At the age of 17, Adolfo Kaminsky had narrowly escaped deportation to Auschwitz and was living in Nazi-occupied Paris, using forged documents to hide in plain sight. Due to his expert knowledge of dyes and his ability to masterfully reproduce official documents with an artistic eye, he was recruited to join the Jewish underground. He soon became the primary forger for the Resistance in Paris, working tirelessly with his network to create papers that would save an estimated 14,000 men, women, and children from certain death. Upon the Liberation, and for the next 25 years, Kaminsky worked as a professional photographer. But, recognizing the fight for freedom had not ended with the defeat of the Nazis, and driven by his own harrowing experiences, he continued to secretly forge documents for thousands of refugees, exiles, immigrants, freedom fighters, and pacifists. Kaminsky kept his past cloaked in secrecy well into his later life, until his daughter and biographer Sarah Kaminsky convinced him to share the details of the life-threatening work he did on behalf of people fighting for justice and peace throughout the world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Simon Vance. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/007129/bk_tant_007129_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Susan Cernyak-Spatz was born in Vienna in 1922. In the following 23 years, she experienced many of the terrors of her fellow European Jews: early Nazi oppression in Berlin; post-Anschluss Vienna; Nazi occupied Prague; and deportation to Theresienstadt in 1942. But the true horrors of the Nazi "Final Solution" awaited her in Birkenau, the woman's concentration camp where she survived her internment, beginning in January, 1943, for two years. These months of hell were followed by a "Death March" and incarceration in Ravensbrück from which she and a group of fellow inmates walked away to freedom. As Professor Emerita in German literature at UNC-Charlotte, Dr. Cernyak-Spatz continues to teach and to lecture about the Holocaust. This audiobook is a rare firsthand testament of a Holocaust survivor. Narrated by the author, Susan Cernyak-Spatz. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Susan Cernyak-Spatz. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/023742/bk_acx0_023742_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Immigration fraud, some call it. Immigration reform, others advocate for. Between the nostalgia and rhetoric, migrant families are facing an uphill battle of convincing American lawmakers about allowing them in. The dream of freedom has left many in utter disappointment.Apart from increased impoverish levels and population explosion, America is infested with the curse of racism, colonialism, and radicalism. The more migrants of different faiths, beliefs and ethnicities who have entered, the more they have been accused of posing security threats to the nation.This essay, "Why Do You Want to Come to America", examines the reasons why Muslim migrants are coming to America despite the Muslim ban, hate speech, propaganda, and government resistance.With the Muslim ban in place, deportation of illegals and profiling being applied aggressively toward anyone of foreign descent, the fundamental question in all of this should be: Is the promise of wealth worth the cost of losing your culture, kids, and livelihood?Reviewed by Robert A. Groves for Readers' Favorite Why Do You Want to Come to America? by Eric Reese is a contemporary essay aimed at the person who wants to migrate to America. Specifically, it is aimed at Muslims who want to migrate to the United States. The essay explores the subjects of money, freedom, marriage, education, religion, and refuge. Beginning with money, Reese portrays a grim and accurate portrait of the financial struggle which exists to realize the American dream once one has arrived in the nation. Unfortunately, that same grimness exists for some native-born Americans. While the author applauds the religious freedom which exists in America, he questions the limits of some other liberties which people think are freely available to all. It was quite interesting to read what Reese had to say about protest and the results from such action.However, the grimmest picture of all i 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jason Meza. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/088187/bk_acx0_088187_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Penn and Cesswi, the teen survivors of a brutal northern Minnesota work camp, escape to the Greater Albertan Federation, only to become unwilling recruits in a deadly civil war. The Albertan camp is riddled with dark undercurrents, and sabotage that strike close to Penn and his dearest friends, leaving them disillusioned with the supposedly “better” life. But Penn's girlfriend, Cesswi, sees only wild conspiracy theories. The harsh winter has turned into an early spring, meaning Penn and Cesswi's six month fugitive exile from the oppressive Northwoods work camp is drawing to a close. Deportation looms if they don't accept Albertan citizenship, giving the teenaged couple a life-changing decision to make. Penn is set on returning home to Winnkota, but Cesswi is not so sure. When the opportunity presents itself in the form of an unexpected uprising, they attempt their perilous escape. They survived their flight from the Northwoods camp, and must now brave the bullets once again for another chance at freedom, while caught up in a bloody rebellion that could drive them apart forever. Penn and Cesswi's better life seems further away than ever. Can Penn bring his scattered crew together again, and lead them all home to safety? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Eddie Frierson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/065981/bk_acx0_065981_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An extraordinary wartime memoir, combining the best kind of adventure story with a coming-of-age testimony of unforgettable resonance and poignancy. September 2011, Halkidiki, Northern Greece: A solitary 86-year-old man gazes across an Aegean headland, knowing that he must finally confront his past. He begins to write...September 1939, Nieppe, Northern France:14 year-old Stephen is living with his family, 25 kilometres from Ypres. His French mother battles with her encroaching blindness. Failing to escape the advancing German army, his English father can no longer look after the war graves that cast so heartbreaking a shadow across the region. Stephen and his friend Marcel embark upon their great adventure: collecting souvenirs from strafed convoys and crashed Messerschmitts.But their world turns dark when arrested and imprisoned for sabotage and threatened with deportation or the firing squad. Upon his release, and still only 16, Stephen is recruited by the French Resistance. Growing up under the threat of imminent betrayal, he learns the arts of clandestine warfare, and - in a moment that haunts him still - how to kill.... Such was the impact of Stephen Grady's work for the French Resistance, (especially during the countdown to D-Day and its bloody aftermath) that he was awarded the Croix de Guerre and the American Medal of Freedom. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gordon Griffin, Luke Thompson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hodd/000469/bk_hodd_000469_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Miami attorney Jack Swyteck lands in the heart of the contentious immigration debate when he takes on the heart-wrenching case of an undocumented immigrant who fled to America to protect her daughter and save herself, in this timely and pulse-pounding thriller that explores the stories behind the headlines from New York Times best-selling author James Grippando, winner of the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction.Julia Rodriguez and her teenage daughter, Beatriz, escaped bloodthirsty gangs, random violence, and Julia's abusive husband back in El Salvador. Arriving in Miami, mother and daughter struggled to carve their own piece of the American dream. While life in the States is hard, it is safer, until Julia rejects her boss' unwanted sexual advances. Suddenly - thanks to an "anonymous" tip to US immigration authorities - she is arrested, locked in detention with criminals, and slated for deportation. Jack's only viable legal move to save her is asylum - a long shot that’s become nearly impossible in today’s charged political climate.When Julia and Beatriz made the perilous trek north to freedom, they thought they’d left the danger behind them. But now, even Miami isn’t safe. A ruthless enemy may have tracked them to South Florida and is biding time, patiently waiting to strike.In a case where the stakes have never been higher, Jack Sywteck may not be able to save his client - even if he wins. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jonathan Davis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/008486/bk_harp_008486_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The haunted mind of a brave patriot; a bitter betrayal by the Third Reich, soothed by the arms of a forbidden affair. On Either Side is essentially a love story set during World War II between a young German SS Officer, Karl Wulf, and an English nurse Brenda King. The couple meet late in the book when Karl is wounded at the Battle for Caen and brought to a British Field Hospital on the outskirts of the city. Before this Karl is awarded the Knight's Cross for courage and loyalty to the Reich demonstrated on the Eastern Front, and is assigned by Heinrich Himmler for rest and recuperation to the Sobibor death camp in a benign role to convalesce for a few weeks before being sent back to active service. Here he discovers the true purpose of the camp and is appalled and mentally scarred by the genocide he witnesses. With the help of another guard at the camp he plans a successful escape of a small group of Jewish prisoners. However, he is suspected of collusion with the escape and so sent back to Berlin. But Himmler admires the qualities of Karl, his bravery and conscientiousness, and adopts him briefly as a confidante before being reunited with his Sobibor co-conspirator and being sent to Limoges in Vichy France to take over command of an SS field base at Masset Farm in Oradour-sur-Glane (village infamous for the Oradour massacre). With the onset of the D-Day invasion, Karl's orders are changed and he is sent to Paris, under the supervision of the German hierarchy, to root out Jews hiding in the city for deportation to the death camps. But his conscience couldn't entertain such orders and so, before he leaves for Paris, he arranges an escape route, with the help of a local priest, for Jews from Paris to a temporary safe house at Oradour en route to freedom in Spain. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rebecca McKernan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/106353/bk_acx0_106353_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The preamble of the Constitution of the French Fifth Republic, founded in 1958, recalls the 1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. France has also ratified the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as the European Convention on Human Rights (1950) and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (2000). All these international law instruments takes precedent on national legislation. However, human rights abuses take place nevertheless. The most frequent cases are of police abuse, while France is regularly condemned, both by French citizens and institutions and also by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) for the scandalous detention conditions in the penitentiary system. The state of detention centres for unauthorized migrants who received an order of deportation has also often be criticized. Furthermore, although freedom of press and of expression is included in the Constitution, it has suffered over the years from some restrictions in specific cases.
'This is where she sleeps. A cupboard. A bedroom. A windowless box.'Sisters Dolly and Tala have never felt further from home. In the blistering heat of Singapore, they spend their days enabling ex-pats to have lives they could never afford for themselves.Even though she has little freedom, Dolly can just about live with her job if it means she's able to support her beloved young daughter back in the Philippines. One day - if she's lucky - Dolly may even be able to go back and see her.Tala, however, just can't keep her mouth shut about the restrictive, archaic rules maids are forced to abide by on pain of deportation. She risks everything to help her fellow maids, who have struggled to have their voices heard for far too long.In a world where domestic workers are treated so poorly, The Maid's Room explores how women can come together to change each other's lives, and be the architects of their own futures..