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The Twentieth Train: The True Story of the Ambush of the Death Train to Auschwitz

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The Spring of 1943 was a desperate season for the Jews of Brussels. Having discovered the departure date of the next transport train to Auschwitz, resistance fighter Youra Livchitz and two school friends organized a raid and pulled off one of the most daring rescues of the enitre war.These three lone men freed seventeen men and women before the German guards opened fire. Miraculously, by the time the convoy had reached the German border another 225 prisoners had managed to escape unharmed and found shelter with the locals. In a testament to the solidarity of the Belgians, no one is betrayed. No one that is except the three young rescuers who were turned in by a double agent, imprisoned and killed.

Marion Schreiber?s gripping book about the only Nazi death train in World War II to be ambushed draws on private documents, photographs, archive material and police reports, as well as original research, including interviews with the surviving escapees. Like Schindler?s List or The Pianist, The Twentieth Train creates a vivid, moving portrait of heroism under impossible circumstances.

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One day in April 1943, a young doctor and Jewish resistance fighter Youra Livchitz discovered the departure date of the next transport train to Auschwitz. With only one weekend in which to organize a raid, Youra recruited two school friends, Jean Franklemon and Robert Maistriau, to pull off one of the most daring rescues of the entire war. Equipped with only three pairs of pliers, a hurricane lamp covered in red paper, and a single pistol, the men ambushed the train, which was transporting 1,618 Jews to Auschwitz. Marion Schreiber's gripping book about the only Nazi death train in World War II to be ambushed draws on private documents, photographs, archive material, and police reports as well as original research, including interviews with the surviving escapees. Like Schindler's List, The Twentieth Train creates a vivid, moving portrait of heroism under impossible circumstances.

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ISBN:
9780802141859
Translator:
Whiteside, Shaun
Foreword:
Spiegel, Paul
Translator:
Whiteside, Shaun
Foreword by:
Spiegel, Paul
Foreword:
Spiegel, Paul
Author:
Schreiber, Marion
Publisher:
Grove Press
Subject:
Holocaust
Subject:
History - Holocaust
Subject:
World History-Holocaust
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20050231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 pages of black-and-white illustrations
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 15.5 oz

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One day in April 1943, a young doctor and Jewish resistance fighter Youra Livchitz discovered the departure date of the next transport train to Auschwitz. With only one weekend in which to organize a raid, Youra recruited two school friends, Jean Franklemon and Robert Maistriau, to pull off one of the most daring rescues of the entire war. Equipped with only three pairs of pliers, a hurricane lamp covered in red paper, and a single pistol, the men ambushed the train, which was transporting 1,618 Jews to Auschwitz. Marion Schreiber's gripping book about the only Nazi death train in World War II to be ambushed draws on private documents, photographs, archive material, and police reports as well as original research, including interviews with the surviving escapees. Like Schindler's List, The Twentieth Train creates a vivid, moving portrait of heroism under impossible circumstances.
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