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The sisters of Auschwitz : the true story of two Jewish sisters' resistance in the heart of Nazi territory / Roxane van Iperen ; translated from the Dutch by Joni Zwart.

Iperen, Roxane van, (author.).

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  • 7 of 13 copies available at Bibliomation. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Woodbury Public Library.

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9 current holds with 13 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Woodbury Public Library 940.53 (Text to phone) 34018142678244 Adult New Nonfiction Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 0063097621 : PAP
  • ISBN: 9780063097629 : PAP
  • ISBN: 0063097621
  • ISBN: 9780063097629
  • Physical Description: viii, 302 pages ; 21 cm
  • Edition: First U.S. edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Harper, 2021.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Translated from the Dutch.
Originally published as 't Hooge Nest in Dutch in 2018.
"First English edition published in Great Britain in 2019 by Seven Dials"--Title page verso.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 295-302).
Summary, etc.:
During the Second World War two Jewish sisters -- Janny and Lien Brilleslijper -- run one of the largest hideaways in The Netherlands: The High Nest, a villa in The Gooi area. While the last remaining Jews are being hunted in The Netherlands, the lives of dozens of hideaways kept going for better or for worse, right under the noses of their National Socialist neighbours. Eventually, the nest is exposed and the Brilleslijper family put on one of the last transports to Auschwitz, along with the (Anne) Frank family. Roxane's novelistic eye combined with her rigorous research result in a hugely compelling portrayal of courage, treason and human resilience.
Subject: Brilleslijper, Janny.
Brilleslijper, Lien.
Auschwitz (Concentration camp)
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) > Netherlands > Biography.
Jewish families > Netherlands > Biography.
Sisters > Netherlands > Biography.
World War, 1939-1945 > Jewish resistance > Netherlands.
World War, 1939-1945 > Underground movements > Netherlands.
Genre: Biographies.
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The Sisters of Auschwitz : The True Story of Two Jewish Sisters' Resistance in the Heart of Nazi Territory
The Sisters of Auschwitz : The True Story of Two Jewish Sisters' Resistance in the Heart of Nazi Territory
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The Sisters of Auschwitz : The True Story of Two Jewish Sisters' Resistance in the Heart of Nazi Territory

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Dutch lawyer and novelist van Iperen weaves a spellbinding story of resistance and survival during WWII. Lien Brilleslijper, a dancer, and her younger sister Janny, who was newly married and pregnant when war broke out in 1939, became active members of the Dutch resistance, printing an underground newspaper, hiding political refugees, and making fake identity cards for Dutch Jews trying to avoid deportation. In the summer of 1941, with both sisters' families facing arrest, they fled their respective homes for a house in the forest near the village of Naarden that became a resistance center and refuge for Jews fleeing the Nazis. Betrayed by an informer in 1944, they were arrested and transported to Auschwitz and then Bergen-Belsen with Anne Frank and her family. Tens of thousands of prisoners, including Anne and her sister Margot, died before British troops liberated Bergen-Belsen in April 1945, but Janny and Lien survived. Van Iperen's prose is poetic without lapsing into sentimentality, and she maintains suspense from the first page to the last. Offering fascinating insights into Amsterdam's Jewish Quarter, the fate of the Frank family, and the bonds of sisterly devotion, this standout history isn't to be missed. Agent: Tracy Fisher, WME. (Aug.)


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