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Meet Hannie Voyles!

February 2, 2011
Stonebrook Publishing, Hannie J. Voyles

Hannie J. Voyles

“I am a Holocaust survivor—one of the lucky ones, if that term could ever be used to describe that ravaged time. Although I avoided the death camps, I did not escape the suffering and loss. I was a schoolgirl, and at the time I lived in the same neighborhood and attended the same school as Anne Frank. She was just a few years older than I was. I remember seeing her on the streets and at school, laughing and playing like ordinary children did before the Nazis invaded our country and stole our neighbors, our friends, our homes, our food, our hope, and our dignity. She was just another student, just another girl, just another child of our community.”

So starts the introduction to Storming the Tulips, originally written in Dutch and then revised and translated by Hannie J. Voyles. An accomplished woman by any yardstick, Hannie struggled through her childhood during the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam. Although she was stamped by the suffering of war, she didn’t let those years brand the rest of her life. After Hannie immigrated to the U.S., she studied English and Linguistics and then joined the faculty of California State University and was later instrumental in the development of the Community College system in that state.

During the war, 173 students from Hannie’s 1st Montessori School were murdered by the Nazis. Storming the Tulips is a tribute to them and tells the story of twenty students who lived through that time. It is a complement to The Diary of Anne Frank and other works that explain the ravaging effect the war had on the children. Anne’s story tells of her sequestered life in The Annex; the children in Storming the Tulips show what life was like on the streets, in hiding, and in the concentration camps.

Hannie’s own story “Picking Pockets of the Dead” CAN BE DOWNLOADED HERE. Hannie J. Voyles is a remarkable woman, and we want you to know her, too.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Marcia Collands permalink
    April 2, 2011 12:33 am

    Hannie Voyles is a “Lady” that inspires people effortlessly. I had the honor of being one of her students. To know her is to love her. I cannot wait for the release.

  2. Karen Alexander permalink
    May 23, 2012 8:23 pm

    Its been a very long time but I am lucky to have had Hannie in my life as a child and I think very fondly of those times. What Marcia posted above is all too true! Cheers Hannie on your book!

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