New book: Outlasting the Nazis and Communists by Paul Vantoch

My gutsy friend Paul Vantoch has published his memoir — Outlasting the Nazis and Communists — about life in Prague, Czechoslovakia, during the Nazi occupation and holocaust, and he recounts his harrowing escape from the USSR tyranny that followed.

cover_smallThis is an ebook; a print book (hardcover and paperback) will be available in a few weeks.

It’s an interesting story, especially about the “mischlinge” (half-breeds, as Hitler called them), and how they were spared in terms of the concentration camps, but were second-class citizens. Paul, for example, was not allowed to graduate from high school, and his parents had to divorce (and his Jewish father go into hiding) to save the family business. The writing is a bit “historical” (telling) for my taste, but it offers insight into an aspect of the Nazi regime that has not received much attention. It also offers a good look at what life was like in Prague during both the Nazi and Communist occupations, as well as the risks involved in attempting to escape to West Germany.

This is a very human story, even if you’re not a fan of history, and well worth reading.

About Polishing Your Prose

Larry M Edwards is an award-winning investigative journalist, author, editor and publishing consultant. He is the author of three books, and has edited dozens of nonfiction and fiction book manuscripts. Under Wigeon Publishing, he has produced six books. As author, "Dare I Call It Murder? A Memoir of Violent Loss" won First Place in the San Diego Book Awards in 2012 (unpublished memoir) and 2014, Best Published Memoir. The book has also been nominated for a number of awards, including: Pulitzer Prize, Benjamin Franklin Award, Washington State Book Award, and One Book, One San Diego. As Editor, "Murder Survivor’s Handbook: Real-Life Stories, Tips & Resources" won the Gold Award in the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Book Awards, Self-Help. For a sample edit and cost estimate, contact Larry: larry [at] larryedwards [dot] com -- -- --
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