for forthcoming uk programmes of jewish or israeli interest

Botw: The Cut Out Girl

every morning this week (monday 6th to friday 10th), 9.45-10.00am (repeated 12.30am), on bbc radio 4
the cut out girl (by bart van es, read by daniel weyman) (abridged by isobel creed and lizzie davies) (5 episodes, in the book of the week series)

”The last time a young Jewish girl called Hesseline – but known as Lien – saw her parents was in The Hague as she was collected at the door by a stranger and taken to a city far away to be hidden from the Nazis.

She was raised by her foster family as one of their own but, some years after the war, she became estranged from the family who took her in. What was her side of the story?
Bart van Es – a grandson of the couple who looked after Lien – was determined to find out.
Lien de Jong was now in her 80s and living in Amsterdam. Reluctantly, she agreed to meet him and eventually they struck up a remarkable friendship.
The Cut Out Girl combines a powerful recreation of Lien’s intensely harrowing childhood story with the wider picture of life in Holland under the Nazi occupation.
1. Bart goes to Amsterdam to meet Lien and ask if she might be willing to tell him her story.
2. Bart continues his research in Lien’s hometown of The Hague.
3. Lien has to move to a new family in search of safety.
4. We learn more about tensions between Lien and the Van Esses which could have led to the family rift.
5. Lien faces the most painful memories of events in her past.”

(if you miss it, available at


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