Saturday, 24 March 2012

Memoirs Publishing: The Crocodile's Teeth - Trading, Tyranny & Terrori...

Memoirs Publishing: The Crocodile's Teeth - Trading, Tyranny & Terrori...:   “Tonight you will see how we kill our enemies” said Captain Akiki.   “It is a rare opportunity to see people being killed at close rang...

The Crocodile's Teeth - Trading, Tyranny & Terrorism on Two Continents

“Tonight you will see how we kill our enemies” said Captain Akiki.  “It is a rare opportunity to see people being killed at close range.  It will be the experience of a lifetime for you…”

He thrust the barrel into my chest.  “Don’t shoot him” the other soldier said.  “You will wake Amin’s soldiers.  I had better cut his throat.”  He held the machete against my throat…

Sam Thaker was born to Indian immigrant parents in Uganda in the days when it was one of the most beautiful, fertile and contented countries in the world.  Then Idi Amin swept to power, and under his tyranny Sam’s paradise became a hell on Earth. Having been forced by Amin’s thugs to give up their home and most of their money and possessions, as well as Sam’s thriving air freight business, he and his family began a new life in England as near-penniless refugees. 

But Sam was a survivor. Ignoring his bank manager’s patronising advice to open a corner shop, he decided instead to build on his experience in the cargo business to start up a London-based air freight company. Realising the immense potential of the Indian import market, he returned to the land of his fathers to develop business there which eventually led to the company opening offices in eight Indian cities. Along the way he and his wife were caught up in the wave of terrorism which struck Mumbai in 1993 and again in 2008, and narrowly escaped the floods which engulfed the city in 2005 and drowned more than 5000 people. The Crocodile’s Teeth is a fascinating portrait of survival and resourcefulness against a background of tyranny and terror on two continents.

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Unshed Tears a Holocaust novel by Edith Hofmann - Memoirs Publishing

Unshed Tears, written soon after the war, relates the authors experiences of being deported to Lodz ghetto by the Nazis where both her parents died when she was only 15. After 2 years in Lodz, she was sent to Auschwitz and then Bergen Belsen. Although Unshed Tears has been written as a novel, it details events, which were all too tragically true.

In the summer of 1944, with the Russians advancing, the whole Ghetto population of Lodz including Edith Hofmann were herded into cattle trucks and sent to Auschwitz. She was aged only 17 and one of the lucky ones. For the majority it was their final journey. A small group of people were selected for work. So, with her hair shaved off and deprived of all her possessions, she travelled to Kristianstadt, a labour camp in Silesia to work in an underground munitions factory.

In January 1945, with the Russians approaching again, she was sent off on a death march across snow covered Germany to Bavaria. There cattle trucks were waiting for her. Spending a week in crowded conditions without food or water she arrived in Bergen Belsen on 15th March. A month later she was liberated.