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Wilfrid Laurier University Press
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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: Words at the Ready
  2. pp. xi-xv
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  1. Chapter One. Growing Up Jewish in Amsterdam
  2. pp. 1-13
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  1. Chapter Two. Deportation
  2. pp. 14-25
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  1. Chapter Three. From the Burght to Vught—and Auschwitz
  2. pp. 26-30
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  1. Chapter Four. The Coal Mines of Janina and the Buna Works
  2. pp. 31-40
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  1. Chapter Five. The Death March to Dora-Nordhausen and Building the “Secret Weapon”
  2. pp. 41-49
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  1. Chapter Six. Liberation
  2. pp. 50-53
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  1. Chapter Seven. Finding the Children
  2. pp. 54-62
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  1. Chapter Eight. Picking Up the Pieces
  2. pp. 63-67
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  1. Chapter Nine. Canada, Here We Come!
  2. pp. 68-72
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  1. Chapter Ten. Déjà Vu
  2. pp. 73-80
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  1. Chapter Eleven. Fighting Back by Telling the Truth
  2. pp. 81-90
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  1. Chapter Twelve. Family Reunion
  2. pp. 91-97
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  1. Chapter Thirteen. March of the Living—April 2004
  2. pp. 98-104
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 105-122
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  1. Appendices
  2. pp. 107-108
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