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Not just another Holocaust story, Storming the Tulips is an intimate encounter with history, as told by twenty former students of the 1st Montessori School in Amsterdam. They were children—contemporaries of Anne Frank—and this book is a companion to her Diary of a Young Girl. While Anne’s story describes her sequestered life in the Annex, Storming the Tulips reveals what children on the outside endured—on the streets, in hiding, and in the concentration camps.

Their friends disappeared. Their parents sent them away. They were herded on trains and sent to death camps. They joined the Nazi youth. They hid Jews. They lost their families. They picked the pockets of the dead. They escaped. They dodged bullets. They lived in terror. They starved. They froze. They ate tulip bulbs. They witnessed a massacre. They collected shrapnel. And finally, they welcomed the Liberation. Some lost their families, most lost their homes, but they all lost their innocence as they fought to survive in a world gone mad.

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BN ID: 2940013442856
Publisher: Stonebrook Publishing
Publication date: 11/23/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 168
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Hannie J. Ostendorf Voyles was born and raised in the Netherlands to a Catholic father and a Jewish mother. She was a schoolgirl during the war and lived in the same neighborhood and attended the same school as Anne Frank, until the Ostendorf family moved to a different neighborhood.

Amsterdam was liberated on May 5, 1945, and four years later Voyles graduated from the Montessori High School. Days later, she emigrated to America. Within five years, she was married and had a family. She finished her studies in English and Linguistics, then qualified for a faculty position at the California State University. Years later, when a new community college was built in Butte County, California, Voyles jumped at the chance to be involved in building that institution.

As a college teacher in Northern California, she realized that her students lacked exposure to the world. She immediately began to organize study tours for them and conducted some twenty tours for college students and their families. In 1995, during the 50-year commemoration of the Holocaust, she played a key role in bringing Miep Gies—who was instrumental in hiding Anne Frank and her family—to Chico, California, to attend the opening performance of THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, presented by the Performing Arts department of her college.

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