Henriette Roosenburg

Henriette Roosenburg (1916-1972) was born into a wealthy family of doctors in The Hague. During the Second World War, she worked for an influential illegal Dutch newspaper, Het Parool, until a secret agent recruited her to a clandestine route for smuggling people and intelligence over the border into Spain. In 1994 she established a military espionage route to Switzerland for the Dutch government. After the War, Roosenburg worked in New York as a reporter for Time, LIFE and Fortune. The Walls Came Tumbling Down (1957) made her instantly famous and was a bestseller in both the US and the Netherlands.

The Walls Came Tumbling Down

The Walls Came Tumbling Down

(Cossee, 1957, 320 pages)

May 1945. Three women from the Dutch resistance movement are languishing in a German Nazi prison. The thunder of war outside tells them that the Allied forces are advancing, but they could still end up being executed at the eleventh hour. After the Russian army has liberated them, they find themselves faced with an unexpected question: how do you find your way home without help in a country that’s completely in ruins?

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