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Stateless by Gerard van Leeuwen

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What would happen if, when we were born, our birth-certificate was not issued? And how would life look like if, because of this oversight, we would not be able to obtain valid documents, medical help, civil rights or any possible declaration of existence?

Stateless – One Man’s Struggle for an Identity is the story of Kamal Kojadin, born in Zagreb in 1944 and convicted to a life of falsified papers, arrests, lies, prejudice and bureaucracy; a man whose identity has been taken away in a world marked by the ending of the Second World War. Only one year old, Kamal looks for safety in Italy with his parents, then flees to Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and, after the death of his dad and without any document, returns to Yugoslavia at the beginning of the bloody years of its breakup, a place he is able to leave only after his first ID is issued, more than thirty years later, at the age of 66.

Gerard van Leeuwen writes a beautiful book which serves as a precious testimony for the struggles faced by all those human beings who are not granted a social identity, who do not belong anywhere, and who are not welcomed anywhere.

 

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This book forces us to reflects upon those rights that we so easily take for granted, such as the right to cross borders but also the right to obtain our parents’ inheritance, or to be able to declare ourselves as the fathers of our children. It reminds all of us how life is determined by chances, especially those not taken, and how unjust a society can turn out to be when it does not recognize its own cracks, and its own citizens.

Statelessness is available on Amazon as Kindle ebook and paperback, and can be ordered by bookstores via Ingrams.

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About the Author

Gerard van Leeuwen is an expert on education who now helps put the results of academic research into practice. A chance encounter with Kamal and his astonishment about what can happen to one man for the simple reason that he has no birth certificate, inspired Gerard van Leeuwen to write this book. It is his attempt to highlight the humanity of stateless people and of refugees, who are often reduced to statistics, case files and quotas, but are in fact just people like you and me.

 

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Among the Reeds by Tammy Bottner

Among_the_reeds_tammy_bottner_amsterdampublishersfinalcoverAmong the Reeds. The true story of how a family survived the Holocaust by Tammy Bottner

Can past experiences affect the DNA? Does the happiness and sorrow of our ancestors determine our present well being? In other words, can trauma be genetically transmitted and remain alive with future generations?

These are the main questions physician Tammy Bottner tries to answer in her book Among the Reeds, a reconstruction of the story of her Jewish family during the Holocaust.

With this book, Bottner attempts to heal the anguish of her transgenerational trauma and to understand why facts that do not have any apparent relation to her ancestors awake in herself the trauma lived by her grandparents and provoke an unconscious fear of danger and uncertainty.

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Tammy Bottner holding two books of Among the Reeds

The author tries to understand how the effects of those terrifying years seem not to vanish with those who had experienced them but, rather, remain alive also decades after, thousands of miles away. By relying mainly on epigenetics theories, Bottner wrote a book that is both a biography and a scientific reflection on the transmission of traumatic experiences onto future generations.

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While on the one hand Among the Reeds contributes to give voice and accountability to the horror of those years by showing a harsh, though interesting, portrait of Europe during Nazi occupation, on the other hand this book is especially for those willing to courageously reflect upon what has been left to them by their parents and what they will, in turn, be leaving to their children.

History repeats itself because its faults remain alive in our own cells. Among the Reeds thoroughly explains this transmission, and thereby convincingly deconstructs its effects in our present daily lives.

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“The Holocaust destroyed the lives of millions of Jews.  In this gentle memoir, Tammy Bottner rescues several of those lives from oblivion by telling their story.” RABBI HAROLD KUSHNER, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People.

 

Among the Reeds by Tammy Bottner number 1 bestseller

On the longest day of the year, 21 June 2017, a few weeks after its launch, Tammy Bottner’s Among the Reeds became a #1 bestselling book. This might not be such a surprise given its fascinating subjectmatter. But amazingly, she has more daily booksales than the number 2 which happens to be a New York Times Bestseller by a Pulizter prize winning author..!

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By 19 July 2017 Among the Reeds was a number 1 Amazon Bestseller in two categories, and held a second place in a third category. Well done Tammy!

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Wish I could have been there! Tammy Bottner signed lots of copies of her succesful Among the Reeds at Jabberwocky Bookshop on 20 July 2017. Over 100 people listened to Tammy reading from her recently published WW2 biography.

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About Tammy Bottner

Tammy Bottner is a physician who treats children and adolescents in a small city north of Boston. She lives with her husband Danny Carlat, and their two nearly grown children. When she is not seeing patients or writing, Tammy enjoys yoga, dance, tennis, biking, photography, travel, reading and spending time in nature. This is her first book.

 

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Among the Reeds in the press

News feature about Tammy Bottner’s book Among the Reeds in NewportNews of 16 June 2017 On the occasion of Father’s day she tells about the genesis of her book.

On 23 July 2017 Tammy Bottner was interviewed by Boston radio.

On 25 July 2017 the Whole Being Institute posted an excerpt from Among the Reeds on their website.

On 19 July 2017 another article appeared in the Newburyportnews announcing Tammy Bottner’s booksigning at Jabberwocky bookshop in the Tannery on Thursday 20 July 2017 at 7 pm.

On 9 August 2017 the Newburyport News announced a special event. On 12 September author Tammy Bottner will be together with her dad and his sister who survived the Holocaust in Belgium as young children. Both now in their 70’s, they are her father and her aunt. Since her dad lives in Florida, and her Aunt Irene in Israel, this will likely be a once-only opportunity to have them together for a talk.

 

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The Hidden Village

The_hidden_village_imogen_matthews_amsterdampublishersThe Hidden Village, historical fiction set in WW2, by Imogen Matthews

Deep in the dense woods of the Dutch Veluwe lies a monument in memory of six Jews who were shot by the Nazis in October 1944. Every year on Commemoration day, inhabitants of Vierhouten and neighbouring Nunspeet gather to put flowers on the memorial stone.

What’s the story behind this monument, hidden deep in the woods near Vierhouten?

During the Second World War all Jews faced deportation to concentration and death camps by the Nazis. Since chances of discovery were less likely in the Dutch countryside, some were desperate to get shelter outside of the big cities. Around Vierhouten in the province of Gelderland many were looking for a hiding place. Due to the large numbers of refugees, the villagers could no longer shelter them in their own homes. The villagers of Vierhouten, led by the lawyer Von Baumhauer and the Bakkers, decided to go deep into the woods to build wooden huts that housed as many as 100 people.

Reconstruction of one of the huts of the hidden village

Unfortunate discovery of the Hidden Village

From February 1943 until October 1944 the refugees lived in these huts many below ground. Their very survival depended on the goodwill and courage of the villagers. With Germans roaming about the place it was very hard to bring food and supplies to the people in the hidden village. Unfortunately the huts were discovered and eight Jews in total were shot. The other 78 luckily managed to escape. Apart from Jewish families, the hidden village was also occupied by young Dutch men trying to avoid Arbeitseinsatz (enforced labour in Germany), refugees from nearby camp Amersfoort and stranded pilots from the Allied forces.

When Imogen Matthews, an Oxford author, came upon the memorial during one of her cycling holidays in Holland, she was intrigued. She discovered the three huts that were rebuilt in 1970 and 1995. Being of Dutch descent herself, she was able to read Het Verscholen Dorp, Verzet en Onderduikers op de Veluwe by A. Visser. The remarkable story of the Jews in hiding sparked off her imagination.

The result is The Hidden Village, a fast-paced work of historical fiction. The book does not claim to be historically accurate. The author used the subject of people hiding in the woods from the Germans as the starting point for this fascinating piece of fiction. Recommended reading for all of those interested in WW2 novels, and, especially, those set in wartime Holland.

The Hidden Village by Imogen Matthews is available now from Amazon (Kindle ebook) and as paperback.

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On 13 June 2017 The Hidden Village reached bestselling status in no less than 3 different categories, The book is clearly being appreciated!

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About the author

Imogen Matthews lives in Oxford, England and is the author of two romantic fiction e-novels. The Hidden Village is her first foray into historical fiction. Born in Rijswijk, Holland, to a Dutch mother and English father, the family moved to England when Imogen was very young. She has always enjoyed holidays in Holland and since 1990, has gone regularly with her husband and two children to Nunspeet on the edge of the Veluwe woods. It was here that she discovered the story of the hidden village, and, together with her mother’s vivid stories of life in WW2 Holland, she was inspired to write her next novel…

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“I remember the first time I came across the village hidden deep in the Veluwe woods in Holland. We were on one of our favourite cycle routes bowling along paths framed by tall beech trees when I spotted a memorial stone I hadn’t noticed before. Chillingly it told how a number of Jews had been shot dead by the Germans not long before the end of the war. They’d managed to stay hidden in a village of purpose-built huts for nearly 2 years.
What struck me about this episode frozen in time was how courageous & resilient these people were. So too were the many who were prepared to shelter these refugees by putting their own lives at risk. I didn’t want to write a historical account of these events as I already had ideas for a fictional story and my characters were taking shape in my mind.”

 

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Healing Power of Pain

The_healing-power_of_pain_ybe_casteleyn_amsterdam_publishersHealing Power of Pain – Stories of Trauma and Recovery by Ybe Casteleyn

Being bullied, being beaten, being threated, but also receiving a severe punishment, a humiliating comment, having an uncaring parent, and living a difficult goodbye can all be examples of traumatic experiences which – no matter the passing of time –  influence our present feelings and behavior.

With her book The Healing Power of Pain, psychotherapist Ybe Casteleyn not only offers us the tools to question and understand how trauma works and persists within ourselves, but through her words we feel the presence, the attention and the care of a fellow human being willing to share with us the burden and pain of our past.

The Healing Power of Pain is an easy-to-read guide for the heavy-hearted, a book that helps us understand the underlying causes of why we seem to be plagued by negative emotions, fears and a lack of self-esteem. Not all of us turn straight to a therapist when we experience emotional pain. We may want to read about it first and see how we can come to grips with it ourselves.

This book uses the power of real-life stories, stories that most of us can relate to. Moreover, the unique use of practical exercises, poems and songs allow readers to anchor what they have learned to create a life that is not only more bearable but in many cases truly transformed.

The psychotherapeutic insights illustrate how the various forms of trauma can impact us and how we can make great strides in alleviating our own pain following times of trauma, loss and grief.

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How can the book help dealing with with trauma

Real tales, real people, real traumas.. People escaping from homophobic countries, from abusing parents, people incapable of loving themselves, people who love too much. The Healing Power of Pain is a collection of stories of traumatized souls presented through the lens of their psychotherapeutic healing process. “Empathy,” says Ybe Casteleyn “means to share the pain and the burden of traumatic experiences and it is the essential goal of therapy.”

Through a peek into people’s lives and into their struggles, with her book Ybe Casteleyn offers a clear and mindful guide for whomever interested in receiving or expand their knowledge on trauma theories and learn how to recognize, understand and emphatically relate with wounded human beings.

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About Ybe Casteleyn

This highly accessible guide is written by Ybe Casteleyn, the internationally-respected psycho-traumatologist whose trauma bus can regularly be found in Europe’s refugee zones. It is her strong belief that a ‘trauma-informed’ society creates a better world in which we can more easily talk about and overcome our pain.

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> A valuable resource for all those affected by trauma, great or small <

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The Dead Years

Dead_years_holocaust_memoirs_joseph_schupack_amsterdampublishersThe Dead Years – Holocaust Memoirs by Joseph Schupack

Holocaust survivor stories need to be kept alive.  Every year, survivors with unique testimonies are passing away. This means that we will soon no longer be able to hear first-hand from the people who survived the Holocaust. Books and video testimonials by survivors will be the only ways to get to know their moving stories.

The sons of Joseph Schupack (1922 – 1989) have decided to republish their father’s testimonial, The Dead Years in order to keep his memory alive by giving it better exposure.

Amsterdam Publishers is very pleased to have released the revised and augmented edition. The Dead Years is our fourth Holocaust memoir, and we are committed to continue to bear witness to the atrocities committed by the Nazis during the Second World War.

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Joseph Schupack’s two sons are grateful to Liesbeth Heenk and Amsterdam Publishers for the opportunity to make their father’s work available to a wider audience and wish to further the project of remembrance of the Holocaust by donating the proceeds of The Dead Years to benefit Yad Vashem’s causes, to take effect from 1 July 2017.

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The Dead Years is different from most Holocaust Survivor stories. Not only is it a testimony of the years wasted before the second world war in Poland and subsequently in the concentrationcamps of Majdanek, Auschwitz, Dora / Nordhausen and Bergen-Belsen in Germany and Poland, but it also serves as a witness statement. Although it has been written years after the events took place, the author has tried to mention as many names, places and dates as humanly possible. It contains a wealth of information for researchers and people interested in the era, or coming from Radzyn-Podlaski and surroundings.

The Dead Years is a deeply personal book. Schupack saw how people in the depths of misery shared their last morsel of food, how they were prepared for any sacrifice. There were many examples of brotherly love that grew out of empathetic pain.

Schupack describes the rampant anti-Semitism he encountered when he tried to reclaim his possessions in Poland after the end of the war. For the Poles in his home town, the best Jews were the ones who did not return. A new, strictly anti-Semitic organization had been founded and its primary goal was the liquidation of all Jews returning from hiding or concentration camps.

After the war the author confronted his demons, mentally scarred by his experiences, and suffering from a chronic anxiety about the future and a permanent feeling of insecurity. It is a miracle how he has come to terms with his memories. We are deeply grateful that he confided his memoirs to the paper, so we never forget.

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An excerpt from The Dead Years

Like a stranded man among the stranded, like a sufferer bound to all sufferers, I stood alone in front of the shambles of my life which had stopped when I was seventeen years old and from which nothing could be salvaged or repaired.

My own Holocaust had started almost five years before. I was very young then, but in the meantime had aged much more than those five years. The time of youth, when the basis for a human being is created and his personality is formed, the time of cheerful memories, of school, of first love – this period of laughter and pranks from which everyone derives pleasure for a lifetime – this period did not exist for me and my contemporaries. It was taken from us because we were born Jews. We spent this period in a hell among devils in human form. Those years were dead years.

No nightmare, no horror story, no fantasy can be compared to life in that inferno. Those five years seemed like a lifetime to me; I thought that I had been born and always lived there. Sometimes I would strain my memory to remember the time before 1939.

Then, my world was comprised only of Jews and non-Jews. I saw the world divided into the persecuted and the persecutors, the tortured and the torturers: on the one side, the beaten and the dead, on the other, the sadists and murderers. We Jews were always given the role of the persecuted. Even after the liberation I did not dare to think of changing roles, although I had wished it before: just once I wanted to play the other part and then die. The outrageous injustices committed against us hurt us more than all the resulting suffering. I could forgive neither God nor mankind for what I had witnessed and experienced during the extermination of our people. There is a lot of injustice in the world, but for that kind there is no consolation. Like a wounded animal I thought that I had to show my wounds to the world with its morals, political parties, organizations and religions so that not only the crimes of the murderers, but also the injustices committed against us Jews would be recognized.

To wake up from this trauma, conscious of the necessity to see and judge the world and people differently, to overcome the past was my problem and that of all my fellow sufferers.

The Dead Years is a poignant story offering a unique perspective on the lessons of the Holocaust for future generations

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Outcry Holocaust Memoirs by Manny Steinberg

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This autobiography has become a classic of holocaust literature and human survival. Manny Steinberg (1925 – 2015) spent his teens in Nazi  camps in Germany and Poland, and miraculously survived while millions perished. This is his story.

In September 1939, the Nazis invaded Radom, his home town in Poland, and the nightmare started. The Jewish population of Radom had no chance of escaping and was faced with starvation, torture and ultimately deportation to camps.

Outcry – Holocaust Memoirs is the candid narrative of a teenager who survived four Nazi camps (Dachau, Auschwitz, Vaihingen/Enz and Neckagerach). Manny’s brother Stanley had jumped off the train on the way to Treblenka where his stepmother and younger brother Jacob were to perish. Desperately lonely and hungry, Stanley stood outside the compound, hoping to spot Manny and their father. Once he discovered them, he turned himself in at the gate. The days were marked by hunger, cold and fear. Knowing that family members were in the same camp, kept them alive. They had to pretend to be complete strangers; acknowledging each other would have meant death.

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Outcry – Holocaust memoirs: Stanley, Milka and Manny Steinberg before WWII

Manny relates how he was forced to shave the heads of female corpses and pull out their teeth. Cherishing a picture of his beloved mother in his shoe, he miraculously survived the terror of the German concentration camps together with his father and brother Stanley.

When the Americans finally arrived in April 1945, Manny was little more than a living skeleton, with several broken ribs and suffering from a serious lung condition.

This autobiography was written to fulfil a promise Manny made to himself during the first days of freedom. By publishing his Holocaust memoirs, he wants to ensure that the world never forgets what happened during WWII.

Outcry – Holocaust Memoirs touches the reader with its directness and simplicity. The story is told through the eyes of an old man forcing himself to relive years of intense suffering. It is an account of human cruelty, but also a testimony to the power of love and hope. Memoirs worthy of being adapted for a movie. The book can be found on various  Wikipedia websites.

***** Amazon Bestseller by Amsterdam Publishers. The book has been downloaded more than 175.000 times since its release in September 2014, and has received more than 1,250 positive reviews on amazon.com, several hundreds on Goodreads and amazon.co.uk.

Because the book strikes a chord with people all over the world, we decided to also publish the book in French, Chinese, Czech, Spanish, and German. The French version, Souvenirs d’un survivant de la Shoah, German version Aufschrei gegen das Vergessen and Chinese edition are already available. Download your copy here. You will be transferred to the Amazon website and page in your own country.

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In November 2016 we launched the Amsterdam Large Print Library. Outcry – Holocaust Memoirs is the first volume in this series. Hank Brodt Holocaust Memoirs is volume 2. These publications with font size 16 are catering for the visually impaired.

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Liesbeth Heenk interviews Manny Steinberg – March 2015

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A: Manny Steinberg (Radom, Poland, 31 May 1925 – Los Angeles, 21 December 2015 ), author of Outcry – Holocaust Memoirs, available as Kindle eBook, audiobook and P.O.D. paperback (ISBN 9789082 103137).

When did you decide to write your memoirs?

As soon as I was liberated from the camps I knew I had to tell my story, but it took a long time before I actually wrote my story.

Why did you write your memoirs?

Once I was out of the camps, I was having a hard time relaying what I had gone through, and even having a difficult time personally processing my own experience. I had become withdrawn after all my years in the camps, and desperately needed to communicate. I was shocked to learn how many people in America knew nothing about what had happened. Once in America, I even experienced Jewish Americans did not believe me. This is one of the reasons why I thought it was important to tell my story.

How long did the process of writing take you? Tell us about the process.

It was a rather lengthy process, as you may well understand. It took me ten years to write, and I wrote a short piece every time. Generally, I wrote during the night when my kids were all asleep.

How did you find a publisher? 

In 2007, I approached a small agency who agreed to publish my book in paperback.  However, the company’s distribution of my book seemed … not to be a priority. As fate would have it, in 2014 I heard about another company “Amsterdam Publishers” located in the Netherlands and their success with Holocaust books. I sent an inquiry to the publisher and they promptly responded which has led to the overwhelming sales and distribution of “Outcry” through Amazon.  Within a short period of time, our partnership has proven to be a mitzvah as my book skyrocketed and reached the bestseller list worldwide. If any survivors or anyone wants to publish their work I highly recommend  this publisher;  they will help you bring the work out of the woods into the world! [Thanks Manny!]

Would you recommend survivors to publish their memoirs?

I would recommend all survivors publish their memoirs. Not only does it help to educate people about the atrocities we endured, it helps the survivor to process the terrible memories. I’ve noticed that since my book is being read, I feel more and more open about talking about my experiences. So, yes, I recommend all survivors should tell their stories. Sadly, so many already passed away.

How come you are so forgiving? Considering your history it seems so amazing that you are not full of hatred.

It’s taken me many years to forgive. I’ve realized that I must try to let go of all these feelings that I built up over my years in the camps. When I forgive, it helps me to be at peace with myself, and with my family. When I hold feelings of hatred, my painful memories persist. I believe in forgiving, but not to forget.

What do you think of all the reviews the book is receiving? How does that make you feel?

I read each and every review. Frankly, I’m overwhelmed by the beautiful comments I see. I am touched by the fact that many hundreds of readers across the globe take the time to leave a review for the book. It makes me feel that people are truly hearing my story, and I’m so grateful for that. Finally I’m being heard.

What next?

It is wonderful to have the book published and appreciated by so many people. I have been approached by people who said Outcry would be perfect source material for a movie because it is such a dramatic -and above all- true story. This idea very much appeals to me. Although WWII is only recent history it is important that stories like mine keep being told. With a book one always reaches a limited audience, whereas a movie potentially has a much broader public. I find it important that the young generation knows what went on.

And of course, I would be very pleased if my book would be as widely available as possible. Currently it is being translated into German and Spanish, but I would love to have it available in all major languages.

California (USA) – The Netherlands, March 2015.

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Holocaust survivors at 70 year commemoration of KZ-Vaihingen/Enz. From right to left: Isaak Akerman, Manny Steinberg, Ted Weisbord, Boleslaw Urbanski, Jerzy Wojciewsky, Eugeniusz Dabrowski, Benjamin Zysman, Jules Schelvis (photo Thaler) 11 April 2015

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Liesbeth Heenk interviews Manny Steinberg – April 2015

Manny_steinberg_author_of_holocaust_memoirsManny Steinberg is the sole survivor of a large Jewish family from Radom (Poland). As a teenager he was taken to the camps together with his father, Chaim and younger brother Stanley. His stepmother Genia and younger brother Jacob were gassed upon arrival at Treblinka. As an almost 90 year old, he visited Germany for the first time since the liberation, accompanied by his family in April, 2015. Manny Steinberg was invited to join the 70-year commemoration of the liberation of KZ-Vaihingen/Enz in Germany. The seven other survivors were: Isaak Akerman from Israel, Eugeniusz Dabrowski from Poland, Jules Schelvis from The Netherlands, Boleslaw Urbański from Poland, Ted Weisbord from Florida, Jerzy Wojciewski from Poland and Ben Zysman from Connecticut.

I think it is very brave of you to return to Germany after all those years, and imagine it must have been difficult. I wonder whether this trip changed the way you view Germans?

To be honest, I did not like Germans nor wanted to buy any German products. You must understand, I never had any intention of stepping into the country that annihilated my family and tortured and imprisoned me for years. I could not bring myself to buy German products like BMW, Mercedes, Miele, Siemens or Bayer.

When the invitation came from the German City of Vaihingen/Enz to visit for the 70th anniversary, it was not a decision to attend that I made easily.

I thought about it for weeks, then asked my children, what they thought about going with me to Germany. They were concerned for my well being as I am 90 years old and not in the best health. However, they, Anita Lavi (daughter) and Gary Steinberg (son) as well as my grandson, Paul La Grassa, said: “If this is something you want to do, we will support your decision and go with you.”

You are now almost 90 years old, and have returned to Germany for the first time in 70 years. How does it feel?

I must admit, I was very nervous to return to Germany, but something in me kept urging me to pursue this journey; my family gave me strength to face this horrific and terrifying time that once happened in my life.

Commemoration_70_years_liberation_vaihingen_with_manny_steibergUpon our arrival in Vaihingen, I realized my fears were unwarranted as each person we met, greeted us with warmth, kindness and respect. Our first night, I lay in bed thinking and sorting out my feelings about this present day Germany and how much has changed.

The 4-day Commemoration program in Vaihingen/Enz has opened a closed door in my heart that I never thought possible; there is a new compassionate Germany.

Seeing tears in the eyes of the students of the Stromberg Gymnasium where we (the survivors) talked about our experiences in the camp was moving. I explained that I was their age when I was sent to the camp. Why? We have the same chromosomes, we have the same desires and love of family; but simply because I had a different religion, my family and I were beaten and treated like animals.

I was touched by their tears and questions; a wall in my heart has been taken down and healing towards the German people has now begun.

Cemetery_Vaihingen/EnzAnother reason for going to Vaihingen was to visit the cemetery where so many of my family members died. Being the sole survivor, I feel an obligation to pay my respect and visit the place where three of my father’s brothers are buried as well as many other relatives and friends. I still ask G-d, how it was possible that I survived? Going back was not easy, but ultimately, the right thing to do and very worthwhile.

I know I will never return here; once is enough. Too many bad memories that I prefer now to be laid to rest. Even the shower area at KZ-Vaihingen/Enz brought back vivid memories; it still smelled the same.

You also visited Dachau with your family; tell me how that affected you?

Manny_steinberg_and _family_at_dachauMost of my prison time was in other camps during the war; Dachau only a few days. All the camps looked the same; barbed wire, German guards with guns in towers and the enormous Appelplatz where we stood for hours on end waiting to be counted. I saw the bench on which my brother Stanley and I were beaten with a stick until we were barely alive and remembered the Germans singing Christmas songs while we were starving. It was difficult. When I saw the latrines I remember we were too afraid of using the bathrooms at night; the guards used us as targets so we would deficate and urinate in our straw bunks. There were two barracks left standing but the bunks were reconstructed and the grounds cleaner now. I was exhausted and emotionally drained by the end of the visit, but knew this was another step in closure and healing.

Jules_schelvis_and_manny_steinberg_at_vaihingen/enzJules Schelvis (1921-2016), who was with you in camp Vaihingen, told me that he started writing his memoirs straight away, when still recovering in hospital. You wrote down your life story some thirty years later.

I had a difficult time adjusting and communicating. Our lives were shattered and we had to start anew. I was lonely and hoped that serving in the American Army would give me a sense of belonging. I was reluctant to speak to my children about the horrors in the camps when they were young. I knew however, the only way to testify to what happened to me and all those others was to write it down; this was a long process. It is only until recently that I have a need to be heard. You have to understand, many people did not believe me when I told them about what had happened to me and my family.

And now with your book “Outcry” what are some of your thoughts?

The many positive and heartfelt reviews that my book Outcry – Holocaust Memoirs has received, makes me feel heard; people are acknowledging the atrocities and this means a great deal to me. I now want to talk to my family about those times so they will always remember what happened.

You were able to keep your mother’s picture with you during the six years in camps.

I loved my mother dearly. She was a beautiful and loving person. She died when my youngest brother Jacob was born. I had wooden shoes and the photo was in one of the shoes wrapped in paper. Although worn and creased, I have this picture still today.

When I read your story I think it is amazing that you managed to stay alive.

Food was important. We got so little of it. I did what I had to do in order to keep going. I tried always to be first in line for soup and also knowing that my brother and father were still alive was a great motivator for me to live. Perhaps because I was so young, I always had hope and trust in God that we would be saved and live to tell our story.

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Vaihingen/Enz and Dachau, 13 April 2015.

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The 90-year-old Manny Steinberg and his son Gary Steinberg recorded the audio version of Outcry – Holocaust Memoirs.

The audio is available on Amazon audible.

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Humbling and Unforgettable – Fleury Sommers

Heartcry – I read this book with a very heavy heart and tears running down my face. For Manny’s endurance and his brother Stanley to be so tested is truly a testament to life!

Compelling Personal Narrative

“Manny Steinberg shares his extraordinary story of surviving four concentration camps in an account noteworthy for its straightforward, unencumbered narrative. His is a story almost everyone can imagine happening to themselves – no less harrowing than more dramatic renditions of Holocaust survival, but somehow more compelling, and universal, for the unembellished simplicity of his style.”

“You must read Outcry, Holocaust Memoirs. You will have tears and joy how this young boy survived the six years in concentration camps in Poland and Germany. It is a hand-made story for a motion picture. Hollywood producers and directors, grab it! We must not allow this to happen again to human people. May God bless you, Mendel.” Mrs J. Olson.

“Read Outcry for reality. For reality it gets five stars. This is a real chronicle of a real 12-year-old boy faced with the horrors of the German obsession with anti-Semitism and Jewish genocide. …  For those who were the same age in the US at the time, as I was, you can only feel grateful that you were not in mainland Europe at the time. You cannot help but feel sympathy for Manny, his brother Stanley and father and sorrow for those in his family that did not survive. Brotherly love shines through the horror…” Webrand

Bittersweet Memories of a survivor:

“Manny Steinberg gives a riveting account of endurance of atrocities, set against his love of family and the Jewish culture. His faith has thankfully overcome the deep hatred he had nourished during early years of unspeakable suffering. He never fails to thank God for His countless providential interventions and a full life afterward.” D. Sifferd

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“A testament to human suffering so severe it seemed impossible their lives would not end in death. But the relentless strength of the human spirit took them to blessed freedom. Gratitude pervades this book!” Carol Egan

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Outcry in the press and on blogs:

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Madderly Review (27 March 2015)

Bietigheimer Zeitung (11 April 2015)

Vaihinger Kreiszeitung (11 April 2015)

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Vaihinger Kreiszeitung (17 April 2015)

Lagraziana’s Kalliopeion (24 September 2015)

Ricochet (18 December 2015)

Obituary in LA Times (24-27 December 2015)

Press Release June 2016: Outcry: Holocaust Memoirs Hits #1 on Amazon Best Seller’s List

Press Release January 2017: Outcry is now a #1 Bestseller

Broadway World (18 January 2017)

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More Holocaust Memoirs? See: Hank Brodt Holocaust memoirs, or The Dead Years

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Hank Brodt Holocaust Memoirs

Hank_brodt_holocaust_memoirs_amsterdam_publishersHank Brodt Holocaust Memoirs – A Candle and a Promise

Over the years Hank Brodt (b. 1925) has bourn witness through the spoken word, and now also in the written word. His daughter Deborah Donnelly has worked for years with her father to make his survivor story into a memorable book.

Writing a memoir allows victims such as Hank Brodt to have a voice and to take ownership over their own story. After all, these memoirs combined will act as the voice of the Holocaust when, in ten years time,  victims are no longer with us and able to tell us their stories first-hand.

As Publisher I feel it is our task to accept these testimonies with gratitude and become the witnesses of witnesses.

Although decades passed since the Holocaust it is important that we preserve the memories of those who lived through it and to honor those who perished. We should continue to reflect on the events of the Holocaust so that we can – hopefully – learn valuable lessons from it.

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Two excerpts from Hank Brodt Holocaust Memoirs:

Hank Brodt in Boryslaw (Poland)

I found myself becoming more and more enraged. There was no outlet to rid myself of the anger and hatred that were building inside me. There was nothing I could do but carry it around and feel it grow day by day. I watched my mother become weaker as the days wore on, and there was nothing I could do to stop it. That feeling of helplessness added to my anger.

As I walked through my town, orders were barked in German. Failure to comply resulted in being beaten or killed. Memorizing German words to avoid being clubbed, or worse killed, for not responding became very important. Fortunately, there was some similarity between German and Yiddish. I worked diligently to give these new German words meaning. I thought it might well mean the difference between life and death for me and my mother.

We did not know how it could get worse, but it did. I lost my job, our sole source of income. Our world was falling apart. By October 1941, things became even tougher. Two ghettos were formed in Boryslaw. There was no need for a fence. Most of us did not venture beyond our designated area. The Nazi guards and the Ukrainians, primarily the latter, gladly took on the job of beating any Jew who violated the rules or ventured beyond the ghetto.

Being poor did have some unexpected advantages in these miserable circumstances, and in a very strange way, we were actually lucky. Our house was in a poor section of town that was later designated the ghetto. As a result, we did not have to move and no one came to share our home. Unlike many others, we were not forced to endure such changes.

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Hank Brodt & Nazi criminal Amon Goeth

Amon Goeth was the commandant of Plaszow until September 13, 1944. Goeth was not only insane, but a sadist. He found joy in killing. His house stood on another hill, high above the camp, from where he would randomly shoot prisoners going about their business. He walked around with guard dogs and without any provocation would order them to rip a prisoner to shreds.

When the smell of decomposing bodies could no longer be ignored, there was a visit from some Berlin officials. All bodies buried on the hill were to be exhumed. This of course became a work detail. After the bodies were exhumed, they were set ablaze. Hitler’s henchmen hoped that all incriminating evidence had now been erased, proof of the horrible crimes literally going up in smoke.

When I arrived in Plaszow, I soon discovered that there were no rules to play by. The commander was crazy; I would see a man standing one minute and then see him shot dead the next. I had no idea what to think. I could not see a guard anywhere near him. I looked toward the hill, where there was a house. My eye caught a man standing on the balcony with a gun. It was Goeth. I had no idea what the poor man in Goeth’s crosshairs had done as he dropped dead. It did not matter. It was just Goeth’s way, using innocent people for target practice. This particular shooting happened within a few minutes after we got off the train and were marched to the showers.

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For other Holocaust Memoirs published by Amsterdam Publishers see: Outcry – Holocaust Memoirs by Manny Steinberg. This book made it into the #1 bestseller list on Amazon.

Hank Brodt Holocaust Memoirs – A Candle and a Promise is available on Amazon.

Check this interview with Hank Brodt on the publication of his autobiography.

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Reviews of Hank Brodt Holocaust Memoirs

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In November we launched the Amsterdam Large Print Library. Outcry – Holocaust Memoirs by Manny Steinberg is the first volume in this series. Hank Brodt Holocaust Memoirs is volume 2. These publications with font size 16 are catering for the visually impaired.

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On Memorial Day 2017, an article written by Deborah Donnelly was published in the newsletter of the American Hebrew Academy Hagesher. Deborah described her publisher as tough..! Thanks Deborah (..!)

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Advocate of the truth

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When Thomas, a former partner of a prestigious law firm, promises his best friend Sam to keep his groundbreaking Spider technology away from mankind, he has no clue what awaits him.

A chilling scenario unfolds when Thomas is plunged into a web of greed, corporate espionage, organized crime and murder. As he finds signs pointing to a high-level conspiracy, a mysterious and deadly virus originating in Europe sweeps across the earth. Frightened politicians take advantage of the panic, with populism hitting fear buttons worldwide. A pandemic is looming, and so is anarchy.

Suddenly Sam’s Spider technology has life-saving potential, raising profound ethical questions:

  • Do we allow fear, greed and status to overrule the natural bonds between people?
  • Should the privacy of individuals be sacrificed to the illusion of safety?
  • How do we prevent technology from casting a dark shadow over the future?
  • And ultimately: is mankind nearing its expiration date?

His tense search for the truth leads Thomas to the medieval Italian city Assisi, oppressive boardrooms, back alleys, dimly-lit churches and a former monastery overlooking the Mediterranean. Meanwhile, he has two women vying for his heart: Sophia, a sensitive violinist who cared for his father in the final days of life, and Juliëtte, an alluring and intriguing Parisian he meets by chance in Tuscany.

Advocate of the truth is a thriller about the digital dragon that feeds on our privacy and the serious implications of nanochips registering and managing human behavior. On a more personal level, it is a deeply moving novel about friendship, love and the compassion Francis of Assisi stands for. This fast-paced literary thriller prompts you to reflect on wisdom from the past and ethics for the future. It is an intense struggle between good and evil that hits home in today’s society.

This gripping technothriller paints a grim picture of what the future may have in store for us. In this day and age when populism is rampant and people see technology merely as a convenience rather than giving it a second thought, Advocate of the truth is particularly relevant.

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Bookpresentation of Advocate of the Truth at the European Parliament in Brussels

On 12 January 2017 Author Adriaan Bos presented Advocate of the Truth to Sophie in ’t Veld at the Europarliament in Brussels. Sophie in ’t Veld, senior Member of the European Parliament, is well known for her unwithering dedication to protect the privacy of the individual and of human rights in general. They discussed .. yes, you guessed it: privacy risks in today’s society dominated by technology. See press release.

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Advocate of the truth is available on Amazon as paperback and Kindle ebook.

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The Dutch edition Advocaat van de waarheid was received very well by the Dutch press and reviewers alike. Since all reviews are in Dutch we have translated one to give you an impression:

With ‘Advocate of the truth’ Adriaan Bos shows that he masters the art of writing and that he has the potential to be successful in the world of suspenseful novels. We compare his debut with the works of Michael Crichton, Joel C. Rosenberg en Joseph Finder, each leading writers in their thriller segments.  Crime Zone

If I had to choose one word to sum up my experience of reading this book, I’d choose the word: “thrilling”. There is no better way to put it, I simply loved this book. There is a twist lurking behind every corner and at no point in the novel could I catch my breath. I have to admit it is quite a long book, but the engaging story line makes it seem like a breeze. There were times I could barely put it down (I finished it in 3 sittings). When it comes to its language it is very well written. The author uses profound language that is pleasant to read, yet fairly easy to understand. Furthermore, the author presents an array of intertextual references that make the story even more believable, even more real. Overall, this book (to me) is the kind of book that is best read with a cup of tea, curled up in a cosy chair. A perfect (Christmas) present. Johanna Kaszti – review on Goodreads 1 December 2016.

The Dutch professor B. Feringa won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016 for his work with molecular machines. Advocate of the truth explains in a beautiful way the negative side effects of nanotechnology, shows what short time political decisions will and can do to mankind.
The story is really very interesting and keeps me thinking about the future of my children. In what kind of controlled world they have to live, without any privacy. Everything in life becomes digital, and look what is happening on Twitter or WhatsApp chats without any form of companionship or passion for leadership. We as adults have to think about these things. Which path do we pave for our children? I really recommend everybody to read this novel. Amazon Customer 5 December 2016

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About Adriaan Bos

Adriaan Bos was a partner at a big law firm and served on various boards. Nowadays he combines his work as corporate mediator with his passion for writing. The author lives in the Netherlands.

In Advocate of the truth, Adriaan Bos, whose choice to trade in his legal briefs for extended stays in monasteries and nature, has added a semi-autobiographical element to the protagonist. He has crafted a suspenseful story that addresses universal values and philosophical issues.

His personal commitment to defending the privacy of the individual and to stimulating compassionate social leadership, shines through in his novel. Fans of corporate, technological and spiritual thrillers will not want to miss what this author has to contribute in this impressive debut. See for more information: www.advocateofthetruth.com

Adriaan Bos received a grant from Privacy First for the translation of the book.

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Soft Skills of Indispensable Assistants

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This is an essential handbook for all Personal Assistants, Executive Assistants or Assisting Professionals.

As a PA you cannot succeed without hard skills. There are many books and courses on the subject, but what about soft skills? Until now there was no publication that specifically focuses on developing a soft skillset for Assisting Professionals.

One of Holland’s best known Private PAs, Anna Tjumina wrote the handbook about six core soft skills that can turn any PA into a truly extraordinary Assisting Professional.

A small excerpt from the book: “We have a lot of convictions and beliefs stored deeply and firmly within us and we need to clear up that stash first before you can add anything new and daring. After ticking that off your list, you will need the sacred combination of preserving and acting on behalf of your authentic personality and leading a balanced lifestyle. Only then will you feel empowered, accomplished and truly content. I believe it’s all about seeing and understanding the bigger picture, whether it’s your life or the life of your executive. Our ability to master this will translate into direct results. Our willingness to notice those results and act upon them will determine our level of success. It’s all up to us! We always have the choice to take control and responsibility for our actions. You reap what you sow, no hocus pocus there.”

‘Six Essential Soft Skills of Indispensable Assistants: How PA personal development will secure your position’ is available as Kindle eBook on Amazon for $9.99 and on bol.com. Amsterdam Publishers has also released it as paperback on Amazon. It is part 1 of The New Generation Assistants Series.

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About  Anna Tjumina

Anna Tjumina is the founder of the Global PA Academy. Since 2007 she has been offering exclusive Personal Assistance support  to Top Executives, succesful entrepreneurs, high profile public individuals and acknowledged socialites. Her services: on demand, highly confidential, 24/7, multilingual, accomodating high standards, exclusive deliverables and outmost accountability. For more information see: www.preferredassistant.nl

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Healing Naturally & Primary Reflexes

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Healing Naturally and Primary Reflexes – Restore Energy with Organic Moves by Margaret Mulder will provide you with insight into the probable cause of your constant lack of energy and will give you practical tools to regain your vitality in a 100% natural way.

You may never have heard about primary reflexes, or primitive reflexes, but they can be the source of many health problems.

The book highlights the devastating influence primary reflexes can have on the human body from the age of 12 months onwards. Knowing about these reflexes, you will be able to find a solution in the form of primary reflex inhibition by which these reflexes are controlled and hence stop the energy drain and stress.

Knowledge of uninhibited primary reflexes is scarce. Therefore you may not be aware of the disturbing effects of these repetitive movements on your nervous system. All of us, regardless of our origin, education or culture, can suffer from uninhibited primary reflexes.

Healing Naturally and Primary Reflexes takes you on an astonishing trip through the world of primary reflex movements. In the womb, babies develop primary reflexes or movement patterns that help them to survive the birthing process and the following couple of months. They enable essential functions like breathing, feeding and reacting to stimuli.

However necessary these reflexes may be at the start of our lives, a baby needs to learn to control them. In the majority of cases this happens naturally, but not always. It is generally unknown that these primary reflexes can linger on uninhibited, resulting in chronic stress.

This stress can come in a variety of disguises. Symptoms may vary, ranging from inflammation, muscle and bone pain to motoric and postural problems; from emotional instability to psychiatric disorders; from concentration issues and dizzy spells to food and metabolism problems; from learning difficulties to autistic symptoms; and from all sorts of difficulties surrounding pregnancy, giving birth and feeding to relational and social problems. This book sheds light on a phenomenon about which little is known.

RPRM®, Remembering Primary Reflexes, presents a fast method to regain your vitality by inhibiting these reflexes and releasing related stress. You will be guided through the natural process of primary reflex movements by a therapist who has successfully applied this method to many patients. Simply by remembering primary reflex movements you can help yourself heal. There is no need for pills. Parents will find it a kid-friendly way to help their children without harmful side effects.

Healing Naturally and Primary Reflexes – Restore Energy with Organic Moves has been released by Amsterdam Publishers on 22 September 2016

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My journey to RPRM® started in the 1980s with an insight into the future world of children in our society. I was shown the development of an outside factor; the huge increase of stimuli, which caused fragmentation of the body, thus impeding children from growing up organically.

At that time I was standing on the high tide line of North Sea sandy shores, with water washing over my bare feet. I could feel the tiny grains of sand vanishing under my soles, undermining my hold on the ground while at the same time I felt my body sinking into it. Amid these in- and outgoing forces, the awareness that everything moves came to me. This experience in my body was a revelation. All of me knew then without the slightest trace of doubt that there is nothing that does not move.

Some years later, in addition to a variety of physical problems, all of a sudden I found my legs collapsing under me when I was about to descend a staircase. Visits to several therapists brought to light that my levels of toxins were very high. Degeneration processes were undermining my health and energy, and on top of this an endocrinologist told me, “You have Hashimoto’s disease, which means that your body attacks its own thyroid gland.” How could I possibly know that a huge invisible energy drain in the form of uninhibited primary reflexes was permanently attacking my vitality, leaving me depleted of energy?

I tried many different courses of therapy but experienced frequent relapses, which made me aware of something nagging at the very root of my being. Then I found out about uninhibited primary reflexes. Being an experienced kinesiologist and trained in movement and sound, I instantly recognised the enormous impact of uninhibited primary reflexes on people.

I managed to get my primary reflexes under control and this proved to be the solution to the energy leak. My organism started to store energy again. What a relief and eye-opener! How come that knowledge about such an important influence on our wellbeing and health was not incorporated into baby, mother and childcare sessions? How was it possible that doctors, paediatricians and psychiatrists did not apply reflex inhibition in the first place? Such questions and the answers I found urged me to spread information about a primary reflex-related unbalanced nervous system and to develop a profound and fast primary reflex inhibition process. Since then I have assisted over a thousand people with my method.

I enjoy providing this holistic approach to health which is also the result of my experience with esoteric practise, teaching, and painting and on my work with children as a performer and storyteller. So, in my practice I work with children and adults to restore their potential for organic recovery, preferably without the use of external tools. Today I focus on sound and natural organic movement in relation to developments in the human organism and specifically on primary reflex activity.

In 2002 I started giving courses on primary reflex inhibition to kinesiologists. Over the years these courses have grown into a professional training programme, RPRM®, accessible to everybody.

For more information about workshops, courses, readings, Remembering Primary Reflex Movement (RPRM®), and therapists is available on: http://www.praktijkvoorbeweging.nl

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Thom Harinck Godfather of Muay Thai Kickboxing

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Thom Harinck is the celebrity kickboxing coach of national and international champions and the tactical mastermind behind three consecutive K-1 championships. He trained numerous world champions including Peter Aerts, Branko Cikatić, Jérôme Le Banner, Badr Hari and Hesdy Gerges and has coached masses of students in his dojos in Amsterdam, Brazil and Japan.

Thom Harinck invented his own style of fighting: chakuriki. This is a unique mix of techniques from kyokushin karate, judo, boxing, jujutsu and wrestling.

Thom Harinck memoirs are full of great kickboxing stories

In Thom Harinck, Godfather of Muay Thai Kickboxing in the West, the 72-year-old coach candidly tells of the highs and the lows, the struggles and hard-won victories on his journey to becoming a living legend in the world of martial arts. He looks back on 40+ years of a remarkable career as a kickboxing coach, sharing anecdotes about his life as a bouncer, martial arts apprentice, stuntman and trainer, and as husband of Professor Marjan Olfers. Although he announced his retirement in April 2013, he picked up training again in early 2016.

Thom_harinck_memoirs_amsterdam_publishersThe book contains many fascinating stories from the world of kickboxing, some of which have never been published before. Harinck relates the thrill of fighting in international tournaments, including intense battles in Thailand, the home of Muay Thai. We read about the sensei (teacher) of the Chakuriki dojo running barefoot with his students through the streets of Amsterdam at night, and about the deep friendships between Harinck and his fighters. His memoirs are filled with the Amsterdam tongue-in-cheek wit and wisdom of a man who has truly lived his life as an intrepid spirit, and to the fullest. The life of the Dutch-born Harinck has been anything but a quiet one.Thom_harinck_father's_day

The book is illustrated with more than 100 photos from Thom Harinck’s archive, documenting his life from humble beginnings as a shy Amsterdam kid to the celebrity coach of the present day. A selection of students and champions appear throughout the book, including: Richard Ploos, Iwan de Randamie, Saskia van Rijswijk, Rik van de Vathorst, Stuart Ballantine, Branko Cikatić, Tekin Donmez, Kenneth Plak, Corrine Geeris, Patrik Eriksson, Perry Ubeda, Nobu Hayashi, Peter Aerts, Badr Hari, Hesdy Gerges, Satoshi Ishii, Jérôme Le Banner, Menno Dijkstra, Amir Zeyada, and Gilbert Ballantine.

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The memoirs are based on numerous interviews with Harinck, keeping the style conversational and easy to digest. Thom Harinck, Godfather of Muay Thai Kickboxing in the West, co-written by Thom Harinck and Julio Punch, is available now as Kindle ebook and as paperback. The book is available on Amazon. Please note: the paperback is not available on amazon.nl, because that site only offers ebooks. If you have any difficulty ordering please send me a mail.

 

Excerpts from Thom Harinck, Godfather of Muay Thai Kickboxing in the West

THE LOST PRIZE MONEY

Branko won his first big prize money in the K-1 in 1993: 100,000 dollars. He received the money in cash in the ring when he won the tournament. Loads and loads of pictures were taken of it. He carried the cash with him back home. We always flew to Amsterdam first, and Branko would fly to Zagreb from there. I kept the money with me until we went back. He had stored the money in a money belt. The K-1 always lets the coach travel first class while the fighters and corner men travel economy class. If you’re the champ you can demand to travel business class, but this was Branko’s first K-1 title.

I hate flying. I’m actually scared to death of it, so I usually take a sleeping pill and just sleep through it. At some point during the flight, Branko woke me up. He was in a state and said: “Thom, Thom, I lost my money.” I was wide awake immediately. Now what happened was this: Branko had taken a sleeping pill too but had gone to the toilet to answer a call of nature and had left the bag of money in the toilet. When he later realized he wasn’t carrying the bag, it was no longer in the toilet.

I approached the stewardess and said: “This guy has just lost 100,000 dollars. We have to retrieve the money.” Branko had brought seven guys with him from Croatia, and Branko, a full-fledged heavyweight, was actually the smallest of the group. One of them was 2.10 metres tall. These were all very big and rich guys who also had sponsored him. The stewardess wanted to say something though the microphone, but I took the microphone out of her hand and said: “We are very sorry, ladies and gentlemen, but my fighter has just lost 100,000 dollars and we will be searching everyone on the plane. We’ll be starting in the front and will work our way to the back.” So we started out in the front of the airplane while it was still flying, in the economy class, and politely asked people to empty their pockets and open their bags for us. About three seconds later, someone came running up from the back of the plane and said: “I think I have a bag here with something in it.”

“BAD BOY” BADR HARI

There once was a little boy called Badr Hari. He was born in Amsterdam of Moroccan parentage in 1984. At the age of seven Badr took his first kickboxing class. He himself had wanted to take horse riding lessons but the kickboxing gym was all that the family could afford. Under the guidance of former world champion Mousid Akamrane, the young Badr quickly mastered the basics and fought his first match at the age of 7. During the 1990s, Mohammed Ait Hassou was very successful with his gym, called Sitan Gym in Amsterdam. He was also head of a flowering organisation, the WPKL [World Professional Kickboxing League] that regularly organised kickboxing events in Sporthallen Zuid, including several Netherlands-Thailand match-ups. It was only logical that Badr switched to the Sitan Gym in his early teens and fought several matches for them. When Sitan Gym decided to relocate to Rotterdam, continuing his training with them became impractical for Badr. So it came about that the then 16-year-old young man enlisted at the Chakuriki Dojo in Van Hallstraat.

MY ‘SECRET” TRAINING METHODS

Through the 1990s, some journalists from a famous Japanese martial arts magazine visited me in the Netherlands. They wanted to write an article about my training methods. We went to a sports hall with the journalists and their photographers and Branko Cikatić. I said to him: “Branko, we’re going to fool around a bit here.” I’m not someone who will reveal all my training systems to the first person who asks. I laid out some blocks on the floor- a training tool I normally never use in my classes. I said to Branko: “Jump!” And he had to jump from left to right and from front to back. Branko was begging me: “Sensei, please don’t do this!” but I put on a very stern face and shouted: “Jump, Branko, jump.” The Japanese were letting out “oohs” and “aahs” every few seconds. They were taking everything dead seriously. I put up a rope, and Branko had to jump over it. I used a wooden stick and let Branko jump over it. All things I normally never use in my classes. I let him sprint to the wall and back. At one point, that big Croatian couldn’t contain himself with laughter. The Japanese copied everything verbatim and this all appeared a month later in the issue of their magazine. In the article it said something like: “That Thom Harinck sure uses some crazy training systems to get his students to championship status.”

“Thom Harinck is one of the finest kickboxing coaches ever on record. The list of great champions he has trained is long and full of superb fighters. Harinck’s book is essential reading for all reality-based martial arts fans.” – Bob “O’Hara” Wall, American karate champion and co-star of Enter the Dragon.

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The authors Thom Harinck and Julio Punch

Thom Harinck (The Netherlands, 1943) lives in Amsterdam and is married to Marjan Olfers. Together they have three children: Jane, Charlotte and Tobias. Thom is the author of several books on martial arts, such as Muay Thai or Kickboxing. He can be reached at www.thomharinck.com

Julio Punch (United Kingdom, 1971) is a Dutch translator and computer instructor. He has practised several martial arts as well as yoga: he has a blue belt in kyokushinkai karate. He studied Philosophy and Cultural Anthropology. The current publication is his first book. He can be reached at www.julio-online.net

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MindTuning™

MindTuning_pieter-frijters-published_by_amsterdam_publishersDone! How to Stop Your Anxiety Now and Start Living Your Life

A publication by Dutch coach Pieter Frijters who has helped thousands to get rid of their anxiety problems.

Pieter Frijters offers MindTuning™, an innovative technique that delivers an effective solution for overcoming irrational fears and anxieties. Rather than relying on medications or expensive methods, this Dutch trainer shows that you can do it yourself.

By using your own initiative and willpower you can achieve the liberating results you seek and radically improve your quality of life.

Through MindTuning™, Frijters has overcome not only his own anxieties and burnout, but has coached countless others to develop the skills required to recognize and rid themselves of the sensory and physical blockages that create irrational fears and phobias. The technique is not difficult to learn; you will be amazed by the lasting results.

One of his many clients: “This is the first time I was relaxed during a presentation. No trembling legs, clammy hands, pounding heart, or heavy breathing. Simply wonderful! Thank you very much!”

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In his book Done! How to Stop Your Anxiety Now and Start Living Your Life, you are guided through the revolutionary visual method with a series of actions to ‘retune’ your mind. With numerous exercises and ideas, real-life examples and practical information, this how-to practical guide offers proven steps for anyone who wants to be released from their fears, whether agoraphobia, social anxiety or even arachnophobia.

About Pieter Frijters

Pieter Frijters is an experienced coach with years of practice perfecting the MindTuning™ method. He is one of Holland’s top trainers with extensive experience in delivering workshops on the topic of anxiety relief.

For more information on his workshops see: www.mindtuning.nl

 

Sarmizegetusa

Sarmizegetusa_caroline_juler_amsterdam_publishersIf you love Romania, this is a travel story for you: Searching for Sarmizegetusa by Caroline Juler.

“To many travellers,” writes Jessica Douglas-Home in the foreword to this book, “Romania has exerted the most powerful fascination. They have found that this country more than any other has illuminated their inner beliefs with the intensity of a magnifying glass. So it has been for Caroline Juler…”

Searching for Sarmizegetusa is more than a travel book: it is both a homage from the heart to a country that the writer knows and loves, a lament for the inestimable natural, cultural and historical riches that globalization and ‘progress’ are steadily destroying. Yet it is also a song of hope and a summons to challenge the irresponsibility of human greed. Famous as a prehistoric Carpathian citadel, for Caroline Juler, Sarmizegetusa is also a symbol of Romania’s spirited rejection of corruption and bad governance in the 21st century.

Caroline Juler is a writer and art historian. She is the author of the Blue Guide of Romania and the National Geographic Traveler guide to Romania and has travelled all over the country.

In the late 1990s, she became involved with the struggle to save the historic site of Roşia Montana from open pit mining. She has written for the popular radio programme, From Our Own Correspondent, and is currently researching a book about Romanian shepherds’ epic journeys to the Caucasus and beyond.

Mendel

Mendel _anita_lavi_amsterdam_publishersMendel: a Holocaust Story for Children by Anita Lavi

Mendel is a children’s book that gently introduces the subject of the Holocaust to children.

In Mendel, a father tells his two children the story of a Jewish boy who lived in Poland during the second world war. Each night after he tucks his children in, Father sits on the edge of the bed and begins his story about Papa, Mama and their three boys. It is, as you may have guessed, his own story.

The book is based on the life story of the author’s father, Manny Steinberg. Together with his father and brother, Manny Steinberg managed to survive four Nazi camps.

Mendel by Anita Lavi takes you from a quiet, loving and warm family home, to being put into trucks, and living in camps. Being reunited after the war, the family ultimately emigrates to the US, arriving to be greeted by Lady Liberty in New York harbor.

The tone of the book is simple, but poignant and gentle which makes it suitable for children aged circa 8 to 11. Mendel is written to teach without frightening. The emphasis is  very much on strength of family.

The author stresses the importance of family, hope and love. The book has been illustrated with pencil drawings by Caroline Juler that beautifully depict the mood and era of the story.

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Anita Lavi on writing Mendel: a Holocaust story for Children

“A few years ago, I helped my dad re-write his book Outcry – Holocaust Memoirs.  The collaboration not only brought us closer in understanding one another, but helped me realize that I had a passion for writing.  In April, 2015 I traveled with my father (Manny Steinberg) to Germany for the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Vaihingen Concentration Camp. The small city invited survivors and their families to their quaint town to celebrate life and pay tribute to the people who once suffered at the hands of their countrymen and forefathers.  It was an emotional trip to say the least, but my dad endured it at 90 years of age.

One of the events that we attended, was at a local high school where students asked questions of the survivors.  I thought to myself, there in a room filled with 15 – 17 year old kids asking so many questions; how do we as parents and grandparents explain the holocaust to younger children?  I thought about it for several days and when I sat down to write, the words came flooding to me. I remembered when I was a little girl, my dad telling me bedtime stories and all about the young boy and his family who once lived in Radom, Poland.”

Praise for Mendel

“Passing along family history and the simple lessons of life to our children is maybe the most important responsibility parents have. Perhaps the most challenging lessons are those that deal with reality and the fact that bad things happen and children need to know this without scaring them.

If your family is Jewish, this a great book to start to teach the kids in a gentle way some of the more difficult parts of history. It is an excellent tool to generate healthy questions and discussions.”

The drawings are great punctuations in the story and themselves a great way to engage children and let them talk about what they see. Read this book to your children and then have a chat about Mendel and his family and then talk about your family.”

Mendel is available in English (eBook and Print-on-Demand paperback), and in French.

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DCI Jac of Amsterdam

DCI_jac_of_amsterdam_poisonous cityA Poisonous City – DCI Jac of Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s most famous Police commissioner, who was head of the Drug & Murder Brigade, is found poisoned at the age of 81. Why not let nature take its course?

The investigation is handed to Jac Roggeveen and her squad in Amsterdam. Jac is DNR’s youngest DCI, outspoken, rather Dutch in many ways.

As Jac and her squad begin to probe the former Commissioner’s life, they uncover a trail of drugs, murders and corruption that leads from Amsterdam’s infamous Red Light District to The Hague, Belgium and Spain.

The criminal underbelly of Amsterdam is brought vividly to life by an author who worked in the legal profession in The Netherlands for many years and who has been involved in some of the country’s major cases of the last twenty years. Many of the characters are based on real people and real events. The book is the first of a trilogy DCI Jac of Amsterdam.

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Part 2 in this series DCI Jac of Amsterdam will be A Deadly Spiral

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A murderous spiral of killings break out in Amsterdam. DCI Jac’s squad are ordered to take charge of the investigation when the most horrific quadruple murders ever to take place in The Netherlands threatens to engulf the city in a deluge of blood. A power struggle for control of the lucrative drugs market is taking place. Can Jac & her squad stop the killings before more dead bodies are discovered? Over it all the shadow of Katja looms over the city.

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De Dromenbewaarder

De_dromenbewaarder_Rebekka_strijbisDe Dromenbewaarder – Debuutroman van teener Rebekka Strijbis

Tess, een zestienjarig weesmeisje, gaat een maand bij haar grootmoeder logeren in een klein dorpje midden in de Appalachen, Verenigde Staten. Vanwege een incident is ze naar haar grootmoeder Lucy toegestuurd waarmee de familie het contact heeft verbroken. Ze is vastbesloten niemand over haar geheim te vertellen.

In het dorpje treft ze niet bepaald de rust die ze zich had voorgesteld; er is veel spanning en haar eigenzinnige grootmoeder, de dromenbewaarder, heeft daar alles mee te maken. Tess maakt al snel vrienden met Capri en met de broers Allan en Eric, de buren van Lucy.

Tussen de opvliegende vader van deze broers en haar grootmoeder is veel onverwerkt verdriet en schuld. Tess ontdekt dat ze iets begint te voelen voor Allan en geeft uiteindelijk haar geheim prijs. Een meeslepend verhaal voor Young Adults.

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Wie is Rebekka Strijbis?

‘Met haar debuutroman de Dromenbewaarder heeft Rebekka Strijbis waargemaakt waar ze al op tienjarige leeftijd van droomde. Ze is geboren in december 1998, als oudste van zeven, en zodra ze haar eerste zin kon lezen, is ze niet meer gestopt. Dat groeide uit tot verhalen schrijven die ze zelf graag zou willen lezen.

Ze krijgt thuisonderwijs en op dit moment is ze bezig zichzelf voor te bereiden om aan een universiteit Neerlandistiek te gaan studeren. Met De Dromenbewaarder won Rebekka Strijbis de Amsterdam Publishers Auteursprijs voor 2016.

De Geur van Amandelen

de_geur_van_amandelen_antje_oDe Geur van Amandelen – Antje O.

Elise zit in het laatste jaar van haar masteropleiding psychologie. Ze woont bij haar oom en tante, en heeft geen herinneringen aan haar kindertijd. Pas als haar tante zegt dat Elise steeds meer op haar moeder begint te lijken, komen de herinneringen terug in de vorm van flashbacks. Dit wordt versterkt doordat ze zichzelf als casuspatiënt neemt voor haar thesis over trauma’s uit de kindertijd.

Elise’s wereld is klein. Als ze niet aan het studeren is, helpt ze haar tante in de boekwinkel. Daar ontmoet Elise Maarten, op wie ze smoorverliefd wordt. Sindsdien blijft ze hem tegen het lijf lopen, maar ze durft haar gevoelens niet te uiten. Ze heeft niet voor niets een muur om zich heen gebouwd. Maar neemt ze wel genoegen met een stille liefde?

Antje O. is eenendertig jaar, schrijfster en pijnpatiënt. Ze heeft eerder het non-fictieboek Leven met pijn Een praktische gids voor CRPS-patiënten en hun omgeving geschreven. De Geur van Amandelen is haar eerste roman.

De Geur van Amandelen van Antje O. is te verkrijgen als ebook en paperback op bol.com, andere online uitgeefkanalen en boekhandels in Nederland en België.

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Leven met pijn

amsterdam_publishers_leven_met_pijn_antje_o._Leven met pijn. Een gids voor CRPS-patiënten en hun omgeving

Op CRPS Awareness Day, 7 november 2016, verscheen een nieuwe publicatie van Amsterdam Publishers over deze ziekte.

CRPS, ofwel het Complex Regionaal Pijn Syndroom is een relatief onbekende maar buitengewoon pijnlijke ziekte. Gelukkig geneest het merendeel van de patiënten binnen enkele maanden. De overige patiënten behouden echter de klachten en belanden in een langdurige of zelfs chronische ziektetoestand.

CRPS heb je het hele jaar door. 7 november 2016 stond, zoals elk jaar, in het teken van deze aandoening. Het doel is immers CRPS onder de aandacht brengen aangezien veel mensen nog nooit van deze complexe aandoening gehoord hebben.

Omdat ook Antje O. CRPS heeft en haar steentje wil bijdragen, heeft zij ervoor gekozen om haar boek Leven met pijn Een gids voor CRPS-patiënten en hun omgeving op de CRPS Awareness Day te lanceren.

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Recensies van Leven met Pijn

Een boek wat mij helpt mijn ziekte te doorstaan en dat geldt ook voor mijn man en familie. Review van TtJong op bol.com 17 januari 2017

Boek is duidelijk, sommige delen zijn informatief, andere delen van het verhaal zijn persoonlijke ervaringen met pijn. Review van Jeetje37 op bol.com 11 januari 2017

Dit boek leest super vlot! Alles is heel goed uitgelegd, eenvoudige zinnen en duidelijke ‘mensentaal’ (geen vakjargon). Ik heb het in één keer uitgelezen. Het is ook allemaal ontzettend herkenbaar als je zelf de ziekte hebt/had. Het is fijn om te weten dat je niet alleen bent. In het boek staan ook soms dagboekfragmenten en die maken het verhaal alleen maar persoonlijker en dus ook 100% geloofwaardig. Een schitterend schrijverdebuut! Review van LiesBis op bol.com 1 december 2016

Leven met pijn is in een duidelijke en toegankelijke taal geschreven. Met een mooi evenwicht tussen de formele informatie en Antjes persoonlijke verhaal. Een erg herkenbaar boek omdat ik zelf ook CRPS heb. Het was trouwens ook erg leerrijk om het verhaal van haar ouders en partner te lezen, want de CRPS heeft ook een impact op de omgeving. Ik heb het boek nu aan mijn partner gegeven… Heimelijk hoop ik dat hij op die manier wat meer besef heeft van de emoties en obstakels waarmee CRPS-patiënten te maken krijgen. Review van VIM1986 op bol.com, 23 november 2016.

CRPS is een onzichtbare ziekte. Aan de meeste patienten zie je dat ze ziek zijn, maar bij CRPS-patienten zie je niets. Nooit geweten dat het een van de meest pijnlijke ziektes is waaraan je kunt lijden. Ik vind ”Leven met Pijn” door Antje O. echt een aanrader omdat ik nu pas weet wat een pijnpatient meemaakt. Niet alleen een eyeopener voor mensen in de omgeving van een CRPS-patient, maar ook voor CRPS patienten zelf.  Ze vinden veel praktische tips in dit handboek. Review op AKO.nl

En een hele mooie waardevolle recensie door Wout Joling is te vinden op Patientenervaringsverhalen.nl

Over Antje O., auteur van Leven met Pijn

Antje was werkzaam als verpleegkundige toen ze op een dag viel en haar enkel verzwikte. Ze dacht dat de pijn na een paar weken over zou gaan, maar hij werd juist erger. De weken werden maanden en nu heeft ze al vier jaar CRPS, oftewel het Complex Regionaal Pijn Syndroom. Dit heeft haar leven ingrijpend veranderd.

Zodra Antje te horen kreeg dat ze CRPS had, begon haar gevecht met de ziekte. Ze wilde weer de oude worden en gaf dan ook alle mogelijke behandelingen een kans. Helaas werd zij niet beter en was ze na verloop van tijd uitbehandeld.

Hoe moest het nu verder? Hoe moest ze haar leven met CRPS vormgeven? Antje had behoefte aan een praktisch boek dat haar daarbij hielp, maar vond het nergens. Daarom besloot ze het zelf te schrijven.

Leven met pijn is een praktische gids met informatie over CRPS en de gevolgen van deze ziekte op het leven van de patiënt en zijn omgeving. De lezer krijgt bovendien tips aangereikt om het leven met deze complexe aandoening gemakkelijker te maken.

Antje’s ervaringen bij het leren leven met de pijn, de fysieke beperkingen, het onbegrip en de emoties waarmee ze te kampen krijgt, vormen de rode draad van dit boek. Antje ontdekt dat het leven niet ophoudt als je CRPS hebt en leert er opnieuw van te genieten, zelfs met pijn. Daarnaast doen haar ouders en haar partner hun verhaal, want ook voor hen is het niet gemakkelijk om met ‘die onzichtbare ziekte’ om te gaan.

Antje O. is dertig jaar, schrijfster en pijnpatiënt.

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Sla met suiker

Sla_met_suiker_annemarie_heringSla met suiker door Annemarie Hering is een krachtige debuutroman over een ontluikende homoseksualiteit die het leven van een Joodse vrouw na de Tweede Wereldoorlog in Amsterdam helemaal op zijn kop zet. Een openhartig en krachtig verhaal.

De Tweede Wereldoorlog is voorbij. Ook in Amsterdam is de wederopbouw in volle gang.

Tegen de achtergrond van grote maatschappelijke ontwikkelingen vertelt de roman Sla met suiker het verhaal van Annemarie en Peter die na een hevige verliefdheid trouwen. Een groot gevoel van geluk kenmerkt de eerste jaren en er worden drie kinderen geboren. Maar na verloop van tijd ontdekt Annemarie dat ze ‘anders’ is. Ondanks hun verbondenheid is zij niet volkomen gelukkig met haar echtgenoot; haar gevoelens brengen haar in verwarring. Uiteindelijk besluit ze op zoek te gaan naar wie ze werkelijk is. Als ze vertrekt, blijft Peter ontredderd achter.

Annemarie Hering schrijft in een heldere, anekdotische stijl hoe de twee mensen, ondanks hun scheiding, onlosmakelijk met elkaar verbonden blijven. Een krachtige debuutroman over een ontluikende homoseksualiteit.

Sla met Suiker door Annemarie Hering is inmiddels ingekocht door 97 bibliotheken in Nederland en 9 bibliotheken in België.

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In Zij aan Zij van november 2016:

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Een mooi stuk van Annemarie Hering over haar moeizame weg om haar manuscript van Sla met Suiker gelezen te laten krijgen door gerenommeerde uitgeverijen:

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Op maandag 21 november 2016 vond er een radio interview plaats met Annemarie Hering:

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Sla met Suiker in West-Friesland op zondag 10 juli 2016:

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Sla met Suiker door Annemarie Hering stond ook in Mokum Magazine van juli 2016

Enkele aanbevelingen voor Sla met suiker

Dit boek heeft me veel gedaan. Het is van het begin tot het eind een prachtig ontroerend verhaal van iemand die geleerd heeft te overleven, te overleven door eerlijk te zijn. En dat doen weinigen haar na! Ik raad het iedereen aan.” Jeroen Krabbé, acteur, schilder

“Een intens, maar vaak ook grappig verhaal. Maar soms grijpt het je ook naar de strot, met name als het gaat over haar twijfels aangaande haar geaardheid. Dat heb ik natuurlijk ook zelf meegemaakt.” Tony Neef, musicalster

“Sla met suiker is een eerlijk en herkenbaar boek, waarin via het verhaal van twee geliefden tegelijkertijd een hele periode beschreven wordt.” Alexander Jansen, ex-directeur van de Arbeiderspers

“Waar wij de ogen voor het leven sluiten, kijkt  deze dappere vrouw wanhoop, pijn en alle vormen van liefde recht in het gezicht. Ze vindt de juiste woorden!” Frederik de Groot, acteur

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Op donderdag 4 augustus vertelde de auteur Annemarie Hering over haar boek en was er een signeersessie.

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Op 8 oktober 2016 signeerde Annemarie Hering haar boek Sla met Suiker

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Skopelos

skopelos_by_els_boot_amsterdam_publishersSkopelos by Els Boot

 A novel about an inner journey of self-discovery by Paul van den Berg, a gay Christian man. It describes the emotional struggles of a banker who is stuck in his daily routines and almost autistic habits. Because of his strict religious background he had never been able to come to terms with his own homosexuality. Skopelos – a narrative about a quest for Ithaca is his story.

The protagonist, Paul, is an accomplished sixty-year-old succesful Dutch banker. He grew up in a strict reformed family in the Netheralnds and has been struggling with his homosexuality ever since. By being hard on himself, never allowing any emotions and always maintaining a firm order,  happiness has eluded him.

One day, he receives a phone call from Skopelos, a Greek island informing him that Dimitris, an old friend has died and has named him as one of the beneficiaries in his will. Paul inherits the house of his friend. Memories and fond thoughts of Dimitris cause havok; chaos strikes in his carefully structured and balanced life. Confused and anxious, he travels to Greece, and when he arrives in the port of Skopelos, he is subjected to a roller-coaster of emotions, sadness and regret. Finally, after all those years he dares to come out and finds peace with himself and his surroundings.

The book strikes a chord with Christians all over the world who struggle with a strict upbringing in which there is no place for homosexuality.

The author Els Boot about Skopelos

The story about this quest for Ithaca sprouted after my friend Dimitris died of a heart attack. In the years that I’ve known him, he often told me about a friend living in the Netherlands. The last time I spoke Dimitris he said he planned to visit him again, after forty years. Unfortunately he never got the chance to do this. A few months later Dimitris died.

I forgot the name of his Dutch friend and because of this, could not search for him. Gradually the idea for this story unfolded. It is actually not a novel but more of a narrative or a trip report in a metaphorical sense. I deliberately chose to tell the story through the eyes of Dimitris’ friend. This way, the death of Dimitris feels not without significance. The comparison with Homer’s Odyssey is therefore logical.

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