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Edith Velmans was born in 1925 in The Hague, the Netherlands. When she was thirteen she began keeping a diary, in which she recorded what was happening both before and after the Germans invaded. In 1942 she was sent into hiding, and lived with a brave Gentile family until the end of the war. When she came out of hiding she found out that most of her family had perished. After the war she became a psychologist specializing in gerontology, eventually settling in the United States, where she began transcribing the diaries and letters that became Edith's Story. Her memoir has been translated and published in a dozen countries, including Germany, Italy and Japan. In 1996 she was knighted by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. Her memoir has been translated and published in over a dozen countries. In 1999 it was the recipient of the "Best Biography" Talkies Award as well as the Jewish Quarterly's Wingate Award for Non-Fiction.