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The Walls Came Tumbling Down

Henriette Roosenburg

Towards the end of World War II, Joke, Nel, Dries and Zip are sent from one German camp to another, further and further away from their home country: The Netherlands. But suddenly the rumour of Hitler’s death starts spreading. The next morning an unknown guard opens the doors and a truck with Russian soldiers arrives.

The foursome decides to travel home by boat. Along the way, they’re faced with the aftermath of the war: plundering soldiers, scarce food supplies, and many Germans refusing to offer a place to stay.

How do you start a journey when the roads are blocked? Who can you trust in a country where the Nazi-regime has only just fallen? Resistance warrior Henriette ‘Zip’ Roosenburg was imprisoned during World War II and made her way home through the frontiers. The Walls Came Tumbling Down is the novel she wrote about her incredible journey. The book became a bestseller in the US right after its publication.