Loved this historical nonfiction book up to the top. The author clearly liked Audrey, and after reading this, I did too. It’s hard not to. I mean just about everyone likes the Audrey of film fame, but after I read more about her life during World War 2, I liked her more like a real person. I could see how it affected her life going forward.
When Audrey was 11 years old, the Germans began their occupation of the Netherlands. At first, life didn’t change much for her, but as time went on, her life began to change, and she had to give up her much-loved ballet lessons.
In 1944, the Allies started bombing the town that she lived in. She and her family spent much of their time in the cellar of their home hoping to survive while bombs exploded all around them.
Following that came the ‘hunger winter’. There wasn’t enough food, and many people starved to death. Audrey commented that this was the first time she had ever seen starvation. I can understand how she ended up being a UNICEF ambassador when she got older.
Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War 2 by Robert Matzen