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Synopsis:

The haunting, epic tale, The Mosaic begins when Gilbert is eleven years old and the Nazis invade his country. After Holland capitulates, Gilbert returns to school to find the seat of a Jewish classmate empty.

As resistance to the occupation grows, Gilbert's father, a minister, joins the rising voices of dissent. Gilbert's cousin, a nurse, rescues a newborn Jewish baby.

Soon, conflict erupts between Nazi collaborators and the church. The Reverend Kwint, successor to Gilbert's father, is taken in for interrogation by the Gestapo for suspected aid to Jewish citizens. A year later, the Nazis order the church to be torn down to make way for the Atlantic Wall. The colossal mosaic by Johan Thorn-Prikker, depicting the Last Supper, is salvaged.

This sweeping first-hand account narrates the struggle of life in Nazi-occupied Holland during the war, the hardship of the years that follow and raises questions that remain in a world where fascism and torture are still rife.

In Gilbert's story, the rescued mosaic becomes a powerful symbol of our broken world, of the betrayal of our humanity and yet, in the end, also a symbol of the hope for redemption.

About The Author:

Author Gilbert Creutzberg drew on his own experiences of his youth in Nazi-occupied Holland in writing The Mosaic. He grew up in The Hague and lives in New York City; having spent most of his career working in substance abuse rehabilitation, he continues to work part-time at an outpatient clinic. Gilbert is also an amateur musician and photographer. He enjoys playing bridge, loves swimming, horseback riding, ping-pong and tennis, practices daily yoga and meditation, and spends weekends with friends at his wooded property tucked away in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.

  • Foreword(第xi頁)
  • Acknowledgments(第xiii頁)
  • Chapter 1—The Nazis Invade Holland(第1頁)
  • Chapter 2—The Empty School Bench(第7頁)
  • Chapter 3—Praying for the Queen Can Be Dangerous(第15頁)
  • Chapter 4—The Lady Who Looked Like a Bird(第19頁)
  • Chapter 5—Growing up in the Shadow of a Church(第29頁)
  • Chapter 6—A Visit to the Village of Monster(第39頁)
  • Chapter 7—Meet Van Rossum(第43頁)
  • Chapter 8—The Story of Moses Retold(第51頁)
  • Chapter 9—Who Ate the Lobster?(第55頁)
  • Chapter 10—Flying Scissors(第57頁)
  • Chapter 11—Jurre and the Wolf Pack(第59頁)
  • Chapter 12—A Conflict Is Brewing(第63頁)
  • Chapter 13—Swastikas in the Church?(第67頁)
  • Chapter 14—A New Religion: Hitler and Fascism(第71頁)
  • Chapter 15—A Confrontation between a Pastor and a General(第73頁)
  • Chapter 16—The Shoes of Frits(第81頁)
  • Chapter 17—“General, the Answer Is No”(第85頁)
  • Chapter 18—The Political Baptism of a General’s Daughter(第89頁)
  • Chapter 19—A Room Full of Swastikas(第93頁)
  • Chapter 20—“Weakling!”(第97頁)
  • Chapter 21—An Interrogation by the Gestapo(第101頁)
  • Chapter 22—The Parrot Who Wasn’t Politically Correct(第107頁)
  • Chapter 23—The Church Is Destroyed But the Mosaic is Salvaged(第111頁)
  • Chapter 24—The Story of Jan Verleun, Soldier in the Resistance(第121頁)
  • Chapter 25—Thirty-One Toilets(第127頁)
  • Chapter 26—Ice Cream at the Florencia(第129頁)
  • Chapter 27—“Gib Mir das Rad!” (Give Me the Bicycle!)(第137頁)
  • Chapter 28—Dolle Dinsday (Crazy Tuesday)(第141頁)
  • Chapter 29—The Hunger Winter(第145頁)
  • Chapter 30—“Operation Manna”(第149頁)
  • Chapter 31—Churchill’s Cigar(第155頁)
  • Chapter 32—Roots of the Holocaust(第159頁)
  • Chapter 33—The Mosaic Gets a New Home(第165頁)
  • Chapter 34—Looking at an Art Work with a Magnifying Glass(第171頁)
  • Chapter 35—A Chain of Associations(第175頁)
  • Chapter 36—Was Hitler Human?(第181頁)
  • Chapter 37—An Audience with the Queen(第185頁)
  • Chapter 38—The Story of a Master Forger Who Fooled the Nazis(第189頁)
  • Chapter 39—A Possible Scenario(第193頁)
  • Postscript(第201頁)
  • Bibliography(第207頁)
  • About the Author(第209頁)
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