About the Book
Jaap Sitters was only eight years old when his mother cut the yellow stars off his clothes and sent him, alone, on a fifteen-mile walk to hide with relatives. It was a terrifying night, one he would never forget. Before the end of the war, he would hide in secret rooms and behind walls. He would suffer from hunger, sickness, and the looming threat of Nazi raids. But he would live.
This is just one of the true stories told in Hidden Like Anne Frank, a collection of eye-opening first-person accounts that share the experience of going into hiding to escape the Holocaust. Some were just toddlers when they were hidden; some were teenagers. Some hid with neighbors or family, while many were with complete strangers. But all know the pain of losing their homes, their families, even their own names. They describe the secret network that kept them safe. And they share the coincidences and close calls that made all the difference.
My Take on the Book
This was an amazing story of survival as well as an emotional tale of compassion and love set in a tableau of death and terror. The book itself was well written and interspersed with images you really feel that you get to know the people that you are introduced to. The book was well researched and you get to hear the story of Dutch-born people that hid during World War II. I am a student of history and love learning more about our past and this book truly did this in a way that opened my eyes and my heart to these and all of the people that were impacted by the Holocaust.
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