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The Sisters of Auschwitz: The true story of two Jewish sisters' resistance in the heart of Nazi territory

Roxane van Iperen

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Seven Dials
01 November 2019
Biography: historical, political & military; History; European history; The Holocaust
WINNER of the Opzij Literature Prize 2019!

During the Second World War two Jewish sisters - Janny and Lien Brilleslijper - run one of the largest hideaways in The Netherlands: The High Nest, a villa in The Gooi area. While the last remaining Jews are being hunted in The Netherlands, the lives of dozens of hideaways kept going for better or for worse, right under the noses of their National Socialist neighbours. Eventually, the nest is exposed and the Brilleslijper family put on one of the last transports to Auschwitz, along with the (Anne) Frank family.

Roxane's novelistic eye combined with her rigorous research result in a hugely compelling portrayal of courage, treason and human resilience. THE HIGH NEST is a truly unforgettable book.

After Roxane and her family moved into The High Nest in 2012 she spent six years writing and piecing together its story. Fundamental elements of Roxane's research into The High Nest are the personal, unpublished memoirs Janny Brilleslijper wrote for their close friends and family members. Roxane gained access to historic interviews with Janny, Lien, Eberhard and others, as well as many personal conversations with Janny and Lien's children. The book will contain many photographs from the Brilleslijper family archive.
By:   Roxane van Iperen
Imprint:   Seven Dials
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 232mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   402g
ISBN:   9781841883748
ISBN 10:   1841883743
Series:   The Legacy Trilogy
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   01 November 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Roxanne lives in the High Nest and has spent the last decade investigating its history and also the lives - and fates - of the people who lived and hid there. She has travelled across the world to talk to the relatives of Janny and Lein to piece together this incredible story. She also has the full support of the remaining family relatives, particularly the children, of the sisters. She writes the book from the perspective of Janny, the youngest sister, so we discover the horrors and losses of this epic story along with her. Heartbreaking!

Reviews for The Sisters of Auschwitz: The true story of two Jewish sisters' resistance in the heart of Nazi territory

A compelling tale * JEWISH CHRONICLE * ...a gripping, nightmarish story * DAILY MAIL *


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