|Bart van Es.|
|Pages/Publication Date:||298 / 2019|
Reflecting on his Dutch childhood, Bart van Es recalled hearing about a young Jewish girl named Lientje who had been taken in during the war by his grandparents. What was the Lientje's side of the story, he wondered? Here Van Es documents his obsessive search, which in time, led him to Lientje, now in her 80s and living in Amsterdam. Somewhat reluctantly, she agreed to meet him, and eventually they struck up a remarkable friendship. In this Costa Book of the Year Award winner, Lientje tells the harrowing story of how she escaped not only the Nazis but also the Dutch authorities, zealous accomplices in the mission of sending every Jewish man, woman, and child to their extermination.