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Czech mate : a life in progress

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Call Number940.5315 H44c (in processing)
Dates2007; ©2007
Statement of ResponsibilityThomas O. Hecht ; as told to Joe King.
Creators & ContributorsHecht, Thomas O. (Thomas Otto) (author)
King, Joe (author)
Hecht, Thomas O. (Thomas Otto) (subject)
Summary"This book speaks of life as it once was in Bratislava and its Jewish community. It describes the trials and tribulations to escape the horrors of the Nazis by the Hecht family. The family's struggles in finding a new home in the New World are examined. Their life in Canada ultimately led to a flourishing pharmaceutical business and successful integration into the Canadian Jewish community. The story moves from Bratislava, to Paris, to Nice, to Lisbon, where the Hecht family finally boarded the Serpa Pinto, which set sail with 900 other refugees. The journey ended on 31 December 1941, when the family of Eugene Hecht—wife, Sidonie—daughter, Madeleine—and 12 year old Thomas Otto arrived by train at the Bonaventure Station in Montreal after a harrowing three year odyssey in war-stricken Europe. In 1993, blending his academic background with his deep interest in the security of Israel, Thomas Hecht founded the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies (BESA) at Bar-Ilan University. After retiring from business in 1995, Hecht was able to devote more of his time to BESA, effectively launching a third career. 'Upon reflection,' states Hecht, 'I consider it to be a unique honour and privilege to have had the opportunity to be involved in the struggle for Jewish renaissance after the Shoah and to be able to contribute in some measure to the preservation of Jewish identity and survival with the love of Israel as my deep inspiration.'" —Back cover
ContentsThe Danube -- The City of Bratislava -- World War I Casualties: Three Empires -- The Czechoslovak Republic is Born -- Adolf Hitler Becomes Reichskanzler of Germany -- Kristallnacht—The Night of Broken Glass and Its Consequences -- Eugene Hecht Escapes to Paris 'On Business' -- Adolf Hitler Goes to War -- Blitzkrieg—and the Search for Sanctuary -- Lisbon--Leaving the Old World for the New -- Montreal 1942 -- Community Leadership -- From Analgesics to Antibiotics to Biologicals -- BESA—and a Third Career -- La Francophonie
Physical Description 192 pages, 18 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Carrier Typevolume
LanguageEnglish
PublisherJerusalem : Yad Vashem
NotesIncludes bibliographical references (pages 189–192)
RecognitionGifted in 2019 by Kit Krieger in memory of Else Dunner (z'l)