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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.

PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT YAD VASHEM

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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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.

Wanda Landowska

Wandowska_landowska_de_falla_amsterdam_publishersWe are pleased to announce the publication of the correspondence between Wanda Landowska and Manuel de Falla by the Dutch musicologist Loes Dommering-van Rongen. The correspondence covers the years between 1922 and 1931.

In his book Sonderstab Musik, Willem de Vries described how the Nazi’s not only stole works of art but also musical documents form the Jews. During WWII the ‘Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg’ was set up, an organisation set up to eliminate Jewish cultural life in Europe. The Nazi’s also established a ‘Sonderstab Musik’ to locate musical manuscripts, books and instruments.  Their goal was a general confiscation and removal of Jewish possessions, including those connected with music-making. Sonderstab Musik describes the activities of the ‘Sonderstab Musik’ in France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

The Polish-Jewish harpsichordist Wanda Landowska (5 July 1879 – 16 August 1959) was one of the many victims of the organisation.  When she had to flee her home in Saint-Lieu near Paris all of her musical instruments, manuscripts and personal documents were taken by the Nazi’s. Among the items stolen were letters written by the Spanish composer Manuel de Falla. Some of these were discovered by De Vries in Nuremberg. The Dutch lawyer and musicologist Loes Dommering-Van Rongen reconstructed the correspondence during the years 1922 and 1931 between Wanda Landowska and Manuel de Falla.

The publication contains a lot of new information and throws an interesting new light on the relationship between the two. Wanda Landowska – Manuel de Falla is available as eBook and Print-on-Demand paperback in French, the original language of the correspondence.

 

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Open-hearted

Open-hearted_patricia_vlasmanOpen-hearted – My life with cardiomyopathy and Heart Failure

The Dutch Patricia Vlasman (b. 1971) has been leading her life with a heart condition since birth: hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. She is strongly advised against pregnancy and always takes oral contraception, but suddenly finds herself pregnant. She and her husband take the difficult and risky decision to keep their baby.

Patricia gives birth to a wonderful son whilst having three cardiac arrests. Soon thereafter she suffers serious arrhythmias and can no longer work. She is being pingponged between endless cardiologists and various hospitals.

When Dutch cardiologists finally say that they have little left to offer her, the only option is to ask for a second opinion at the Mayo Clinic in the US.

A fundraising concert with well-known artists enables Patricia to find the means to pay for the high fees at the Mayo Clinic. In the US she receives some recommendations for treatment that can buy her more time.

Back in the Netherlands Patricia tries to be a mainstream mother in between checkups and hospital admissions, but her life is not at all normal – every hiccup leads to looming arrhythmias.

Open-hearted – My Life with Cardiomyopathy and heart failure is not only recommended reading for heart patients and their family and friends, but for any body who wants to get inspired by someone with an extraordinary fighting spirit, and a never ending optimism – against all odds.

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About Patricia Vlasman

Patricia Vlasman (b. 1971) read social studies and political sciences at the University of Amsterdam. She had a job at the Dutch Ministry of Justice but her worsening heart condition ended her career.

She now spends her life as a novelist and she coaches people with cardiac diseases. In 2010 her first novel appeared: Loneliness prevailing.

In Open-hearted – My life with cardiomyopathy and Heart Failure, Patricia Vlasman relates her daily struggle as a patient. A moving, raw and brave story. She swiftly draws you into her life and shows all sides of her hampering but loving heart.

Jesus and His People

Jesus_and_his_people_pierre_schiffer_amsterdam_publishersJesus and His People by Pierre Schiffer

This book introduces the reader to a new – or rather very old – way of approaching the Holy Bible. By recognizing the New Testament as the repetition of the most fundamental Old Testament history, the author describes and tries to understand the message and mission of Jesus. In that way one can see the classic Catholic-Protestant controversy with new – or rather very old – eyes.

Jesus and His People is Piere Schiffer’s first book. In this book the author attempts to include all Christian churches and traditions within a single framework, while advocating a Christian unity. He writes from the conviction that choosing Jesus Christ is the only divine option for mankind and that following Him means embracing the ancient faith of the early Church.

About Pierre Schiffer

Pierre Schiffer (born 1976) is a Dutch Christian theologian. He received his bachelor and master degrees from the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium), specializing in fundamental theology and Biblical exegesis. The person of Jesus and the Judaic-Christian history of salvation, especially as laid out in Holy Scripture, serve as the foundation and inspiration for his writings.

This is the fully revised version (September 2015) of the original text of July 2014.

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Should you wish to receive a review copy of Jesus and His People by Pierre Schiffer, please get in touch.

Little Kingdom by the Sea

Little_kingdom_by_the_sea_mark_zegelingSince the 1950s, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has presented Delft Blue miniature houses to its Business Class passengers. The replicas of these historic (canal)houses and national monuments are considered to be iconic of The Netherlands worldwide. The publication Little Kingdom by the Sea offers an exclusive peek into the lives of the inhabitants of the KLM houses.

Extensive research, including interviews with architectural historians and current residents, has yielded a wealth of new information, engaging anecdotes and unique and juicy stories.

The Blue Delft figures are being collected worldwide, and have turned many business traveler into avid collectors.

IN OCTOBER 2015 THE KLM REVEALED ITS LATEST ADDITION TO THE KLM HOUSES COLLECTION: KORTENDIJK 67 in GORINCHEM.

The eBook has been updated with a brand new chapter.

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Little Kingdom by the Sea reveals the secrets behind the KLM houses. The book is a marvelous celebration of highlights of Dutch Cultural Heritage and Architecture. Liesbeth Heenk of Amsterdam Publishers will be acting as the agent for this Kindle ebook.

The eBook received numerous 5-star reviews on Amazon! A selection:

***** A Fascinating Introduction to Dutch Architectural History and Dutch Cultural Heritage

This is wonderful, almost impossible to put down, trek through Dutch architectural history and Dutch cultural heritage from the late Middle Ages to the present. While much of the book is devoted to historic buildings in major cities like Amsterdam and Rotterdam, the book does a fine job pointing out many of the most historically important buildings in other notable Dutch cities and towns like Utrecht, Gouda, and Delft. These buildings are those that have been chosen by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines to be depicted as Delft Blue miniature houses to those flying in Business Class since the 1950s, and a tradition that doesn’t seem to be dying out yet. I have to praise Mark Zegeling for writing a compelling look at both Dutch architecture and history, written in a lively, often engaging, prose style. This is one little book worthy of many a reader’s attention.” – John Kwok, Hall of Fame reviewer

***** Little Kingdom – Great Read!

“This book is such a delight! Starting by chronicling the history of the KLM Delft Blue miniature houses and monuments and their relevance to Dutch culture, the author then leads us on a fascinating tale that covers in detail the wonderful culture, art, architecture and history of the Netherlands.

Packed with intriguing anecdotes and strange but true facts, Little Kingdom is an impressive and beautifully illustrated book that will have you turning the pages for hours. A charming and truly captivating read.”

***** Little Kingdom: a Great Delight!

I am fond of Holland and love to stroll along the canals of Amsterdam. I often wondered about the inhabitants of these magnificent canal houses; what were their stories, their professions and passions. Now that I read Little Kingdom by the Sea I understand what went on behind those grand facades of the Golden Age. The optimism and spirit of 17th century Dutch entrepreneurs is truly inspiring!

In the past I never had the privilege of traveling business class with KLM so never received a Delft Blue canal house, but have seen them all over the world and understand why people are avid collectors of these replica’s. The book was a real eye opener to me, containing a wealth of information. Not dry facts, but juicy and fun stories! The Blue Delft KLM houses epitomize the Netherlands; the facades of the canal houses conceal wonderful and inspiring stories, some of which left their mark on the world. I can wholeheartedly recommend this book. Ideal to download on your Kindle when you travel to Amsterdam.

The Dutch version of Little Kingdom by the Sea is hugely popular; over 15.000 copies have been sold since its publication in 2013. The author, Mark Zegeling, has toured Canada and the United States to promote his book. The tour has been very succesful. In the near future some further publications will see the light, one of which is a book with a cover that you have never seen before, made by the Amsterdam based designers Dog and Pony.

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 A Gorgeous Walk: KLM Houses

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Amazing Women

amazing_women-by_audrey-soekhradj_amsterdam_publishersIn 2014 Amsterdam Publishers handled the promotion of Audrey Soekhradj’s Kindle eBook: Amazing Women. In Amazing Women ten women tell their personal stories, women who do not necessarily regard themselves as inspirational. Each of them is special because of the confidence in herself, her ability to overcome difficult situations thanks to her resilience, her motivation and passion to make her dreams come true and her ambition to learn the lessons that life is presenting her. Interestingly, these inspirational women could be our friends, sisters, aunts, stepmothers, daughters, colleagues, neighbors, or simply anyone close to us. So close that we sometimes fail to see how remarkable they in fact are. Amazing Women can be best described as a personal, interactive book. At the end of each story you find questions to think about your own situation. Answer these questions on www.inspiringwomenstories.com and you will get more information about the strength of the women, so you can learn how to become an amazing woman too.

In her work as career advisor and coach Audrey Soekhradj noticed that women often under estimate themselves. Even though they are beautiful and powerful they fail to give themselves the credit they deserve. Audrey herself has learned that setbacks are not the same as failure. If you can help and inspire others, despite your own doubts, you are a truly inspirational woman. With Amazing Women, she wants to show that we can all be inspirational, and that background, money, knowledge and life´s challenges do not really matter.

Ladies in Charge

Ladies_in_charge_audrey_soekhradjIn January 2016 we released the second eBook in the series Inspiration Women Stories with the great title ‘Ladies in Charge’. Let these ten women empower you with their personal story. Sometimes it is hard to do that on your own. These women have turned their lives upside down because they were desperate for a change. Do you hesitate about taking action and what exactly you should be doing? If you these stories you realize that you can also overcome whatever obstacles you face.

In order to realize their dream, these women dived into the deep and swapped everything familiar – friends, home or their country- for the unknown. That takes a lot of courage. How about you? Do you tend to take the easy way out? Or do you need a little help, a little inspiration perhaps from others, to choose instead a road with dangerous curves and unforeseen obstacles?

All women interviewed share their willingness to take control. They are ‘Ladies in Charge’. In some cases there is a fine line between willpower and rebellion, but they always act with respect for others. Each woman, in her own way is grateful for what her upbringing has given, even if this upbringing had shortcomings. They learned to make choices and live the way they want. You may call these women headstrong because they follow their instinct and do things their own way. That is what makes them enterprising, inspiring women. So, be ready and willing to take charge…! Stand up for yourself, free yourself from barriers, take control, and believe you can do it. If in doubt, just read the stories of these ten women. Have the courage to live your dream.

The purpose of this book is to motivate you and give you practical guidance for using your talents to the full so you can become financially and emotionally free. The hundred questions in this interactive book, will help you make decisions that will influence your life in a way that you feel confident to take charge of your own.

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Mindful Weightloss

Many people wish to attain a healthy weight but only few are successful in achieving this goal. They try endless diets and are fed up with gaining weight as soon as they finished with their latest diet. Diets, no matter how good they may be, fail to address self-destructive issues that are often the root of the problem. Compulsive eating is all a matter of the mind!

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The definitive book on losing weight permanently

Mindfulness Weightloss by Joanna Kortink is a practical and uplifting book about weightloss that does not contain any recipes or special diets. Instead, it offers a challenging inward journey that will transform your relationship with food on a permanent basis. Rather than simply losing pounds, it helps you to achieve a healthy weight with lasting results. The author, Joanna Kortink, is a well-known Dutch nutritionist who approaches issues such as weightloss, obesity and compulsive eating from within. View all of her books on Joanna Kortink’s author page.

Mindful weightloss is a very easy to use eight-week program based on “Breaking the spell of emotional eating”. It contains various real-life examples and references to audio tracks with helpful exercises, while offering clear, step-by-step guidelines, based on the proven clinical benefits of mindfulness. The book offers a powerful solution to breaking out of the love-hate relationship with food forever! The method as described in Mindful Weightloss is tried and tested and has already guided countless people towards a healthy weight, and an overall feeling of well-being!

The book is available as Kindle book on Amazon.

In June 2014 the German version of Mindful Weightloss saw the light: Leichter durch Achtsamkeit: Eine neue Lösung mit nachhaltigem Resultat.

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Clients

  • After many years, I have finally managed to develop a healthy relationship with food, without willpower.  – John
  • I lost over 20 pounds and my weight has been stable for years. –  Margret

The press

  • Mindful eating is the new diet – Faithful
  • Inspiring! – Health
  • Break out of the vicious circle – Psychology Magazine
  • I’ve been trying so many different diets over the last 10 years and none of them worked. I know I am an emotional eater. I’ll loose some weight and then things get stressful and I put it all back on.. I know how to cut back on the bad foods, how much to eat, but this book has given me the mind tools I need to embark on changing my mindset for ever. I am never again going to buy another “latest trend” diet book. One week down and already I lost more than I did in six months of so-called”dieting”. If you really want to lose weight, I highly recommend this book! – Jayne

Scientific researchers

  • It doesn’t promote a diet, but offers an approach to achieving permanent lifestyle changes, based on Mindfulness – Dr G. Noordenbos, eating and weight management expert (University of Leiden, The Netherlands)
  • An extremely valuable resource! – Professor I. Wolffers (health care)

Ending Emotional Eating – A New Solution for Eating and Weight Problems

People often eat when they feel anxious, depressed, insecure, irritated, tired or simply unhappy, which often leads to obesity. Ending Emotional Eating – a New Solution for Eating and Weight problems by Joanna Kortink and Greta Noordenbos provides a powerful solution to overcoming the love hate relationship with food. You will be able to discover your own personal pitfalls and learn how to achieve a balanced relationship with eating from within. The program takes nine weeks and includes many practical examples and clear step-by-step guidelines. The approach is based on the latest psychological findings and practical experience. The book is based on the same principles as Mindful Weightloss by Joanna Kortink, but is primarily focused on guiding instructors.

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About the author

The author, Joanna Kortink, is a well-known Dutch nutritionist who approaches weightloss, obesity and compulsive eating from within. She knows eating problems inside out because she personally struggled with overeating for many years. You can view all of her publications on Joanna’s author page.

For the press

Should you wish to receive a press copy for review purposes, please contact info@amsterdampublishers.com

Amsterdam Publishers

Amsterdam Publishers is acting as agent for Mindful Weightloss and Ending Emotional Eating, and Leichter durch Achtsamkeit: Eine neue Lösung mit nachhaltigem Resultat, responsible for making them available as e-books on Amazon and taking care of their promotion during a limited period of time.