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eBook Border Crossings: Coming of Age in the Czech Resistance ePub

by Charles Novacek

  • ISBN: 098541510X
  • Category: Leaders and Notable People
  • Subcategory: Biography
  • Author: Charles Novacek
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: 1021 Press (October 21, 2012)
  • Pages: 272
  • ePub book: 1897 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1402 kb
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  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 628

Description

In a book just out, the renowned Czech author and illustrator Renáta Fučíková tells the story of Czechs in North America. Eva is Jewish and Charles's family was in the Czech resistance.

In a book just out, the renowned Czech author and illustrator Renáta Fučíková tells the story of Czechs in North America. Jari has been friends with Eva Morris, the daughter of the last Rabbi of Boskovice, Czechoslovakia now Czech Republic) for almost three decades. Jari visited Eva again at the beginning of September and received the City Award in Jerusalem.

As a young man, Charles was captured and jailed by the Communists and rescued by an underground resistance network

tra Mountains was shattered by the Nazi occupation of his homeland. As a young man, Charles was captured and jailed by the Communists and rescued by an underground resistance network. Realizing he was in too much danger to remain in Czechoslovakia, he staged a daring escape only to land in a miserable displaced persons camp.

CHARLES NOVACEK was born in Ozdany, Czechoslovakia in 1928. His youth from the ages of eleven to twenty was spent in the Czech resistance, first against the Nazis and then the Communists.

He died in July 2007.

What great loyalty and determination so many people had to withstand the cruel, inhumane treatment by so many Nazi's and then Soviet Union KGB officers. This book eventually lands this young man in the United States, very near to where I live. His contributions to the Detroit area are outstanding! Very well written. He died in July 2007.

What a gift he has given us-and what a gift his wife, Sandra, has offered us, as well, in making sure that his brave story is here for the world to read. This compelling memoir, written through the eyes of young Charles, shows how circumstances required him to become a shrewd hero.

Charles Novacek was 11 years old when his father and uncle recruited him into the Czech Resistance during WWII. As a young man, Charles was captured and jailed by the Communists and rescued by and underground resistance network.

Madeleine Albright, former .

Advance Praise for Border Crossings from Madeleine Albright:

Border Crossings is the well-told and dramatic story of a young man whose comfortable life is abruptly transformed by the savagery of World War II. Forced to rely on primal instincts and his familiarity with the rugged highlands of Moravia, Charles Novacek casts his lot first with the anti-Hitler Underground and then with the resistance to the Nazis’ Communist successors. “My recollections pain me,” he writes, “still, they have made me who I am.” Novacek’s experience as a Hungarian-speaking Czecho-Slovak patriot demonstrates the folly of petty nationalism and the resilience of human decency and love.” ― Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State

Description:

Border Crossings: Coming of Age in the Czech Resistance is the captivating, tender memoir of Charles Novacek, a Czechoslovakian whose idyllic childhood exploring the Tatra Mountains was shattered by the Nazi occupation of his homeland. He spent his youth defending his neighbors, his family, and his country, first from the Nazi atrocities of World War II and then from the Soviet oppression of the ensuing Cold War.

Charles was eleven years old when his father and uncle recruited him into the Czech Resistance. Antonin Novacek not only taught his son to survive in the wild, but also prepared him for wartime: how to resist pain, hunger, and fear and to trust no one. His assignments included delivering messages to soldiers parachuting behind enemy lines and hiding them in caves he equipped for their shelter.

As a young man, Charles was captured and jailed by the Communists and rescued by an underground resistance network. In too much danger to remain in Czechoslovakia, he staged a daring escape only to land in a miserable displaced persons camp. His will to live prevailed once again, and Charles eventually married and built a successful life in America.

Filled with heroic adventures and great bravery, Border Crossings is one man’s remarkable tale of his incredible life and a testament to the human capacity to survive.

Additional Praise for Border Crossings: "I have been transformed by this honest, extraordinary telling. In Border Crossings Charles Novacek shows us, through his personal story (told as if we are right there in the room with him) the true face of totalitarianism; he reminds us of the preciousness, the miracle, of freedom. What a gift he has given us--and what a gift his wife, Sandra, has offered us, as well, in making sure that his brave story is here for the world to read. This is a powerful memoir that crosses all borders and speaks directly to the human heart."Joseph Hurka, author of Fields of Light: A Son Remembers His Heroic Father

“Here is a story that is meant to survive, just as its teller was. I got to know Charles in his later years but only had hints of what is contained in these pages. They are riveting. I was drawn into the best and worst of humanity and, not incidentally, into the history of the West in the mid-twentieth century. Courage, love, despair, a fierce will are all preserved with the help of one who was ‘not the love of Charles’ life. . . but his last love.’" John Kotre, Ph.D., author of White Gloves: How We Create Ourselves Through Memory

Border Crossings helps fill the lack of personal accounts of resistance movements amidst a voluminous array of World War II literature. This compelling memoir, written through the eyes of young Charles, shows how circumstances required him to become a shrewd hero. In his opposition first toward Nazism and then Communism, Charles Novacek’s personal story illustrates why people sacrifice themselves and their families for an ideal. Intimate, intense, fascinating!” Christina Vella, coauthor of The Hitler Kiss

Comments

Xor Xor
Read the article in the Detroit Free Press about this book, and - being a relatively recent "immigrant" to the Detroit area (from Cleveland) - I decided to give it a shot.
It's a fascinating read, folks! It's amazing how much the human spirit can tolerate when the drive to survive and overcome is there.
The "6 degrees of separation" came when I read that Mr Novacek helped to build The People Mover, where my husband is currently employed.
That's the only spoiler I'll give you. Read the book.
Alister Alister
History books have told us much about the two world wars and the years in between. Hollywood producers have put faces to history, telling many stories in historical fiction form. The best, though, are the individual accounts.

Border Crossings is a personal narrative of courage, intuition, determination and the intense desire to do the right thing regardless of the consequences. Portions of Charles Novacek’s story reads like gripping action adventure. I often had to slow my reading down and remind myself that this was a true story worthy of reading every word, not fiction to fly through because I was enthralled by the story. Also, there aren’t as many personal accounts set in the smaller countries that survived the war behind the Iron Curtain. For me, this book sheds some light on to how difficult times were for those left behind to deal with Russian control in the aftermath of the second war.

From a young lad in Czechoslovakia we follow Mr. Novacek’s through WWII and beyond. He lived a noble life with honor and courage, determined to move forward for a better life for he and his family. The world is a better place because of Mr. Novacek, and I would like to express my gratitude to both he and his lovely wife Sandy Novacek for sharing something so personal.
Wel Wel
I ordered the book after reading about it in an MSU newsletter. I enjoyed it very much and passed it on to another friend( high school friend) who was most impressed ( and not an MSU person). The book gave a different perspective from many others I have read about the history of that time. I now am passing it along to a male friend whose opinion I await. He is quite the critical reader.

One thing that I took away was Charles N. had a healthy ego, probably necessary to survive under the circumstances. At first that bothered me a bit, but then I considered the thought again about the times.

Sometimes, the writing seemed simplistic. Perhaps the best way to deal with the emotional events and relationships.
Rose Of Winds Rose Of Winds
Charles Novacek's gripping lifetime account resonates with my own family's history, My British mother's first husband was a WWII Hungarian pilot, who ill-advisedly went back to his homeland because his mother foolishly claimed she was dying. His passport was revoked and my mother had to move there in order to be with him. A year later, they were both arrested. Luckily, she was discovered by the British Consulate, because friends informed them that she was a prisoner. She was released and repatriated back to the UK, but not before she was forced to sign divorce papers. He was never heard from again, and it is fairly safe to say he was probably executed as were almost all the military personnel who fought in the West and come back to Hungary.

Consequently, reading Novacek's painful, yet exhilarating account expands my understanding of the horror, resistance and frustrating hopelessness that this generation of intelligent, ethical and thoughtful men and women had to endure in an attempt to make a better world. Charles' later epoch after emigrating to the US was fascinating to read; that this intelligent, sensitive, talented man finally received his well earned day in the Sun and managed in during his ensuing years to life a fruitful life.
Thank you Charles and Sandy for one of the most thoughtful reads I have ever had.
White gold White gold
Everyone should read a book like this one. There are lessons in these stories
for all ages, for all times. As history repeats itself, seen in Ukraine, it's important
to understand the tyranny of people in charge of their government, and to what lengths
they will go to enslave entire nations.
Bad Sunny Bad Sunny
This is a well documented historical narrative and well-told story of a hero of our time. I enjoyed every moment of this fast-moving documentary of a courageous young man in the Czech Resistance during World War II. A remarkable tale for lovers of history and an inspiring example of the great valor and tenacity of the young. It is a story for young and old alike.
Drelalak Drelalak
This autobiography by Charles Novacek, a Czech Resistance fighter, is a testament to bravery, perseverance, and creativity in the face of unthinkable circumstances. The author was only 11 years old when he became involved in the Resistance, inspired by his father and uncle who trained him how to prepare for a life of secrecy, resourcefulness, and extreme danger. I was astounded by his experiences as an undercover agent--from interfering with Nazi demolition squads, to being imprisoned, enduring endless interrogations until his dramatic rescue, and still continuing to fight for freedom. Not only is the book is a page-turner, but its also an inspiration to the power of endurance and responsibility.
The reading of these life events is truly remarkable. The tenacity of the individuals that were defiant to lose their lives for the freedom they loved.
Its a great story and one that has many heartaches and personal losses but the ending is rewarding to Mr. Novacek.
Great read!