Invis­i­ble Years: A Fam­i­ly’s Col­lect­ed Account of Sep­a­ra­tion and Sur­vival dur­ing the Holo­caust in the Netherlands

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June 29, 2019

The book Invis­i­ble Years is an inti­mate por­trait of an extend­ed Jew­ish fam­i­ly liv­ing in the Nazi-occu­pied Nether­lands who, when faced with immi­nent depor­ta­tion, refused to com­ply. As the Nazis tight­ened their grip on the Jew­ish pop­u­la­tion, Daphne Geis­mar’s fam­i­ly was slow­ly restrict­ed from pub­lic life. Sens­ing the mur­der­ous con­se­quences of depor­ta­tion, they decid­ed to sep­a­rate and go into hid­ing. Through inter­wo­ven let­ters, diaries, and inter­views, Geis­mar presents the sto­ry of nine fam­i­ly mem­bers, her par­ents, grand­par­ents, aunts, and uncles, in their own words, along­side a trove of pho­tographs and arti­facts. This fam­i­ly’s detailed account of one of his­to­ry’s most hor­rif­ic chap­ters chal­lenges us to fol­low their exam­ple of resis­tance to inhumanity.

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