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Diet Eman (1920–2019)

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About the Author

Diet Eman studied nursing after World War II and worked as a head nurse in Venezuela and as a foreign correspondent and export manager in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she still resides. James Schaap is professor of English at Dordt College, Sioux Center, Iowa.

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This is the third book I've read now that centers on Dutch resisters during WWII and the Holocaust. I was fascinated to hear about the citizens' reactions to the occupation and the royal family fleeing in advance of the invasion, followed eventually by the realization that the royal family's decision hadn't necessarily been as cowardly as first thought. Diet also talks about why it was so natural for people in her country to resist, as she explains how stubborn the Dutch tend to be, easily forming splinter churches if there's a difference of opinion.

In 2015, upon receiving the Faith and Freedom Award from the Acton Institute, Diet Eman said, "...you think it’s something special. But when your country is taken—and Hitler had said he would respect our neutrality, and then he marches in and he starts killing all of the Jews—and we had so very many Jewish people in our country. So, you would have done the same there, when you had friends who were Jewish and they were in danger." However, from this book, it's clear that not everyone would do the same thing. Even as Diet tried to find people who would help her early in her work, she was disappointed in her Christian friends who valued their own safety over that of others.

Diet was in the same prison, and then later, the same concentration camp, as Corrie & Betsie ten Boom, and though she didn't meet them at the time, her observances of these fellow Dutchwomen of faith only strengthen my admiration of the ten Boom family (their story can be found in The Hiding Place). It's inspiring to read how Diet's faith grew during the toughest times and how she continued with her resistance work even after suffering very difficult things. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in true WWII resistance or Holocaust accounts, especially those from a Christian worldview.
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Kristi_D | 10 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Sep 22, 2023 |
A beautiful first-hand memoir of the WWII experience in the Dutch resistance. Included are many of Diet's journal entries: events as they unfolded, her thoughts on faith, her prayers and pleadings to God. Some parts are so raw that you just feel her, completely. Naturally, it reminded me of Anne Frank and also Corrie Ten Boom. I loved it.
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VictoriaPL | 10 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 2, 2023 |
Diet Eman's story was a marvel and miraculous as well. Although she had spurts of doubt, she was truly blessed by God as she worked in the Resistance in the Netherlands during WWII. I kept thinking about how I had been reading so many historical fiction books on WWII, but really this true story topped them all. Now I need to read "The Hiding Place" again
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eliorajoy | 10 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 5, 2022 |
Very interesting first-hand account of activities of the Dutch Resistance movement during WWII. Eman & her fiancé were founding members of one of the (many) resistance groups that helped hide Jews from the Nazis. Co-writer James Schaap does a nice job of interspersing excerpts from Eman's diaries and letters; her story reads as though she were sitting in your living room reciting her memories to you. Very moving.
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