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De tweelingAl in de kindertijd gescheiden tweeling vormenDe volstrekt verhollandste Lotte die tijdens de oorlog joodse onderduikers heeft beschermd staat aanvankelijk uiterst wantrouwig tege. Yet another war novel this book focusses on the fortunes of twins Lotte and Anna who are taken to live apart when their parents die Reared from the age of 6 in separate countries they follow uite different paths as the Second World War consumes Europe Years later when they are old women they meet in a Belgian town and attempt to dissect the stories that led them thereThe Twins is a fantastic piece of writing a truly uniue viewpoint of a conflict that has been covered many times in modern literature It is wonderfully human consistently moving and devastating in eual parts It is highly readable throughout and definitely to be recommended

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Twee bejaarde vrouwen een Nederlandse en een Duitse ontmoeten elkaar bij toeval in het Thermaal Instituut van het fameuze kuuroord Spa Wat ze dan nog niet weten is dat ze samen een. Separated twins are an extremely fascinating research object for scientists because they are ideal to illustrate the nature versus nurture debate what is the deciding factor in a lifetime the genes you inherited or the education you got According to the first view separated twins would live or less the same lifes; whilst the second school insists the different contexts cultures lead to very different lives Judging from this book Tessa De Loo seems rather to adhere to the second school Lotte and Anna separated when they were 6 years old definitively lived very different lives until they found each other again 70 years later in the Belgian health resort of Spa Especially the war turns out to have driven a wedge between them De Loo extensively recounts how Anna who stayed behind in Germany underwent the Nazi regime married a soldier who eventually became an SS man and after the war endured the harsh years of the reconstruction Lotte was raised by a family member in the Netherlands saved Jews from the hands of Nazis and developed an outright hatred for all things German Fascinating of course But I don't think that De Loo intentionally focussed on an experiment around separated twins That is my impression since especially Anna can tell her story in full and articulate how ordinary Germans came to rally around Adolf Hitler how they just tried to live their own lives and overcome the war events and finally also trying to make the best of their lives after the disastrous defeat To my knowledge De Loo is the first author to give such explicit attention to the German suffering long before the wave of scientific studies on the impact of the Allied bombings of German cities You can feel free to call this a justifiable correction of the unilateral and simplistic story of the justified fight against absolute evil But in my opinion De Loo falls short the other way round Anna and especially her SS husband Martin are pictured as truly good Germans who are just trying to do well saints almost and that is just as simplistic and romanticizing In that sense the novel is a bit disappointing But all in all an interesting and readable story 25 stars

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FREE DOWNLOAD ✓ De tweeling Þ Twee bejaarde vrouwen een Nederlandse en een Duitse ontmoeten elkaar bij toeval in het Thermaal Instituut van het fameuze kuuroord Spa Wat ze dan nog niet weten is dat ze samen een al in de kindertijd gescheiden tweeling vormenDe volstrekt verhollandste Lotte die tijdens de oorlog joodse onderduikers heeft beschermd staNover haar hervonden tweelingzus maar ze wordt door de verhalen van Anna geconfronteerd met de keerzijde van haar eigen werkelijkheid liet lijden van gewone Duitsers in oorlogstijd. It has been a few years since I read a Dutch novel mostly because the Dutch literature that I grew up with the modern literature anyway was invariably dour and repressed or intentionally vulgar and shallow with the occasionaly mix of both Yes there have been exceptions but those have been too few and too far between This novel however is very much one of the exceptions On the surface it deals with the story of two twin sisters that are orphaned get separated with one remaining in Germany and the other being moved to distant relatives in the Netherlands Due to political differences between the foster families the sisters lose touch until they bump into each other at Spa in Belgium when they are old ladiesThe story develops as the two sisters tell their stories inevitably focussing on their lives shortly before and during World War 2 These stories don't just show how different the two protagonists are but importantly at a deeper level the stories reflect the different attitudes of the Germans and the Dutch vis a vis each other Even today Dutch people are raised on histories of that period of time that speaks in terms of them and us the Bad Germans vs the Good Dutch and this novel shows there is a lot to thisThis novel is not just for Dutchmen living in Germany; it's for everybody that wants to read a story about how real people dealt with those unreal times and may help provide a little insight into how inter personal relations should never be pre judged by historical generalities Available in English and German too