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Adult Nonfiction
Pages: 176
Publisher: Second Story Press
Pub Date: 01/Jun/2009
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The son of a diamond merchant in Antwerp's famous diamond exchange, Paul-Henri Rips was ten years old when the Nazis invaded Belgium in May 1940 and ended what he calls his "golden childhood" forever. Vividly told from a child's perspective, this fascinating account explores the diverse cast of characters who inhabited Belgium and France during the Nazi occupation and the experiences of one family against the backdrop of large-scale events. Guided throughout by his father's words of wisdom—"A klapt vargayt, a wort bestayt" (A blow will go away again, but a word lasts forever) and "Sei a mensch" (Be a decent human being)—Rips conveys his unwavering belief in the importance of holding on to one's own humanity in the face of unfathomable inhumanity.

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