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Border Crossings: Coming of Age in the Czech Resistance

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Border Crossings: Coming of Age in the Czech Resistance is the captivating and tender memoir of Charles Novacek, a Czechoslovakian whose idyllic childhood exploring the Tatra Mountains was shattered by the Nazi occupation of his homeland. He spent his youth defending his neighbors, his family and his country, first from the Nazi atrocities of World War II and then from the ...more
Paperback, 274 pages
Published October 21st 2012 by 1021 Press
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Apr 09, 2015 Lucy rated it really liked it
Novacek's is a heartrending story, and he is a hero for overcoming monstrous adversity. But I found some of his James Bond-like accounts a tad hard to swallow.
May 11, 2013 Lauren rated it really liked it
What a story. It's particularly intense (and at times difficult) because my father experienced many of these things too. So glad this book was published.
Carolyn Christopher
Mar 02, 2013 Carolyn Christopher rated it it was amazing
Amazing story. Reads as if you were sitting next to the author.
Dec 11, 2013 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
It's important to me to read autobiographies. I'm interested in how a person's experiences in life shape their individuality, especially those who have suffered adversity and continued to believe in themselves. Among these are the many, many people who have been willing to risk torture and death for a cause they believe in.
Charles is one of these people. His parents carefully cultivated in him the quality of integrity throughout his childhood. This quality gave him, and his sister, the courage
Aug 24, 2013 Magda rated it it was amazing
Border Crossings: Coming Of Age In The Czech Resistance
Border Crossing is a book about love; wife's love for her deceased husband and man's love for his country. This memoir gives a history lesson as well as tells a adventure packed human story of a truly amazing man, Charles Novacek, a learned man and a polyglot. Written with a strong sense of voice, this books is very readable and engaging. Charles' life journey is truly fascinating and worth reading about. Border Crossing gives a human story
Nov 21, 2013 Sandie rated it it was amazing
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A very illuminating, painful book to read. This is the author's biography, what he went through as he lived in Czechoslovakia as a young man. He eventually emigrated to the US, Detroit area, where he became an accomplished, and well respected engineer.
At times difficult to read but appreciate learning/knowing so much more about what happened after the end of WWII for those now under the rule of the Soviet Union.
"Border Crossings" is a wonderful book about a young man growing up with the Czech resistance in WWII. What great loyalty and determination so many people had to withstand the cruel, inhumane treatment by so many Nazi's and then Soviet Union KGB officers.

This book eventually lands this young man in the United States, very near to where I live. His contributions to the Detroit area are outstanding! Very well written.
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Dec 15, 2013 Jerry Nechal rated it really liked it
This is a remarkable book. The story of Charles Novacek's early years is as captivating as any fictional thriller or spy story. It is a real life page turner that will leave you in awe of this amazing man and his story.
Dec 29, 2013 Sue rated it liked it
Amazing that people who live nearby had quite a history. Novacek's memoir of working in Czech resistance during and after WWII added another layer to revealing events of the 1940s and Cold War era.
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Charles Novacek was born in Ožd’any, Czechoslovakia on May 11, 1928. He graduated from the Industrial College of Engineering in Brno, Czechoslovakia with a degree in mechanical engineering and attended the Masaryk University School of Law in Brno. After escaping his homeland in 1948, Novacek fled to Germany, then Venezuela and was finally able to immigrate with his family to the United States in 1 ...more
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