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  • Published: 16 November 2021
  • ISBN: 9781784165673
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $22.99

My Name Is Selma

The remarkable memoir of a Jewish Resistance fighter and Ravensbrück survivor




Full of hope and courage, the internationally bestselling memoir of a Dutch Jewish Resistance fighter who survived Ravensbrück concentration camp.

Selma van de Perre was seventeen when the Second World War began. Until then, being Jewish in the Netherlands had been of no consequence. But by 1941 it was a matter of life or death. Several times, Selma avoided being rounded up by the Nazis. Then, in an act of defiance, she joined the Resistance movement, using the pseudonym Margareta van der Kuit. For two years 'Marga' risked it all. Using a fake ID, and passing as Aryan she travelled the country delivering newsletters, sharing information, keeping up morale - doing, as she later said, what 'had to be done'. In July 1944 her luck ran out. She was transported to Ravensbrück women's concentration camp as a political prisoner. Unlike her parents and sister - who, she later discovered, died in other camps - she survived by using her alias. It was only after the war ended that she was allowed to reclaim her identity and dared to say once again: My name is Selma. Now, at ninety-nine, Selma remains a force of nature. Full of hope and courage, this is her story in her own words.

  • Published: 16 November 2021
  • ISBN: 9781784165673
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Selma van de Perre

Selma van de Perre (b. 1922) was a member of the Dutch Resistance organization TD Group during World War Two. Shortly after the war she moved to London, where she worked for the BBC and met her future husband, the Belgian journalist Hugo van de Perre. For a number of years she also worked as foreign correspondent for a Dutch television station. In 1983 Selma van de Perre received the Dutch Resistance Commemoration Cross. She lives in London and has a son.

Praise for My Name Is Selma

Shows us how to find hope in hopelessness and light in darkness.

EDITH EGER, author of THE CHOICE and THE GIFT

An incredible tale of heroics and survival.

DAN SNOW

Astonishing, inspirational and important... Now, more than ever, we all need to hear Selma van de Perre's words and experiences.

ARIANA NEUMANN, author of When Time Stopped

With the possible exception of Anne Frank, there seems to be no other wartime account that so profoundly relates a young woman's coming of age, emotionally and politically... A full-length, first-hand thriller.

The Jewish Chronicle

It is impossible not to marvel at her steadiness and courage.

TLS

Selma van de Perre risked everything to help defeat Hitler... An incredible life story.

The Mirror

The most extraordinary story.

JAMES HOLLAND

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