Escape to England
Dr Karel A Machacek.,
This extraordinary moving story of a patriotic Czech tells of his country’s struggle for freedom and of a war.
The author’s boyhood in a Czechoslovakia full of lyricism, patriotism, festivals and strong family ties contrasts sharply with a Czechoslovakia dominated cruelly by the Nazis.
England is seen through the eyes of this young medical student who feels that his country has been betrayed by England and France in the Munich Agreement and who makes a dramatic and brave escape to France to fight and save his country from Hitler’s reign of terror.
After France he finds himself with the army in England and becomes co-founder of the National Union of Czechoslovak Students in exile which reaches recognition of 17th November as an International Students Day in commemoration of the Czech students executed by the Nazis.
He gains permission for final-year medical students like himself to complete their studies in British universities. He then serves as a Medical Officer in 311 Czechoslovak Sqd. RAF.
Romance flourishes when he meets his future English wife and after cessation of war hostilities a great relief is gained when he wins a free ticket to visit his family whom he feared killed.
|Publisher:||The Book Guild Ltd|
|Published:||29 September 1998|
|Format:||Hardback, 298p with illustrations|
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