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163256: A Memoir of Resistance is Michael Englishman’s awesome tale of braveness, resourcefulness, and ethical fibre as a Dutch Jew in the course of international struggle II and its aftermath, from the Nazi career of Holland in 1940, via his incarceration in different loss of life and labour camps, to his eventual liberation through Allied infantrymen in 1945 and his emigration to Canada. Surviving via his wits, Englishman escaped loss of life many times, committing bold acts of bravery to do what he notion 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 whole relations to the Nazis, Englishman saved a promise he had made to a chum, and sought his friend’s young children after the battle. With the children’s mom, he made a brand new existence in Canada, the place he endured his resistance, monitoring neo-Nazi cells and infiltrating their headquarters to ruin their records. till his demise in August 2007, Englishman remained energetic, conversing out opposed to racism and hatred in seminars for youngsters. His gripping tale will be extensively learn and should be of curiosity to students of auto/biography, global battle II historical past, and the Holocaust.

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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. Just then, one of the Gestapo men, accompanied by another man, came upstairs. He was carrying an axe.

It was very precise work and needed a lot of patience. While I was in the middle of working on the card in my room, the landlady walked in without any warning. I had no chance to cover up what I was doing, and I could tell that she had seen it. She didn’t say a word, but as soon as she left the room, I packed some of our belongings and the three of us, Rika, Yettie, and I, moved to a room in another house. While all of this was going on, Ado was back in Amsterdam. He had gone for the weekend and I had asked him to take my watch in to be repaired.

The Nazis hated us because we were Jews, while the Eastern European Jews distrusted and despised us because we weren’t Jewish enough. For example, as I mentioned, Dutch Jews did not know what the word kamin meant. ” It is hard to avoid something if you have no idea what it is. One of the reasons that I never volunteered my skills as an electrician is that I did not want to work for the Nazis. For me it was a form of resistance. No one had told me or any of the other Dutch Jews that letting the Germans know that we had a trade, such as plumbing, carpentry, or being an electrician, would have improved our chances of surviving longer.

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