Who doesn't know the heart-wrenching experience of Anne Frank and her family in Amsterdam, living in tiny rooms for two years as they hid from Nazi occupation and deportation. We know the story, but do we know the sacrifices endured by those who helped the Jews to hide? Author Lauralee Bliss ventured to the Netherlands to visit Anne Frank's secret annex, the hiding place by Corrie Ten Boom who sheltered Jews in a closet within her bedroom, and then the Jewish Quarter in central Amsterdam where a deportation center in a converted theater sent many Jewish families to their deaths. During that journey, Bliss discovered the heroism of those in a nursery and the Teacher's Reformed College across from the theater that spurred children away from the Nazis and found them safe places to hide in the country.
Now Bliss honors those sacrifices in the novel, Escape from Amsterdam. Eric Misman and Helen Smit are preparing to do what they thought impossible—outwit a powerful enemy and risk their lives to save children before they are deported. They are ordinary people doing ordinary things—Erik, working as a grocery store clerk; Helen, attending a university with plans to teach children. Caught up in the crisis of an invasion that has decimated their beloved Netherlands, they find their hearts moved to help the innocent escape deportation before it's too late.
Bliss says of the novel, "Many of the occurrences in the story are based on actual events. I hope that these acts of heroism transcend time and help us become a people that will love others."
About the Author
Lauralee Bliss is a multi-published author of novels and novellas in both historical and contemporary genres. When not writing, Lauralee can often be found on the trails where the author has logged over 10,000 miles of hiking including two Appalachian Trail completions, and has penned several books on her trail adventures.