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Jan Makkreel Reflects on the Effects of War in an Eye-opening Memoir Unlike Any Other

In “Under the Shadow of the Swastika,” the author looks back and bares the story of his past under the Nazi-occupation in the Netherlands.

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This memoir shows readers how the burden and damage of war and occupation can leave wounds that are mostly psychological and sometimes may not be forgotten or healed.

With his fellow musician and friend, Robert Graef, as his ghostwriter, Jan Makkreel vividly narrates his experiences during the World War II. Through the perspective of a non-combatant, readers will discover a remarkable journey of a survivor of war.
Growing up from a well-to-do family, Makkreel opens up about how he and his family end up struggling as the war continues to strengthen in “Under the Shadow of the Swastika.” While living in fear of the Nazi supremacy, they did not lose their humanity and patriotism. This memoir also shows readers how the burden and damage of war and occupation can leave wounds that are mostly psychological and sometimes may not be forgotten or healed.
He talks about being a boy who grew up learning how to survive with his family after the German forces destroy and occupy Rotterdam. He also shares about a teenage Jan Makkreel who was drawn into different experiences during the war such as assisting Jews, illegally transporting food, and smuggling resistance information and false documents that he ends up being imprisoned by true Nazis after being wrongly labeled as a traitor.
During imprisonment, Makkreel comes of age facing situations that test him as a man before being cleared from all the acts that were accused of him. From there, his release only brought him back to a society that mostly sees him as an ex-convict. While providing a glimpse of the life and horrors during the Nazi occupation, his life-changing experiences are reminders that wartime creates damages not just from those in the frontlines but for non-combatants such as Makkreel and his family.  
Catch “Under the Shadow of the Swastika” as it joins the upcoming 2019 London Book Fair New Title Showcase. Happening on March 12-14, 2019, his eye-opening memoir will be displayed on the shelves of this exciting book fair. Literary fans and book lovers should not miss it!
Under the Shadow of The Swastika
Author: Jan Makkreel (ghostwritten by Robert Graef)
Published date: January 29, 2019
Published by ReadersMagnet
Kindle price: $5.99
About the Author
Jan Makkreel was born on 1926 in Rotterdam, Holland and had a very happy childhood until war broke out. He and his brother had to scramble for food of any kind during the war to keep their family fed while their father worked. He also secretly helped the Jews in his neighborhood who were still hiding, which was very dangerous. After the end of the war, he and his father were interned for a year and a half at AMERSFOORT Prison Camp for alleged Nazi collaboration. They were released after being proven innocent but the neighbors were not convinced. Jan could not return to school nor gain employment. He decided to go to Canada where he and his brother began their own businesses. Over the years, he opened a string of piano stores and tuned and restored pianos.

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 Eye-opening Memoir

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