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  • Published: 15 September 2020
  • ISBN: 9781787633995
  • Imprint: Bantam Press
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $29.99

My Name Is Selma

The remarkable memoir of a Jewish Resistance fighter and Ravensbrück survivor




A tale of hope, courage and resilience, this is the internationally bestselling memoir of a Dutch Jewish Resistance fighter and concentration camp survivor.

Selma van de Perre was seventeen when World War Two began. Until then, being Jewish in the Netherlands had been of no consequence. But by 1941 this simple fact had become 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 around the country delivering newsletters, sharing information, keeping up morale - doing, as she later explained, 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 would later discover, died in other camps - she survived by using her alias, pretending to be someone else. 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-eight, Selma remains a force of nature. Full of hope and courage, this is her story in her own words.

  • Published: 15 September 2020
  • ISBN: 9781787633995
  • Imprint: Bantam Press
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $29.99

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.

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