An Address in Amsterdam is an historical novel about a young Jewish woman, Rachel Klein, who risks her life in the anti-Nazi underground. Based on 13 years of research, the book explores how a polite doctor’s daughter finds the courage to resist, live and love, against the backdrop of a radically changing city. Amsterdam had been a sanctuary for Jewish people since the Spanish Inquisition. When the Nazis invade, Rachel’s German-born father is sure the family is safe, while her radical mother is alarmed. Rachel, then 18, has to decide for herself how seriously to take the gradual but radical changes in the “world’s most liberal city.” Meanwhile, she falls in love, and when her student activist boyfriend must disappear, Rachel decides she has to take action. For 18 months she does increasingly dangerous work as a messenger, until the roundups intensify to the point that she and her parents go into hiding. The dank basement where they are hidden is an unlikely place for her to meet a new man, but she does.
An Address in Amsterdam
- From the Publisher
May 16, 2017
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