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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

‘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)

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Heartbreaking, true story of courage and love

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Beautifully told tragic story that is not sentimental instead is uplifting in its honesty.

What did you like best about this story?

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.

What about Deidre Rubenstein’s performance did you like?

Deirdre has a wonderfully expressive voice that is perfect for this emotionally charged story. You both laugh and cry as Deirdre reads the story.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Loving and looking after others is the most important job you can do.

Any additional comments?

Anyone wanting a really mesmerising story should listen to this.

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  • Ian
  • 26-08-2016

Heart-breaking!

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!
God bless.

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  • DAN
  • 16-07-2015

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-08-2016

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An extreme!y emotional account of a dreadful, dark time that should never be forgotten.

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  • Jeannie Dowsett
  • 29-01-2016

Powerful

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.

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  • Jonrjfr @yahoo.co.uk
  • 17-04-2016

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

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  • Pam
  • 13-04-2019

This story must be read or heard. It was hard to continue at times but continue the reader must.

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  • ania
  • 10-03-2017

Very good book

Very good book, very involving story, great narrator, who was able to convey the drama without sounding pretencious or irritating.

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  • julie
  • 01-08-2021

wow

thank you for telling not just your story but others as well thank you

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  • Jem
  • 16-01-2021

Wow! Emotional listen!

So many things I have never heard of that happened in those awful concentration camps... My eyes are wide open and my heart is heavy for all the people that lost their lives and amazement and pride for the survivors and their liberators! ❤
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  • Helen Jane
  • 02-11-2020

Compelling Listen

This is a very compelling account of a your girl and her families horrific experience at the hand of the Nazis during WW2.

I do wish however that I had read the book rather than purchased the Audible version. I persevered to the end, but I found the narrators voice very shouty throughout and with very little intonation. I felt that the true feelings and emotions cannot have been conveyed in this reading, and I am sad to give a lower rating because of this. It may just be me, however I urge you to listen to the sample prior to purchase.

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