An Address in Amsterdam: A Novel

An Address in Amsterdam: A Novel

by Mary Dingee Fillmore


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An Address in Amsterdam: A Novel by Mary Dingee Fillmore

Rachel Klein hopes she can ignore the Nazis when they roll into Amsterdam in May 1940. She’s falling in love, and her city has been the safest place in the world for Jewish people since the Spanish Inquisition. But when Rachel’s Gentile boyfriend is forced to disappear rather than face arrest, she realizes that everything is changing, and so must she—so, although she is often tired and scared, she delivers papers for the underground under the Nazis’ noses. But after eighteen months of ever increasing danger, she pushes her parents to go into hiding with her. The dank basement where they take refuge seems like the last place where Rachel would meet a new man—but she does.

An Address in Amsterdam shows that, even in the most hopeless situation, an ordinary young woman can make the choice to act with courage—and even love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631521331
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 10/04/2016
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 254,899
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Mary Dingee Fillmore fell in love with Amsterdam in 2001 and has been returning there and pondering its complex history ever since. A longtime professional facilitator for nonprofits and government, she gives talks for the Vermont Humanities Council, titled “Anne Frank’s Neighbors: What Did They Do?” and writes at

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An Address in Amsterdam: A Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Stephen Kastner More than 1 year ago
It reads like a screenplay and I hope it gets made into a feature film… The story of Rachel Klein, a teenaged Jewish girl in Amsterdam during the second World War is the culmination of 13 years of investigation and research by Vermont author Mary Fillmore. Her effort has brought forth a very heart-moving tale of intrigue and heartbreak. The conditions under which the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands took place were an ever-changing daily disintegration. Some foresaw the inevitable and fled the country. Others were swept up in mass arrests, murdered or disappeared into hiding. This book takes you there and places you directly in the midst of an insecure world fueled by irrational anti-Semitism. The author, not a Jew herself, was moved to take action in 2002 after realizing that the home she was staying in while on a pleasure trip to Amsterdam was once inhabited by the family she went on to write about. Thirteen years later she completed her initial effort in the publication of a remarkable book. Now, she shares that commitment even further in presenting talks and programs on her experiences and her work. You can find out more at
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
I have read quite a few stories about World War II, but most were about events that took place in Germany or England. This was a very different one for me, taking place in Amsterdam. A place where the Jewish population was almost wiped out by the end of WWII. The people of Amsterdam never thought the war would come to them. They had lived peacefully for years and hadn't gotten involved in WWII. They thought it was pass them by. But as we know, it did not just pass them by. Rachel Klein, a young Jewish woman, finds herself caught up in all of it. As she watches the Nazi's take over her city and country, she knows she can't stand by and watch it happen. When her friends and neighbors are hauled away to placed unknown to never be heard from again, she turns from an innocent girl without many cares, into one of the best messengers with the resistance. Putting her life on the line countless times to help fellow Jews and those that support them, the time comes where it's too dangerous for her to continue and she goes into hiding with her family. This was an incredibly uplifting story of how one person can make a difference in other's lives. But it was also an incredibly sad tale of one of the worst times in human history. Well written, and from what I can tell, well researched, An Address in Amsterdam was a chilling look into human nature and history that we should never forget.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've recommended An Address in Amsterdam to many friends because of its timely themes, and its message of hope and action in the face of fear - and I'm eager to read it again myself to digest even more of this wonderful story's details! Frankly, I expected the book to be difficult to read because of the heavy subject matter (WWII), but the characters are so compelling, and the story so rich with beauty - and suspenseful twists! - that I flew through it. I loved reading about Rachel, and feeling like I was getting a glimpse into her life and the lives of so many in Amsterdam during the Nazi occupation. I felt transported to that place and time while I read: the author does a wonderful job of highlighting the architecture, history, and natural beauty of Amsterdam, weaving those features into the harsh reality of the occupation. I found that those details served as little reminders of how quickly a city (and its people) can be transformed during times of adversity. Read this book: you won't be able to put it down.
Holly More than 1 year ago
An Address In Amsterdam is a young Jewish Woman's journey during WW2 in Amsterdam. It's May 1940 and the Germans are entering the city of Amsterdam, Rachel Klein hopes she can ignore them but soon realizes how hard that is to do. When she falls in love with a Gentile who is forced to disappear rather face the Nazi's, Rachel takes up with moving papers for the underground in hopes to end this war sooner rather than later. It takes something horrible to happen for the family to go into hiding in a dark basement that will lead to consequences with a stranger. Only when the family is forced to move to another location will everything fall apart but for them, they remain strong as a family. This book is amazing in the way the story played out but I'm still not sure if I truly loved how it all ended. I was liking this book all the way to the very end except for those bedroom scenes that I thought could have been better said and the way it just leaves you with kinda of a cliff-hanger of what happens to Rachel and her family. I did love the end of the book that has a list of books that the Author recommends reading about the whole time period and of course the time-line of events was awesome to have in this book! Overall, If you love reading books about that horrible time in history that gives a different look at things, read this book! Thank You to Mary Dingee Fillmore for writing a book that had me glued to it even while on a road-trip in which not many real books will do that for me! I received this book from BookSparks : Fall Reading Challenge 2016 in exchange for a honest review.