Resistance and Resilience: Surviving the Nazis in Amsterdam
Thursday, September 19, 7pm
Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh (826 Hazelwood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217)
Join the Holocaust Center in discussing the book When A Toy Dog Became a Wolf and the Moon Broke Curfew… with its author, Hendrika de Vries. Ms. de Vries will be sharing segments from her memoir and reflecting on the significance of a young girl’s memories of Nazi oppression in WWII Amsterdam for today’s world.
It is the story of a little “daddy’s girl” who must grow up fast when freedoms that were taken for granted are eroded at lightning speed. She witnesses cruel acts of hatred and bigotry, her father is deported to a POW labor camp in Germany, and her mother joins the Resistance movement and brings an older Jewish girl to live in their home. She experiences brutal loss and betrayal by neighbors, and watches Gestapo interrogate her mother at gunpoint; but through it all, she learns about moral choice, spiritual stamina, and resistance that helps her decide the woman she wants to become. It’s a story that has great relevance for our time.
Attendees can purchase copies of the book at the event, and Hendrika will be available to autograph.