Shedding Our Stars : The Story Of Hans Calmeyer And How He Saved Thousands Of Families Like Mine



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Calmeyer, Hans, 1903-1972 Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Netherlands -- Personal narratives Jews -- Persecutions -- Netherlands Righteous Gentiles in the Holocaust -- Personal narratives Holocaust survivors -- Netherlands


"During the German occupation of the Netherlands, 1940 to 1945, all Jews were ordered to register the religion of their grandparents. The Reichskommissar appointed the young lawyer Hans Calmeyer to adjudicate "doubtful cases." Calmeyer used his assignment to save at least 3,700 Jews from deportation and death, dwarfing the number saved by Schindler's famous rescue operation."--Back cover.


Early childhood in Frankfurt -- Hans Calmeyer -- Settling in the Netherlands -- The first years of German occupation -- An official at the Reich Commissariat -- Wearing the Star of David -- Different destinies -- Roundups -- Sabotaging Hitler's final solution -- The tide Is turning -- Bolting out of reach -- Barograph -- Hunger winter -- Liberation -- In detention -- New beginning -- Denazification -- Where to fit in? -- Uncharted future -- Restoration -- Embracing new life -- The world Is open -- Slightly eccentric -- Too little, too little! -- Academe and real life -- Wrestling the past -- Preparing for death -- A circle closes -- A devastating loss -- Fulfilling my promise.

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