For Want of 40 Pounds: From Persecution to Perseverance- How Far Would You Go for Freedom?

For Want of 40 Pounds: From Persecution to Perseverance- How Far Would You Go for Freedom?

For Want of 40 Pounds: From Persecution to Perseverance- How Far Would You Go for Freedom?

For Want of 40 Pounds: From Persecution to Perseverance- How Far Would You Go for Freedom?


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In 1938, Berthold Skurmann was a young boy living in Vienna, Austria when Hitler’s Anschluss changed his world. With his father already interred in a concentration camp, and the family home confiscated, life in Vienna grew darker by the day for anyone of Jewish descent. Those who were lucky to have money were able to escape, while others, including Bert’s mother and brother, waited in a climate of anti-Semitism and fear of death. At 13 years of age, Bert decided to create his own fate. With a young boys sense of adventure and a child’s faith that dreams come true, Bert set out to save his family.

From Vienna to Amsterdam, Bert walked for months through enemy territory evading Nazis and sympathizers, a 1500 km trek with a compass, courage and a fierce determination to get to England, where he believed freedom lived for himself and his family. This book is his story. His legacy of courage, inspiration, tenacity, freedom, and success. From immigrant to millionaire, it is the Immigrant’s Dream brought to life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781999002114
Publisher: Frankie Picasso
Publication date: 02/15/2019
Pages: 202
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Frankie Picasso is a Canadian SocialPreneur, Talk Show Host, and Champion for Change who has been transforming lives and influencing culture for the past 30 years. Professionally, she is a Certified Life, Business and Master Coach Trainer, Author, Artist, Activist and Radio/TV Host, who just happens to specialize in the Impossible!
Frankie founded The Good Radio Network, a socially conscious radio platform, as a vehicle for social impact and change.
As a professional Artist, Frankie's paintings have been featured in the International Book of Contemporary Artists, Volume 6 and can be found on Fine Art America, frankie-picasso.html. Sale of her artwork and custom orders goes to pay for both Cleft Palate Surgery for children through Mercy Ships Canada, Saving Animals in Shelters and other Humanitarian efforts in need at the time.
Frankie's book "Midlife Mojo" won her recognition and the Finalist Winner award as one of the "50 Great Writers you should be Reading in 2015!" Her latest book, "I Bared My Chest" was an
Amazon Best Seller within hours of its release.
Frankie is proud to be known amongst her peers as a high-level influencer and thought leader who is out to change in the world. She is also the first Female Kickboxing Promoter in the World and Manager of a 12-time Champion. As a long-time animal advocate, Frankie is passionate about saving animals worldwide and raising awareness for the compassionate treatment of all Wildlife and Humans.
She is a member of the Canadian Association of Journalists , the Public Speakers Association, and is the Founder of both The Good Media Network k and Rent a Believer
You can read more about Frankie at

Prior to turning to writing full time, Peter Jennings spent his career in corporate communications running agencies handling marketing,
advertising, branding, public relations and production of multimedia content, including videos, websites and social media elements. Clients included hundreds of topranked businesses of all types and sizes, from McDonald's, Procter
& Gamble, RBC, IBM, Coca-Cola, etc. to niche start-ups.
Peter is the author of 4 books:
• "Shark Assault: An Amazing Story of Survival" (sharkassault.
• "Why Being Happy Matters: Discover How the Power of Joy Will
Energize Your Life" (
• "Behind the Seams: The Marilyn Brooks Story" (behindtheseams.
• "Pushing The Boundaries" (
He is currently researching/writing several more.
In his leisure time, Peter enjoys regular visits with his son, two daughters-in-law, three granddaughters and his 98-yearold mother. Also part of the festivities are his rescue dogs Molly
(a border collie/husky mix) and Macy (a lab/shepherd mix).
When he's not writing, he delights in enjoying Fairview, his residence overlooking Georgian Bay, and piloting his 41' Meridian
Motor Yacht named (wait for it) "Pushing The Boundaries".
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Table of Contents

Book Quotes 1

Foreword 12

Introduction 15

Dedication 17

One 19

Two 26

Three 34

Four 39

Five 45

Six 52

Seven 56

Eight 59

Nine 63

Ten 67

Eleven 70

Twelve 73

Thirteen 77

Fourteen 81

Fifteen 93

Sixteen 108

Seventeen 111

Eighteen 117

Nineteen 122

Twenty 126

Twenty-One 131

Twenty-Two 137

Twenty-Three 173

Twenty-Four 179

Twenty-five 192

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