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The Test Of Courage: Michel Thomas: A Biography Of The Holocaust Survivor And Nazi-Hunter By Christopher Robbins par [Robbins, Christopher]
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The story of Michel Thomas reads like a thriller in which adventure and heartbreak combine to produce a unique form of wisdom. Until his death in 2005, he taught languages to ghetto kids, heads of industry and movie stars in a matter of days, succeeding even with people who considered themselves hopeless linguists. To those who have been taught by him, he seemed to be a miracle worker with a magical gift for unlocking the secret powers of the mind.

This unique understanding was gained under extreme circumstances. Stateless in Vichy France at the beginning of the Second World War, he was incarcerated and starved in a concentration camp at the foot of the Pyrenees. Forced into slave labour in a coal mine in Provence, he avoided being sent to Auschwitz by hiding within the confines of a deportation camp for six weeks.

He escaped death to join the Secret Army of the Resistance. He was arrested and interrogated by Klaus Barbie, Butcher of Lyon, whom he deceived into releasing him, and was later re-arrested by the French Gestapo and tortured. He held out by entering a psychological state in which he no longer registered pain and after six hours of torture, his tormentors threw him into a cell and he survived to re-join the Resistance. After the Allies invaded France he joined the American forces, fought his way into Germany and was with the troops who liberated Dachau. He personally interrogated the camp’s hangman and oversaw his handwritten confession.

At the end of the war he became a Nazi-hunter. Working for American Counter Intelligence he posed as a Nazi himself to infiltrate and expose underground networks of SS men dedicated to the return of a Fourth Reich.

In spite of the fact that his entire family had been murdered in Auschwitz, and many close friends killed in combat, at the very end of the war he staged an elaborate gala evening in Munich which he called a Reconciliation Concert. Using German musicians, and in defiance of strict Allied non-fraternisation laws, he brought friend and foe together in the belief that there had to be a different and better future.

Author Christopher Robbins has dug deep to explore and substantiate the details of the Michel Thomas story. He has authenticated every episode through camp records, Vichy documents, Resistance papers, US Army reports and hundreds of hours of interviews with this extraordinary man. The result is one of the most inspirational stories of the 20th century.

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Michael Thomas led an extraordinary and inspiring life. His gifts were obviously many and he used them generally to good purpose. Thebook also casts quite a different light on the years both during and after the war and the cruelty and cynisim demonstrated by countries on both sides of the fence.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 WHAT A MAN! WHAT A BOOK!! 6 novembre 2013
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This is one of the most riveting, exciting, amazing, informative books I have ever read!!! What an interesting man Michel Thomas was!....and what a life he led! His method for teaching French, or any language, is unparalleled! Since reading this book I have been trying to use this method in my teaching as far as I am able. And I learned more about World War II, in Europe at least, than I did in all my history classes.

I highly recommend this book!!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fascinating guy 7 octobre 2015
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It is a great book, more of a colorful history lesson than the biography I was expecting. Very well written, I was completely unaware for example of the French Resistance role during Nazi's occupation, I had only the classic heroic image from so many films.
I first look up this book because I was intrigued by the man behind a method of teaching languages so innovative, but at the same time so obvious (relating everything to what you already know and taking off all pressure to be able to learn, for example) that is unjustly mostly almost unknown in most of the world. I confirmed what I guessed by listening Michel talking with his students: he was a fascinating guy.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Really interesting story. 4 juillet 2015
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I came across this book because of his language courses which are, by far, the best courses I've ever used for beginners. Even better than a native teacher because natives have a hard time breaking down what is second nature. That accomplishment is worthy enough on its own.

After reading this, I now understand why in the advanced French course he teaches, "To understand all is to forgive all. I do not agree". You can just feel the pain and frustration he felt through his life. I've personally had the same frustrations dealing with the education system in Colombia.

Because of his extensive war record, a lot of his stories can appear to be gross exaggerations--and there's a lot of haters out there. I don't know what to think but my gut tells me he's the real deal. As a veteran of Afghanistan, I know full well how memory distorts itself and how my stories got more exaggerated with time. It just happens. But, like somebody once told me, "if you believe all the stories, you are a fool; but if you believe none of them, you have no heart".

Totally recommended.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Witness to History 24 septembre 2014
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This is a great book about a remarkable man and the period of Hitler and the death camps, not set up in Germany but in France. The Holocaust shames all our countries. I couldn't put this book down. Michael Thomas is an amazing man and a witness to the horrors of that era. Highly recommend.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A courageous Book about a very brave man 31 août 2015
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As an aftermath, what was most telling for me was that the LA Times in responding to Michel Thomas's law suit defended the paper on their constitutional right to print and totally dismissed defending the veracity of the article. I feel that the book was exceptionally well written. That it is a bio of a very unique man. The adventure, the risks, the commitment to the story as he uncovered it is without equal . It was a story of a "good" man...and a very brave man who thought of humanity before a virulent time in history. I was surprised at so much that happened as far as the US government and the protectionof Nazi high ups here. I ordered a few copies for family and friends.
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