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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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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 voor Hank Brodt Holocaust Memoirs

January Gray Reviews 28 September 2016

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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Soft Skills of Indispensable Assistants

Six_essential_soft_skills_of_indispensable_assistants-anna-tjumina-amsterdampublishersSix Essential Soft Skills of Indispensable Assistants by Anna Tjumina

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

Healing_naturally_and_primary-reflexesHealing Naturally and Primary Reflexes

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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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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