The Sisters of Auschwitz, by Roxane Van Iperen, is the fascinating, heart-stopping, superbly written, terrifying, true story of two Jewish sisters from Amsterdam living under the Nazi occupation and regime.
The sisters, Janny and Lien Brilleslijper, were part of the Dutch resistance movement, saving as many Jews as they could by providing false papers, refuge and hiding, until they – along with their families and fellow Jews in hiding – were denounced and deported in August 1944 to Auschwitz. They were on the last train to Auschwitz from Westerbork, along with Otto, Edith, Margot and Anne Frank. Until the demise of the Frank sisters, Janny and Lien were with them almost every step of the way. Hence, this book also provides much detail about the final months of Anne Frank and her family.
Their story is very unique (Jews hiding Jews), riveting, courageous and tragic. The Sisters of Auschwitz is highly recommended reading.
Please note: This book is not published by a Jewish publishing house, nor is it about Torah-observant Jews. This true story is about an assimilated Jewish family living, and surviving against all odds, under the Nazi regime.