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4.52  ·  Rating details ·  1,223 ratings  ·  194 reviews
Tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog bestieren twee joodse zussen - Janny en Lien Brilleslijper - een van de grootste onderduikadressen in Nederland: 't Hooge Nest, een villa in het Gooi. Terwijl de laatste Joden in Nederland worden opgejaagd gaat het leven van enkele tientallen onderduikers zo goed en kwaad als het ging door, pal onder de neus van NSB-buren. Toch wordt het Nest ...more
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published November 15th 2018 by Lebowski (first published 2018)
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Dawn Hough
I've read many books on the holocaust and the death camps and they all affect me, this one particularly. The real life story of two sisters living in Amsterdam, their connection to the Frank family and their shared experiences at that time not only opens your eyes to the mind numbing incomprehensible evil that can reside in humanity but also the very best in human nature. I couldn't not give this book a 5, simply for the story it told. Important reading.
Claire
Interesting novel about a place of resistance in the Netherlands during WW 2. What happened with the people who lived there, who was saved, who did survive? Rather anecdotical history, but a nice read. Between 3 and 4 stars. I decided on 3 as it took some time to ger the book going and sometimes the variation is style was lacking a bit.
Jeroen Smits
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldnt stop reading it. Excellent
Marco
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what an extraordinaire story. I can highly recommend it. Beautiful.
Ang
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Every book I’ve read about Auschwitz has been deeply upsetting. Apart from this book. This book is so emotionless that it reads more like a reference book or a history text book. It is upsetting but it portrays the atrocities so badly that I felt very detached from what I was reading. It was interesting to read the extent of the Jewish Resistance but again I felt like I was in a history lesson. Having read so many books about the subject that were full of emotion and portrayed the atrocities so ...more
Bart Overgaag
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
I am deeply impressed by the courage of the Brilleslijper sisters and their relatives. Being in such a dismal position themselves as being Jewish, they were persistently active for others despite all cruelties executed in occupied Netherlands and the concentration camps.
All credits for Roxane van Iperen who hasn’t written just another WW2 book, but a moving story of the horror and bravery in that era.
Marie-Christien Van Wensen
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book made a huge impression, especially since I grew up very close to "t Hooge Nest". It felt as if I was part of the story of family Brilleslijper.
J M-B
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In the context of rising nationalism and growing intolerance it requires considerable courage to take a public stance in defence of those rights and values that have accorded some minimum level of protection to minorities and those suffering oppression. That is what Roxane van Iperen consistently does in her journalism and it is why I first turn to her comment column when I read Vrij Nederland. It is courage that is even more necessary for a woman, given the frequently misogynistic tone of ...more
Cézanne Bergmans
A fascinating read. Also educated me a lot about this era. This book will leave a long-lasting effect on me.
I bought a couple of books for my whole family who live across Europe. Great Christmas gift!!
Tamara
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A truly breathtaking story about two sisters fighting their battle against the nazi’s.
Greig
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Educational read, amazing to read how people risked their lives for others. Highly recommended book.
Diane van Steekelenburg
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read quite a lot of books set in WO2 but this one really got to me. The scenes in the camps were moving and horrible at the same time. I was impressed by the courage of the two sisters.
Jessica M
eek. This was a DNF for me. I found the writing style impenetrable. It was very much "this happened and then this happened and then this happened" and so I didn't feel like we were being told a story, just a recount. And the content was very dry and so I was desperate for a bit more storytelling.
Tamara
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Breathtakingly beautiful account of two Jewish sisters in WW2. Deeply thought provoking, honest and memorable.
Julia
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Sisters Of Auschwitz by Roxane Van Iperen is the true story of Jewish Dutch sisters Janny and Lien Brilleslijper who resisted the Nazis in occupied Netherlands.
Whilst everyone has heard of the Frank sisters, few have heard of the Brilleslijper sisters. Yet they met each other in Westerbork, Auschwitz and Bergen Belsen. The Brilleslijper sisters were older than the Franks, both married with young children during World War II. They were incredibly brave with a huge heart for others. “If
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Novelle Novels
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 out of 5 stars
This book is newly released and tells the true story of two sisters that ended up in Germany with Anne frank and her sister after hiding themselves and other Jews during World War Two. We hear of their background and the journey thAt led them to Auschwitz. Their time there was harrowing like all those in that awful place but what got them through was the promise they made to their mother to get through it all and leave together. I also loved hearing more about Anne frank and her
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Maarten den Braber
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book made me hope that Spinal Tap would be reality and I could say this review would "go to eleven". It's just that good.

World War II is a large part of history classes in The Netherlands. Throughout my life I've heard many stories, seen movies and watched documentaires. But I don't think I've experienced a story about WWII that would stick as much as this one. The book is written from different perspectives but stays very close to the characters it follows. Especially great are the chapter
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Peter-Paul Verhoef
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What. A. Book! This is absolute a must read.
Linda
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this difficult to get through. The writing did not stir any emotion in me and I found the characters hard to empathise with. It made me feel guilty as the subject is one I have read much about and of course is a tale of devastation and horror. I feel guilty saying I didn’t really want to finish it and 3 stars is being generous
Anne Bos
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Exceptional!
Annechien Eikelenboom
Excellent book! I gave it a 10 in our bookclubsession about it, i find it a mustread for everyone in the Netherlands and beyond.
Vi
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to know what WWll was like for Dutch people
Recommended to Vi by: My mom
So, the English title for is is The Sisters of Auschwitz: The True Story of Two Jewish Sisters' Resistance in the Heart of Nazi Territory, and it sums it up pretty well

This is about two Dutch Jewish sisters who lived in a mansion during the Second World War, and who took in all these (jewish) people in hiding to keep them safe from the SS and the NSB, which was the Dutch 'wing' of that organisation. It was obviosly very dangerous to do any kind of Resistance work during the war, but if you were
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Alex
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others. I’ve also read some of the reviews here... and can’t agree with the negative comment. Reading is a subjective activity... what one reader likes can be different to other readers.
This book tells the story of what happened and isn’t an emotional pulling of heart strings as some of the reviews wanted..... I personally don’t like stories that pull at the hearts strings... for me there was a balance of emotion and distance... something the sisters
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Niamh Sheridan
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good read
Monique Verhoeven
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! An impressive WWII story with two women as main characters
Stijn
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hope and despair.
Peter
May 03, 2019 rated it liked it
The story of what was happening in World War with the Jewish people is told already many times and this book is not bringing many new items about this period.
Laura
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow - that’s really all I have to say.
Kavita Chetty
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Powerful. Gripping. Educational. Inspirational.
Sarah
Dec 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would have liked a bit more of their story during the concentration camps, not so much the before capture. Other than that, it was an interesting read
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