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Living with the Enemy: My Secret Life on the Run from the Nazis Paperback – 7 Jan 2005


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Metro Books, London; 1st Edition edition (7 Jan. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843581426
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843581420
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 13.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 428,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Freddie Knoller's life reads like a novel. Arrests, prison escapes, hiding with false papers, joining the resistance and surviving concentration camps. He is actively involved with the Holocaust Centre and lectures widely throughout Europe. Articulate and compassionate, he is perfect for publicity and press.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. J. Weeks on 1 Oct. 2007
Format: Paperback
Freddie Knoller says he kept silent about his experiences for many years, until his grandchildren asked what had happened. When he started to relate his amazing story he could not stop. I am glad he told us. It is not often one can review a book where one knows personally the author of an outstanding work. This book stands out as a record of Jewish suffering and will to survive. It is stranger than fiction. He went back to occupied Belgium to find an abandoned cello, he lived by pimping in Paris. Later he confessed his Jewishness when arrested by the Gestapo rather than betraying the resistance under torture. Thanks to meeting a doctor in the train to concentration camp he was able to work in the infirmary there which helped his survival.
This is though a book which tells you there are two categories of people. Most of us accept what befalls us as God's will, fate, or whatever and learn to accept it rather than to fight. Freddie is one of the small band of fighters whose courage and will to survive remain an inspiration and challenge to us all. I salute him.
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I would recommend it to anyone; a first hand glimpse of the world's most tragic event that keeps you wanting more after you have finished the final pages. I've met Knoller himself, and he is such a wonderful man and his story reflects that. Those that do not get the chance to meet him are missing out on such an opportunity for his witty stories that are not covered in this book.

This book was written from memory, scraps of information the writer remembered from his life "living with the enemy", but the writing and clarity of the situations Knoller found himself is described truly honestly. The themes of working for the Germans, getting captured, doing what he had to do to survive constructs the foundation of this story, the detail builds the pictures and the honest writing develops into a fantastic novel that I am pleased to say I have signed by Knoller himself.

The reason why I have given it a four star rating is not to dishearten the author, it's just simply for a few reasons as such: I prefer fiction, so reading this was a change for me, and the themes/topic of World War II are truly horrific and this novel displays it. The writing, story and plot are expressed beautifully, and I would give it a five star rating if I read more non-fiction and war themed books, because I would know how to compare it to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on 14 Feb. 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I ordered this book and also Desperate Journey by the same authors only to find when they arrived that they are both the same book but under different headings. One is a paperback and the other hardback why is this?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. White on 1 July 2008
Format: Paperback
I have met him as he came to our school. As an A-Level stuident who is studying history, I found this really interesting as well as inspiring. He is a great person and a real inspiration.
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