Dutch Girl

Dutch Girl

Audrey Hepburn and World War II

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Twenty-five years after her passing, Audrey Hepburn remains the most beloved of all Hollywood stars, known as much for her role as UNICEF ambassador as for films like Roman Holiday and Breakfast at Tiffany's. Several biographies have chronicled her stardom, but none has covered her intense experiences through five years of Nazi occupation in the Netherlands. According to her son, Luca Dotti, "The war made my mother who she was." Audrey Hepburn's war included participation in the Dutch Resistance, working as a doctor's assistant during the "Bridge Too Far" battle of Arnhem, the brutal execution of her uncle, and the ordeal of the Hunger Winter of 1944. She also had to contend with the fact that her father was a Nazi agent and her mother was pro-Nazi for the first two years of the occupation. But the war years also brought triumphs as Audrey became Arnhem's most famous young ballerina. Audrey's own reminiscences, new interviews with people who knew her in the war, wartime diaries, and research in classified Dutch archives shed light on the riveting, untold story of Audrey Hepburn under fire in World War II. Also included is a section of colour and black-and-white photos. Many of these images are from Audrey's personal collection and are published here for the first time.
Publisher: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania : GoodKnight Books, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781732273535
Branch Call Number: 791.43028092 Hepbu-M
Characteristics: xiii, 373 pages : illustrations (some colour)


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Sep 30, 2019

A very well researched and written book. Although, its very depressing to learn what a horrid early life a women who could in her time and thanks to DVDs will for decades to come being happness to others simply by smiling, experanced,.

Jul 23, 2019

This is a very richly researched narrative on Audrey Hepburns' geneology, immediate and extended family, her childhood and experience living through WW2. If you love Audrey Hepburn you will be over the moon with this book. I was more interested in her experience living in The Netherlands during WW2 and it was quite descriptive and you could feel you were there with her during the war, she did some resistance activity, lost some family members to the Nazi's and felt the effects of resources being diverted from The Netherlands to the Nazi war machine(starvation, no heat, no petrol, no school, no privacy, fear from sunup to sundown for 5 long years). I really can't imagine living through the 24/7 bombardment for months on end in their neighborhood. The intricate family lineage was not that interesting to me but may be to some readers.

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