Jack Boeki’s World War Two story is a unique one. Born in Rotterdam in 1925, Jack grew up with fond memories of the city and its people, and of his family and childhood. All of it was shattered in May 1940, when the German blitzkrieg turned west towards the Netherlands, and Jack’s city came under assault. The family lost everything in the bombing and was forced to start all over, amid mounting restrictions on Jews which saw Jack go into hiding. The family he was staying with soon after warned him that it had become too dangerous and Jack took off to avoid capture. From there, Jack obtained a fake identity and began his series of remarkable escapes, repeatedly eluding the grasp of the Nazis. Jack left the Netherlands and escaped to France, where the underground put him in contact with agents of the American OSS, the original version of the CIA. They arranged to get Jack to Britain, where his talents were recognized, and Jack was dispatched to the United States for military training. In March 1944, as the liberation of occupied Europe drew near, Jack’s unit was ordered to England. Now an agent of the Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC), he had received special training to uncover war criminals and would soon put his skills to use on his most important missions yet. On June 8, just two days after the initial D-Day landings, Jack’s team of agents landed on Utah Beach in Normandy, France.
- 1. Jack Boeki - Introduction and Childhood Memories; The Bombing of Rotterdam
- 2. Separating from Family
- 3. The Nazi Occupation and Restrictions on Jews
- 4. A Gun to Jack's Head
- 5. The Third Escape
- 6. Escape # 4; Jack's Girlfriend; The Move to France
- 7. False Papers; Auxerre and Arrest
- 8. Meeting with the Chief; Working on the Farm; The OSS
- 9. Escape to England; Arrival in the U.S.
- 10. Camp Ritchie and Fort Benning; Flight School
- 11. England and France; Ohrdurf
- 12. Interrogations; Nuremberg; Survivor or Veteran?