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163256: A Memoir of Resistance is Michael Englishman’s remarkable tale of braveness, resourcefulness, and ethical fibre as a Dutch Jew in the course of global struggle II and its aftermath, from the Nazi profession of Holland in 1940, via his incarceration in several demise and labour camps, to his eventual liberation via Allied infantrymen in 1945 and his emigration to Canada. Surviving through his wits, Englishman escaped demise repeatedly, committing bold acts of bravery to do what he suggestion was once right—helping different prisoners get away and actively partaking within the underground resistance. a guy who refused to give up his spirit regardless of the lack of his spouse and his complete relatives to the Nazis, Englishman saved a promise he had made to a chum, and sought his friend’s youngsters after the warfare. With the children’s mom, he made a brand new lifestyles in Canada, the place he persisted his resistance, monitoring neo-Nazi cells and infiltrating their headquarters to damage their documents. until eventually his demise 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, global warfare II historical past, and the Holocaust.

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I know that it was a stupid thing to do, but all I can say is that I was not in my right mind at that moment. The policeman didn’t look up or say anything. Deportation 17 A few weeks after this incident, however, the Gestapo paid me a visit. They wanted to know where the jewellery and valuables were hidden. I was stunned and told them that I didn’t know anything about this. They knocked me around a bit and told me they did not really need my assistance because they knew exactly where to find the jewellery.

The lager elderster was a prisoner, usually a German, who had been interned for political reasons. He was in charge of all the prisoners in the camp and received his instructions directly from the camp commander. He was responsible for 36 The Coal Mines of Janina and the Buna Works everything that happened inside the camp, and he also handed out the punishment. As I have said, the normal punishment for stealing was a public hanging that would serve as a warning to others. Luckily, I found out where Joe was being held.

I even specially packed boxes filled with cigars for my father. We now know what happened to these articles that Jews were told to bring with them: everything was shipped to Germany and given to the Germans. Nothing ever reached the prisoners in the concentration camps. My father never got his cigars. The German people were only too happy to make good use of all the things they took from the Jews. I did one more thing when I returned to my house after being released. I hid all our family photographs, passports, and identity cards inside a wall in the house.

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