Ida Simons (1911-1960) was a writer and a pianist. She started her career as a piano-player at age 19 and was succesfull all around Europe, but all this came to an end with the German invasion. She was deported to Westerbork and Theresienstadt along with her family. After the war, she made some more appearances but she was no longer able to live the demanding life of a performing artist. She then began to write. A Foolish Virgin was first published in 1960 and was highly regarded at the time. Unfortunately, her work sunk into oblivion after her untimely death. This moving piece of literature deserves to be rediscovered by a modern public.
The succes of A Foolish Virgin is now international with sales to US, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Brazil, Israel, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Armenia and the Czech Republic.