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  • Published: 17 September 2020
  • ISBN: 9781473577015
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 160

Bitter Herbs

Based on a true story of a Jewish girl in Nazi-occupied Holland




A short autobiographical novel about a young Jewish girl in the 1940s from an acclaimed Dutch writer

The story of a Fugitive Jewish Girl in Nazi Occupied Holland

‘Whether I want to or not, I always return to 1940 – 45. Those were the years that made the most impression on me.’ Marga Minco
Marga Minco was a Jewish schoolgirl in the Holland of 1940 and survived the war in hiding. Her entire family were sent to concentration camps, none survived. Her entire body of work is informed by these facts and this short crisp semi-autobiographical novel was her debut. In it a naïve young Jewish girl escapes through a back door when her family is arrested and discovers that she has lost everyone close to her.

Written in a charmingly naïve, deceptively simple but profoundly moving style, Bitter Herbs, has been compared to Anne Frank's Diary and has become a Dutch classic.

  • Published: 17 September 2020
  • ISBN: 9781473577015
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 160

Praise for Bitter Herbs

The family’s incorrigible optimism enhances the nightmarish effect of this impressive little book. Moving and memorable.

The Times Literary Supplement

The simplicity and complete naiveté of Marga Minco’s account sharpen the impression it makes.

The Jewish Chronicle

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