Wright Museum to feature ‘Defiance’ author

Nazi occupation spread far and wide during World War II, but the frightening circumstances allowed for heroes to be shown.

Such is the story of a group of young men and women who resisted Nazi rule in the Netherlands, recounted in the book “Defiance,” by author Titia Bozuwa, who brings to life the events from 1941-1945.

Bozuwa will discuss “Defiance” as well as sign copies of the novel Tuesday, June 5, from 7-8 p.m. at the Wright Museum in Wolfeboro.

“This story tells of how a brave group of Dutch students fought against Nazi occupation to save the lives of their fellow citizens and the country they loved,” said Michael Culver, executive director of the Wright Museum. “Their story is not unique but was one recreated numerous times from 1939-1945.”

While “Defiance” is a fictional work based on the occupation of the Netherlands during World War II, Bozuwa intertwines plenty of historical context and events into the story. She writes from experience, as she detailed in another novel, “In the Shadow of the Cathedral,” her family’s endurance in the face of occupation. Bozuwa was 8 years old when the Nazis invaded her homeland in 1940.

“‘Defiance’ was recommended to me by a Wright Museum member,” Culver said. “Although the Wright focuses on Americans during World War II, it is also our duty to remind our audience that many Allies lost their country and freedom during the war, making defiance an essential part of their lives and eventual liberation.”

The Wright Museum’s Lecture Series, sponsored by Ron Goodgame and Donna Canney, takes place every Tuesday through the end of the museum’s season, which concludes Oct. 31.

Admission is $3 for members and $8 for non-members. Seating is limited, and reservations can be made by calling 603-569-1212.

Wright Museum is open daily through Oct. 31, with hours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.