A Match Made in Hell: The Jewish Boy and the Polish Outlaw Who Defied the Nazis

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, Sep 1, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 258 pages
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    When Moniek (Morris) Goldner and his family were uprooted from their Polish farming village during a German action, the child-sized sixteen-year-old fled into the forests. He eventually met up with his father, who had also escaped, and together they managed to survive until a former friend betrayed the pair. Wounded and left for dead beneath his father’s murdered body, Goldner was rescued by the enigmatic outlaw Jan Kopec, who was also in hiding, looking for ways to profit from his criminal expertise.
    For eighteen months Kopec hid the boy with him, moving from one area to another, often staying in hideouts he had fashioned years earlier. At first Kopec trained Goldner simply to serve as his accomplice in robberies and black market activities. But before long he pushed the training to a whole new level, making it possible for him to sell Goldner’s services to a shadowy resistance group which was becoming interested in the daring young saboteur.
    And through it all, these two disparate personalities—the quiet, small-framed boy and the stocky, callous mercenary—forged an remarkable friendship and co-dependency born of need and desperation in a hellish time and place.

 

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I've read several books recently that followed experiences of people during WWII. And dealt with how people could mistreat the Jews the way they did. This book deals with the story of how a notorious ... Read full review

Contents

1 Rescue
3
2 Into the Forest
13
3 Kopec
28
4 Sedziszow
41
5 Saboteur
55
6 After Sedziszow
67
7 Close Calls
89
8 Podkarpacie
98
13 Two Bridges
156
14 Out of the Fire
165
15 Liberation
174
16 Revenge
189
17 Flight to Berlin
200
18 Displaced
211
19 America
223
Straszecin Present Day
231

9 Grabiny
108
10 The Train
122
11 Let My People Go
139
12 Shoeshine Boy
146
Acknowledgments
239
Bibliography
241
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About the author (2005)

Larry Stillman is a writer living in Lake Forest, Illinois. Morris Goldner lives in Chicago and is retired from the garment trade.

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