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Author: Flory A. Van Beek Narrator: Kirsten Potter Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781481568173
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Like Anne Frank, Flory Van Beek was a young girl caught in the ruthless Nazi occupation of Holland—but Flory survived to recount her extraordinary story of persecution and survival.

Flory and her husband, Felix, endured the sinking of a ship bound for safety in the New World, the increasing danger of the occupation, and finally a life in hiding. There, cut off from the outside world and their families, they faced the hunger and stress of daily life in confined quarters along with the ever-present threat of discovery and certain death. This inspiring account vividly captures the terror of the Holocaust while telling a poignant story of love and courage.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I have always believed in survivor’s testimonies: they are unique. It is impossible to understand the Holocaust and its meaning without becoming acquainted with their experiences, which they alone can tell with true authority.”

    Elie Wiesel

  • “This moving story of courage and survival is a must read for everyone, so that future generations of the world should never forget the Holocaust.”

    Rabbi Marc S. Rubenstein, spiritual leader of Temple Isaiah of Newport Beach

  • “A Dutch-Jewish Holocaust survivor now living in California, Van Beek recalls her harrowing experiences at the mercy of the Nazis…This has intrinsic value as a Holocaust survivor testimony.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[A] gripping, extraordinary, and surprisingly uplifting story…Complemented by an outstanding performance by narrator Kirsten Potter…Potter conveys the stress the Van Beeks felt and highlights the remarkable faith and strength of the many other people who also fought to stay alive. Potter also demonstrates that authenticity and emotion can outweigh a somewhat simplistic writing style, especially during the scene in which Van Beek explains how she eventually received the letter her mother wrote on the train to Auschwitz.”


  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A New York Times bestseller

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi | 6/7/2013

    " This was a great book about survival during WWII. A great read about a young Jewish woman and her years in hiding in Holland. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Irene | 11/24/2012

    " a Holocaust testimonial survivor in Holland and story close to Frank's "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 2/2/2012

    " A great story of a young couple's survival and the everyday people of the Netherlands who made it possible. I loved the fact that her family was so deliberate to preserve newspaper clippings and documents and to keep diaries. Their memorabilia has become an important documentation of the era. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 7/5/2011

    " Each time I read another book about the Holacaust,I can hardly comprehend that it really happened. How can people become so evil that they are able to treat other human beings the way these people were treated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Djdee | 3/15/2011

    " I found this book had a new perspective for me.A vivid sory of the Holocaust and its few survivors.-Booklist "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lieskesimon | 3/5/2010

    " Stylewise this book is not so great. Reference to "the valley of death" comes at least once each chapter. It is fascinating to get an idea however of how daily life was for Jews in hiding in the Netherlands. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wellington | 1/30/2010

    " Moving book of a woman who hid in the Netherlands from the Nazis. The writing was simplistic and a dizzying array of people coming in and out of the story left me confused. Still, I rather liked the story and glad she wrote it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 11/19/2008

    " I thought that this was a super interesting account of a Holocaust survivor. You'll feel great about the Dutch, and appalled by their German occupiers after reading this one. Gross! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy | 11/10/2008

    " Very intense and sad story but a must read for sure! :) "

About the Author

Flory A. Van Beek came to America in 1948 carrying a suitcase full of papers and photographs that she had buried while in hiding during the Holocaust. This material is now one of the largest collections from the Netherlands housed in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. Flory and her husband, Felix, live in Newport Beach, California.

About the Narrator

Kirsten Potter has won several awards, including more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a three-time finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. Her work has been recognized by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and by AudioFile magazine, among many others. She graduated with highest honors from Boston University and has performed on stage and in film and television, including roles on Medium, Bones, and Judging Amy.