In “The Sisters of Auschwitz,” a best seller in the Netherlands for more than two years, Roxane van Iperen writes about the way Janny and Lien Brilleslijper staged their own form of resistance

NEW YORK TIMES
How 2 Jewish Sisters Built a Cultural Oasis During World War II
by Nina Siegal
August 27, 2021

Midway through “The Sisters of Auschwitz,” Roxane van Iperen’s book on two Dutch Jewish sisters who aided dozens of people during World War II, there is a moment of merriment that one doesn’t usually expect from a Holocaust narrative. In a neighborhood “crawling with fascists,” she writes, the sisters, Janny and Lien Brilleslijper, organized a celebration of Yiddish culture at their countryside estate in Naarden, about 30 minutes from Amsterdam…How did this take place in 1943, during the most lethal phase of Jewish deportations from the Netherlands to extermination camps? READ MORE

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