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There is nothing upstairs. Brandsen had been taken away to a concentration camp. Flory and Felix, familiar with the habits of the Gestapo returning soon after a visit, slid down a gutter and fled into the winter night. Five miles later, they arrived at the home of the Hornsveld family. His mother asked her youngest son, Bertus, who was the man of the house while his father was away, if they could take us in.
After the war, Flory and Felix came to America, where Felix entered the home furnishings business. The couple sponsored Bertus Hornsveld and his brother Hannie for immigration to America, where the brothers became building contractors.
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Subscribe in a reader. Flory: A miraculous story of survival by Flory A. Unlike Anne Frank, Flory survived to recount this extraordinary story of persecution and survival. Her book was translated into her native language, Dutch, and was released on May 5, , liberation day in the Netherlands. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published August 30th by Seven Locks Press first published More Details Original Title.
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Sort order. I have to agree with the critic. Hearing this read, I felt she was right here beside me. I started this book late at night when I could not go to sleep. I then found myself fighting sleep to hear her story. It is not just about what happened to her and her family but about the people around her, the good, the bad and the ugly.
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Like my worn copy of Ann Frank, this will be a story I will want to hear again and again. The human will is amazing. Jan 12, Tracy rated it it was amazing. I don't know how a book like this could be given less than five stars. It is a first-hand account of the Nazi occupation of Holland. Flory and her husband, both Jewish, were taken in by more than one set of complete strangers over a 5 year period so that their lives would be saved. They hid in attics and hiding spaces, while also being treated with great kindness and love by people who would have been killed had they been caught.
The fear, desperation, and great sadness felt by these poor people I don't know how a book like this could be given less than five stars. The fear, desperation, and great sadness felt by these poor people over such a long period of time is incomprehensible, as are the acts of the German military at that time. Flory tells an honest and gripping story of how she survived that period- one of 6, Holland Jews who survived out of the original population of , Great read.
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Mar 27, Simone rated it liked it Shelves: , netherlands , bios-and-memoirs. I wish more people would read these stories and see them as potential cautionary tales. It CAN happen to us… to me… to you. Institutionalized racism is insidious. What starts off as a guideline for the benefit of the community can quickly devolve into the worse case scenario Charter of Values in Quebec anyone?
Craziness starts somewhere. Jun 07, Cindy rated it liked it Shelves: memoir. Interesting story, I've been to the town she lived in and hid in during the war. Because I'd been to her town this book was of particular interest. View 1 comment. 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. Flory is a young Jewish girl whose life in Holland is sheltered and idyllic until the threat of the German invasion begins to grow and threaten their very existence.
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Waves of German-Jewish immigrants begin pouring into the country, persecuted and chased by their own government - with one of them, Felix, Flory falls in love and the couple decides to leave the country while they still can. However, a magnetic bomb sinks the ship on which they were supposed to leave, and the two find themselves in a hospital in England and later, back in Holland, where the new Nazi government is already set on implementing its anti-Jewish policies. Touching and meticulously put together, this memoir is a true must-read which I highly recommend to everyone. I try to avoid any more Holocaust books because they are so depressing, but this book was like a thriller and had a happy ending.