Michael Englishman's 163256: A Memoir of Resistance (Life Writing) PDF

By Michael Englishman

ISBN-10: 142948036X

ISBN-13: 9781429480369

ISBN-10: 1554580099

ISBN-13: 9781554580095

163256: A Memoir of Resistance is Michael Englishman’s fantastic 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 loss of life and labour camps, to his eventual liberation through Allied squaddies in 1945 and his emigration to Canada. Surviving through his wits, Englishman escaped loss of life again and again, committing bold acts of bravery to do what he idea was once right—helping different prisoners break out 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 family members to the Nazis, Englishman saved a promise he had made to a pal, and sought his friend’s young ones after the conflict. With the children’s mom, he made a brand new lifestyles in Canada, the place he persevered his resistance, monitoring neo-Nazi cells and infiltrating their headquarters to wreck their documents. until eventually his demise in August 2007, Englishman remained energetic, talking out opposed to racism and hatred in seminars for teenagers. His gripping tale can be commonly learn and may be of curiosity to students of auto/biography, global struggle II heritage, and the Holocaust.

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28 From the Burght to Vught — and Auschwitz The guards decided to try out their new device. They put me on the contraption, face down, and strapped my arms and legs to the legs of the bock. Then the five guards took turns whipping me with a large leather whip with knots in it. They each hit me five times. They forced me to count the strokes and warned me not to make any mistakes. If I said “eleven” and the count was ten, they would start all over again until I had properly counted my twenty-five lashes.

24 Deportation All the Nazi-occupied countries in Europe had special sections of underground resistance groups that were dedicated to saving Jewish children. The networks, usually organized by Jews and Christians working together, operated mostly through personal contacts. For their own protection, Jewish children were taken from their homes, separated from their family and friends, and either given refuge in convents and orphanages or adopted and protected by courageous non-Jewish families. Some “hidden” Jewish children were able to disguise their Jewishness with Christian names and made-up identities, and some had to literally disappear from sight, hiding in attics, basements, haylofts, barns, or closets.

Ignorant as we all were about the “forced labour camps,” Yettie and I thought that because we were married, when our turn came to be deported we would be able to stay together. How wrong we were. CHAPTER TWO Deportation when my oldest sister, esther, and her family were deported, much of our grief came from our feelings of helplessness. There was nothing we could do to prevent it. The lowest class of human beings, the Nazis, were now the masters, and they ruled with terror, including guns. Anyone who spoke out against them was shot on the spot or deported to face a slower death.

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