Storming the Tulips

Storming the Tulips

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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.

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

About 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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Storming the Tulips 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
WanderingReader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A vital book for anyone interested in the history of World War Two, or in Anne Frank, this is a collection of memories of the wartime experiences of twenty children who attended the 1st Montessori School in Amsterdam during the war. It recounts the broad spectrum of tragedies that engulfed children whose only crime was living in a land the Nazis had chosen to occupy and pillage.It's a harrowing read, but an important reminder of things which we must never forget. Those who are less familiar with the background of these accounts will at least come away with some sense of the terrible human cost of Nazi aggression and bigotry. And the extent of suffering in the Netherlands is at least hinted at in these pages.I do wish this book had been much longer and more detailed, but to do that, the project should have been begun soon after the war, while memories were still fresh and it was easy to locate many of those who survived those years. I am grateful someone finally did think to do this, and managed to do so while at least these memories could be preserved.
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Volkersz More than 1 year ago
I received my copy of "Storming the Tulips," the day before I left on a two-week vacation to Holland, my birthplace, a land I hadn't seen since 1953. When I got to Amsterdam, I used the map in the book to locate the neighborhood, and the school, where the events in this little volume took place. This is the school that my older siblings attended and my family knew some of the families mentioned in this book. It is also the school that Anne Frank attended before she had to go into hiding. I gave this book 5 stars because it provides an intimate view into what happened in the lives of several very real children during the horrible years of the German occupation of Amsterdam during the war years. It complements other well-known books from that era, including The Diary of a Young Girl (Everyman's Library (Cloth)) and Corrie ten Boom's The Hiding Place. You will be moved by the stories told in these short chapters. Highly recommended.