Download E-books The Lion Seeker PDF

By Kenneth Bonert

In the culture of the good immigrant sagas, The Lion Seeker brings us Isaac Helger, son of Lithuanian Jewish immigrants, surviving the streets of Johannesburg within the shadow of global battle II

Are you a silly or a smart?

Such is the chorus in Isaac Helger’s brain as he makes his approach from redheaded hooligan to looking out adolescent to striving younger guy at the make. His mother’s query haunts each selection. Are you a silly or a clever? Will you discover how to raise your loved ones out of Johannesburg’s terrible internal urban, to shop for a home within the suburbs, to deliver your aunts and cousins from Lithuania?

Isaac’s mom is a sturdy lady and a scarred lady; her maimed face scoffs him with a earlier not anyone will speak about. As international battle II techniques, then falls upon them, they hurtle towards a catastrophic reckoning. Isaac needs to make judgements that, at the beginning, merely appear to be life-or-death, then really are.

Meanwhile, South Africa’s historical past, sure up with Europe’s yet inflected with its personal accents—Afrikaans, Zulu, Yiddish, English—begins to resolve. Isaac’s brilliant, working-class, Jewish local lies close to the African slums; below conceal of evening, the slums are razed, the citizens pressured off to townships. Isaac’s fortune-seeking takes him to the privileged seclusion of the Johannesburg suburbs, the place he'll courtroom forbidden love. It companions him with the unfortunate, unsinkable Hugo Bleznick, promoting miracle items to suspicious farmers. And it leads him right into a feud with a grayshirt Afrikaaner who insidiously undermines him within the vehicle store, the place Isaac has came upon the single paintings that ever felt precise. after which his mother’s mystery, lengthy conscientiously guarded, takes them to the diamond mines, the place every thing is roofed in a skinny, steel airborne dirt and dust, the place lions wait between desolate tract rocks, and the place Isaac will start to study the bittersweet truth of good fortune obtained at really any cost.

A exciting trip throughout the lifetime of one fumbling younger hero, The Lion Seeker is an excellent reinvention of the vintage family members and coming-of-age sagas. we're stuck — hearts open and wrecked — among the pressing objectives of a mom who is aware what it takes to outlive and a son straining opposed to the duties of the previous international, whilst he's endowed with the freedoms of the new.

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Download E-books Isaac's Army: A Story of Courage and Survival in Nazi-Occupied Poland PDF

By Matthew Brzezinski

Beginning as early as 1939, disparate Jewish underground pursuits coalesced round the shared aim of freeing Poland from Nazi profession. For the following six years, individually and in live performance, they waged a heroic warfare of resistance opposed to Hitler’s warfare desktop that culminated within the Warsaw Ghetto rebellion. In Isaac’s Army, Matthew Brzezinski supplies the first-ever accomplished narrative account of that fight, following a gaggle of committed younger Jews—some slightly out in their teens—whose person acts of defiance helped rewrite the finishing of worldwide conflict II.
 
in line with first-person money owed from diaries, interviews, and surviving kin, Isaac’s Army chronicles the extreme triumphs and devastating setbacks that took place the Jewish underground from its earliest acts of defiance in 1939 to the exodus to Palestine in 1946. this is often the notable real tale of the Jewish resistance from the point of view of these who led it: Isaac Zuckerman, the convinced and charismatic twenty-four-year-old founding father of the Jewish battling association; Simha Ratheiser, Isaac’s fifteen-year-old bodyguard, whose boyish beauty and seeming immunity to threat made him an incredible courier; and Zivia Lubetkin, the warrior queen of the underground who, upon listening to the 1st intimations of the Holocaust, declared: “We are going to guard ourselves.” Joined by means of allies at the left and correct, they survived Gestapo torture chambers, smuggled palms, ran covert printing presses, opened unlawful colleges, robbed banks, performed collaborators, and fought within the greatest rebellions of the war.
 
Hunted via the Germans and bedeviled by way of the “Greasers”—roving bands of blackmailers who repeatedly grew to become in resistance warring parties for profit—the circulate was once chronically brief on firepower yet lengthy on ingenuity. Its participants hatched plots in dank basements, by no means greater than a door knock clear of precis execution, and slogged via fetid sewers to flee the burning Ghetto to the forests surrounding the town. And after the preliminary rebellion was once ruthlessly placed down through the SS, they gambled every thing on a daring plan for a citywide revolt—of either Jews and Gentiles—that may finish purely in victory or overall destruction. the money they raised helped millions cover whilst the Ghetto used to be liquidated. The records they solid provided lifelines to households wanting to get away the horror of the Holocaust. And whilst the warfare used to be over, they helped came upon the nation of Israel.
 
a narrative of mystery alliances, inner rivalries, and timeless dedication to a reason, Isaac’s Army is heritage at its so much heart-wrenching. pushed by way of an unforgettable solid of characters, it’s a true-life story with the heart beat of an outstanding novel, and a party of the indomitable spirit of resistance.

Advance compliment for Isaac’s Army
 
“Told with care and compassion, Matthew Brzezinski’s Isaac’s Army is a riveting account of the Jewish resistance in wartime Poland. this can be an excessive tale that transcends the horror of the time and reveals genuine suggestion within the bravery of these who fought back—some of whom lived to inform their tales. hugely recommended.”—Alan Furst, writer of Mission to Paris

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Download E-books British Armour in the Normandy Campaign (Military History and Policy) PDF

By John Buckley

The preferred conception of the functionality of British armour within the Normandy crusade of 1944 is considered one of failure and frustration. regardless of overwhelming superiority in numbers, Montgomery's repeated efforts to hire his armour in an offensive demeanour resulted in a disappointing stalemate. clarification of those and different humiliating disasters has targeted predominantly at the shortcomings of the tanks hired by means of British formations. This new learn by way of John Buckley demanding situations the normal view of Normandy as a failure for British armour by way of analysing the truth and point of the meant failure and the motives at the back of it.

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Download E-books All Clear PDF

By Connie Willis

Winner of the Nebula Award

Traveling again in time, from Oxford circa 2060 into the thick of worldwide conflict II, was once a regimen expedition for 3 British historians wanting to examine firsthand the heroism and horrors of the Dunkirk evacuation and the London Blitz. yet getting marooned in war-torn 1940 England has grew to become Michael Davies, Merope Ward, and Polly Churchill from temporal travelers into besieged electorate suffering to outlive Hitler’s devastating onslaught. And now there’s extra to fret approximately than simply getting again domestic: The impossibility of changing earlier occasions has continuously been a middle trust of time-travel theory—but it can be tragically mistaken. whilst discrepancies within the ancient list start cropping up, it means that one or the entire destiny viewers have in some way replaced the past—and, eventually, the result of the battle. in the meantime, in 2060 Oxford, the stranded historians’ manager, Mr. Dunworthy, frantically confronts the likely most unlikely activity of rescuing his students—three lacking needles within the haystack of heritage. The exciting time-tripping event that begun with Blackout now hurtles to its attractive answer in All Clear.

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Download E-books Black Sheep: The Life of Pappy Boyington (Library of Naval Biography) PDF

By John F. Wukovits

This biography information the turbulent lifetime of Gregory Boyington, who turned the head Marine ace of the Pacific. It information his turbulent formative years, which integrated abusive mom and dad and widespread strikes, his early army occupation, his carrier with the Flying Tigers in Burma and China, his feats as a Corsair fighter pilot within the South Pacific, his time in jap criminal camps, and his postwar occupation. Wukovits makes an attempt to teach that the advanced Boyington excelled whilst others seemed to him for suggestion, yet played miserably while shunted to the sidelines. He hence accumulated a spotty checklist with the Flying Tigers, who handled him as an interloper, yet triumphed while in charge of the Black Sheep Squadron, the place the lads thought of him a instructor and chief. Many veterans both give some thought to Boyington a hero or a villain, while surely he used to be a bit of every.

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Download E-books Primo Levi: The Matter of a Life (Jewish Lives) PDF

By Berel Lang

In 1943, twenty-four-year-old Primo Levi had simply began a occupation in chemistry while, after becoming a member of a partisan team, he was once captured by way of the Italian Fascist armed forces and deported to Auschwitz. Of the 650 Italian Jews in his shipping, he used to be one of fewer than 25 who survived the 11 months prior to the camp’s liberation. Upon returning to his local Turin, Levi resumed paintings as a chemist and used to be hired for thirty years by way of a firm focusing on paints and different chemical coatings. Yet quickly after his go back to Turin, he additionally all started writing—memoirs, essays, novels, brief tales, poetry—and it's for this paintings that he has received overseas reputation. His first publication, If this can be a Man, issued in 1947 after nice trouble find a writer, continues to be a landmark rfile of the 20th century.
 
Berel Lang's groundbreaking biography shines new mild on Levi’s position as an enormous highbrow and literary figure—an vital Holocaust author and witness but in addition an cutting edge ethical philosopher in whom his roles as chemist and author converged, supplying the “matter” of his existence. Levi’s writing mixed a scientist’s attentiveness to constitution and element, an ironic mind's eye that present in all nature an ingenuity right away inviting and evasive, and a strong and passionate ethical mind's eye. Lang’s procedure offers a philosophically acute and nuanced research of Levi as philosopher, witness, author, and medical detective.

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Download E-books The Stalin and Molotov Lines: Soviet Western Defences 1928-41 (Fortress) PDF

By Neil Short

During the Russian Civil warfare, the pink military created a chain of fortified parts, or ukreplinnyje rajony (UR), that have been for use not just for defence yet have been additionally to behave as staging issues for offensive operations. Following the tip of the struggle those defences have been prolonged, making a entrance that stretched over 2,000km from the Baltic to the Black Sea, that consisted of greater than 3,000 positions from forts to laptop gun and antitank positions, emplaced tank turrets, and statement and command positions. by means of the outbreak of global battle II, those defenses - referred to as the Stalin Line - have been principally whole.

However, after the Soviet career of jap Poland in October 1939 the Stalin Line was once too some distance at the back of the hot border to be of use as a springboard for an offensive. So, a brand new set of defenses used to be started, named after the Soviet overseas Minister, Molotov. apparatus was once stripped from the Stalin Line, yet simply 25 percentage of the positions were accomplished by the point of the German invasion in June 1941 and it proved no fit for the Wehrmacht - positions have been in general empty or just bypassed throughout the improve. Illustrated with cutaway art and infrequent photos this e-book presents a close exam of the advance of those protective traces, and the battling that happened round them in 1941, and is filled with element and data that's not available within the English.

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Download E-books KV-1 & 2 Heavy Tanks 1939-45 (New Vanguard) PDF

Named after Klimenti Voroshilov, the People's Commissar for Defence, the KVs proved a foul shock for German tank crews through the early days of Operation Barbarossa. even supposing gradual, they have been tremendous seriously armoured. This quantity examines the transition from multi-turreted tanks to heavy single-turret automobiles, including the KV-1 and a pair of, and the elevated favour given to the heavy single-turret after the Germans started to increase ammunition in a position to penetrating even the thickest armour, while detailing the layout, improvement and operational historical past of the Soviet Union's gigantic KV sequence of tanks.

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Download E-books The Eichmann Trial (Jewish Encounters Series) PDF

By Deborah E. Lipstadt

***NATIONAL JEWISH ebook AWARD FINALIST (2012)***

Part of the Jewish come across series

The catch of SS Lieutenant Colonel Adolf Eichmann through Israeli brokers in Argentina in might of 1960 and his next trial in Jerusalem by way of an Israeli court docket electrified the realm. the general public debate it sparked on the place, how, and by means of whom Nazi warfare criminals may be dropped at justice, and the foreign media assurance of the trial itself, was once a watershed second in how the civilized international quite often and Holocaust survivors specifically came upon the capability to accommodate the legacy of genocide on a scale that had by no means been visible before.
 
Award-winning historian Deborah E. Lipstadt offers us an outline of the trial and analyzes the dramatic impression that the survivors’ court testimony—which was once itself now not with no controversy—had on an international that had until eventually then usually venerated the Holocaust yet by no means totally understood what the thousands who died and the loads of millions who controlled to outlive had truly experienced.
 
As the area keeps to confront the continuing truth of genocide and consider the destiny of these who live on it, this trial of the century, which has develop into a touchstone for judicial lawsuits in the course of the global, deals a felony, ethical, and political framework for coming to phrases with unfathomable evil. Lipstadt infuses a gripping narrative with ancient point of view and modern urgency.

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