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By Michael Englishman

ISBN-10: 142948036X

ISBN-13: 9781429480369

ISBN-10: 1554580099

ISBN-13: 9781554580095

163256: A Memoir of Resistance is Michael Englishman’s extraordinary tale of braveness, resourcefulness, and ethical fibre as a Dutch Jew in the course of global battle II and its aftermath, from the Nazi career of Holland in 1940, via his incarceration in several dying and labour camps, to his eventual liberation via Allied infantrymen in 1945 and his emigration to Canada. Surviving via his wits, Englishman escaped dying many times, committing bold acts of bravery to do what he inspiration was once 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 relatives to the Nazis, Englishman saved a promise he had made to a chum, and sought his friend’s young children after the struggle. 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 spoil their records. until eventually his loss of life in August 2007, Englishman remained energetic, conversing out opposed to racism and hatred in seminars for youth. His gripping tale may be broadly learn and may be of curiosity to students of auto/biography, international struggle II background, and the Holocaust.

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This little incident created a bond between Joe and me. We decided that from that moment on, we would share whatever we could “organize,” that is, whatever we could steal from the Germans. The concentration camp in Buna supplied slave labour for IG Farben Industries, a huge conglomerate of chemical manufacturers. In fact, the new Buna-Monowitz section of Auschwitz was built expressly to house the prisoners working at IG Farben’s new factory. The Buna works, within walking distance of the camp, would be producing synthetic fuel and synthetic rubber for Hitler’s secret weapons, the v-1 and v-2 rockets.

The train that took us to Poland was a cattle train with no seats. We had to either stand up or lay halfway down on the straw that was on the floor. There was a barrel that we used as a toilet. I didn’t know whether Yettie was on the train. On the transport, they realized I was a Jew and marked me accordingly. I do not remember how long it took us to get to Auschwitz, the most notorious of all the Nazi concentration camps. But when we arrived, the “welcoming committee” made their selections. Not that we knew what any of this was about.

I could not bring myself to use the washroom facilities for a couple of weeks. I did not expect to see modern facilities in the concentration camps, but after the relative cleanliness of the Dutch concentration camp, the level of filth in Auschwitz came as a real shock. Dutch Jews also suffered, however, because of their differences from Eastern European Jews. Because the Jews in Holland did not speak Yiddish, although we spoke Hebrew, the Polish Jews felt that we were not really Jewish. They taunted us because of it and refused to help us learn what we needed to know to survive in the camps.

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