Hidden Children of the Holocaust: Belgian Nuns and Their Daring Rescue of Young Jews from the Nazis

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"In the summer of 1942 in Belgium, when Nazis began the brutal roundup of Jewish families, parents searched desperately for safe haven for their children. As Suzanne Vromen reveals in Hidden Children of the Holocaust, these children found sanctuary with other families and schools - but especially in Roman Catholic convents and orphanages." Vromen has interviewed not only those who were hidden as children, but also the Christian women who rescued them, and the nuns who gave the children shelter, all of whose voices are heard in this powerfully moving book. Indeed, here are numerous firsthand memoirs of life in a wartime convent - the secrecy, the humor, the admiration, the anger, the deprivation, the cruelty, and the kindness - all with the backdrop of the terror of the Nazi occupation.
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"Suzanne Vromen's deeply moving book about Jewish children hidden in Belgian convents during World War II is an extraordinary study of human courage, devotion, and transcendent spirit. Capturing the voices of those who were saved and of their rescuers, Vromen illuminates history and offers us inspiration." —Susannah Heschel, author of Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus

"Suzanne Vromen masterfully uncovers the hidden history not just of Jewish children rescued during the Holocaust, but also of the courageous women who saved their lives. Vromen has restored a missing piece of the Belgian and Jewish past. She tells the story of the children and their saviors with tact, gentleness, and insight." —Deborah Dash Moore, author of GI Jews: How World War II Changed a Generation

"Hidden Children of the Holocaust offers important insights into the lives of children who disappeared behind Convent doors in Belgium during the Holocaust. We still know far too little about what happened to children during the Nazi period and even less about those who were hidden by Catholic institutions. Relying on both the printed record and interviews with some of the children and the priests and nuns who hid them, Suzanne Vromen paints a vivid picture. This is an important book that will captivate readers and open a door to a body of knowledge that has been hidden for far too long." —Deborah E. Lipstadt, author of History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving

"An important book." —Tablet

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195181289
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/9/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,176,662
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Suzanne Vromen is Professor of Sociology Emeritus at Bard College.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Children 9

Ch. 2 The Nuns 47

Ch. 3 The Escorts and the Resistance 81

Ch. 4 Memory and Commemoration 119

App Nuns Honored as Righteous Among Nations 149

Notes 153

References 163

Photo gallery follows page 92

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

    Hidden Children

    This is definitly more of a textbook. As a sociolgist and an elementary teacher, I found this very interesting. If you are looking for a book that relates to memories of individuals, this is not the book for you. This is the study of ramifications of the whole situation of parents to safe guard their children, how to intergrate the children into the life they must adjust, the problems of the rescuers and the results of the years after the war and the adjustments of all parties into "normal" society. It would definitely be a great book for a Sociology class.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2011


    This book is so good it is amazing it is moving OMG u just have to read it P.S i have not read the book lol rofl

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