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Things we couldn't say
Eman, Diet, 1920-
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Paperback edition.
Publication Information:
Grand Rapids, Mich. : W.B. Eerdmans, 1999.

Physical Description:
viii, 392 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 23 cm
General Note:
Originally published: Grand Rapids, Mich. : W.B. Eerdmans, c1994.
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D811.5 .E44 1994 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Things We Couldn't Say is the true story of Diet Eman, a young Dutch woman, who, with her fiance, Hein Sietsma, risked everything to rescue imperiled Jews in Nazi-occupied Holland during World War II. Throughout the years that Diet and Hein aided the Resistance--work that would cost Diet her freedom and Hein his life--their courageous effort ultimately saved hundreds of Dutch Jews.

Now available in paperback, Things We Couldn't Say tells an unforgettable story of heroism, faith, and--above all--love.

Author Notes

Diet Eman studied nursing after World War II and worked as a head nurse in Venezuela and as a foreign correspondent and export manager in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she still resides.
James Schaap is professor of English at Dordt College, Sioux Center, Iowa.

Table of Contents

The Hague, 1938p. 1
The Invasionp. 19
The Occupation Beginsp. 35
A Place for Heinp. 53
The Call to Englandp. 65
Hermanp. 83
Father Abraham and Little Peterp. 103
The Apartment on Reinkenstraat, Spring 1943p. 123
Hiding at Eindhovenp. 141
Watergoor, 1944p. 153
Leeuwarden and Zwijndrecht, 1944p. 173
The Prison at Scheveningenp. 197
Barracks No. 4, Vught Concentration Campp. 221
Darkness at Vughtp. 245
The Hearingp. 265
Release from Vughtp. 281
The Hunger Winterp. 299
Over the Riverp. 323
The End of the Occupationp. 339
Picking Up the Piecesp. 355
Postscriptp. 375