Book — xiv, 410 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Introduction : the choice
Escape to Switzerland
The beginnings of Dutch-Paris
Extending the line through Brussels
Allies in Paris and Toulouse
Over the mountains
Catastrophe in Paris
The Gestapo knocks
Sociaalwerk in the chaos of war
Waiting for news
Conclusion : the helper's courage.
Of all the resistance organizations that operated during the war, about which much has been written, one stands out for its transnational character, the diversity of the tasks its members took on, and the fact that, unlike many of the known evasion lines, it was not directed by Allied officers, but rather by group of ordinary citizens. Between 1942 and 1945, they formed a network to smuggle Dutch Jews and others targeted by the Nazis south into France, via Paris, and then to Switzerland. This network became known as the Dutch-Paris Escape Line, eventually growing to include 300 people and expanding its reach into Spain. Led by Jean Weidner, a Dutchman living in France, many lacked any experience in clandestine operations or military tactics, and yet they became one of the most effective resistance groups of the Second World War. Dutch-Paris largely improvised its operations-scrounging for food on the black market, forging documents, and raising cash. Hunted relentlessly by the Nazis, some were even captured and tortured. In addition to Jews, those it helped escape the clutches of the Nazis included resistance fighters, political foes, Allied airmen, and young men looking to get to London to enlist. As the need grew more desperate, so did the bravery of those who rose to meet it. Using recently declassified archives, The Escape Line tells the story of the Dutch-Paris and the thousands of people it saved during World War II. Koreman, who was given exclusive access to many of the archives, is herself the daughter of Dutch parents who were part of the resistance, offers the definitive account of this largely untold story. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Luxembourg : Publications Office, European Union, 2017.
Book — 159 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Welcome to the House of European History, an initiative of the European Parliament. The purpose of the permanent exhibition is to offer visitors an outline of European history. The different topics are not presented according to national boundaries, but instead depict the main processes and phenomena that have united and divided Europeans through time. Perspectives on specific historic events are, of course, multiple. That is why a number of recurring questions underpin the displays. How does memory shape different visions of the past: How does history influence our lives today? What does the past tell us when we look ahead? In the exhibition you will not find ready-made answers. Instead, you are invited always to keep a critical eye, and to engage in the public conversation about Europe's past and its implications for the present and the future.
Book — 270 pages,  pages of plates : ilustrations ; 21 cm.
A continuation of his earlier work on Czechoslovak exile organizations, Fighting Communism from Afar: The Council of Free Czechoslovakia, this volume focuses on the activities of exile organizations after 1968. The author examines a substantial collection of personal letters, memoranda, letters to government officials, and journals published by organizations from archives in the Czech Republic, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States, as well as interviews with surviving members and functionaries of these organizations. The material illustrates the hardships, illusions, and disappointments of individuals who worked relentlessly for the restoration of civil rights and democracy in Czechoslovakia and to end the Soviet occupation of the country. These efforts were hampered by a lack of interest on the part of Western democracies for whom peaceful coexistence with the Soviet Union and its satellites was of paramount importance.
Part 1. The Sixth Annual Ernest May Memorial Lecture : Putanism, the backstory / Strobe Talbott
Part 2. Chapter 1. The world according to Putin / Lilia Shevtsova
Chapter 2. Putin's world / Angela Stent
Chapter 3. The Ukraine crisis and beyond : a European perspective / Wolfgang Ischinger
Part 3. Chapter 4. Sino-Russian relations / Kevin Rudd
Chapter 5. The unconventional energy boom : bad timing for a revanchist Russia / Meghan L. O'Sullivan
Part 4. Chapter 6. Advice for the Obama administration on Putin, Russia, and Ukraine / John Beyrle
Chapter 7. Russia and the United States' national interest (or Reset Version 2.0) / Stephen Biegun
Chapter 8. Russia, the Ukraine crisis, and American national interests / Graham Allison
Chapter 9. Concluding observations : what we heard / Stephen Hadley.
The Aspen Strategy Group's Policy Books is an annual series of pieces on the United States most pressing foreign policy and national security issues written by contemporary thought leaders. This edition is a collection of papers commissioned for the 2014 Aspen Strategy Group Summer Workshop. On the occasion of the 30th year anniversary of the Aspen Strategy Group (founded in 1984), the Summer Workshop in Aspen, CO convened a nonpartisan group of preeminent U.S.-Russia policy experts, academics, journalists, and business leaders. The Group's policy discussions were guided by the papers found in this volume, whose scope ranges from exploring the history of the U.S.-Russia relationship, current developments in the Sino-Russian relationship, the NATO and European responses to Russian aggression in Eastern Europe, energy considerations, areas of potential U.S.-Russia cooperation, and finally, the broader question of U.S. national security and interests in the European region. (source: Nielsen Book Data)