By Michael Englishman

ISBN-10: 142948036X

ISBN-13: 9781429480369

ISBN-10: 1554580099

ISBN-13: 9781554580095

163256: A Memoir of Resistance is Michael Englishman’s marvelous tale of braveness, resourcefulness, and ethical fibre as a Dutch Jew in the course of international conflict II and its aftermath, from the Nazi career of Holland in 1940, via his incarceration in several demise and labour camps, to his eventual liberation through Allied squaddies in 1945 and his emigration to Canada. Surviving through his wits, Englishman escaped demise repeatedly, committing bold acts of bravery to do what he concept used to be right—helping different prisoners break out and actively engaging within the underground resistance. a guy who refused to give up his spirit regardless of the lack of his spouse and his complete relations to the Nazis, Englishman saved a promise he had made to a pal, and sought his friend’s childrens after the warfare. With the children’s mom, he made a brand new existence in Canada, the place he persevered his resistance, monitoring neo-Nazi cells and infiltrating their headquarters to spoil their documents. till his loss of life in August 2007, Englishman remained lively, talking out opposed to racism and hatred in seminars for youngsters. His gripping tale could be largely learn and should be of curiosity to students of auto/biography, international struggle II background, and the Holocaust.

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In proportion to our numbers in the camps, 75 percent of Dutch Jews as compared to 90 percent of Polish Jews lost their lives. I have heard some Polish Jewish survivors say that the Dutch Jews ended up in the gas chambers much sooner than the Eastern European Jews because we did not know how to work and that we could not get used to the living conditions in the camps. My experience of this was more complicated and very difficult to write about. It is true that I had a very hard time getting used to the abhorrent sanitary conditions in the Eastern European concentration camps.

But we both had two left feet when it came to dancing. Ado the coward figured out a way to skip the classes. He made a deal with the owner of the dance studio. As long as Ado did not have to join in, he would provide music for the classes by playing his accordion. Ado also learned to play the trumpet and studied at the Conservatory in Amsterdam. One of his teachers was Marinus Komst, first trumpeter of the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. Marinus passed away in 2003. Ado is a wonderful musician.

Deportation 21 Soon after I moved back into my house, I bought a short-wave radio that was about the size of a portable television set so that Ado and I could listen to the British newscasts and find out what was happening in the war. I installed the radio in my room in the attic. To make a flat antenna, I crawled up to the peak of the roof, installed insulators, and put a wire across and down into my room. I did all this right under the noses of the Germans who were guarding the Jews in the theatre behind my house.

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