He is deported to the notorious Nazi extermination camp of Mauthausen in Austria. In a daring nighttime escape from the cattle train speeding through icy snowbound mountains he goes on to survive by the skin of his teeth in heart stopping encounters with enemy soldiers and policemen.
At war's end the leader of the Resistance becomes the first prime minister of liberated Italy and appoints him to his staff. The young Dutchman gets an inside view of the workings of government and politics as Italy faces overwhelming problems of reconstruction.
The events in Walter's odyssey are highlighted by telling observations and reflections on the broader picture of what is happening in that final phase of the war. Along with the personal emotions and the constant tension and fear he feels as he faces one danger after another there are revealing observations about the dramatic impact the war has on the average people he meets, their fears, suspicions and understandable attitudes of self-protection as he seeks their help in this incredible journey of survival.
Named to Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2012, noting:"While large scale accounts of WWII will provide a more comprehensive overview of its conflicts, De Hoog's firsthand version teems with humanity not often found in such surveys. It's written with the same measures of ethical commitment and intelligence that seem to have helped him outpace his German persecutors. A lush, unsparing narrative that honors history ans emotion."
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About the Author
The book Tulipano: A Story of Wartime Italy, 1944-45 will appeal to history students, World War II buffs, veterans, Italian and US/UK historians, and anyone who wants to understand what it was like living in Italy in that time of war.
The original English language text was translated into Italian and published in Italy in 2009 under the auspices of Italy's National Institute for the History of the Liberation of Italy (Istituto Nazionale della Storia del Movimento per la Liberazione d'Italia - INSMLI)