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Storming the Tulips
     

Storming the Tulips

by Hannie J. Voyles
 

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Not just another Holocaust story, Storming the Tulips is an intimate encounter with history, as told by twenty former students of the 1st Montessori School in Amsterdam. They were children—contemporaries of Anne Frank—and this book is a companion to her Diary of a Young Girl. While Anne’s story describes her sequestered life in the Annex, Storming

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Not just another Holocaust story, Storming the Tulips is an intimate encounter with history, as told by twenty former students of the 1st Montessori School in Amsterdam. They were children—contemporaries of Anne Frank—and this book is a companion to her Diary of a Young Girl. While Anne’s story describes her sequestered life in the Annex, Storming the Tulips reveals what children on the outside endured—on the streets, in hiding, and in the concentration camps.

Their friends disappeared. Their parents sent them away. They were herded on trains and sent to death camps. They joined the Nazi youth. They hid Jews. They lost their families. They picked the pockets of the dead. They escaped. They dodged bullets. They lived in terror. They starved. They froze. They ate tulip bulbs. They witnessed a massacre. They collected shrapnel. And finally, they welcomed the Liberation. Some lost their families, most lost their homes, but they all lost their innocence as they fought to survive in a world gone mad.

Editorial Reviews

Renee Steinberg
This is an excellent choice to read with The Diary of Anne Frank. The tragic story of the Netherlands under Nazi occupation resounds dramatically through the words of 20 survivors from the first Montessori school in Amsterdam who were contemporaries of Anne Frank, This is a chronicle of “life on the streets” during the atrocious conditions created by the occupation. It’s is an absorbing book on its own as well as a fine choice to include in an interdisciplinary study.
Kristina Makansi
War is a man-made hell from which not even victors emerge unscathed. Usually when we study war, we look at geopolitical motivations, economic rivalries, resource grabs, and ethnic hatreds. We study kings and politicans, generals and soldiers, but we rarely look at the children. In Storming the Tulips, it is the children who are front and center. Middle school and high school students will gain important insights into the hardships of war without the graphic descriptions that some may worry about
Erik Smetana
Storming the Tulips is an engaging, often heartbreaking, look at the struggles of children--the schoolmates in fact, of Anne Frank--as their school, families, neighborhood and country were torn asunder. Told through personal recollections, these children shed new light on one of the darkest spots in human history. This is the sort of book that will interest both pleasure readers of nonfiction, at-home historians, and educators looking to broaden their students' learning experience.
James Cox
The desire to survive is great, even though death seems so easy. "Storming the Tulips" is an assortment of stories from many survivors of the worst of the Holocaust, people who were contemporaries of Anne Frank and here, they share their own stories of living under a gun and doing things they wish to forget, in their efforts to simply see another day.
Fred Venturini
No one ever said survival was easy. By it's very nature, survival has a price. A scar, a dark memory, maybe the taste of a tulip bulb. In this book, the children affected by the holocaust set upon their journey of survival--different brands, different strategies, different outcomes. With a stark and simple prose that connects as these memoir-ish pages continue to turn, there is no question that this is a journey worth taking, worth learning from, and above all, worth remembering.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013442856
Publisher:
Stonebrook Publishing
Publication date:
11/23/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
168
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Hannie J. Ostendorf Voyles was born and raised in the Netherlands to a Catholic father and a Jewish mother. She was a schoolgirl during the war and lived in the same neighborhood and attended the same school as Anne Frank, until the Ostendorf family moved to a different neighborhood.

Amsterdam was liberated on May 5, 1945, and four years later Voyles graduated from the Montessori High School. Days later, she emigrated to America. Within five years, she was married and had a family. She finished her studies in English and Linguistics, then qualified for a faculty position at the California State University. Years later, when a new community college was built in Butte County, California, Voyles jumped at the chance to be involved in building that institution.

As a college teacher in Northern California, she realized that her students lacked exposure to the world. She immediately began to organize study tours for them and conducted some twenty tours for college students and their families. In 1995, during the 50-year commemoration of the Holocaust, she played a key role in bringing Miep Gies—who was instrumental in hiding Anne Frank and her family—to Chico, California, to attend the opening performance of THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, presented by the Performing Arts department of her college.

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