• The Orphans of Amsterdam

  • An utterly heartbreaking and gripping World War 2 historical novel
  • By: Elle van Rijn
  • Narrated by: Antonia Whillans
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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The Orphans of Amsterdam

By: Elle van Rijn
Narrated by: Antonia Whillans
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Amsterdam, 1941. My name is Betty. Until a few months ago, I was just like every other nursery teacher in the city—singing silly songs with the toddlers, sharing lunch with friends, smiling at the handsome stranger on the rickety tram ride home to my family each evening. Until the Nazis came and tried to take our children away....

Now, our humble nursery is part of a Nazi deportation center for little ones and their families. My heart pounds when I hear the rumors about what awaits them at the end of the forced transports across the border, to Auschwitz.

My eyes fill with tears when I see my old friends and neighbors turn their faces away, pretending not to see. None of them want to risk themselves, even to save a child’s life. So, at the nursery we form a plan, though I know it’s horribly dangerous. The Germans shoot anyone who crosses them, and there are spies everywhere. But each time I smuggle the warm, innocent bundle of a sleeping baby past the watchful guards and into the arms of the underground network, I know it’s worth the risk.

What I don’t know is if—when the Nazi soldiers discover what I’m doing and come for me—I’ll be able to save myself from the same, terrifying fate....

Based on the heart-wrenching true story of an ordinary young woman who risked everything to save countless children from the Nazis. A heartbreaking and gripping story that will have you reaching for tissues. Perfect for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, We Were the Lucky Ones, and The Nightingale.

©2022 Elle van Rijn (P)2022 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

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This story and the bravery of so many people who cared more for the precious children then there own safety restored faith in human nature!. worth every minute of reading.