163256: A Memoir of Resistance

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163256: A Memoir of Resistance is Michael Englishman’s astonishing story of courage, resourcefulness, and moral fibre as a Dutch Jew during World War II and its aftermath, from the Nazi occupation of Holland in 1940, through his incarceration in numerous death and labour camps, to his eventual liberation by Allied soldiers in 1945 and his emigration to Canada. Surviving by his wits, Englishman escaped death time and again, committing daring acts of bravery to do what he thought was right—helping other prisoners ...

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163256: A Memoir of Resistance is Michael Englishman’s astonishing story of courage, resourcefulness, and moral fibre as a Dutch Jew during World War II and its aftermath, from the Nazi occupation of Holland in 1940, through his incarceration in numerous death and labour camps, to his eventual liberation by Allied soldiers in 1945 and his emigration to Canada. Surviving by his wits, Englishman escaped death time and again, committing daring acts of bravery to do what he thought was right—helping other prisoners escape and actively participating in the underground resistance.

A man who refused to surrender his spirit despite the loss of his wife and his entire family to the Nazis, Englishman kept a promise he had made to a friend, and sought his friend’s children after the war. With the children’s mother, he made a new life in Canada, where he continued his resistance, tracking neo-Nazi cells and infiltrating their headquarters to destroy their files.

Until his death in August 2007, Englishman remained active, speaking out against racism and hatred in seminars for young people. His gripping story should be widely read and will be of interest to scholars of auto/biography, World War II history, and the Holocaust.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554580095
  • Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Series: Life Writing Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Englishman was born in Amsterdam and immigrated to Canada after the war. He was an advisor at the Holocaust Centre of Toronto and lectured to students in elementary and high schools as well as at the Ontario Institute of Secondary Education. He received honour and recognition from the government of Canada for his outstanding work on educating the public on the Holocaust.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction xi

1 Growing Up Jewish in Amsterdam 1

2 Deportation 14

3 From the Burght to Vught-and Auschwitz 26

4 The Coal Mines of Janina and the Buna Works 31

5 The Death March to Dora-Nordhausen and Building the "Secret Weapon" 41

6 Liberation 50

7 Finding the Children 54

8 Picking Up the Pieces 63

9 Canada, Here We Come! 68

10 Déjà Vu 73

11 Fighting Back by Telling the Truth 81

12 Family Reunion 91

13 March of the Living-April 2004 98

Afterword 105

Appendices 107

I Family Relationships

II List of Prisons and Concentration Camps

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