The Quest for Freedom by Yvonne de Ridder Files
My rating: ✰✰✰ of 5 stars
Library book, ebook, Finished reading: 4/4/2012
This is the first person account of Yvonne de Ridder Files. She was living in Antwerp, Belgium when it was invaded by the Germans. Her husband wanted to flee, as a good wife she went with him, they returned after a few months. Her husband was American and was able to return to America. That is the last we hear of him.
The rest of the book details her activities with the Resistance movement in Antwerp. She explains how she managed to contact them, what her duties were and some close calls she had with the Gestapo and other German officials. She is caught and interrogated, the interrogations involved severe beatings, and eventually sentenced to hang. This was not a surprise, she knew from the beginning that if she was caught she would be executed. Fortunately for her, the Allies arrived before sentence was carried out, the city was liberated and she was released.
She then details how she then got a job with the military, there were some events that related to her wartime activities. How she ended up living in America.
This is a rather quick read, the style is very matter of fact and pleasant to read, she tells what happens with enough attention to detail. I would recommend this book.
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Posted by Belleza on April 6, 2012 in 2012, History, Non-Fiction and tagged 3 Stars, Antwerp, Belgian Resistance, eBooks, Memoir, Nazis, War Crimes, Yvonne de Ridder Files.
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