Bitter Herbs: Based on a true story of a Jewish girl in the Nazi-occupied Nether
Holland, 1940. When her father returns home with a parcel of yellow stars it’s clear that life is changing for Marga and her entire family; the Nazi occupation is casting a dark shadow over Amsterdam. But much worse is to come and when the authorities come to the family home, a split decision will have devastating consequences.
‘The evening the men came I fled through the garden gate?’
The Netherlands, World War II
When the Nazis invade the Netherlands in May 1940 it’s clear that life is changing for the girl and her family. Step by step, the Nazis close in on the Dutch Jews. But when the authorities finally come to the family home a split decision will have devastating consequences.
Marga Minco’s autobiographical novel Bitter Herbs is a Dutch classic that has been translated into more than fifteen languages. This deceptively simple and profoundly moving tale is now reissued with a new translation by Jeannette K Ringold.