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Rave reviews for The Unsung Family Hero #general


Helen Gardner
 

 

The book.          Paul Gardner, The Unsung Family Hero, Hybrid Publishers (2020)

 

The story. Set in Nazi-occupied Netherlands, this book tells the story of Gerhard Badrian, a cousin of the author’s mother.  He joined the Verzet, the Dutch anti-Nazi resistance.

 

Reviews:

 

[The] narrative part of the book, derived from meticulous research and “rational reconstruction”, reads like a Le Carre thriller on speed. Paul Gardner structures this section of The Unsung Family Hero extremely well, telling a coherent and compelling story in 93 brief chapters that move at a cracking pace.

                                                                                                (Geoffrey Zygier, J-Wire)

 

It’s not a memoir, and it’s not a history and it’s not a conventional biography. It’s an engrossing adventure story framed by the real-life occupation of Holland by the Nazis. Gardner has chosen to write the story as a narrative with invented conversations, thoughts and feelings, underpinned by the biographical, genealogical and historical facts and based entirely on documented evidence…                                                                                                                                          (Lisa Hill, ANZLitLovers)

 

His unsettled childhood taught him to adapt, but he [the hero Gerhard Badrian] also discovered a talent for acting, impersonating SS officers and brazenly freeing Jewish prisoners (including his nephew) and Resistance comrades with false papers and nerves of steel … This is an amazing tale of how ordinary people find the extraordinary in themselves in extraordinary times.

(Steven  Carroll, Sydney Morning Herald)

 

The Epilogue. The book is unusual in that it includes an extensive 100-page, six-chapter Epilogue that describes the underlying genealogical and historical research.

 

The author. Dr Paul Gardner AM is a retired academic, the son of German Jewish refugees who emigrated to Australia in 1938. In retirement, he took up genealogical research and has had several papers published in Avotaynu, the international journal of Jewish genealogy. The Unsung Family Hero is his first book-length narrative work.

The book was to have been launched in April, but COVID-19 put an end to that. Instead, there will be a virtual book launch  on Sunday October 18, 7.30 pm Eastern Australian time.

Registration for the event is free of charge.

To register via Trybooking click on https://www.trybooking.com/BLOID

Australian registrants will be able to obtain a copy of the book, signed by the author. The book is available on Amazon for anyone overseas who is interested.

 

 


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Helen Gardner

ancestral names, all from Poland, mostly Warsaw

AJGENGOLD/EIGENGOLD, BERCHOJER, BLANK, BIALOGORA, BLUMBERG, CHMIELNICKI, FELD, FERNEBOK/FERNSBUN, EDELMAN, FRYDMAN, GELDTRUNK, GURIN, ISSAKOWICH, LAKS, LERMAN, MALIS, MENDER/MONDER, MLYNARZ/MILLER, PODGORER/PODGORSKI, POPOWER, RAUTARBER/ROTGERBERG, RASTENBERG, POSSIBLY PRESSEIZEN