Pre-war Holland was mostly free of anti-Semitism, but by war’s end the majority of its Jewish population was dead, betrayed by ordinary Dutch policemen pursuing “daily duties” while the bulk of the population looked away. But some refused to avert their gaze. Bart van Es’ The Cut Out Girl is a moving, confronting, deeply personal account of Lien, one of Holland’s Hidden Children: the story of a brave network of resistance formed to keep children safe, but which sometimes scarred them along the way.
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Born in the Netherlands, Bart van Es now lives in England where he is a Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of St. Catherine’s College. An expert on Shakespeare, he has written authoritative texts on Shakespeare’s work and times, including Shakespeare in Company (2013) and Shakespeare’s Comedies (2016). His most recent book is The Cut Out Girl, which won the 2019 Costa Book of the Year.
Tom Wright is a theatre writer, best known for his adaptations and translations, and is the host of the Adelaide Festival’s Breakfast with Papers.