Bicycling to Amersfoort: A World War II Memoir Robert Graef

ISBN: 9780595346219

Published: April 25th 2005

Paperback

200 pages


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Bicycling to Amersfoort: A World War II Memoir  by  Robert Graef

Bicycling to Amersfoort: A World War II Memoir by Robert Graef
April 25th 2005 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 200 pages | ISBN: 9780595346219 | 9.50 Mb

A timely memoir of life under Nazi occupation vividly reminds us that most of wars damage is collateral, most of the casualties are non-combatants, and most of their wounds are psychological. A boy and his family learn to survive after German forcesMoreA timely memoir of life under Nazi occupation vividly reminds us that most of wars damage is collateral, most of the casualties are non-combatants, and most of their wounds are psychological. A boy and his family learn to survive after German forces destroy and occupy Rotterdam.

An uncle reveals traitorous Nazi ties that lead to a commission as a Waffen SS officer and his sister takes up with a German soldier and defects to Germany. Meanwhile, teen-aged Jan Makkreel lives by his wits as he is drawn into illegal transport of food, assisting Jews, and smuggling resistance information and false documents.Jan is wrongly labeled a traitor at wars end. Charged with collaboration and betraying Jews, he is imprisoned with true Nazis where he comes of age in gritty prison situations that test him as a man.

After eighteen months, the police clear him of wrongdoing and release him into a society that receives him only as an ex-convict. Jan Makkreels account reveals how the burden of war and occupation leaves wounds and divisions that in some cases can be neither forgotten nor healed.



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