Talk: The Cut Out Girl: Jewish Children in Hiding in the Netherlands during WW2
Chester: Sunday 27 October, 12.00–13.00
Talk synopsis: Around 4,000 Dutch Jewish children survived the Holocaust by living in hiding, separated from their papers. Taking at its heart the survival of one girl, Lien de Jong (the subject of his award-winning book, The Cut Out Girl) Bart van Es explores why survival rates were so low in the wartime Netherlands and also how the actions of resistance members helped to save those precious few.
Speaker bio: Bart van Es is Professor of English Literature at Oxford University. He has written books on Shakespeare and Renaissance poetry and is bilingual in English and Dutch. His memoir The Cut Out Girl, which tells the story of a woman who hid with his family in the occupied Netherlands during WW2, won the Costa Book of the Year for 2018.