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Social Science Jewish Studies

Knocking on Every Door

by (author) Anka Voticky

The Azrieli Foundation
Initial publish date
Sep 2012
Jewish Studies, 20th Century, Historical
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    Sep 2012
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As Hitler’s army swept into Czechoslovakia in 1939, Anka Voticky, a twenty-five-year-old mother of two, her husband, Arnold, and her family fled halfway around the world to an unlikely refuge – the Chinese port of Shanghai. Estranged from all that was familiar, their security was threatened yet again when the Japanese occupying the city forced the Jewish refugees into a ghetto. After the war, the Communist takeover of Czechoslovakia sent the Votickys on another harrowing journey out of Europe, this time to safety in Canada. Global in scope, Anka Voticky’s memoir provides a “rare glimpse of the far-reaching impact of World War II.”

About the author

Anka Voticky was born in the small town of Brandýs nad Labem in the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1913 and moved to Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1918. In 1948 she and her family fled the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia and settled in Montreal. Anka died in 2014 at the age of 100.

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