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Sydney Writers Festival: Bart van Es, The Cut Out Girl

Published

18 February 2020

Sydney Writers Festival: Bart van Es, The Cut Out Girl
Monday 2 March, City Recital Hall

Winner of the 2018 Costa Book of the Year Award,  Bart van Es’ The Cut Out Girl is the extraordinary true story of Lien de Jong, a young Jewish girl who became one of Holland’s hidden children of World War II.

While her parents were being sent to Auschwitz, Lien was being taken in by a foster family part of the Dutch resistance meant to keep children safe. But after the war, her relationship with the family abruptly ended. Decades later, Bart van Es, the grandson of the couple that took Lien in, wondered: what happened to the young girl his grandparents hid from the Nazis? His investigation would change both Bart’s life and Lien’s – and bring to light history untold.

A moving account of resilience, The Cut Out Girl explores how Holland became a world of both betrayal and profound bravery. Bart joins ABC Radio’s Sarah Kanowski to discuss this extraordinary story of hope, loss and reconnection. Tickets are available through this link and at Sydney Recital Hall. 

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