• The Children's House of Belsen

  • By: Hetty E. Verolme
  • Narrated by: Deidre Rubenstein
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 06-27-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (11 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Hetty’s family was torn apart following the German invasion of the Netherlands. Rounded up by the Nazis and then separated from their parents, Hetty and her brothers were sent to the Children’s House, within Belsen concentration camp. As one of the eldest, Hetty became the ‘Little Mother’, helping to care for not only her siblings, but the other children as well. In a direct and powerful style, Hetty recalls one of the remarkable, largely untold stories of the Holocaust – the extraordinary struggle and survival of this group of children through those terrible years.
©2000 © Hetty E Verolme, 2000, 2009. (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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Critic Reviews

‘This is an important, moving and beautifully written book and deserves to become a classic.’ (Judges report, The Fellowship of Australian Writers Christina Stead Award)
‘Overpoweringly poignant.’ (Jewish Chronicle)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ian on 08-26-16

Heart-breaking!

Having been to visit Belsen 20 years ago as a serving soldier and learning the history, this story brings it all to life.
Be prepared and be strong!
God bless.

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5 out of 5 stars
By ania on 03-10-17

Very good book

Very good book, very involving story, great narrator, who was able to convey the drama without sounding pretencious or irritating.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Judith on 07-25-14

Heartbreaking, true story of courage and love

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Beautifully told tragic story that is not sentimental instead is uplifting in its honesty.

What did you like best about this story?

Not knowing what would happen next. I had the feeling that I was with the children, the writing was so engaging that, although I knew the history of Belsen concentration camp, I had to know about the true experiences of these children.

What about Deidre Rubenstein’s performance did you like?

Deirdre has a wonderfully expressive voice that is perfect for this emotionally charged story. You both laugh and cry as Deirdre reads the story.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Loving and looking after others is the most important job you can do.

Any additional comments?

Anyone wanting a really mesmerising story should listen to this.

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