An Evening with Roxane van Iperen - The Sisters of Auschwitz

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A conversation between Roxane van Iperen, author of "The Sisters of Auschwitz", and journalist and novelist Nina Siegal.

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We are very excited to welcome Roxane van Iperen and Nina Siegal to our Amsterdam store for a conversation about Roxane's bestselling book The Sisters of Auschwitz. First published in Dutch, this book follows two Jewish sisters in a life-affirming true story of female bravery and surviving the horrors of Auschwitz.

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About The Sisters of Auschwitz:

They knew their survival depended on each other.

They had to live for each other.

It is 1940 and the Final Solution is about to begin. The Nazis have occupied The Netherlands but resistance is growing and two Jewish sisters - Janny and Lien Brilleslijper - are risking their lives to save those being hunted, through their clandestine safehouse 'The High Nest'. It becomes one of the most important safehouses in the country but when the house and its occupants are betrayed the most terrifying time of the sisters' lives begins. This is the beginning of the end.

With German defeat in sight, the Brilleslijper family are put on the last train to Auschwitz, along with Anne Frank and her family. What comes next challenges the sisters beyond human imagination as they are stripped of everything but their courage, resilience and love for each other.

About the author:

Roxane van Iperen (1976) is a Dutch author, journalist and lawyer. Her debut novel Scum Of The Earth was published in 2016 and won a Literary Debut Prize. The Sisters of Auschwitz (originally published as The High Nest) followed in 2018, sold more than 200,000 copies in The Netherlands and has been on the bestseller list for 138 weeks. It was awarded the Opzij Literature Prize 2019 and nominated for the NS Audience Prize in 2020. Eleven countries acquired the translation rights, including the UK and Germany, where the book also made the bestseller lists. In September 2021, the book was published in the US, where it became a New York Times Bestseller. Van Iperen writes for several magazines and newspapers about politics, power dynamics and conflict.

About the moderator:

Nina Siegal is a journalist and novelist. She is originally from New York but has been living in Europe for more than a decade. She is currently a regular contributor to the Culture sections of The New York Times working from her base in Amsterdam.


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The American Book Center is a family-owned and stubbornly independent bookstore selling English language books in the Netherlands. We host talks with authors, books clubs, and more. The ABC has been an institution in Amsterdam and The Hague for more than 40 years, with two other locations in The Netherlands that have recently opened.

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