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Nacht und Nebel = Night and fog (1977)

by Floris Bakels

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"A powerful and harrowing book, as well as an inspiring one," writes the Bishop of Oxford. "I am happy to champion publication." Harrowing is indeed the word for what Floris Bakels experienced at the hands of the Nazis. Arrested in Holland, he became one of the forgotten Dutchman of the war, consigned to 'night and mist' status, his whereabouts concealed from all who had known him. It is salutary to read of this precursor in Nazi Europe to the 'disappeared ones' of modern times in other countries. Bakels was not only one of the survivors, he was one of the few who managed to scratch out a diary on concealed scraps, and to retrieve it after the War. This account is based on those writings, and reveals not only a man at his very lowest - subject to beatings, degradation and disease and witness to brutal killings - but also one who kept faith with God and with memory of his wife. Concentrating on those two images kept him sane in mad, hell-like conditions. His wife became angelic in his mind: God was not only a subject for reverence and contemplation but for discussion in secret meetings with believers and sceptics alike. A hidden Bible helped keep his Christianity alive even in the darkest of times. The Holocaust is a subject of much discussion nowadays. Floris Bakels shows it as it truly was, in all the horror of the worst concentration camps, in which he was incarcerated, yet with a strong spirit even in the midst of despair, thanks to his firm Christian impulse. The book has sold very extensively in Dutch and German editions, both in hardcover and paperback. Herman Friedhoff, who has written a successful book on his own involvement in war resistance and conflict, has made the first English translation. It will attract much attention, to a time when concentration needs to be focused on the resurgence of fascist tendencies in much of the world.… (more)
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Persoonlijk relaas van een Nederlandse politieke gevangene, die tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog door de Duitse bezetter was gedoemd te verdwijnen, maar wist te overleven.
  EdVullings | Dec 18, 2017 |
Floris Bakels (19-7-1915) hield in diverse gevangenissen en kampen, waaronder Natzweiler als Nacht und Nebel-gevangene een dagboek/aantekeningen bij, die echter niet als zodanig uitgegeven zijn. Het leverde hem wel stof op voor drie versies getuigenissen: Verbeelding als wapen (1947) over zijn persoonlijke ervaringen met de Nazi’s tijdens zijn gevangenschap. In 1977 publiceerde Bakels een meer uitgewerkte versie van zijn kampervaringen onder de titel Nacht und Nebel: mijn verhaal uit Duitse gevangenissen en concentratiekampen en in 1983 Uitzicht; De lessen van Nacht und Nebel. Nacht und Nebel werd ook in het Engels, Spaans en Duits vertaald en beleefde vele herdrukken (17e in 2009). Daarnaast bewerkte en publiceerde hij ook het egodocument van zijn studievriend Wachter op de morgen; het korte leven van Christian Corneille Dutilh, geboren 1915, gefusilleerd 1944 (1988) en een boek over zijn terugreis, Dertien dagen in mei (1990). Hij overleed op 15 april 2000.
  BaarsA | Sep 17, 2016 |
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Klassieker met een zeventiende druk
Meer dan honderdduizend exemplaren verkocht

Een bij uitstek Nederlands boek met een Duitse titel. 'Nacht und Nebel' was een sinister begrip in 1940-1945. 'NN-Häftlinge' waren van ernstige vergrijpen tegen de Duitse bezettingsmacht in Europa verdachte politieke gevangenen die, al dan niet door Duitse krijgsraden te velde ter dood veroordeeld, door de Gestapo werden afgevoerd naar speciale concentratiekampen - zoals Natzweiler hoog in de Vogezen - om daar spoorloos en voorgoed in de mist van de nacht te verdwijnen.
Floris Bakels heeft bijna drie volle jaren een dagboek bijgehouden, dat grotendeels bewaard is gebleven.

Het dagboek met de herinneringen van Floris Bakels aan het Nacht und Nebelkamp Natzweiler is een zeer indringend kampverslag, vooral door de gruwelijkheden die Bakels moest meemaken, ondergaan en verwerken. Van deze verwerking - voor zover zulks mogelijk is - zijn deze herinneringen de vrucht, geschreven ten dele dertig jaar na het gebeuren. Het indringend realisme en de aantoonbare kracht van zijn Godsgeloof maken waar wat L. de Jong ervan zegt: 'in ons taalgebied is geen herinnering zo zuiver en treffend vastgelegd, nergens vindt men zo'n appèl tot de lezer`. Het is te hopen dat dit appèl zeer velen bereikt. Aan deze druk is een nabeschouwing ("Vijftien jaar later") van de auteur toegevoegd.
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"A powerful and harrowing book, as well as an inspiring one," writes the Bishop of Oxford. "I am happy to champion publication." Harrowing is indeed the word for what Floris Bakels experienced at the hands of the Nazis. Arrested in Holland, he became one of the forgotten Dutchman of the war, consigned to 'night and mist' status, his whereabouts concealed from all who had known him. It is salutary to read of this precursor in Nazi Europe to the 'disappeared ones' of modern times in other countries. Bakels was not only one of the survivors, he was one of the few who managed to scratch out a diary on concealed scraps, and to retrieve it after the War. This account is based on those writings, and reveals not only a man at his very lowest - subject to beatings, degradation and disease and witness to brutal killings - but also one who kept faith with God and with memory of his wife. Concentrating on those two images kept him sane in mad, hell-like conditions. His wife became angelic in his mind: God was not only a subject for reverence and contemplation but for discussion in secret meetings with believers and sceptics alike. A hidden Bible helped keep his Christianity alive even in the darkest of times. The Holocaust is a subject of much discussion nowadays. Floris Bakels shows it as it truly was, in all the horror of the worst concentration camps, in which he was incarcerated, yet with a strong spirit even in the midst of despair, thanks to his firm Christian impulse. The book has sold very extensively in Dutch and German editions, both in hardcover and paperback. Herman Friedhoff, who has written a successful book on his own involvement in war resistance and conflict, has made the first English translation. It will attract much attention, to a time when concentration needs to be focused on the resurgence of fascist tendencies in much of the world.

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