The awe-inspiring and gripping true story of the young man who survived not one, but three concentration camps, only – in the final days of the war – to be bombed while aboard a Nazi prison boat.
Stowed away on top of a train, twenty-year-old Wim Aloserij escapes the obligatory work camps in Nazi-ruled Germany in 1943. The young man from Amsterdam then goes into hiding on a farm – sleeping for months in a wooden chest hidden underground. But it’s not to last.
In the cover of night, Wim is captured during a raid and transported to the infamous Gestapo prison in Amsterdam. There, his life changes forever as he is thrown into the nightmare of the Holocaust and transported to Camp Amersfoort – the first of three concentration camps he must endure.
Drawing on the lessons he learned as a child as the victim of an alcoholic and abusive father, Wim is forced to adapt quickly and urgently to his hellish surroundings. However, it is with the end of the war in sight, that Wim must draw on every last strength he has when he finds himself caught in the very centre of Allied-Nazi crossfire.
This is such an incredible story of one man who survived three Concentration Camps. How incredible is this man, I cannot ever imagine what he must of seen and heard but I think he very brave to share his story about what life was like back then. I found it an eye opening experience, which touched my heart, it is certainly a rollercoaster of emotions, many times I was reaching for a tissue. I think it is very important that he has shared his story so people can get a real sense into what it was like in not just one but three different Concentration Camps. It horrified me, I have read other books that are similar and it is unbearable what these poor people had to go through, it opened up my eyes but it also taught me many things I didn’t know too. I hope this book helps people understand that era more too. It is such an unforgettable read and one that will stay with me for a very long time.
I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.
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