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Ceremony in Amsterdam to Honor the Fallen in Storming the Tulips

April 11, 2011
Storming the Tulips

The 1st Montessori School in Amsterdam

Storming the Tulips, has been released and is now available for international purchase. Not just another Holocaust story, Storming the Tulips is an intimate encounter with history, as told by twenty former students of the 1st Montessori School in Amsterdam. They were children—contemporaries of Anne Frank—and this book is a companion to her Diary of a Young Girl. While Anne’s story describes her sequestered life in the Annex, Storming the Tulips reveals what children on the outside endured—on the streets, in hiding, and in the concentration camps.

Their friends disappeared. Their parents sent them away. They were herded on trains and sent to death camps. They joined the Nazi youth. They hid Jews. They lost their families. They picked the pockets of the dead. They escaped. They dodged bullets. They lived in terror. They starved. They froze. They ate tulip bulbs. They witnessed a massacre. They collected shrapnel. And finally, they welcomed the Liberation. Some lost their families, most lost their homes, but they all lost their innocence as they fought to survive in a world gone mad.

In a ceremony to honor the 173 children of the 1st Montessori School who were murdered by the Nazis, author Hannie J. Voyles will install a memorial tile in front of the school on Tuesday May 24, 2011, and current students will read all the names of those who perished.

After this solemn ceremony, the nearby van Rossem bookstore will host a garden party to celebrate the release of Storming the Tulips, complete with author readings and book signings. This bookstore is significant because it is the only shop on the Beethovenstraat, the center of much of the activity in the book, that was in business during the war and still flourishes today.

Storming the Tulips is available from and other major book sellers.

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