Book Reviews

Key Stage: 5

Rating: ★★★★★

Reviewer: Ms Carter-Dunn

My Name is Selma, Selma Van De Perre (2020)

My Name Is Selma is the incredible story of Selma van de Perre, a young Jewish Dutch woman at the time of World War II, who took part in the resistance movement in the Netherlands, Belgium and France during the Nazi occupation. From Selma’s daring travels delivering resistance pamphlets, to hiding refugees and to her eventual arrest, we learn about Selma’s experience during the war.

What an incredible story! I have read a number of survivor accounts during my time as a history and RE teacher, but this is the first I have read about a member of the resistance. Whilst I knew that Selma survived (obviously), I was on the edge of my seat on a number of occasions as things were turning very bad. Selma certainly did have a lot of luck at that time.

Selma does detail harrowing parts of her experiences, but does so in a censored way. She does not go into great detail, which I actually think is a good thing. As an educator, we are taught not to sensationalise the harrowing images and experiences from the Holocaust.

I would definitely recommend to anyone wanting to know more about the resistance and female political prisoners of the Nazis.

If you like this, you might like: The Tattooist of Aushwitz by Heather Morris

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