Of the countless stories of heroism, ingenuity, and personal risk to emerge in the years following the Holocaust, among the most remarkable, yet largely overlooked, are those of the hundreds of Jewish deportees who escaped from moving trains bound for the extermination camps. In France, Belgium, and the Netherlands alone over 750 men, women and children undertook such dramatic escape attempts, despite the extraordinary uncertainty and physical danger they often faced. Drawing upon extensive interviews and a wealth of new historical evidence, Escapees gives a fascinating collective account of this hitherto neglected episode of resistance to Nazi persecution.
Tanja von Fransecky earned her doctorate in 2013 from the Center for Resarch on Antisemitism at the Technische Universitaet Berlin. Her most recent book, on aid to persecuted Dutch Jews, was published in 2016 by Lukas Verlag
Introduction Chapter 1. Deportations from Western Europe Chapter 2. Escapes by Jews from deportation trains in France Chapter 3. Escapes by Jews from deportation trains in Belgium Chapter 4. Escapes by Jews from deportation trains in the Netherlands Chapter 5. Summary Concluding observations Appendix Sources and bibliography