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.
©1998 Flory Van Beek; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"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)
I enjoyed listening to this book. Another review stated that her writing was not polished. I agree, but that took nothing away from the story which is the recounting of her own life. I don't feel like I got the full sense of the terror they experienced, but unlike another reviewer, I don't think the story of the families who hid them would make any better story - just as good yes, but not necessarily better. I do think the narrator reading it with a bit more gritty feel might have enhanced the memorial as she was just a bit too calm a reader for the content, especially knowing it was an old woman telling a story from her youth. But please, enjoy the read for what it is - a first-hand account of what it was to hide in fear from the Nazi regime in Holland, but this time to have the good outcome of survival - when fewer than 4% of the Dutch Jewish population made it through the war. Amazing.
This is a fine book and a good memoir of a truly horrifying time in the authors life. I do not mean to take anything away from that and I'm hesitant to find any fault because of the circumstances. However in the context of the holocaust her story never really took me into the terror that it meant to be Jewish in Nazi occupied territory. She hid out with some families involved in the resistance movement and I could not help but wonder if their story would have been a better book.
Memorable. Heart-breaking. Triumphant. That captures the essence of this book. The humanity and courage of those persevering through wretched difficulties is chronicled here. I can easily recommend this book.
Yes. The accounts of the Jews who survived the most horrific time of the 20th century must be told and never forgotten. These people along with many others who survived and many who did not survive were the greatest generation and they are HEROES!
The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom,
The liberation of the Dutch people.
Just as the title says: Flory: A Miraculous Story of Survival.
One of the best books I have listened to from Audible. If I could give it 10 stars I would.
I really liked this book. I am really into what went on during WWII. I have listed to the book "Hiding Place" by Corrie Tenboom and they both tell real stories on real personal levels.
Flory is a good story. I listened to it after I listened to the Nazi Officer's Wife. I thought the Catholics who helped the Jews in Holland were awesome. I think Jews in Holland had more support from the public than the Jews in Germany. It is fortunate that Flory married a German man, because it was helpful for him to know how to speak German so well. Everyone should read about what it was like to live with the Nazis in control, because Nazis are Socialists and not so different from Communists. Many Americans and Europeans think socialism is ok, but they should look at what socialism was like in history and what America was like in the beginning. We need to avoid repeating the type of history that happened with the Nazis.
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