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My Name Is Selma

The remarkable memoir of a Jewish Resistance fighter and Ravensbruck survivor

Selma van de Perre



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Black Swan
17 November 2021
Full of hope and courage, the internationally bestselling memoir of a Dutch Jewish Resistance fighter who survived Ravensbr ck concentration camp.

Selma van de Perre was seventeen when the Second World War began. Until then, being Jewish in the Netherlands had been of no consequence. But by 1941 it was a matter of life or death. Several times, Selma avoided being rounded up by the Nazis. Then, in an act of defiance, she joined the Resistance movement, using the pseudonym Margareta van der Kuit. For two years 'Marga' risked it all. Using a fake ID, and passing as Aryan she travelled the country delivering newsletters, sharing information, keeping up morale - doing, as she later said, what 'had to be done'. In July 1944 her luck ran out. She was transported to Ravensbr ck women's concentration camp as a political prisoner. Unlike her parents and sister - who, she later discovered, died in other camps - she survived by using her alias. It was only after the war ended that she was allowed to reclaim her identity and dared to say once again- My name is Selma. Now, at ninety-nine, Selma remains a force of nature. Full of hope and courage, this is her story in her own words.
Imprint:   Black Swan
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 200mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   180g
ISBN:   9781784165673
ISBN 10:   1784165670
Pages:   224
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Selma van de Perre was a member of the Dutch Resistance organization TD Group during the Second World War. Shortly after the war she moved to London, where she worked for the BBC and met her future husband, the Belgian journalist Hugo van de Perre. For a number of years she worked as foreign correspondent for a Dutch television station. In 1983 Selma van de Perre received the Dutch Resistance Memorial Cross and in 2021 she received a Royal Distinction, conferred by the Dutch Ambassador in London. Selma is one of the few remaining survivors of Ravensbr ck concentration camp who are still alive today. She lives in London and has a son.

Reviews for My Name Is Selma: The remarkable memoir of a Jewish Resistance fighter and Ravensbruck survivor

Astonishing, inspirational and important... Now, more than ever, we all need to hear Selma van de Perre's words and experiences. * ARIANA NEUMANN, author of When Time Stopped * Selma van de Perre risked everything to help defeat Hitler... An incredible life story. * The Mirror * An incredible tale of heroics and survival. * DAN SNOW'S HISTORY HIT * It is impossible not to marvel at her steadiness and courage. * TLS * Shows us how to find hope in hopelessness and light in darkness. * EDITH EGER, author of THE CHOICE and THE GIFT *

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