Marga Minco’s autobiography focuses on experience of Dutch Jews in the Shoah
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Marga Minco’s autobiography focuses on experience of Dutch Jews in the Shoah

Story revolves around one young girl caught up in the events of May 1940, after the Nazis invade her homeland

Marga Minco’s autobiographical novel, Bitter Herbs, which revolves around the experience of Dutch Jews during the Second World War, has been republished for the first time in more than 60 years.

Originally written in 1957, Minco’s debut novel has been compared to Anne Frank’s Diary and has been reissued with a new translation by Jeannette K. Ringold.

The story revolves around one young girl caught up in the events of May 1940, after the Nazis invade her homeland. When there is finally a knock at the door, a split decision is made that will have lasting and devastating consequences on the family. 

Minco, who turned 100 earlier this year, has seen her novel translated into more than 15 languages and hailed as a Dutch classic.

Bitter Herbs by Marga Minco is published by Ebury Press, priced £8.99 (paperback). Available now.

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