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Living with the Enemy: My Secret Life on the Run from the Nazis [Paperback]

Freddie Knoller
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7 Jan 2005
'I felt ashamed that my mind was working against my friends in this way, but I also knew that in order to survive it was necessary to think like the Nazi conquerors among whom I lived, to remove myself as far as possible from the people they hated; in fact, to remove myself from myself.' Freddie Knoller was forced to abandon his family and flee Vienna as Nazi Brownshirts swept through his apartment building in November 1938. Little more than a ordinary Jewish schoolboy, his desperate journey took him, among many other places, to Paris, where he earned a living guiding the Nazis around the red light district, an occupation that provoked complex feelings of guilt, elation and fortune. But his luck ran out, and Freddie was soon on the run again before he fell victim to a friend's betrayal that saw him transported straight to Auschwitz.

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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: 19.3 x 12.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 492,771 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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5.0 out of 5 stars One amazing autobiography 1 Oct 2007
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 25 Jun 2012
I have been to Auschwitz twice and have also been to Yad Vashem in the forest of Jerusalem three times. I have talked to several survivors of the Holocaust (and was taught by one when I was at school), but Freddie Knoller is the most fascinating of all. I have not yet read the book but I do know that it is based upon his talk. Freddie Knoller is a Jew who earned a living taking Nazis around the red light district of Paris. Freddie Knoller is also a man who sank a knife into the belly of a Nazi sympathiser and killed him, which indicates that his life as a red light district guide was simply a means to an end. His book may well prove to be a lesson in the extreme pragmatism required to survive under the most testing of circumstances. I will start reading the actual book today. I know that it will not disappoint.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 1 July 2008
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 14 July 2013
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I was privelidged to hear Freddie speak recently and he was able to autograph my book. What an true inspiration.
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