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Dutch Girl Reviews

Dutch Girl by Robert Matzen, Luca Dotti

Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II

Robert Matzen, Luca Dotti

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Imprint: Goodknight Books
Publisher: Goodknight Books
Publication date: 15 Apr 2019
ISBN: 9781732273535

Twenty-five years after her passing, Audrey Hepburn remains the most beloved of all Hollywood stars, known as much for her role as UNICEF ambassador as for films like Roman Holiday and Breakfast at Tiffany's.

3 stars out of 5
Roger Lewis
1 Nov 2020

"A new biography of the film star delves into her early life and upbringing in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands"

According to previous biographies, Hepburn was something of a resistance hero, who rolled bandages for the wounded, allegedly helped harbour an Allied soldier (identity never discovered), hid secret messages in her sock, and so on and so forth. Matzen is to be congratulated, therefore, for conducting research in Holland and ascertaining that Hepburn, far from only performing in “underground concerts to raise money for the Dutch resistance”, actually danced to applause in a concert for the Wehrmacht, organised by her mother in July 1941. Five months later, Ella put together a Mozart festival expressly for the occupiers. Hepburn again appeared. None of this was to be divulged later.