The Assault is a postwar novel that tells the story of Anton Steenwijk, a young Dutch boy whose life is changed forever when a Nazi collaborator is found dead outside his family’s house. Although World War II is almost over, the Nazis still visit terrible retribution upon the innocent Steenwijks, and Anton spends the rest of his life trying to forget what happened. This novel deals with complex themes of guilt, postwar ambiguity, and the idea that sometimes no one is at fault.

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