The Cut Out Girl by Bart van Es

The Cut Out Girl

"An awe-inspiring account of the tragedies and triumphs within the world of the Holocaust's 'hide-away' children, and of the families who sheltered them." --Georgia Hunter, author of We Were the Lucky Ones The extraordinary true story of a young Jewish girl in Holland during World War II, who hides from the Nazis in the homes of an underground network of foster families, one of them the author's grandparentsBart van Es left Holland for England ma...

Details The Cut Out Girl

TitleThe Cut Out Girl
Release DateAug 14th, 2018
PublisherRandom House Large Print Publishing
GenreNonfiction, History, Biography, World War II, Holocaust, Autobiography, Memoir, War

Reviews The Cut Out Girl

  • Angela M
    4.5 stars “Without families you don’t get stories.” (Lien, the girl of this title). This sounds like something we might all accept as true, but how profound this really is in relation to this book and what it means for this story is something that I won’t forget. This is about the Holocaust, about the goodness of some Dutch families in helping to save Jewish children, about the opposite of that when thousands were turned in, about the aut...
  • Tammy
    The Diary of Anne Frank is the source of most of my knowledge about The Netherlands during WWII which is a narrow point of view. Sure, I knew about Operation Market Garden, the Dutch resistance and that the Nazis nearly succeeded in starving the population but nothing much beyond that. The Cut Out Girl filled in some of the gaps in my knowledge by providing the cultural and political environment of the time which is always a good thing.The author...
  • Elyse Walters
    Library by the author: Bart van EsProblem #1.....Amazon is selling this kindle book for $14.99.I didn’t want to pay that much for it. The price ‘is’ too high IMO. My Library only had this book available ‘as’ an Audiobook. For over two weeks I’ve been listening to this... ( sometimes sitting down taking notes while the author was speaking to try to keep myself interested. The author ‘as’ the Audio-narrat...
  • abby
    Bart van Es grew up with the vague understanding that there was a girl in his family who wasn't in the family any more. No one would say who she was and why she'd left. No one spoke of her at all. That cut out girl was Lien de Jong. She was a Jewish child his family had hidden briefly during the war and then raised as a foster daughter afterwards. Wanting to uncover this mysterious part of his family's history, Bart van Es tracks down Lien, now i...
  • Laura
    From BBC radio 4 - Book of the week:The story of a man's search for the truth about his family's pastThe last time Hesseline - known as Lien - saw her parents was in The Hague as she was collected at the door by a stranger and taken to a city far away to be hidden from the Nazis. She was raised by her foster family as one of their own but, some years after the war, she became estranged from the family who took her in. What was her side of the sto...
  • Bev Walkling
    Many thanks to #NetGalley and Penguin Press for allowing me to read a copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion.I have always been fascinated by stories of the Second World War and as my father served with the Canadian Army in Netherlands for quite some time, I have a particular interest in stories of that time. I have also been fortunate enough to visit the Netherlands and see places like the Annex where Anne Frank and her family hid o...
  • Hai Quan
    It is ironic that victims of racial hatred now becoming the perpetrators in land-grabing and butchering the Palestinian of their ancestral home with the help and jealous support from the 21st century American Nazi party , disguised as U S Republican Party.Hundreds of thousands of Palestinian from military apparatus as well as a majority of unarmed civilians were being murdered every day by the new Hitler ' s S S.There are new concentration camps ...
  • Shannon (Mrsreadsbooks)
    The Cut Out Girl was an interesting story about World War II and the Holocaust. I don't want to give too much away about the story, but I do believe anyone who is interested in this time period will enjoy this book.This book has two interconnected stories, the author, Bart Van Es's family hid a Jewish girl named Lientje, during World War II. He decides to rack Lientje down so he can understand the full story behind her life and what is was life i...
  • Nissa
    I am a huge fan of historical fiction/non-fiction, and particularly stories that involve WWII, and so when I heard about The Cut Out Girl I was very eager to read it. And I must say, it did not disappoint. I was drawn in instantly and could not put it down. Beautifully written. Do not miss this one.
  • Benjamin baschinsky
    I didn’t care for the writing style, he gets off the focus of the book too many times for me.
  • Bettie☯
    BOTW a young Jewish girl named Lientje had been taken in during the war by relatives and hidden from the Nazis, handed over by her parents, who understood the danger they were in all too well. The girl had been raised by her foster family as one of their own, but then, well after the war, there was a falling out, and they were no longer in touch. What was the girl's side of the story, Bart wond...
  • WordsAndAMug
    Bart van Es tells the story of a young Jewish girl named Lientjie who was taken in during the War by his grandparents. He doesn't know too much about the story but is aware that at one point there was a falling out and they lost touch with her. This book tells the story of him first reaching out to Lientjie and then the process of discovering what had happened to her, his family, and why the falling out happened. Bart van Es treats this story wit...
  • Jayasree B
    Any book with a WWII background is never going to be a light read. This book is about one girl who, like many others, was placed in someone else's home by her parents just so she could live. The Cut Out Girl shows us what it took to escape and survive, the heights that parents went to to make sure their children lived! A girl whose life changed since she was young, going through different homes and meeting people - some good and others not. Like ...
  • Laura Spira
    This is an unusual book, the story of a highly personal quest set against the background of the Second World War and a sometimes painfully honest set of reflections by the author as well as his subject.Bart van Es, an academic, sets out to uncover a family mystery relating to Lien, the Jewish girl hidden by his grandparents during the German occupation of the Netherlands. Having been treated as part of the family for many years after the war, a b...
  • Jeanne
    Very well done. This book weaves a personal account of a young girl, the history of WWII in the Netherlands, and the story of a family into a wonderful, yet heartbreaking story.
  • Marjanneke
    Een mooi persoonlijk verhaal over een onderduikkind en haar leven tijdens en na de oorlog, aangevuld met het onderzoek van de schrijver naar feiten rondom de gebeurtenissen.
  • Julia
    The Cut Out Girl by Bart Van Es is a remarkable true story of Lien, a Jewish girl who was eight years old in 1942 when she went into hiding in the Netherlands. Her life intersected with the author’s as she lived with his grandparents for part of the war.This book is a tribute to all the innocents who perished. The author lists all the family members of Lien’s who perished during the Holocaust. It makes for grim reading. May we never forget.Th...
  • Caro
    I’m reading the Costa Prize winners for our work book club and really loved The Cut Out Girl by Bart Van Es. I don’t read many books on the Second World War and I wasn’t keen on the cover but the topic and the writing really won me over. The audio edition is brilliantly read by the author and I was taken in by the story of Lien, a young Jewish girl living in the Netherlands during the war. The author is the grandchild of the couple who took...
  • Pam Venne
    While van ES did make a point about the relationships between families and stories his book fell short on interest.What the story reminded me of was some of our own orphans who are in the system going from home to home with no connections. Abuse and servitude abound in both. I did find Lien's ability to use her imagination her saving grace and ability to survive her horrendous encounters. I can't imagine what it is like to live like a troglodyte ...
  • Kate
    This is a deeply moving book about a very difficult topic and the story was written with simplicity and honesty and integrity. I would strongly recommend this book
  • Anna Brunskill
    I’m not really sure how to describe this book: it blends history and survival and the trauma of the Holocaust and the things people do that make a life fulfilled and meaningful; it’s beautifully written, wonderfully evocative of people and time and place and space; and it ends up being wonderfully life-affirming. A beautiful book with which to begin 2019’s reading.
  • Claire O'Sullivan
    Read as category winner for the Costa Book Award. A good read. Looking forward to discussing this
  • Daniel Koch
    A gripping and fascinating historical account. I listened to this as an audiobook. While the narration is a tad flat, the story itself is so interesting I couldn't stop listening to it. Family histories are of a particular interest of mine as a hobbyist genealogist. The story of Lien has many twists and turns. Her story is both of tragedy, suffering, and survival. Recommended for anyone who enjoys research on the holocaust or Jewish dutch history...
  • Cheryle
    The extraordinary true story of a young Jewish girl in Holland under Nazi occupation who finds refuge in the homes of an underground network of foster families, one of them the author's grandparentsBart van Es left Holland for England many years ago, but one story from his Dutch childhood never left him. It was a mystery of sorts: a young Jewish girl named Lientje had been taken in during the war by relatives and hidden from the Nazis, handed ove...
  • Margery
    An unexpected great read. I had no idea that the holocaust in Holland was so horrendous. Well written and enlightening.
  • Veronica
    I won an Advanced Reader's Copy of "The Cut Out Girl" in a Goodreads giveaway. A fascinating book, relating two stories that are connected and intertwine. Not to give anything away, the author Bart van Es' family hid a young Jewish girl named Lientje during the war. He tracks her down and reconnects with Lientje to uncover the whole story and what it was like to hide in Nazi Occupied Holland. You are drawn in and you get a different view of the N...
  • Doris Vandruff
    Lien is a Jew. When she is eight years old she is "given" to another family to save her from the death camps and the Nazis. She will never see her mother and father again. Through the war she is shuttled from house to house trying to keep her safe. Some of the homes were not safe. In one home she was taped by an adopted uncle. In another she was used as a servant. This is a story that takes you into the reality of being a hidden child. It was not...
  • Janilyn Kocher
    The Cut Out Girl is an engrossing read of the author's inquiry about why a girl his grandparents had fostered during WWII was inexplicably excised from the family forty years later. Van Es tracked down Lien, the Jewish girl, reared by his family, and revealed her story. The first past is a little confusing because the author introduces several people and gets sidetracked with minutia. Readers will think they have discerned the reason for the frac...
  • Anne Marie
    This was an emotional and beautifully researched book; the true story if Lien’s survival . The Cut Out Girl demonstrates the importance of belonging. It reflects on the affects of the Nazi occupation on one child, her family and the families of those who cared for her. Then the wider effect on the Nation if the Netherlands , the bravery of the resistance and the complicate Jew Police’ efficiency in hunting out Jews . This is a truly moving in...
  • Michelle Marx
    Since I traveled to Amsterdam this summer, I was really intrigued to read this story. The author of The Cut Out Girl, Bart Van Es heard childhood stories when he was living in Amsterdam of a young Jewish girl, Lientje who was taken in during WWII. The author narrates the audible version and he did a horrible job, his voice was not pleasant to listen to. I always love when a story takes you back in time and to the present but as heartbreaking as t...