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The Road to Rescue: The Untold Story of Schindler'&hellip by Mietek Pemper
The name Mietek Pemper probably means nothing to you. But the man should suddenly spring to life if you can recall Ben Kingsley's role in Spielberg's film Schindler's List, partly based on Pemper. This autobiography is centred on Pemper's formal role as Amon Göth's personal secretary at the Płaszów labour camp in Poland. But most illuminating are his three informal roles as: aide to Oscar Schindler, aide to his fellow inmates whose lives he helped save, and aide to justice being a key witness in the trial against Göth and several other SS officers after the war.

Pemper is a young, well-educated yet otherwise ordinary man when his comfortable world was… Read more
Mr. Rosenblum's List: Or Friendly Guidance for the&hellip by Natasha Solomons
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Natasha Solomons, who hails from immigrant stock, has emphasised that this is an untrue story. Despite being about the fictional aspirations and adventures of Jakob Rosenblum, a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany, many migrants who are determined to fit in to their host country will recognise some of the deeper and more disturbing threads in her narrative.

Her tale of Jakob's aspirations to become an Englishman, which are not shared by his wife Sadie, starts with Jakob and Sadie's arrival at Harwich. There, he is presented with a leaflet on behaving like a native in his adopted country; a pamphlet that probably echoed the advice contained in George Mikes' `How to be an… Read more
The Great Escape: Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Ch&hellip by Kati Marton
Heard the old joke about the wily Hungarian? He follows behind you in to a revolving door but comes out ahead. Perhaps unkind, but many Magyars have a stroke of genius. Kati Marton has chosen nine brilliant stars from a veritable Hunagarian firmament.

As her title indictes, her choice of nine Hungarian Jews is driven largely by two common factors. The first is anti-semitism; the second is that our lives have been brightened, or enlightened as a result of their ideas. But in the case Edward Teller and von Neumann and their attitude to the development of the Atom bomb, some would say our lives have been blighted.

This book is not simply about scientific genius. Marton… Read more

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