all accept as true, but how profound this really is in relation to this book and what it means for this story is something that I won’t forget. This is about the Holocaust, about the goodness of some Dutch families in helping to save Jewish children, about the opposite of that when thousands were turned in, about the author’s journey to discover the details of his family’s part ...more
The author, Bart van Es, researches and interviews Lien at g ...more
Audiobook....read by the author: Bart van Es
Amazon is selling this kindle book for $14.99.
I didn’t want to pay that much for it. The price ‘is’ too high IMO.
My Library only had this book available ‘as’ an Audiobook.
For over two weeks I’ve been listening to this... ( sometimes sitting down taking notes while the author was speaking to try to keep myself interested.
The author ‘as’ the Audio-narrator didn’t have a talent for the job. It was very hard to stay inte ...more
I am not sure what the problem with this book is but I am just plodding along reading and feel I am not retaining any of the information or making any connection with the characters. I asked myself one question ...more
The story of a man's search for the truth about his family's past
The last time Hesseline - known as Lien - saw her parents was in The Hague as she was collected at the door by a stranger and taken to a city far away to be hidden from the Nazis. She was raised by her foster family as one of their own but, some years after the war, she became estranged from the family who took her in. What was her side of the story? Bart van Es - a grandson of the couple who loo ...more
I have always been fascinated by stories of the Second World War and as my father served with the Canadian Army in Netherlands for quite some time, I have a particular interest in stories of that time. I have also been fortunate enough to visit the Netherlands and see places like the Annex where Anne Frank and her family hid or the hidden cupboard in the home of Corrie Ten Bo ...more
Description: a young Jewish girl named Lientje had been taken in during the war by relatives and hidden from the Nazis, handed over by her parents, who understood the danger they were in all too well. The girl had been raised by her foster family as one of their own, but then, well after the war, there was a falling out, and they were no longer in touch. What was the girl's side of the story, Bart wondered? What really happened during the war, and aft ...more
Bart van Es treats this story with the respect and care it deserves even when he di ...more
This book has two interconnected stories, the author, Bart Van Es's family hid a Jewish girl named Lientje, during World War II. He decides to rack Lientje down so he can understand the full story behind her life and what is was life in the Netherlands when it was occupied by the Nazi ...more
A girl whose life changed since she was young, going through different homes and meeting people - some good and others not.
Like I said before, this book is not going to be an eas ...more
Lien is just 8 years old when her mother tells her she has a secret. Lien must go to live somewhere else for a while. World War Two has broken out and The Netherlands is a dangerous place for Jews. Soon she is taken from her family and all she knows and goes to live with the Van Es family who foster her to keep her safe from the persecutors of ...more
Bart van Es, an academic, sets out to uncover a family mystery relating to Lien, the Jewish girl hidden by his grandparents during the German occupation of the Netherlands. Having been treated as part of the family for many years after the war, a breach suddenly occurred between Lien and his grand ...more
This book is a tribute to all the innocents who perished. The author lists all the family members of Lien’s who perished during the Holocaust. It makes for grim reading. May we never forget.
The reader ‘experiences’ life through the eyes of an eig ...more
And this particular book, winner of the Costa award, certainly told me a lot I didn’t know, as well as being a fascinating personal story and beautifully ...more