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Book Title: Border Crossings: Coming of Age in the Czech Resistance|
The author of the book: Charles Novacek
Format files: PDF
ISBN 13: 9780985415105
The size of the: 620 KB
Edition: 1021 Press
Date of issue: October 21st 2012
Read full description of the books Border Crossings: Coming of Age in the Czech Resistance:Border Crossings: Coming of Age in the Czech Resistance is the captivating and 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. Charles was taught to trust no one and how to resist pain, hunger, and fear.
Among his first assignments was the delivery of 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. 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. His will to live prevailed once again, and Charles married and eventually built a successful life in America.
Read information about the authorCharles Novacek was born in Ožd’any, Czechoslovakia on May 11, 1928. He graduated from the Industrial College of Engineering in Brno, Czechoslovakia with a degree in mechanical engineering and attended the Masaryk University School of Law in Brno. After escaping his homeland in 1948, Novacek fled to Germany, then Venezuela and was finally able to immigrate with his family to the United States in 1956 where he taught himself English as his seventh language.
Novacek was a registered professional engineer and spent thirty-three years in the Detroit, Michigan, metropolitan area as a civil engineer, project, design and quality assurance manager. In retirement Novacek studied Mandarin Chinese and earned a B.G.S and an M.A. in Liberal Studies from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and an M.A. in Painting from Eastern Michigan University. Novacek wrote and painted all of his life, but didn’t start wring his memoir Border Crossings: Coming of Age in the Czech Resistance until the year 2000. He died in July 2007.
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