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War-time book set in Amsterdam – A View from The Rooftops

  • Submitted: 24th November 2019

Suzanne Kelman’s true-life inspired tale set in WW2

War-time book set in Amsterdam – A View from The Rooftops – Would you risk your life to save just one person? An incredible story of love, hope and friendship, and a testament to humanity and courage in history’s darkest days. This story is more remarkable since it’s inspired by a real life person and situation. It’s unbelievably humbling and astonishing to read.

There are so many remarkable people in this world and this is the story of one of them…

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Setting: Amsterdam during the war

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There are numerous books out there about normal and humble Dutch citizens who risked their lives to help the Jews during the war. All of them remarkable. I mean, the risks they were taking, but the sheer humanity and emotions which made them have to do it. I can’t imagine the heartbreak and anguish of being in a situation like that for either the Dutch people who took them in or for the Jews themselves. Persecuted for religion? Seems like we never learn. I think that’s why these books are so important to read. I am in awe of all of those who helped the Jewish people who survived such an ordeal beyond words.

This story is especially remarkable as it’s about an ordinary professor, a man you might not think is capable of anything extraordinary. He was a maths professor and is now retired. Living a simple unassuming life until he has to make a decision that will change his life and that of his friend.  He ensures that he shows symptoms of a disease so that he can get urgent medicines. The medicine is not for him however, but for a Jewish friend who is suffering from the same disease. If that is not humanity at it’s finest, I don’t know what is. The story explains and explores his reasoning, what happens next and puts that in the context of a city on the edge, where everyone is pushed to extremes. This novel floored me. What a man!

With the horrors of the Jewish persecution ongoing, this novel shows one light in the darkness and it’s a homage to all that is good in the world. I think this novel will make you tear up when you realise it’s based on a very real story and very real man.

Humbling to read.

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