In the 1920s and 1930s, Greet grew up in the tranquility of the Dutch countryside. Due to a stupidity she is arrested by the Germans at the age of 23. In the stuffiness of an inhumanely overcrowded car, she meets Sarah, a Jewess. At Camp Ravensbrück, their friendship gives her the strength and confidence to get through the long, cold days and endure all the fears of death.
Hannelore, Aufseherin in Camp Ravensbrück, fulfills her duties with German pride. Still, the barbaric treatment of prisoners begins to irk her, especially the often careless choices between life and death. In the aftermath of the war, the meeting with Greet turns everything upside down. Will Hannelore let her conscience speak or will she remain faithful to the collapsing German Reich?
Richard Bintanja previously published the novels Polar Travel (2006), Gedachtenrijk (2011) as well as the collection of short stories Searching for Silence (2013). This was followed by the SF trilogy The First Man (2015 – 2018). The historical novel Greet en Hannelore (2022) is his seventh work. In daily life, Richard Bintanja is a professor of climate research at the University of Groningen and the KNMI and author of more than a hundred scientific articles about the changing climate.
Illustrator / Photographer
Paul van der Laan
Final editing: Inanna van den Berg
Cover: Probeeld - Design: Peter van den Berg ; Pages: Ambilicious Studio