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

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

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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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such sorrow and joy

such sorrow is hard to comprehend, yet this book does a fabulous job of allowing you to truly feel it and then the joy at the small mercies they received.

a very powerful story one I think should be told so these terrible events never happen again.

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Narrator spoils it!

Takes a long time to get going but good once you get into it. The narrator’s voice is very annoying, however!

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This was beautiful and so engaging

While painful to hear, the authors account of her time in the hell of the camp was nothing less than inspiring. She could have played on the gory reality of the situation, but instead she kept a neutral mixture of optimism and realism that kept the story engaging, informative and relatable, even for those of us who could only imagine the evil she survived. I wish I could send her a big hug and tell her that we see her and hear her triumph over the oppressors. I think the entire world could benefit from reading stories like this.