Hetty’s family was torn apart following the German invasion of the Netherlands. Rounded up by the Nazis and then separated from their parents, Hetty and her brothers were sent to the Children’s House, within Belsen concentration camp. As one of the eldest, Hetty became the ‘Little Mother’, helping to care for not only her siblings, but the other children as well. In a direct and powerful style, Hetty recalls one of the remarkable, largely untold stories of the Holocaust – the extraordinary struggle and survival of this group of children through those terrible years.
©2000 © Hetty E Verolme, 2000, 2009. (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
‘This is an important, moving and beautifully written book and deserves to become a classic.’ (Judges report, The Fellowship of Australian Writers Christina Stead Award)
‘Overpoweringly poignant.’ (Jewish Chronicle)
Yes. Beautifully told tragic story that is not sentimental instead is uplifting in its honesty.
Not knowing what would happen next. I had the feeling that I was with the children, the writing was so engaging that, although I knew the history of Belsen concentration camp, I had to know about the true experiences of these children.
Deirdre has a wonderfully expressive voice that is perfect for this emotionally charged story. You both laugh and cry as Deirdre reads the story.
Loving and looking after others is the most important job you can do.
Anyone wanting a really mesmerising story should listen to this.
Having been to visit Belsen 20 years ago as a serving soldier and learning the history, this story brings it all to life.
Be prepared and be strong!
"Children's House of Belsen"
An extreme!y emotional account of a dreadful, dark time that should never be forgotten.
"A magnificent insight into harrowing events"
This is a powerful account of an aspect of the Holocaust you rarely hear or read about. It is emotive in so many ways.
"Great book touching"
The story start at the very beginning for a young Jewish women girl Nd doesn't really. Stop slow down until the end. Anger is there but the lpve she gives out l hope she gets back for the rest of our life and celebrated as a true heroine of the 2 nd WW
This true life story is very powerful. It really takes you into life in Belsen as seen and experienced by a young girl. What a brave girl she was and I wish her well in the future.
"What terrible things people can do to one another"
A compelling listen and really puts you in the camp with the other children. Beautifully written and narrated and a must listen in my opinion.
"A must read for future generations so this never happens again"
A very sad story of Hetty's experience in The Children's House in Belsen.
In 2015 it is hard to believe these events happened and a whole nation was brainwashed by an evil dictator. I hope younger listeners will be encouraged to listen to this audiobook so we will never forget what millions endured for the sake of religion and diversity. Beautifully read.
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