Bart van Es
The Cut Out Girl: Fate and Family in Nazi Europe
Winner of the Costa Book of the Year Award for The Cut Out Girl, Bart van Es untangles a family’s secret in this haunting memoir. Eighteen thousand Jews lived in The Hague in 1940; only two thousand survived the war. Bart van Es always wondered about the fate of the Jewish children his grandparents sheltered, and their estrangement from one, Lientje. What was the girl’s side of the story, Bart wondered. What really happened during the war, and after?
In conversation with Clare Mulley, festival patron, historian and author