Henriette Roosenburg

Henriette Jacoba Roosenburg (26 May 1916 20 June 1972) was a Dutch journalist and resistance fighter in World War II. She is perhaps best known for her memoir The Walls Came Tumbling Down, about her return to the Netherlands from Germany after being released as a political prisoner at the end of the war. Published in 1957, in English, the book was an instant success in the United States, Great-Britain and the Netherlands. The American Hollywood actress Jan Sterling, a rising star at the time, called the book ‘a female Bridge on the River Kwai’ and bought the film rights. The film was never made.


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