George A. Karp, a Viennese Jewish doctor, tells the story of his family's miraculous escape from Nazi Europe. He travels across Vichy France and over the Pyrenees where his finally rescued by the French resistance--the Maquis. The Karp family's survival required incredible luck, perseverance and determination. they also depended on the help of the Jewish relief agencies, the Unitarians, and the Quakers. But most importantly, the Karp family's livelihood depended on the altruistic acts of strangers who risked their own lives to save them. This personal memoir is an uplifting and positive tale about a family that successfully works together to survive the war.
George A, Karp is a Jewish Vienesse physician who escaped from the Nazis with the help of the French Maquis.
Praise for The Maquis Connection:
"The Maquis Connection is an amazing story of how love, hope, and determination can prevail even in very dark times. It also places the catastrophes of the rise of fascism and the Holocaust in a human context. The heroes of this story are not perfectly good nor are the villains perfectly evil. In fact, only by recognizing the mixed and complex nature of people is the Karp family able to escape Nazi persecution and death. The same people who were cheating and stealing from the Karps also provided the means for their rescue. By dealing with the bad and drawing out more of the good, George Karp demonstrates how a practical and realistic approach to human nature is a better path to life and redemption than harsh judgment and unrealistic idealism." - Jay Greene, Head of the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
"The Maquis Connection is a perfect book to assign to students learning about the Holocaust. Not only does it review the general facts of Nazi brutality, it also provides a dramatic tale to engage the readers. There is a great romance of a couple that goes to great lengths and takes enormous risks for each other. There are also narrow escapes and intrigue. It might seem like fiction if we did not know that it is all true. While the story is intense, it is not told in an overly-emotional way that might turn off some young readers. The narrative is matter-of-fact, letting the events provide the drama rather than a colorful description. I couldn't put it down until I finished this relatively short book, and I'll bet that most readers will similarly devour this story in a single sitting." - David Salsburg, author of Lady Tasting Tea
"One cannot read The Maquis Connection without being deeply touched and inspired. Doctor George Karp tells his life story, 75 years of civilized existence in Eastern Europe and Chicago, punctuated with 5 years of shifting darkness, as he and his wife and their five year old daughter narrowly escaped the noose of Nazi Germany that was tightening around them. The book takes its place in the body of literature which makes a repeat of humanity’s darkest period more remote, while reminding us of the beauty and resilience of the human spirit. Dr Karp pays homage to the many brave and humane people who took grave risk to help him and his family find safety. Viktor Frankl would have seen the author as a man who had succeeded in finding meaning in life’s infinite richness, and would have recommended the Maquis Connection as a guide to others searching for the way." - Victor Haghani, Founder of Elm Funds