Tulipano - a story of wartime Italy - 1944-45 by Walter de Hoog

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A 20 year old Dutchman joins the Italian Resistance to the Nazi occupation of Northern Italy. As a courier for the underground headquarters of the partisan movement he is captured by the Gestapo who find on him military intelligence documents for transmission to Allied headquarters in Southern Italy.
He is deported to the notorious Nazi extermination camp of Mauthausen in Austria. In a daring nighttime escape from the cattle train speeding through icy snowbound mountains he goes on to survive by the skin of his teeth in heart stopping encounters with enemy soldiers and policemen.
At war's end the leader of the Resistance becomes the first prime minister of liberated Italy and appoints him to his staff. The young Dutchman gets an inside view of the workings of government and politics as Italy faces overwhelming problems of reconstruction.
The events in Walter's odyssey are highlighted by telling observations and reflections on the broader picture of what is happening in that final phase of the war. Along with the personal emotions and the constant tension and fear he feels as he faces one danger after another there are revealing observations about the dramatic impact the war has on the average people he meets, their fears, suspicions and understandable attitudes of self-protection as he seeks their help in this incredible journey of survival.

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Born in the Netherlands the author grows up in Holland, Belgium, France, Spain and Italy. He emigrates to the United States in 1946, graduates from Dartmouth College with Phi Beta Kappa honors, spends next forty years as writer-director-producer of documentary films for international audiences. Documentary subjects include The Infinite Journey on Apollo 11 first moon landing. The Berlin Wall, Robert Frost, Echoes of American History, The book Tulipano: A Story of Wartime Italy, 1944-45 will appeal to history students, World War II buffs, veterans, Italian and US/UK historians, and anyone who wants to understand what it was like living in Italy in that time of war.The original English language text was translated into Italian and published in Italy in 2009 under the auspices of Italy's National Institute for the History of the Liberation of Italy (Istituto Nazionale della Storia del Movimento per la Liberazione d'Italia - INSMLI)
Published September 9, 2012 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 227 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War.

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De Hoog’s memoir recounts anecdote after anecdote of wartime chaos: Among many other things, he comments on the “abiding personal hatred” the Nazi SS guards displayed for their prisoners, the “Calvary path” of stone steps the prisoners were forced to climb at Mauthausen and the censored correspon...

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