’Story of Hannie, Truus And Freddie’ Bevrijdingspop, 2021
This is the astonishing, true story of Hannie Schaft (19) and sisters Truus (16) and Freddie (14) Oversteegen who took up arms against the Nazis as one of the only women in the Netherlands during World War II. They seduced high-ranking Nazi officers, lured them into the woods and killed them. In addition, they provided Jewish children with safe houses and gathered vital intelligence for the resistance. They did what they did “because it had to be done.” Above all, they tried to remain human in inhuman circumstances.
Hannie Schaft was executed by the Nazis three weeks before the end of the war and became the icon of female Dutch resistance. Truus and Freddie Oversteegen survived the war, but were forever haunted by the demons of their past.
Non-fiction; History; Biography; Female Resistance; Dutch Resistance; Holocaust; World War II.
Sophie Poldermans personally knew Truus and Freddie Oversteegen for 20 years and worked closely with them for over a decade.
Soft Cover US Trade, richly illustrated with archival photos
and maps, 228 p; Printed in the USA, 2019; Also available as eBook and audiobook.
“Mind blown! Transfixed! A fascinating non-fiction tale set during the darkest days of the Second World War. Richly illustrated with archival photos.”Kathryn AtwoodAuthor of Women Heroes of World War II
“Meticulously researched through years of Poldermans’ ongoing interest and personal engagement; important reading; inspiring account of courageous action in the face of unacceptable inhumanity.”Mieke EerkensAuthor of All Ships Follow Me
“Compelling, Intriguing and Educational! […] So perilous was their work that one of them combed her red hair and applied lipstick before any attack, so that she could “die beautifully.”Elinor FlorenceAuthor of Bird’s Eye View
“Very strong and moving. Very well researched. As soon as I started to read, I could not stop anymore!”Manfred NowakUN Expert on Children Deprived of Liberty; Secretary General of European Inter-University Center for Human Rights and Democratization, Venice; Director Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, Vienna