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The Hidden Village: A completely gripping and unforgettable World War 2 historical novel (Untold WW2 Stories Book 1) Kindle Edition
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This historically based, yet fictional account of the atrocities suffered during WWII in Holland is exceptionally riveting. Both by being heartwarming and heartbreaking, it is a read that you won't forget.
The characters are well drawn and the historical details convincing, not surprising since the author tells us in a foreword that her mother was Dutch and was in Holland during these troubling times.
What an excellent book! So good I couldn't put it down. I read it in a day. I didn't know anything about the Dutch hidden villages, so not only was the story page-turning but I learnt something new at the same time.
What I have noticed with many Holocaust books / memoirs is the relentless recalling of facts and dates that bombard readers with unbearable horror. The Hidden Village, however, while just as true to the horrors of the Holocaust, allows the readers to not just be reminded of what has happened but to also be able to immerse themselves into a world of well written fiction.
I was amazed by how many of the Dutch fought the Nazis in their own way. They were willing to make sacrifices for other people at the expense of their own daily needs. Very inspiring!
I loved reading this intriguing historical story that took place in the Netherlands during World War 2. Imagine an actual hidden village!! The characters were well developed and the courage and depth of love they demonstrated kept my imagination soaring from beginning to end!
Storytelling is of a superb quality, and she has the ability to bring vividly to life these very hard and brutal times in a clear fashion, as well as the atmosphere in which the Jews had to live in WWII, and all that in a gripping and heart-breaking way within this wonderful tale.
I had heard that the Dutch population had made significant efforts to protect their Jewish neighbors but this is the first novel I have read to explore this history. Well written and interesting read.
--This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B071HY4RMC
- Publisher : Amsterdam Publishers (May 18, 2017)
- Publication date : May 18, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 3987 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 374 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #75,088 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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A story of ordinary human beings performing heroic acts.
The story of those who did not just sit by and do nothing while their neighbors were persecuted.
A story of Jews and gentiles together going to extraordinary lengths to save human lives.
The author wrote her book after reading a non-fiction book about this village. However, her novel is not a rehashing of history, but a suspenseful and dramatic glimpse into the lives and inner thoughts of the villagers – both those being hidden and those helping them. The story takes us into their daily lives, scares, sicknesses, and ultimately their betrayal.
It a well-written, moving story of courage, hope, and survival.
My only criticism is that it ends quite abruptly. I would have liked to learn more about what happened to the characters after the war. Perhaps the author’s leaving room for a sequel?
4.5 out of 5 stars
Very hard to tell from this story that they were living underground. It sounded as if the homes were above ground. It was the pictures that were included that explained just how they were living. Interesting how they lived right under the noses of the Germans for so long before they were found out.
Top reviews from other countries
The story revolves around characters in a Dutch village who help hide Jews from the German soldiers during WW2. From the first chapter you are engaged with the characters and I even found myself warning them when they were due to be raided - OUT LOUD! Sensitively written, with a page-turning plot, this is a wonderful new book from Imogen.
The resolve to muster the strength and fortitude to embrace life throughout these most difficult and tragic times needs to be acknowledged.
The power of love for ones family, friends and community win through and even absorb the loss of dear ones whom they carry forward in their shared memories. Stories that should be heard. Thank you for this sad but compelling insight written without drama or embellishment.