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Auction Ends: Feb 15, 2014 11:59 PM EST


Motherland: Growing Up with the Holocaust - SIGNED by author!

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Estimated Value
$60 USD
$45 USD to KAlexander
Number of Bids
7  -  Bid History

Item Description

This is an amazing chance to get your hands on a book that hasn't been released yet in the US - an incredible story of one woman's survival of the Holocaust while saving the lives of hundreds of children, and the legacy it has passed on to her family. 

"I am the child of a woman who survived the Holocaust not by the skin of her teeth but heroically . . . This book tells the story of her dramatic life before, during and after the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands in 1940."

Hilde Jacobsthal was born in Berlin and arrived in the Netherlands as a young child. She was fifteen when the Nazis invaded, and when Jewish students were forbidden to attend Dutch schools, she trained and worked as a day care nurse. Thus began her long association with the Underground, helping to save Jewish children when they came to the deportation point.

She fled to Belgium after the deportation of her parents in 1943, and spent a year in hiding under a false identity, while continuing her work in the Resistance. After she was liberated by the American army in 1944, she joined the British Red Cross and found herself at Bergen-Belsen a week after British forces arrived in April 1945. She had hoped to find her parents there, but learned, eventually, that they had perished at Auschwitz. She was one of the first people to tell Otto Frank that Anne and Margot Frank had died at Bergen-Belsen; much later, Otto asked her opinion about publishing Anne's diary.

In Bergen-Belsen she met her future husband, Max Goldberg, a camp doctor, and together they went as a medical team to take part in Israel's War of Independence where he was badly wounded."

Hilde is also the grandmother of The Small Things' founder, Bekka Ross Russell, and a huge inspiration for the work that we do. 

Item Special Note

Shipping charges are a flat $5 within the US or a flat $10 outside of the US. All proceeds from this item will go towards the creation of the children's village, including land purchase, construction, and the pilot house, unless otherwise specified.

Donated By:

Rita Goldberg