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Escapees: The History of Jews Who Fled Nazi Deportation Trains in France, Belgium, and the Netherlands

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Escapees

The History of Jews Who Fled Nazi Deportation Trains in France, Belgium, and the Netherlands

Tanja von Fransecky
Translated from German by Benjamin Liebelt

362 pages, 4 maps, 1 table, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-886-1 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Not Yet Published (July 2018)

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WINNER OF THE HERBERT STEINER PRIZE FOR SCHOLARSHIP ON RESISTANCE TO FASCISM AND NAZISM

Description

Of the countless stories of resistance, ingenuity, and personal risk to emerge in the years following the Holocaust, among the most remarkable, yet largely overlooked, are those of the hundreds of Jewish deportees who escaped from moving trains bound for the extermination camps. In France, Belgium, and the Netherlands alone over 750 men, women and children undertook such dramatic escape attempts, despite the extraordinary uncertainty and physical danger they often faced. Drawing upon extensive interviews and a wealth of new historical evidence, Escapees gives a fascinating collective account of this hitherto neglected form of resistance to Nazi persecution.

Tanja von Fransecky earned her doctorate in 2013 from the Center for Resarch on Antisemitism at the Technische Universität Berlin. Her most recent book, on aid to persecuted Dutch Jews, was published in 2016 by Lukas Verlag. She is responsible for the "Documentation of Jewish Persecution" section of the Federal Archives in Berlin.

Subject: Genocide Studies Jewish Studies General Mobility Studies
Area: Europe



Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1. Deportations from Western Europe
Chapter 2. Escapes by Jews from deportation trains in France
Chapter 3. Escapes by Jews from deportation trains in Belgium
Chapter 4. Escapes by Jews from deportation trains in the Netherlands
Chapter 5. Summary

Concluding observations

Appendix
Sources and bibliography

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